If you believe the talk surrounding the Nets' invasion of Brooklyn and New York City, it is actually quite a big deal. The fact New York City is actually five distinct boroughs probably gets lost on most people outside The Big Apple -- I am not even sure I get it as an "outsider."
If you watched Monday's game between the Knicks and the Nets though, you could feel the special tension and pride from the Brooklynites at having their own team and beating the team from the borough of Manhattan. As the chants of "BROOK-LYN" came raining down and the fans drowned out the Knicks fans that tried to invade the Barclays Center, it was perfectly clear the win meant something.
All the attention the NBA has given to professional sport's return to Brooklyn through The Association and through its BIG campaign ad, it is clear the Nets have taken firm root in Brooklyn and the borough has adopted the team as their own.
Of course, that did not keep those Knic...