The Brooklyn Nets are the team in New York that made the biggest of splashes this summer, however, the New York Knicks have gone tit-for-tat in the war of words.
It was time for another jab from the Nets, especially after what J.R. Smith said a couple weeks ago. Deron Williams took it upon himself to carry that load.
Asked about teammate Paul Pierce’s assertion that the Nets will eventually take ownership of New York from the Knicks, Williams told ESPNNewYork.com, “That’s my teammate so I’m with him. 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.”
The Knicks and Nets have engaged in a war of words ever since Nets forward Pierce told ESPN New York 98.7 FM in August, “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
Can we just play a game already? Or, better yet, get both teams to meet on a blacktop somewhere and go shirts and skins (call your own fouls)?
Even without the war of words this offseason, there was already potential for a “rivalry” between the Nets and Knicks. I’m not sure we can call it a “rivalry” yet, though. Still, the bottom line is that both teams see themselves as championship contenders.
We all know where this is headed, if you don’t stop reading….NOW.
Knicks vs Nets Eastern Conference Semifinals, winner gets to lose to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. Deal? Okay, cool.
Until then, the Nets and Knicks will keep on this childish battering through the media, and we’ll just keep listening.