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Deron Williams: ‘Of course we want to run New York’

Sep 15, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Since Paul Pierce was traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer, there’s been seemingly non-stop talk about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets.

Players from both teams have commented, and Deron Williams is the latest to acknowledge the competitive nature of the teams that play in such close geographical proximity to one another.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Deron Williams has entered the fray — sort of.

Asked about teammate Paul Pierce’s assertion that the Nets will eventually take ownership of New York from the Knicks, Williams told, “That’s my teammate so I’m with him. Of course we want to run New York. The Knicks are our rival. I don’t get into too much of the talking. We’ll decide all that on the court. We have four games to play against them and then the playoffs so I’ll let Paul do the talking and I’ll just go out there and play.”

The Knicks and Nets have engaged in a war of words ever since Nets forward Pierce told ESPN New York 98.7 FM in August, “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”

Obviously, the Nets would like to be better than the Knicks — not only to “run New York,” but because Brooklyn’s star-studded starting lineup enters this season with championship aspirations.

There’s nothing too inflammatory here, as Williams is just stating the obvious. We’ll see if the players for the Knicks see things the same way.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Paul Pierce, JR Smiff, Deron Williams… these fools ain’t heard but I run New York. You’re gonna have to come through me, son!

  2. yournuts - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Pretty stupid comments by the hacks writing the ridiculous columns. Every team wants to run their geographic rival. The Clippers all want to run the Lakers, the Nets want to run the Knicks. It has always been the SAME rivalry even when the Nets were in New Jersey. Perhaps the Nets think they finally have a team to do it with 2 extra old men in Pierce and KG? Who knows? We’ll find out but it is no bigger a rivalry that it was before this year. Until they meet in the Playoffs.

    • imakcds - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      ain’t no rivalry in LA, the Lakers rent space to the Clippers.

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I want to run Kate Upton. Some things are not meant to be.

    • badintent - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      What ? You don’t run Upton ? Gonna be the shoes.LOL
      This message was approved by Spike Lee

  4. dysraw1 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    well what do you guys expect him to say, we want to be the worst team

  5. wbkev24 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    the knicks will ALWAYS run NY!!!!
    The NJ Nets made to the finals and still had empty seats……
    Try getting a ticket to see the Knicks play….

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