The NBA in NYC

Basketball’s biggest stars duke it out on the court

New York City is a basketball town, and it’s never more evident than when the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets tip off their seasons.  Expectations are high for both teams this year, and there are few New York scenes that are more exciting than an NBA game.

The Knicks are looking to build off of last season’s success. Plenty of fans will be wearing the #7 jersey of Carmelo Anthony, the leading scorer in the NBA last year.  While there is plenty of action on the court, you may have a hard time looking away from the crowd, as the Knicks have plenty of celebrity fans.  Some of their most famous supporters include Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Adam Sandler.

Catch the Knicks this month at one of their six home games at Madison Square Garden, starting with their home opener on 11/3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  They also play host to the Charlotte Bobcats (11/5), Tim Duncan and the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs (11/10), Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets (11/16), the Atlanta Hawks (11/16) and the Indiana Pacers (11/20).

Madison Square Garden, the home of the Knicks, is as much an attraction as the event.  Dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Arena”, the Garden has undergone an incredible renovation featuring upgraded restaurants, clubs and seating.  Learn all about the improvements and see behind the scenes areas like the team locker rooms on the All-Access Tour, which re-launches on 11/7.  Be sure to check out the sixth floor, which features “Garden 366,” an exhibition of photos lining the wall commemorating iconic events for each date of the year that have occurred at The Garden.

Just over Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, the Brooklyn Nets are set to begin their second season since relocating from New Jersey. The Nets garnered a lot of attention in the offseason, acquiring future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics, and hiring their former star (and one-time New York Knick) Jason Kidd to be their new head coach.  They will join Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson to form one of the most star-studded lineups in the NBA.  Be sure to pick up a jersey, in stylish black and white, of your favorite Net to wear to the game.

The Nets open their season against four-time league MVP Lebron James and the 2-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.  They also have home games this month against the Utah Jazz (11/5), the Indiana Pacers (11/9), Portland Trail Blazers (11/24), Detroit Pistons (11/24), and Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (11/27).

The Barclays Center, located in the heart of Brooklyn, has already become a vital part of the neighborhood.  Recognizing the great cuisine in the area, Barclays Center features food and drink from 37 Brooklyn-based vendors. Grab a sandwich from the Avenue K Deli or Fatty Cue BBQ, a beer from a Brooklyn Brewery cart and a slice of Junior’s cheesecake, and settle in to your seat to cheer on the Nets!

The area’s two NBA teams offer some of the most excitement you can find in New York City.  Whether you check out a Knicks game at the Garden, one of the most iconic arenas in American sports, or cheer on the Nets at the state-of-the-art Barclays Center, you will discover how passionate NYC is about its basketball.  No matter how the teams do, you can’t lose!

For tickets, check with your concierge or visit nba.com.