David Stern issues warning for Knicks/Nets owners
I don’t know who is more annoying; James Dolan or Mikhail Prokhorov. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have all of a sudden become the two rich brothers in some expensive prep school that are thirsty for all the attention. From the owners to the players, the bickering, insults and pranks have continually increased over the years and now has reached a new level.
Commissioner David Stern has seen enough. Although the soon-to-be 71 year-old commissioner is getting ready to retire, he’s not going to let the two New York owners continue to act like cornballs. So the
principal polarizing commish has decided to issue a warning for two New York franchises.
Via New York Post:
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 told The Post.
“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.
I suppose the rivalry is good for the league, but I don’t think fans want to hear two rich owners trying to manufacture a rivalry as much as the players going hard against each other. The season is a few short months away, we will see if all this trash talk ratcheted the rivalry up a few notches.