Earlier this month, Paul Pierce told ESPN New York in a radio interview that it was time for the Nets to start "running this city." Not too long after hearing those comments, Knicks point guard Raymond Felton responded: "They will never take over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest…They've got 'Brooklyn' on (theirs)…They'll never take over the city." After a 2012/13 regular season series that saw roughly 51 lead changes and both teams splitting two wins apiece, year two of this budding crosstown rivalry only looks to be more competitive and intriguing than last year. Here are some of tonight's rumblings out of Manhattan and Brooklyn:
- New York may be hosting two All-Star games between 2015 and 2018,
writes Fred Kerber
of the New York Post. Multiple sources have maintained that the 2015
All-Star game will be played at Madison Square Garden, while the Friday night
and Saturday events will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Although nothing has been finalized, Kerber says the league, along with the Knicks and Nets, are in negotiations about a proposal involving
a reversal of roles in 2017 or 2018, where Barclays takes on Sunday's main
event and MSG hosts the other festivities.
- Carmelo Anthony offers his
thoughts on the balance of power shifting toward the Eastern Conference
and gives some insight on his offseason workouts (Jared
Zwerling of ESPN New York).
- Ben Couch of BrooklynNets.com provides an infographic of the Nets' depth at power forward, including Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans, and Mirza Teletovic.