New York fans are, of course, feeling that they are entitled to more righteous indignation over Jeremy Lin's departure than Boston fans should have for Ray Allen's flight south.
The angst Knicks fans have worked up seems inappropriate for a rookie who played only two-dozen games.
The angst Celtics have worked up over Ray Allen borders on putting him on trial for damning the Boston franchise, like a modern equivalent of "The Man Without a Country." He spent five years and gave a championship effort in Boston even in the years they did not win. His free agency sticks in the craw of Boston.
Lin and Allen have become symbols of sports disloyalty, whether their intentions were unplanned or not.
The Knicks fans probably won't see Lin much during the season as Houston makes only the rare trip to Madison Square Garden. The idea they will meet in playoffs is only slightly more ridiculous than Jason Kidd speaking on the dangers of drinking and driving.
On the other hand, Celtics fans must face the ugly situation of having the despised LeBron's Heat entering the TD Garden on regularly scheduled visits, and then knowing the Heat have the nerve to stand in way of a championship in the playoffs.
The Knicks will barely miss Lin who only showed up for a third of the season's games for one season, whereas the Celtics will be missing the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
To give succor to their fans, New York's front office keeps Melo Anthony happy, and the Celtics' front office finds Fab Melo. There is a 'melodrama' gap in Boston. The media will miss Lin more than Allen. Edge to the Knicks.
Age before beauty always seems appropriate in basketball. Allen is over a decade older than Lin. In a parallel situation, Jason Kidd will race past Kevin Garnett in the Jack Benny Sweepstakes. In this case, the Beast beats Beauty. Edge to the Celtics.
Houston and Miami are destinations for those who like a shiny buckle on their Sunbelt. Boston and New York are best known for beans and apples, good for bowel movements. Edge to fans that like players that never experience pressure, excitement, or media frenzy.
Good luck to Jeremy Lin and Ray Allen. We think you'll be less sorry you are out of the Northeast Corridor once the snow flies.