But with Pierce now just playing miles from Madison Square instead of in Boston, the hatred has grown – this according to Pierce himself.
During an interview with ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM, the former Boston Celtics swingman stated that it’s time for the Nets to start running New York City.
“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.”
However, Knicks point guard Raymond Felton isn’t having any of it, saying Pierce and the Nets can never take over the city – stating that it’s the Knicks who wear ‘New York’ across their chests:
“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.”