With the acquisition of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics, Brooklyn's rivalry with the Knicks is steadily growing. Last month, Paul Pierce had some words for the New York Knicks, saying, "Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it's grown to another level," Pierce says on the 'Michael Kay Show' on 98.7 FM. He also adds on,"I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city." And in an interview with Complex Magazine, he comments, "Oh yeah. Right now it might be like 70-30 but we're gonna push that the other way." Clearly Pierces' comments show the growing rivalry. But will that be the final words between the clubs? Or course not.
After his remarks on the rivalry, J.R. Smith had things to add about Pierce. "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. He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them," Smith tells ESPN the Magazine. Obviously, with these remarks, hatred is growing between the two clubs, but are J.R. Smith's words okay? Keep in mind Smith had surgery on his knee this offseason, and is still questionable to return for the first game of the season, so is it worth speaking these words? His words not only heated up the rivalry for these two New York teams, but he just escalated the pressure mounted on this Knicks Organization. He specifically said, "He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them." The new look Nets and the Knicks face off four times during the season, including two in April and the first on December 5 at the Barclays Center.
Although J.R. Smiths words fire right at Pierce, Smith's teammate Raymond Felton also had some words to say. "They will never take over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest," Felton said. "They've got 'Brooklyn' on their chest, and we've got 'New York.' They'll never take over the city." He goes on to say, "He's just trying to talk, talk, talk, to fuel the rivalry, which is good. I love it," said Felton, who laughed when asked about Pierce's comments. "I think it's good for us, it's good for the whole state, it's good. So, whatever -- I love it." Although Raymond also adds to Smith's remarks, his explanation is more about heating the rivarly, whereas Smith's words have more anger on them.
I personally think Smith's and Felton's words will go against him as the Nets will win the season series 3-1. But what I am truly excited for is the match-ups between Smith and Pierce. I think they will be extremely physical and get into small fights at least once or twice in their meetings. I'm curious to see if Pierce will respond to the words of Knicks players.