Howard: Melo, Knicks still No. 1 in New York

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The Nets can move into a new arena just 5 miles from Madison Square Garden instead of 11. They can change the name on everything from their jerseys to their stationery from New Jersey to Brooklyn. With any luck, they will never have to hear another wisecrack about being swamp creatures, or the Exit 16W Nets.

They can even try to conjure up a little old-time magic by planting a flagpole from Ebbett's Field at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic and consecrate it by asking a member of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson's family to drop by, as the Nets did before Tuesday's second game of the season against the Knicks at Barclays Center.

But then, inevitably, the game has to start.

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Howard: Melo, Knicks still No. 1 in New York