The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks players have been engaging in a war of words this summer with Paul Pierce leading the charge, but the team’s best player Deron Williams is staying out of it…kind of.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com recently caught up with D-Will and asked him about the vocal spat going on and specifically about Pierce’s declaration that the Nets want to run New York.
“That’s my teammate so I’m with him,” D-Will told Begley. “Of course we want to run New York. The Knicks are our rival. I don’t get into too much of the talking. We’ll decide all that on the court. We have four games to play against them and then the playoffs so I’ll let Paul do the talking and I’ll just go out there and play.”
Pretty civil, but really this entire thing has been done in jest for the most part. Nobody has really been vicious in what they’ve said. Pierce really started the whole thing by not including the Knicks in a list of Eastern Conference opponents that the Nets need to take serious. He then jokingly referred to Madison Square Garden as his favorite place to play and finished by saying that the Nets will run New York. Those aren’t exactly fighting words (like telling somebody that his wife taste like Honey Nut Cheerios).
The Knicks have had both Metta World Peace and J.R. Smith involved, two guys who love to talk trash, so it’s not surprising that this has turned into a back and forth. Recently Jason Terry and Reggie Evans have gotten involved, but in both cases, again, it was just minor, fun stuff.
Of course, all of this is great for what has become a full blown rivalry. The games between the two teams were intense last season and that was before the Nets were legit contenders and they brought Pierce and Kevin Garnett, two players with a history with the Knicks. So this season each game will be a playoff-level intense which should make for an amazing rivalry.