Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  13 responses

NBA Reportedly Told Knicks and Nets to Stop Insulting Each Other

For a few years now, New York’s two basketball teams have lobbed verbal grenades at one another, with the front-offices and marketing departments getting involved. According to the NY Post, the NBA wants both sides to basically cut down on the childish insults: “Play nice, guys. That essentially was the directive given to owners James Dolan of the Knicks and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets this past season during a meeting orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who wanted to snuff any lingering tension between the two and prevent a full-blown feud, multiple league sources said. ‘There was such a meeting and the parties both said it was a very cordial and pleasant one,’ said one league official with knowledge of the sit-down, which happened early in the season. The official also confirmed Stern assisted in getting the pair together in an attempt to prevent a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. See? It’s not just players like Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton fueling the feud between the two NBA teams sharing the city. It has been going on for a while, but the Nets no longer are the poor stepchild performing in a New Jersey swamp. Another person with direct knowledge of the sit-down called it ‘cordial and friendly.’ Spokespersons both for Prokhorov and for the Knicks said ‘no comment’ regarding the meeting. One source maintained Prokhorov stokes the rivalry fires because he believes the feud ‘is great for both teams’ and insisted it is ‘not at all personal’ against Dolan, the Garden chairman and Cablevision CEO.”

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    Oh come on. This is going to be a fun rivalry to watch. Let them go at it. The fans won’t stop talking s^&t. I’m sure the players will get in to it on the court.

  • spit hot fiyah

    dolan doesn’t want it with prokhorov

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    “Let them Chickens Fight…Pull her weave out” – Luda breath in Breath Out

  • mannasage

    Garnett & Pierce are the Sr. Folks, but are legendary thrash talkers, Felton is in over his head trying to out-thrash talk these two. Melo set Garnett straight last season, but Pierce was always a drama queen, ask the Lakers. World Peace will have his hands full this season. :)

  • VanCityBBall

    seriously NBA? if anything this rivalry will increase how much money will eventually go to your pocket… isn’t that the only thing the NBA cares about anyways?


    Someone needs to tell the NBA to shut up! This is going to make for great basketball… Let em go at it!

  • pposse

    maybe the nba knows this so they just made a silly statement to both teams with an empty threat hoping that the media machine gets a hold of this and continue to make reports about NY vs BK. And the meeting was just an outlining of how the NBA and the two teams will play out the rivalry to generate the most revenues.

  • Cartel

    Was it really THAT serious for a sit down???…The NBA are acting as if there were gonna be drive by shootings between the teo organizations!!! It’s simply competition over hometown turf!!! The Yankees and Mets do it when they play against each other. Jets and Giants go at it at times. I’m sure Rangers and Islanders go at it (I dnt watch hockey, so dnt hold me to that one). So, I dnt see why a meeting was really necessary. It’s not like JR and Metta were gonna jump D-Will in a club….Maybe that’s a bad example, BUT YALL GET THE POINT…

  • danpowers

    lol oh my

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Really? Is this the NBA or an elementary school playground?

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Whats “thrash” talk though?

  • DAMN!

    You get a like from me but just to be clear, worst track on TCD.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    You Right. That Hook was Lazy too. And I think Ye had to pay for that…Should got it for Free