According to a report by the New York Post, the NBA does not want any bad blood between the Knicks and Nets, so much so that Commissioner David Stern ordered a sit-down meeting between Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this past season in an effort to end any tension between the two New York teams.
Both parties said the meeting was very cordial and pleasant, anonymous sources told The Post.
Earlier this month, one of the newest members of the Nets, Paul Pierce, said his "hate for the Knicks has grown a little," adding it's grown to another level and "it's time for the Nets to start running this city."
Knicks guard Raymond Felton laughed off Pierce's comments and did so without firing a real shot back at the Nets forward. Felton said "we're not worried about the Brooklyn Nets. We're worried about the New York Knicks."
In a separate interview, J.R. Smith had a similar sentiment. Smith played the politically correct card and simply spoke up his own team.
Though spokespersons for Prokhorov and for the Knicks would not make comments to the Post's requests, one source said the Nets owner believes the feud "is great for both teams" and that it is not personal at all.
These two teams face off in the regular season in Brooklyn on Dec. 5.