Spite is a present that retains on giving, and that’s no completely different within the NBA. Sometimes it could even improve it.
This time, the shiny-wrapped current comes from All-Star guard James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets. Anyone who has been listening to the league is aware of that it’s a type 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 Big 3 of Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant.
However, Harden — regardless of being one of many chased, not the chaser — apparently wasn’t too keen on the unique cowl, so he did some enhancing. The former MVP cropped out each Knicks gamers within the picture and solely confirmed himself and his Nets teammates, with no Knick to be discovered. Harden then proceeded to publish 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.
Last night time, the Knicks clinched their first successful season since 2012-13. They’ve gained 12 of their final 13 video games and at present have sole possession of the fourth spot within the East. The Knicks have been hooping beneath coach Tom Thibodeau. They are primary within the league in factors allowed and have a reputable MVP candidate in Randle.
The Nets are sitting at quantity two within the East regardless of myriad accidents all through the season. There are reputable considerations about if we are going to ever see this squad totally wholesome once more this season. Harden continues to nurse a hamstring harm, and there’s no set timetable for his return.
It can be very attention-grabbing to see if both the Knicks might climb as much as the 3-seed or the Nets might climb as much as the one-line earlier than the top of the common season, so we might have a possible all-New York showdown within the Eastern Conference semis.
Whatever occurs, I’m simply right here for the pettiness. The NBA is at all times higher with petty and when each of those groups are good, it solely raises the stakes increased.