We’re again, child! The chants. The cursing at referees! The cursing at opposing gamers. The cursing simply because you’ll be able to! And that was simply in dwelling rooms.
New York City basketball followers have been out in full pressure this previous weekend, because the Knicks started a first-round playoff collection in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks, and the Nets opened their postseason in opposition to the Boston Celtics.
Much to the chagrin of Knicks followers — identified for his or her affected person, understanding nature — their workforce misplaced to the Hawks in Game 1 of their collection on Sunday, 107-105, because of a last-second floater from the villainous Trae Young.
Across the East River the day earlier than, the Nets — at the moment the Knicks’ cute, extra proficient youthful brother — simply dispatched Boston, 104-93.
Yes, the Nets are the workforce extra prone to win a championship this season. With the addition of James Harden to the tandem of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, they may have one of the proficient rosters in N.B.A. historical past. Yet, if this weekend was any indication, if the Nets certainly win the title, New York City could react with a collective shrug.
Meanwhile, because the Knicks tipped off in opposition to the Hawks, the followers in Manhattan reacted as if Elvis had risen from the lifeless.
OK, we’re being form of unfair to the Nets. They’ve constructed an everlasting fan base of their very own. So they are saying. But attendees yelling “Brooooklyn!” repeatedly doesn’t have the identical ring as Knicks followers yelling, uh, nevermind. We can’t kind that right here.
“The crowd kind of threw me off a bit,” Harden mentioned. “It was pretty loud in there, and the vibe was what we’ve been missing.”
Derrick Rose, the Knicks guard, mentioned the group was “everything that we expected and probably a little bit more.”
Basketball has an extended historical past in New York City, even when N.B.A. championships don’t. This is a metropolis of basketball aficionados, and seeing each the Knicks and the Nets make professional playoff runs on the similar time is a cultural occasion.
Who is aware of after we’ll get to see this once more?