This is already being called the East River Rivalry and for good reason. When the Nets were in New Jersey, it just wasn’t the same as competing with another NYC team, plus the Knicks and Nets have never had a good team in the same season. Now with Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, and Brook Lopez hitting the hardwood for Brooklyn and the Knicks lead by Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler, we can expect the barbs to fly and the scoreboard to light up. This is actually the second preseason clash of New York’s roundball franchises (the first was at Nassau Coliseum on October 24), but this is the marquee—the last preseason game before the regular season, and it’s in NYC! Also, keep in mind that regular season tickets will be really hard to get and might require a bank loan to finance, so go for this one.

Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., 2012