Knicks star hits back at Pierce comments.
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton says the city still belongs to his team after Paul Pierce said it’s time the Brooklyn Nets took over.
The Nets have arguably made the biggest splash in the off-season this year following the acquisition of Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics.
Andrei Kirilenko has also arrived to add to a roster already possessing the likes of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, as the Nets look to come good on their five-year plan to win an NBA championship.
Pierce stoked the fire last week when he suggested that it was time for the Nets to take over the city, while he also revealed his dislike for their rivals.
“Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level. I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city,” he told ESPN New York according to ESPN.
However, Felton disagrees with the Celtics legend and says that it’s just talk ahead of the new season and that he is confident his team can deliver and remain the top team in the city.
“They will never take over the city. Because we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest,” Felton said.
“They’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on their chest, and we’ve got ‘New York.’ They’ll never take over the city.
“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,” he added.
While ex-Knicks star Jason Kidd has been appointed as the Nets’ head coach, his former team have brought in Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih this summer.
The first game in the regular season between the two teams comes on December 5 at the Barclays Center.