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Yes, it is time to hop on the Brooklyn Bandwagon

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I challenged Brooklynites to switch allegiances from the Manhattan Knicks to your Brooklyn Nets in November, but I also understand this easier said than done (horrible Knicks’ mismanagement notwithstanding). But after Monday’s Martin Luther Kind Day regular season finale between the two rivals, the choice is clear: Brooklyn is where it’s at.

Yes, the two teams split the season series, and, yes, every game, with the exception of the pre-Christmas blowout when the Nets were seemingly spinning out of control, went down to the wire, and yes, as I write this, the Manhattanites lead over the Flatbush Avenue crew is but one game.

But that’s the reason hardscrabble Brooklynites must get behind this hardscrabble Brooklyn team.

The Nets played a sloppy game on Monday at the Garden, turning the ball over 19 times, but were still able to come away with a victory. Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries dominated the glass, and the Nets forced Carmelo Anthony into bad shots, rendering him much less effective than he had been in the previous three contests. The game — clearly a microcosm of the season — proved that these two teams are clearly headed in opposite directions.

The Nets have gone 11–2 under new head coach P.J. Carlesimo, beating some of the NBA’s best teams during that stretch. The Knicks, on the other hand, are only 5–6 during their past 11 games.

Even though these two teams won’t meet again during the regular season, it appears that the battle is only just beginning. The Nets and Knicks are locked in to what figures to be a two-horse race to the bitter end for the Atlantic Division crown, with the aging Celtics falling behind. And we are here to tell you: it’s not too late to jump on the Brooklyn Bandwagon.

I understand you won’t be able to say you were with the Nets from the beginning, but that’s OK. This column doesn’t discriminate against late arrivals.

Don’t be left out. Following the Nets to a division title. Starting now.

Tom Lafe is a 6-foot-5 sports world insider with a middling high school basketball career who believes the Nets will be driven by the success of the team’s big men.

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, most fans are loyal to their team, and they won't just switch sides even if their team is doing bad. What I don't get about this article is that it's trying to claim that there is no such thing as loyal fans. I can still remember back in 2006 when the Mets were doing good, but many still remained loyal to the Yankees despite that, plus the media hardly covered the Mets when they faced the Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS and still talked about the Yankees despite already being knocked out by the Tigers in ALDS of that same year. If the Nets really want to show that they are serious, then they have to beat a lot more major contenders or they will just be seen as the same team just wearing a new uniform. The reason why many will never switch to the Knicks is not only that most fans never convert, but also because they have been around longer by at least 20 years if you count the ABA. In other words, the Nets are still new for the most part.
Jan. 25, 2013, 3:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Another NY team that doesn't seem to get a lot of recognition despite how good they are is the Liberty, a WNBA franchise. Even when they made the WNBA Finals in 5 of the first 6 seasons, they still went under the radar. Where was that bandwagon? Also, they have made the playoffs 13 of their 16 seasons in existence. Let's not forget the famous running half court shot made by Teresa Weatherspoon in a WNBA Finals game that beat the buzzer to keep the team alive for a championship, though they still lost the next game to the Comets. BTW, that did rank first on the Top 15 Moments of the WNBA when celebrating their 15th season. What does it take for the Liberty to get their recognition? Do Liberty fans have to start canceling subscriptions or write more to the media to be noticed? What if the Liberty actually win their first WNBA championship, which they could with Bill Laimbeer, who was very successful with the Shock, will it be on the front page or even the back page if you are talking about the Post or Daily News, or will it just go under the radar as well? Overall, it's the media's fault for failure of coverage of good teams.
Jan. 25, 2013, 5:08 pm
Knicks4life from Ny says:
Now tom is on his knees trying to attract fans lmaof
Jan. 25, 2013, 9:02 pm

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