How in the world has the Brooklyn Nets beaten the Knicks twice this season after only playing one game?
Before we go any further, let me assure you that yes, you read that right.
Brooklyn defeated New York, 112-110, on Nov. 30. The Nets are 1-0 against the Knicks this year and will travel to Madison Square Garden on Feb. 16 to face off against their NYC rival for a second time.
However, on Friday afternoon, the NBA released their merchandise sales from the first half of the 2021-22 season. Brooklyn fell in at No. 4, two spots ahead of New York.
The Brooklyn Nets are the top team in New York City, not the Knicks.
The Lakers have the highest sales out of any other team in the league on NBAStore.com. That’s not a surprise, considering that Los Angeles is home to LeBron James.
And as long as Steph Curry is in the Bay Area, fans are going to be drawn to the Warriors, which is why their sales are right behind the Lakers. That’s especially been the case this season, since he broke the NBA’s all-time 3-point record on Dec. 14 (coincidentally versus the Knicks).
The Bucks, the reigning NBA champions, are one spot ahead of the Nets.
It makes sense that those three teams are before Brooklyn, although the end of the season could very well tell a different tale.
Based off the perspective of New York fans, it’s odd that the Nets sold more merchandise than the Knicks during the first half of the season.
The go-to argument for those fans is that Brooklyn doesn’t have any fans, but that’s obviously not the case.
To be fair to New York, though, the team has been underperforming and is currently in 11th place in the East, so why would fans be buying their merchandise? Especially with their All-Star Julius Randle having a not-so-great year? Perhaps that’s why R.J. Barrett is the lone player to represent the team in jersey sales.
Knicks fans need something to grasp hold of and that’s understandable, so if that means taking shots at Nets fans, that’s fine.
New York may play in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” but the greatest player in the NBA calls Brooklyn home.
There’s still a little over three weeks left until the Nets make the short trek to Manhattan, and even if Kevin Durant is still out, there’s a good chance that he’ll be represented by plenty of fans in the stands.
Numbers don’t lie and ball don’t lie, either. That’s why Brooklyn’s the best team in New York City.