Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 10:48 am  |  24 responses

Knicks Unhappy With Nets’ Marketing Near MSG

The giant mural of Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov, which looms hilariously over the Knicks’ gym in Manhattan has the team’s front office up in arms. Reports the NY Post: “It wasn’t what the Nets said. Or even how they said it. It was where they said it — within full view of Madison Square Garden at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. And that ticked off the Knicks. That is where the Nets have placed a 225-by-99-foot ad on the side of a building proclaiming ‘The Blueprint for Greatness’ and depicting hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and the team’s new billionaire Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. The Knicks were not amused. Nets sources say Knicks and Cablevision owner James Dolan called Jay-Z to complain. Others in the Knicks hierarchy called the Nets and the NBA. The Nets did nothing wrong, according to the league. ‘They put up a sign,’ said one neutral Eastern Conference observer. ‘The Knicks could put up a giant sign on Route 3 if they want.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    New Yorkers have been unhappy with the Knicks play for a decade.

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  • Doc

    QFT Ben……but just a decade?
    *I long for the days of Clyde, or BK, or…gasp…Ewing*

    The Kinick have nothing to offer..Red must be rolling in his grave.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Joe Johnson is about to reup with the Hawks, Lebron isnt comming to town, Amare”’e’ might be staying put, and Bosh is going to either Miami or Houston, and the Knicks want to focus on a sign. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/missu Missu

    Dam right! Keep that ish in NJ. Go market in Newark. Matter of fact STAY IN NEWARK! NJ needs a bball team. NY only needs one failing … I mean one team that gets our emotion riled up for good or bad reasons.

  • Robb

    The ad served its purpose.

  • LA Huey

    BETCATS x2

  • MikeC.

    Knicks shouldn’t cry about it. They should just put up an even bigger billboard. The uncertainty surrounding teams these days is crazy. The Nets want to go on a big marketing campaign, but don’t have any players to put on their billboard. Maybe Dolan should put up a billboard with him and Spike.

  • Fat Lever

    Yea, because the Knicks haven’t been embarrassed at all the past few years. Just another nail in the free agency coffin for the Knicks. Karma’s a b!tch.


    heyyyy, NICO!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    MikeC: I already have the perfect quote to slap on that billboard you just proposed. “Dumb & Dumberer want you to do the right thing”

  • jalen

    Mik and Hov on that gangsta shit. They said btch were better than you:) 12 wins 70 losses.

  • dsleepy

    this is hilarious. i think i just became a nets fan. or at least a Mikhail Prokhorov fan.

  • kashdef

    @MikeC: the Nets will probably put whoever they end up signing on the billboard. It would be pretty sick to see LeBron on it though.

  • John

    jay z is a bandwagoner, where were u when ur nets where losing about 20 straight games. not courtside for sure, u were at knick games for some reason. now when ur courting lebron and ur team can be good u come back and support them. great owner you are, probably own only like 5%. a real owner sticks with his team when they suck, jay z wasn’t at any nets game this year unless lebron was playing. lets just hope prokhorov is different than this poser like owner jay z is. stick to music man.

  • george w. buckets

    @John: which losing streak was Jay-z not apart of?

  • NJ4Life

    Get used to it Knick fans. For the better part of this decade your team was inferior to the team from Jersey. Flashbacks of JKidd killin’ it in the garden still sting don’t they? Well the Nets are here to stay, and now that we have the right owner, the Knicks better be prepared. This means war…

  • John

    @george w. buckets: im just exaggerating the losing streak, but the nets almost had the worst record in NBA history
    It would be nice to see your owner at least make an appearance once in a while
    And now he tries to reappear on billboards acting like he is part of the rebuilding process in luring LeBron to the Nets
    Owners stick by their teams even when they suck
    Watch any Net game from last year and compare it to seasons where J-Kidd and Vince were together, look right beside the players bench and wheres Jay-Z
    Oh, right, he’s at the Knick game giving props to LeBron with CC Sabithia when their in town

  • Mellisa Howie

    Well, we’ll show them when the Knicks get all the best players in the Free Agency!


  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Knicks suck

  • ab_40

    The Knicks are gonna come up empty again. It isn’t good for the nba but hey that’s life you can’t win em all. New York has not been relevant since 99 when they were in the finals.

  • http://www.kaycephotography.com/ Kevin

    pretty sure if the Knicks were doing anything relevant over the past ten years, most people would see that same billboard and just laugh. it matters right now coz the Knicks are sensitive.

  • JD

    They were just mad cuz the Nets about to be better than their team.

  • Coney Islander

    The Knicks are cursed.