If you haven’t heard, in the last week or so, several members of the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks having been talking in great lengths as to who owns the city of New York and how much they dislike the other team.
"(I hate the Knicks) with a passion," Pierce told Complex Magazine. "Let's start it up right now. Let's start the beef. It's no secret that me and New York got history. It's no secret."
Pierce added that now since he is a member of the Nets, the intensity undoubtedly will rise.
Also from the Daily News via Life and Time Magazine.
"It's going to be what it was (a rivalry), but now on steroids," Pierce told Life and Times Magazine. "This is a city battle. We're going to divide the city now. Before this was a Knicks town, but now that I'm here we're going to call it, 'Nets Village.'
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton took offense to Pierce’s comment and shot right back.
"They will never take over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest," Felton said Sunday. "They've got 'Brooklyn' on their chest, and we've got 'New York.' They'll never take over the city.
"[Pierce] saying that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it's all about rivalries. We understand that — he knows that, I know that. He's just trying to fuel it."
Obviously, Brooklyn are the new kids on the block, having only played in New York for one year (not counting their time in Long Island in the ABA and early days with the NBA merger), so to say that Brooklyn is about to become New York’s new team, well, that’s a bit premature.
Even though this is idle chat, it does add fuel to the fire. Last year’s games with the Nets were some of the most gut-wrenching, pulsating and entertaining games to watch- not just for fans of just New York, but the whole country.
While this new city rivalry has a while to reach the height and hysteria of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, this little animosity between the two teams is good for the sport of basketball in New York City.
The two teams will get their shot at each other for the first time on December 5 at the Barclays Center. The two will then tangle in MSG on January 20 for the Knicks annual Martin Luther King Holiday affair.
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