This Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks rivalry that is brewing is making fans hope that actual basketball being played will soon break up the boring back and forth between Paul Pierce and the Knicks players.
At first, it was extremely entertaining to see Pierce breathe some life into a rivalry that was mostly a blood feud by the fans but not the players involved. Upon his arrival, Pierce immediately declared New York “Net Village” and didn’t fashion the Knicks as contenders.
Ray Felton and J.R. Smith answered back, and thus a rivalry was started.
Sometime between then, it just went wrong. Maybe it is the sudden anticipation of a football season being so near, but Smith’s comments came off as just howling in the wind more than genuine disdain. It seems that the players are getting anxious to actually get on a court.
In New York, rivalries are made on the field of play. The New York Yankees–Boston Red Sox rivalry wasn’t built because of constant chirping, but arose from those two teams’ desire to best each other in competing for championships.
Neither the Knicks or Nets has advanced past the second round, so bragging rights will have to wait until they are decided not in news cycles, but at Madison Square Garden and the Barclay’s Center.