Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 9/1/13

One of the more interesting side shows of the off season has been the war of words between the Knicks and the Nets. Paul Pierce started it by saying how he has always hated the Knicks but since joining the Nets, he hates them even more. "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." It doesn't stop there though. The owners have also been in the fracas. One July morning before the Nets first season in Brooklyn, the Knicks braintrust awoke to a 22 story, 21,375 square foot billboard of Prokhorov, the Nets owner, and then team advisor and minority share owner Jay-Z plastered on the side of a building near Madison Square Garden proclaiming a “Blueprint for Greatness.” According to sources, Dolan was furious and called league officials to complain. Last year, Dolan again calle the league offices to complain after Prokhorov referred to him as “that little man” in a New York Magazine article. The shots between the teams has become so antagonistic that David Stern felt the need to call a meeting between Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to demand that they behave in a more civil manner toward each other and that the franchises cool off the rivalry stuff just a little. Obviously JR Smith didn't get that memo. "I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston. He doesn't really know what New York is all about. He's been playing in Boston his whole career. He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them." Well that's going to go over like a lead balloon with the Truth. I'm not so sure that Pierce is bitter over being traded. I know he was torn and in a way would have loved to finish his career in Boston but when the decision was made to rebuild, I think he wanted out. He went through a rebuild once and it wasn't fun and I don't see him wanting to do it again at this stage in his career. He now gets a chance to play for a ring this season on a contender and doesn't have to carry the team. All I can say is that Knicks-Nets games this season are going to be must watch TV. With the bad blood rising between them in this war of words, not even David Stern is going to stop this rivalry from becoming a war on the court. Of course, Celtics fans hate the Knicks as much as Pierce does and so rooting against them in this rivalry will be a fun addition to this rebuilding season for the Celtics. [Discuss on CG Forums!]

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