Now that the Islanders have moved into Barclays Center and have already played some games there, it is only a matter of time before their roommates, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets move in. Although both teams will support each other, there will always be a little competition between them to be Brooklyn’s team.
We see similar scenarios in other cities. In Toronto, the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors both play in the Air Canada Centre, but if one team is doing well and the other team is not, attention is focused more on that team that is successful. The Raptors’ bandwagon has been pretty full the past couple seasons because of their recent success, but the Maple Leafs, who have been struggling, do not have any flair. Yes, they still sell out games and make a ton of money and get a lot of time in the press (it is Toronto, remember), but the Raptors have been a lot more likeable. Maybe a similar rivalry between the Islanders and Nets will occur.
Let’s do a comparison on both teams.
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How will the two teams mesh together in the same facility? We will have to wait and see. In the meantime, let’s hop the Islanders can capture the hearts of Brooklyn.