There really hasn’t been much going on in the world of the Brooklyn Nets so what little we do have to talk about, we’re going to get as much out of it as possible which, lately, has been the escalating rivalry between the Nets and the New York Knicks.
It all started with one of the Nets’ newest acquisitions, Paul Pierce, who first burned the Knicks by purposefully leaving them off a list of the top teams in the East, then sarcastically proclaiming Madison Square Garden as his favorite place to play, and finally he said that it’s about time for the Nets to take over New York.
“I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston. He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career,” Smith told Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
Smith then insulted Brooklyn by calling it an island. Apparently he’s never seen a map of Manhattan.”They’re in one borough, we’re all over. So it’s like, you’re on an island and we’ve got the whole country. So it’s nothing really to even talk about,” Smith said.
Smith also went out on a limb and guaranteed that the Knicks would win a championship saying that he was “100 percent sure.” Then he claimed that the Nets had interest in him before he signed with the Knicks last year, but he turned them down because, “The Nets weren’t good. Now they’re still not good.” Beat writers shot down his claim that the Nets were interested last offseason.
Smith is clearly a little uneven if he really thinks the Nets haven’t improved to the point where they are better than the Knicks, but realistically I’m not sure what else he should say. I think Reggie Evans responded best to his claims though with a simple, “LOL.”
This stuff is pretty funny and will only serve to make the Nets/Knicks games, which were already at a playoff intensity level last season, even more intense. Still, you have to wonder how the NBA feels about this. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been guilty of slinging some mud at the Knicks in the past when he put up a giant billboard featuring him and Jay Z next to MSG and he referred to the Knicks owner James Dolan as “that little man” in a magazine article. That drew complaints from Dolan and the league had a sitdown with the two teams to squash their differences at the beginning of last season. Will they have a response while this back and forth between the players continues to escalate?