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League called Knicks, Nets to meeting, told them to play nice

Aug 27, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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There is a natural tension between the Knicks and Nets — the Knicks are the long-established team in New York; the Nets come into Brooklyn, they have been brash, and they are trying to steal part of that market share. Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton have gone back and forth a little on the issue this summer. This is not a full blown rivalry yet (we really need a playoff series between them now to get there) but there is some bad blood.

Or at least was.

Sensing things could get ugly starting with the two owners — Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets and James Dolan of the Knicks — David Stern called a meeting early last season and told the two sides to sit down and smoke a peace pipe (in a metaphorical sense), reports the New York Post.

“There was such a meeting and the parties both said it was a very cordial and pleasant one,” said one league official with knowledge of the sit-down, which happened early in the season.

The official also confirmed Stern assisted in getting the pair together in an attempt to prevent a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

Prokhorov and the Nets would love to spark a rivalry — they want to challenge for the heart and soul of New York. They are also a long way from that. The Nets have fans, but at its core New York is a Knicks town and changing that could take generations if it happens at all, something we were told by Kenny Anderson and plenty of other New Yorkers. So the Nets try to stoke the fires a little, then Dolan gets pissed. So everybody wins.

But the two sides have gotten along well enough to reach a deal to share the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, and likely the 2017 or 2018 one as well.

See, everybody is playing nice.

  1. DonRSD - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Bring the All-Star festivities to Miami.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Why? So everyone can leave early.

      • leahcima1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Leave early, with three championships and one final’s second under your belt, or never having going there in your lifetime? Not a tough choice. Go Knicks, lol

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    this so called rivalry is mostly sparked by the media. i am from NY. and truly wish both teams success. in fact i plan on making my first trip to the Barclay center this year

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Sparked by the media? Have you heard Raymond Felton talking sh** for the last five weeks?

      • badintent - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        But he Never mentioned Honey Nutt did he ? Eh ?

  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    all star festivities to Miami lol I can hear the gunshots ringing out now …

    • badintent - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      Just starting a Liberty City riot for the Super Bowl

  4. jimeejohnson - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Best NY team will prove it on the court, not in the media. Knicks seem scared and the Nets seem inexperienced; both are not true in reality. I think Nets-Knicks games will be mighty competitive.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Who cares what you think.

      • leahcima1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        I do.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Leaha: Thanks for proving my point that no intelligent person cares.

      • leahcima1 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Cantonjerk what a fabulous comeback. You’re really sharp. Maybe someday your team will have four finals appearance and 3 championships in twelve years. If memory serves I think your team has won 2 since 1950. That’s 63 years ago. Wow, a record to be proud of. lol

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        How an NBA team does has no effect on my personal life. Sadly it is very important for you I see.

      • geefors - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        The exact same amout of people that care what YOU think. This “rivalry” should be competitive but neither of them are winning anything anytime soon

  5. bux1022 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Knicks aren’t scared chump! This is our city! Not a borough! ASG is in the Garden.. All the other sideshows are irrelevant. Chalk that win to the Knicks!

  6. bux1022 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I am a real new Yorker from NY, a real fan. Knicks fans don’t wish Brooklyn fans success. Dude must be a fair weather fan or a woman!

  7. dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    no just a fan who knows the history of this great city, and appreciates a new franchise coming into play. i mean you can’t just hate the new guys for no reason. i am a knick fan who witnessed our two ships.and a big Jets fan but i don’t be mad when the Giants win a title

  8. cantonbound13 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Nets, Jets & Mets are the red headed step child in NY.

    • dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      no doubt about it, but tell in 2002 you wasn’t hoping J Kidd & co take down Shaq & Kobe or the Jets beat the Colts 2009

    • logisticalvoices - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      @canton: Who cares what you think?

      • leahcima1 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        cantonjerk does. When he’s not looking in the mirror he reads the world’s shortest book, Pearls of Wisdom from “Cantonjerk”.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:35 AM

        I know fools like Leaha care. That troll scours all articles to find comments by me to read & respond to. It’s kind of creepy.

  9. bux1022 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Hell no I wasn’t! I hate the jets mets and nets equally. No fan of the Knicks should want nets success. As I stated early fair wether fan. Basically what you are saying is you’ll support every team in NY! Lmao!

  10. nygrwy - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    So freaking sensitive. Who cares if their is a rivalry?

    Ron Artest and his nonsense in the Palace really changed this sport. Maybe they will start giving first place ribbons to both teams.

    • jolink653 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      No no, everyone gets a participation trophy for trying their best at the end of the season

  11. bux1022 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    No comment!

  12. jmmsr1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m a Knick, Giants and Yankee fan – but first of all I am a New Yorker. Don’t wish the other NY teams Ill will – a rivalry would be nice. So…having said that, and as any true New Yorker would say to all non- New Yorkers “stay the hell out of it – it’s none of your business!

  13. jbeagles23 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Does anyone care about two teams fighting for the 3rd and fourth seed in the east

    • geefors - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      exactly jbeagles. rivalry LMFAO

  14. seanb20124 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    So one 1/2 of all star game will be in Brooklyn and second half at MSG?

  15. tmixon2004 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    New York basketball fans are worst than Dallas mavericks fans. the new york knicks have a total of 1 championships in a 40 year span and talk like they are Boston or LA or San Antonio. After Pat Riley left they couldn’t even make the playoffs. And who cares about the nets.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      And yet, despite the fact that you’re NOT a fan of NYC basketball, you’re here. LOL. Do you know why you’ve read the article and ALL the comments? You’ve read them because NYC matters. Does whatever town you’re from matter? It’s doubtful, but here’s how you can tell – find an article about wherever you’re from. Assuming anyone even writes about your place in the sticks, look and see if any New Yorkers post in the comments section. No huh? Thats because wherever you’re from doesn’t matter.

      • geefors - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Oh NY matters but your sports teams do not you have one team in 8 that contends year after year and year after year they are hated Outside of NY by everyone except New Yorkers, not up on hockey like that but Mets Nets Knicks and the godawful ass Jets haven’t done anything in NY except put asses in seats and drive fans of those teams bananas. Sports wise except for hockey NY is being held down by the one baseball team and the Giants who are overrated one year and underrated the next that equals inconsistent my friends

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      I think you’re lying. NY basketball fans are some of the most knowledgeable, die-hard, and frustrated fans in the world.

  16. jusdre313 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    this is how soft and pc the leage and media has become.. whats wrong with having a rivalry its f&cking sports!

  17. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    WEEEEEEEEEEEAK SAUCE!!!!!!!!!

    DAVID STERN, TAKE ADAM SILVER WITH YOU TOO IN JAN. We need a complete commish overhaul and need to start fresh. CAN’T WAIT TILL STERN BOUNCES THOUGH! Too bad “Smither’s” is probably going to be a clone.

    • badintent - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      Can’t believe Baby Bells are now $15 for my cheese and cracker snacks.Robbery I tell ya !
      Smithers is a yes man and will be gone in 2 years.Some High price lawyer will get the position

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