Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Coach Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce (Photo credit: nydailynews.com) As if the first clash between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets on December 5th wasn’t enough to get fans pumped, excited, and on the edge of their seats, new Nets small forward, Paul Pierce has recently expressed his utmost hate for the Knicks, adding more fuel to the already rabid flames. The Truth’s hate against the crosstown rivals existed for more than a decade, while playing for the Boston Celtics. But now the former Celtics star expresses his uttermost disdain for the opposing team, making it recently known to all on a radio interview that he doesn’t intend to share the big city. On ESPN 98.7 FM’s the Michael K Show, Pierce says “I think the hate [for the Knicks] has grown a little. Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.” Could this cause a little tension between Pierce and Smith? Just a few days ago the Knicks star admits that although the Nets possess a better roster as well as look better on paper, the Knicks will always be the marquee team of New York. While there is some truth to what Smith is saying, there may be some truth to what Pierce has said about the Nets running the city. Lets analyze the Net’s roster. Given that Garnett, Pierce, Johnson, and Williams remain healthy in the upcoming seasons, they can pose a threat to their crosstown rival. Here’s why: Johnson can put up 16 points a game and posses great shooting abilities. Williams, on the other hand has showed great improvement the second half of last season. Then we have veteran star Kevin Garnett, who can bring great defense and can hit perimeter shots, which is a very important skill to have on a team. Last, we have the ten-time All-Star Paul Pierce who can close the deal with his strong ability to make three-point field goals. Lets not forget 7’0″ Brook Lopez, who can put up 19 a game. Now if we put all four shooters, Johnson, Williams, Pierce, and Garnett on the same court at the same time, that without a doubt would pose a great threat and become a big deal. In addition, it’s possible that the Nets will be considered in championship conversations amongst sports critics and NBA types, but it all depends on how they perform this upcoming season.
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