The Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are separated by 6 miles in existence, but separated by decades of success, when it comes to their rivalry.
The new aged rivalry has ratcheted up a bit after the Nets traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is aware of the Nets new-found swag, and told SLAM that “Pierce’s talking junk, will only boost the rivalry.”
SLAM: Can we expect the Knicks-Nets rivalry to continue to grow?
RF: Yeah, especially with Paul Pierce talking all this junk, each and every week. Saying something on some show, some radio show or whatever. It’s just boosting the rivalry, without a doubt. Like I say to people all the time, I don’t care what Brooklyn do, I don’t care if they have a better record than we do this year, we still got “New York” on our chest. We’re still New York’s team, regardless of what Brooklyn do. It just is what it is. …
They can say Brooklyn this, Brooklyn that, they got KG, they got Paul Pierce—OK, they’re going to be good, we know that. But they’re also going to be an older team as well. They’re not going to have the youth that they had last year. But I look forward to it. I love rivalries, I’ve been playing in them a long time.
Trash Talk is sure to ratchet up the rivalry some more, but the true build of this rivalry will come in a highly important playoff matchup.