It looks like the New York rivalry is on.
This summer, Kyrie Irving elected to sign with the Nets on a four-year, $136 million contract, while the Knicks, who had targeted Irving, were left watching as Brooklyn assembled a team consisting of some free agent stars.
So when the Knicks travel to Barclays Center on Friday, October 25 for an early-season matchup between the two New York teams, the Nets have decided to give away 10,000 replica Irving jerseys to the fans in attendance.
Of course, this can likely just be viewed as a standard promotional giveaway, but it's certainly interesting that the Nets elected to give out the replica Irving jerseys for their second home game of the season, while no promotions are scheduled for their home opener against the Timberwolves two days earlier.
Yeah, we didn't want to wait too long before dropping these ⬇️- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 14, 2019
We're giving away Kyrie Irving Replica Jerseys to the first 10,000 fans at our *second* game of the season, Friday, Oct. 25 vs. the Knicks, courtesy of @TGIOA
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The Nets signed Irving and fellow superstar Kevin Durant, and acquired other key contributors in the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince, among others.
The Knicks, meanwhile, shifted their attention to more mid-tier free agents like Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris after failing to land any of the megastars on the open market.
It could just be a coincidence that the Knicks are the opponent on the schedule for the night the team is giving away the Irving jerseys.
Or, it could be a reminder of what the Knicks missed out on.