Preseason Game - Knicks @ Nets
New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets

October 24th, 2012 @ 7:30pm

at Nassau Coliseum

It won't be at Barclays Center or the newly renovated Madison Square Garden, but there will still be something on the line when the Knicks and Nets meet at Nassau Coliseum tonight.

If the word "pride" popped into your head, then you clearly aren't familiar with preseason basketball. Rather, the new-look Knicks and new-look Nets are battling for the hearts and minds (read: dollars) of the tri-state's fickle basketball fans.

Yes, there are still throngs of Knicks loyalists in and around the five boroughs, but we all know nearly as many fair-weather NBA fans who are sitting back and waiting for one of New York City's two teams to spark something.
These are desperate times for billionaires James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov. Both have invested billions in their teams and it's too early to turn off any prospective fans.

Should Deron Williams' delicate passing or Joe Johnson's ruthless scoring ability impress Long Islanders, perhaps the Nets can continue siphoning off customers who would otherwise be buying Knicks merchandise this time of year.