The New York Knicks and Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets have struggled to both field competitive squads during the history of their franchises. Every time one team is playing well, the other seems to be at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. That wont be the case this season as both the Nets and Knicks should battle for the division crown.
Per SLAM Magazine:
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. It’s just like Duke and North Carolina, that big rivalry, we still got “North Carolina” on our chest. We’re still the most-liked North Carolina team there is. There’s a lot of Duke fans, too, but we’re the most-liked team. It’s the same comparison. We still got “New York” on our chest. 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.