In an interestingly timed promotion, the Brooklyn Nets will hand out 10,000 Kyrie Irving jerseys to fans at the Oct. 25 game against the New York Knicks.
One of the non-stories of the offseason was the New York Knicks missing free agencyâ€™s biggest names. Kevin Durant seemed inevitable for months until he spurned them for the Brooklyn Nets when the open market cleared way on June 30.
The other big name was Kyrie Irving. He also seemed like an inevitable piece for the 2019-20 Knicks, until the tides turned, and he joined Durant in Brooklyn. Both players signed a four-year contract.
The Knicks and Nets will battle four times this season, as usual since they both play in the Atlantic Division. Their matchups start on Oct. 25, with a game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. However, Irvingâ€™s presence will grow for that matchup, by about 10,000.
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets will have a giveaway at this game of 10,000 Kyrie Irving replica jerseys. Interesting, of course, since it happens with the Knicks in town. They will have to see more than just one of his uniforms at the arena, with them spread across the potential capacity crowd in late October.
Bondy noted that ticket prices sat at $120, as of Saturday afternoon.
This may not matter to players on the floor, but for the fans who previously expected Durant, Irving and other stars to join the Knicks, it could sit as an extra dig to an offseason that went in a different direction.
New York will not have to endure Durant in 2019-20 due to a ruptured Achilles, but after the opening match there are three games to play:
- Home â€“ Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET
- Away â€“ Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- Home â€“ Sunday, Jan. 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET
The Nets have higher expectations, given their surprisingly successful 2018-19. The Knicks struggled to win 17 games, so they will likely sit back as the underdogs in the first meeting and into the winter.
The Knicks will sell their own jerseys to the fans, who can take over the Barclays Center in these away matchups. The arena holds more than 10,000 fans, so the orange and blue could be prevalent, promotion or not.