New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton said he loves the way Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is trash-talking his Knicks.
Pierce had announced that his dislike for the Knicks intensified since joining his new team, and that New York City will eventually will be a Brooklyn Nets town.
Nonetheless, Felton says Pierce’s assertions are good for the Knicks-Nets rivalry and doesn’t believe them to be malicious.
“He’s just trying to talk, talk, talk, to fuel the rivalry, which is good. I love it,” said Felton, who laughed when asked about Pierce’s comments. “I think it’s good for us, it’s good for the whole state, it’s good. So, whatever — I love it.
Felton pointed out that the Nets will never take over the city, because it’s the Knicks that have ‘New York’ written on their chest.
“They’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on their chest, and we’ve got ‘New York,” Felton quipped.
Both teams made upgrades in the offseason.
The Nets acquired Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko.
The Knicks got Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.
The rivals will meet four times in the regular season.