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Raymond Felton fans flames of Knicks vs. Nets “rivalry”

Aug 19, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

Raymond Felton AP

For my money, true rivalries are born in the playoffs — you need to play games with something genuine on the line before you have some true animosity between fan bases. For example, while it’s gotten more interesting lately, I don’t think there is a great Lakers/Clippers rivalry in Los Angeles yet. Lakers/Celtics, Lakers/Spurs, those are rivalries. We need a hallway series in LA to get a real rivalry.

Out on the other coast, the Nets want very much to start a rivalry with the Knicks for the heart and soul of New York, they have been bold about it. They also have been bold this offseason acquiring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and those two are not afraid to talk — Pierce basically said the rivalry was on.

Raymond Felton shot back in Newsday.

“Paul Pierce said the Nets are gonna take over the city,” the Knicks point guard said with a smirk Sunday. “It’s hard for you to take over the city when we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest and you’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on yours. It’s been this way since long before he started playing.”

The Knicks are still New York’s team and while the Nets have a fan base it would take a generation or more of good play to really start to make inroads in the city.

But this year, on the court, it’s going to be very interesting. I would love to see — and it is quite possible we will see — a Knicks/Nets first round series. Now that would be fun. And the start of a real rivalry, not just a PR war of words.

  1. themike31 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Divisional rivalries are kind of a thing, playoffs or not. If we applied that logic to the NFL that would mean the Bears and Packers never had a rivalry until 2010.

  2. jbeagles23 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Why they even talking smack? To be the 3rd or 4th best team in the conference. Neither team is a contender

  3. shanelsweet - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Maybe a rivalry takes years, but maybe Pierce could be right too. Most folks will root for a winner. If the Nets bring home a championship over the mighty LeBron, then the Nets are going to pick up most of those NY fans.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Same way the Mets ran New York in the late 80s.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Er, mid-to-late 80s.

  4. yournuts - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Felton happens to be right on. By the way Kurt, you seem to be the only person flaming the fire. Have some lemonade and stop talking like a donkey.

  5. chicagofan - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    “..the Knicks point guard said with a smirk Sunday. “It’s hard for you to take over the city when we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest and you’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on yours. ….” Huh? Jordan took over NY wearing Bulls on his chest. Felton may soon learn winning when it counts, will win over the NY fans more than the name on your chest.

  6. northstarnic - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    “For my money, true rivalries are born in the playoffs…”
    Not in today’s NBA. These days, rivalries are born in the hype machine of the NBA/twitter. Lame. Much less about sport than a bunch of loud mouth self-promoters hawking their goods.

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