Spite is a present that retains on giving, and that’s no totally different within the NBA. Typically it might even improve it.
This time, the shiny-wrapped current comes from All-Star guard James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets. Anybody who has been taking note of the league is aware of that it’s a kind of miraculous seasons that each the Nets and Knicks are good on the similar time.
Enter The New Yorker, which posted its newest cowl on Monday exhibiting Knicks gamers Julius Randle and R.J. Barrett, who’ve each performed extraordinarily effectively this season, chasing down Brooklyn’s celebrity Large 3 of Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant.
Nonetheless, Harden — regardless of being one of many chased, not the chaser — apparently wasn’t too keen on the unique cowl, so he did some modifying. The previous MVP cropped out each Knicks gamers within the photograph and solely confirmed himself and his Nets teammates, with no Knick to be discovered. Harden then proceeded to submit it on Twitter with no caption.
It’s plain that the petty wars have begun between these two New York-based groups. The followers have already got a cattiness between them, which makes the rivalry much more intense and now that each groups are good it’s solely going to get spicier.
Final night time, the Knicks clinched their first profitable season since 2012-13. They’ve gained 12 of their final 13 video games and at the moment have sole possession of the fourth spot within the East. The Knicks have been hooping underneath coach Tom Thibodeau. They’re primary within the league in factors allowed and have a respectable MVP candidate in Randle.
The Nets are sitting at quantity two within the East regardless of myriad accidents all through the season. There are respectable considerations about if we are going to ever see this squad absolutely wholesome once more this season. Harden continues to nurse a hamstring harm, and there’s no set timetable for his return.
It will be very attention-grabbing to see if both the Knicks may climb as much as the 3-seed or the Nets may climb as much as the one-line earlier than the tip of the common season, so we may have a possible all-New York showdown within the Japanese Convention semis.
No matter occurs, I’m simply right here for the pettiness. The NBA is all the time higher with petty and when each of those groups are good, it solely raises the stakes greater.