Since joining the Brooklyn Nets, Paul Pierce has done nothing to hid his hatred toward the New York Knicks. Starting at the press conference, Pierce refused to include the Knicks among teams the Nets must beat this season, he then said that, “it’s time for the Nets to start running this city” and added that Madison Square Garden is his favorite place to play.
Now Raymond Felton has fired back.
“They will never take over the city. Because we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest,” Felton told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. “They’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on their chest, and we’ve got ‘New York.’ They’ll never take over the city.”
“I don’t really pay no attention to what Paul is saying,” added Felton. “I hear about it, but I don’t pay it no attention. It’s all fun and games to me.”
I love it too. Last season, despite many writers insisting that there was no rivalry between the two teams, their games together were some of the most fun and exciting games of the year. The two teams were extremely close too as they split the four-game season series with two wins apiece.
It’s certainly been ratcheted up a notch this season since the Nets have acquired Pierce, along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, during this offseason. Pierce has already said that it could be the best rivalry in sports this season, something that Tyshawn Taylor agreed with, and Garnett hasn’t even opened his mouth yet (Honey Nut Cheerios, anyone?).
The Nets and Knicks first play each other on Dec. 5 so we have quite a wait ahead of us before the first showdown. However, the two teams have a pair of games scheduled for April which should be almost playoff like down the stretch.