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The Empire State Building is choosing sides in the brewing rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.

Danny Small

Who knew the Empire State Building was a Brooklyn Nets fan? You would think that the building located in New York (aka Manhattan) would back its borough’s basketball team. But no, the Empire State Building is spurning the New York Knicks for Brooklyn’s squad.

The Empire State Building is trading in its throwback Patrick Ewing jersey and Timberlands for a Spencer Dinwiddie jersey, skinny jeans, and a fedora. Is that what hipsters in Brooklyn are wearing?


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Hypothetical fashion choices for famous edifices aside, there are tangible reasons to be excited for Friday night’s matchup between the Knicks and Nets.

The war of words between the Knicks and Nets that took place over the summer definitely ratcheted up the rivalry. There’s no serious bad blood as Spencer Dinwiddie has clarified his comments as respect, not hate towards his crosstown rival.

That being said, there’s definitely a desire to be the best team in New York. The Knicks are coming off of an impressive opening night victory over Atlanta and the Nets are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Even if you have no particular rooting interest, the Nets and Knicks are up and coming teams with loads of young talent. The first installment of a four-part series will feature guys like Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson, D’Angelo Russell, and Jarrett Allen. All six of those players are 22 or younger.

The future is bright for New York basketball. It’s time to choose a side before they’re battling on a much bigger stage.

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