Posted August 18, 2013

Knicks’ Raymond Felton fires back at Nets: ‘They’ll never take over the city’

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Point guard Raymond Felton said the Nets can never run the city because the Knicks have “‘New York’ on our chest.” (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton fired the latest shot in the brewing New York City NBA rivalry.

Responding to Paul Pierce’s Aug. 8 proclamation that “it’s time for the Nets to start running this city,” Felton said that Brooklyn will “never take over the city,” according to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley.

Felton, who returned to the Knicks last season to guide them to their first playoff series victory in 13 years over Pierce’s Celtics, dismissed the new Nets’ small forward’s boast as “just him talking.”

Earlier this month, Pierce also said that his “hate” for the Knicks had grown after his blockbuster trade to Brooklyn along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.

From ESPN.com:

“They will never take over the city. Because we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest,” Felton said Sunday. “They’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on their chest, and we’ve got ‘New York.’ They’ll never take over the city.

“[Pierce] saying that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it’s all about rivalries. We understand that — he knows that, I know that. He’s just trying to fuel it.”

“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.

“I don’t really pay no attention to what Paul is saying,” added Felton, who was at St. John’s University at a clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. “I hear about it, but I don’t pay it no attention. It’s all fun and games to me.”

The two teams split their season series, 2-2, during the Nets’ first year in Brooklyn in 2012-13. They meet for the first time of the 2013-14 season on Dec. 5 at the Barclays Center.

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10 comments
bambam824
bambam824

...and then Ray went wondering through the Big Apple looking for a Big Gulp.

Chris106
Chris106

If Felton speaks does anyone hear him.  Knicks are over hyped, bad team and have been bad for 20 years. NY HYPe machine

_broadwayjoe
_broadwayjoe

The Knicks are the biggest collection of morons, tattooed thugs, classless losers, and everything that's wrong with the NBA. Teams like them make it hard to stomach the NBA these days.

RichardGere
RichardGere

paul pierce goes down on Egyptians ..............


utoo
utoo

We all so how well Pierce played last yr in the playoffs with Felton defending him. He played so bad Boston thought it was best to get rid of him.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

They may have 'New York' on their chest, but they have 'loser' in their blood.

I_Love_My_Knickz
I_Love_My_Knickz

@Rickapolis  Hey Rick, im pretty sure the Knicks (losers that they may be) have been better than the Nets for four consecutive years now. Nets are the real true losers

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Rickapolis are we talking about the Knicks?  Cause this could be applied to several 'New York' teams such as the Jets, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Police Chief, etc.