Brooklynite Mike Sorisi created Knicklyn as a way to give a home to people like him: diehard hoops fans from Kings County who’d rather stay true to NYC’s original team than jump ship to the Nets. Within days of setting up shop–selling t-shirts and stickers on Big Cartel–Sorisi received a cease-and-desist letter from none other than the NBA, claiming he was infringing on the Knicks’ name and the Nets’ basketball logo.
The Knicklyn site is suspended for now, with no products for sale and an open letter to fans on the front page, but Sorisi doesn’t seem to be taking it laying down. “They don’t own a trademark on circles,” he told the New York Post. “There’s a Knickerbocker Avenue that runs through Brooklyn. They don’t own that word.”