The Battle of New York
For the first time ever, the New York Knicks might actually feel threatened by their little brother who once lived across the Hudson. The Brooklyn Nets are revamped and fully confident that they are not only the best team in New York City, but one of the best teams in the league.
Paul Pierce, one of the newest additions to the Brooklyn Nets, said, “"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 NewYork 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show." "I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city."
But if you ask Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks, they’ll always be the little brother, no matter how much money they have, and no matter who they bring on.
"They will never take over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest," Felton said Sunday. "They've got 'Brooklyn' on their chest, and we've got 'New York.' They'll never take over the city. [Pierce] saying that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it's all about rivalries. We understand that -- he knows that, I know that. He's just trying to fuel it."
But could it be for good reason? The Los Angeles Clippers may not become the Los Angeles Lakers over night, but with a few more seasons where the Clippers are the best team in the city, it isn’t inconceivable to see the tide of culture change in any city, even in New York.