New Billboard Outside Madison Square Garden Trolls Knicks For Missing Out On Kyrie Irving

Alex Greenberg
November 05, 2019 - 11:41 am

There’s a new billboard outside Madison Square Garden, and James Dolan probably won’t like it very much.

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Kyrie Irving was linked with both the Knicks and Nets as a free agent this summer. He ultimately decided to sign with Brooklyn, which was a blow to the Knicks who had hoped to sign a superstar after tanking last year. They also missed out on Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

Now, Irving’s decision to “come home” and play for Brooklyn is being rubbed in the faces of the Knicks with a huge billboard on the corner of the very arena they play their games in.

It’s safe to say that this is one advertisement that won’t sit well with the club that plays its basketball in midtown Manhattan.

Irving is originally from New Jersey, but his move to the Nets has been branded as a homecoming for the mercurial point guard. After joining the team, he spoke about how important it was for him to be back near where he grew up in the New York area. He has been sensational in his first few games with his new squad.

Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against the New York Knicks during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nike sponsors Irving and is responsible for the billboard. The company might have considered putting a Knicks player on the massive sign, but David Fizdale’s team doesn’t have anyone with anything near the star power that Irving has. Although, RJ Barrett is a good young player who has the potential for that kind of marketability.

Still, the Nets have struggled a bit to start the season with their new-look roster. They are 3-4 as they progress through a campaign in which they won’t have Durant available at all due to his ruptured Achilles. 

Trolling James Dolan has been known to backfire on a few different occasions. We’ll see if any complaints are lodged from the Knicks' offices about the presence of this billboard right outside their “Mecca” of basketball.