Things are getting heated in the Nets/Knicks rivalry and we are still more than two months away from the first game of the season.
It all started with Paul Pierce. The longtime rival of the Knicks while he was with Boston initially burned the Knicks without even mentioning their name at his introductory press conference. Then he mockingly called Madison Square Garden his favorite place to play before saying that, “it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
His words would not go unnoticed either as Knicks point guard Raymond Felton reacted by saying, “they will never take over the city.” Now Spike Lee, a millionaire who is not above begging people for money on the internet, has also taken a return shot.
“Other teams are making a lot of noise with their big, major announcements with every move, like the Nets,” Lee told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. “The Knicks have been very quiet assembling their team, which I love. I love the fact that people are picking the Knicks fifth or lower in the East. It’s great; let people think that. Paul Pierce is talking crazy.”
Sounds like a guy who is bitter about the Knicks offseason and is trying to convince himself that all is well. And if that statement didn’t contain enough sour grapes enough for you, he talked about the signing of Metta World Peace like his name was still Ron Artest.
“I love that move. He’s not done; he’s got a lot left,” Lee said for the World Peace signing. “I love him on (LeBron James) at the end of the game. I love him on Paul Pierce or Joe Johnson at the end of the game. He can play five positions.”
Lee has pretty big expectations for his Knicks. They did win 54 games last season and should still be strong this year regardless of where they finish in the Eastern Conference. Still, I can’t help but feel like Lee is going to be disappointed this season, “We’ve got to get (to the Eastern Conference Finals),” he said. “Got to.”