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Nets vs. Knicks: Spike Chooses Sides

New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee makes his feelings about Brooklyn's new NBA team known.

With his near constant courtside presence, director-actor-superfan Spike Lee is almost as synonymous with the New York Knicks as Madison Square Garden, Hall of Fame player-turned-announcer Walt "Clyde" Frazier and a seemingly unending string of frustrating NBA seasons.

So it comes perhaps as no surprise to find out that Lee isn't dumping the blue-and-orange for a  anytime soon.

"NOT GONNA HAPPEN," The Brooklyn native's Twitter account read Saturday as to whether or not he would ever wear the Nets' jersey. The team will start their new existence at the come fall.

Lee's Twitter declaration of fealty to what Borough President Marty Markowitz routinely calls the "Manhattan Knicks" comes at a time of hard choices for many Brooklyn fans—with the potential of splitting husbands and wives, fathers and sons along an invisible line of basketball fandom.

For example, does one maintain loyalty to a team rooted on by fathers, grandfathers and, in some cases, great-grandfathers?

Or is the Brooklyn basketball fan's first priority one of allegiance to his or her borough?

No matter where one stands, the rivalry off the courts between the two teams is definitely ramping up.

In the past week, the Nets managed to hold on to point guard Deron Williams and picked up clutch jump shot specialist Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks.

Meanwhile, the Knicks recently signed a three-year $9 million deal for Jason Kidd, who led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals twice in a row in the early 2000s.

Brooklyn July 09, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Like my man spike said its not gonna happen I a from crooklyn but will never rep the. Eye the.knicks will always be number 1 in by for basketball
BK C July 09, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I will always be a Knicks fan but have no problem rooting for the BK Nets when they are NOT playing the Knicks. Aren't the Nets changing their name in a couple of years?
Sara July 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Spike Lee is the most famous Knicks fan there is...I would not have expected him to jump ship. I still think having a Brooklyn team is great for us though...I'm definitely excited
Jenny July 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
i agree with Sara. No surprise about Spike Lee, but still great for Brooklyn. Room for everyone hopefully.
RikJazz July 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It doesn't matter who they bring to that other place, (it could be Durrant, Howard, Lebron and or whoever), I will ALWAYS be a Knick...doesn't matter what the 'experts' within the media say, the Knicks will always be relevant and New York will always be a Knick town...the Barclays Center is by NO way the Madison Square Garden...I will definitely NOT 'flip-flop' like others...even if the Knicks suck, I will still go down with this 'ship'
Kirk Javinski July 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Knicks fan all the way, Spike is right. The Knicks are better than the nets, but like everyone else I am glad that Nets are becoming better and might be worthy contenders for the Knicks. The Knicks don't really have a big three because they have a bench that can be worthy contenders if they work as a team.
Jamel Dyson July 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM
been a knick fan since clyde was a rookie,however always like the nets an will check out their games this changes nothing always been knicks1 nets 2 so im happy they are nearer
michael merritt July 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Im from bedstuy brooklyn and i will not jump ship. I love my borough but im a knick fan(atic). The BK nets are my new secondary team now. Everyone has that secondary team they like to watch.
BK C July 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I've never gone for the "if I'm a Mets fan, I have to hate the Yankees" mentality. I'm a New York fan with a preference for one NY team over the other. Knicks all the way. Nets almost all the way.
Paul Leonard (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Well, if Mets vs Yankees is any example, it does suggest that fans will end up having to eventually choose one over the other. I'm a Mets fan who has yet to meet another serious baseball fan who divided loyalties between the two teams.

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