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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Stern sees 'great rivalry' for Knicks, Nets

By Kieran Darcy

NBA commissioner David Stern is excited about having two NBA teams in New York City next season, with the Nets' move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

"I think that we are going to have a great rivalry," Stern said Wednesday at a news conference prior to the NBA's annual draft lottery.

"I am hoping for more sparks -- a few verbal -- some build-up," Stern added. "We are going to have two spectacular new buildings in New York City and we are going to have two very aggressively managed teams."

The Nets will be residents of the brand-new Barclays Center, while the second phase of a three-year renovation of Madison Square Garden is now under way.

"We are awaiting the summer to see how the Nets fulfill their assurances and their aspirations," Stern said. “But we have seen the Knicks moving up quite a bit, and I think that we are going to have, you know, two sold-out arenas, not just for games against each other, but for all games."