According to an article on ESPN.com, Paul Pierce‘s hatred for the New York Knicks “has grown a little” since making his move to the Brooklyn Nets. Knicks’ J.R. Smith responded to these comments stating, “I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston.”
The Boston-New York rivalry has been one dominated by the Knicks as of late, as they won three of four meetings last season and then beat them in the first round of last season’s playoffs in six games. Smith, who won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season, shined bright against the Boston Celtics, and was the high-point man in two of four games when they met.
But as a new season approaches and Boston have lost the majority of their stars to Brooklyn, a new rivalry is on the horizon. As the Nets have acquired former Celtics’ Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, as well as the likes of former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko, this will be a heated battle for all to enjoy.
“Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level,” Pierce said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show.”
Smith countered these statements with, “He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
The bitter rivalries between the New York Yankees–New York Mets, New York Giants–New York Jets, have now added the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks; which will be one to be remembered. I can’t wait to watch this battle play out for state’s favorite. Let’s see who will get the better of whom at season’s end.
Their first meeting will be on Dec. 5 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.