With tensions being what they've been between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, sources of the New York Post have reported that the NBA set up a meeting with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owner James Dolan to clear the air between the two.
It seems like a bit of an overreaction, right? What's wrong with a friendly rivalry, anyway? Apparently commissioner David Stern felt like it was gettting out of hand, and that the two men wouldn't be able to squash the beef on their own. The Post explains:
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.
One July morning in 2010, Knicks Nation awoke to a Godzilla-sized rendition of Prokhorov and then team advisor and minority share owner Jay-Z plastered on the side of a building near Madison Square Garden proclaiming a “Blueprint for Greatness” as the Nets readied their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
According to several sources, Dolan was furious about the 22-story, 21,375 square-foot billboard and called league officials to complain, a tactic he repeated last year after Prokhorov referred to him as “that little man” in a New York Magazine article.
Enough, said the league. Is this any way for the two New York teams, who plan to share the 2015 All-Star Game, to act? So the league wanted the two men in the same room in an attempt to squash any lingering animosity and to prevent additional hostility. Enter Stern.
We can't lie, it's pretty awesome to see Prokhorov getting Dolan's goat like this. Next time this happens, can the league hire Vince McMahon and have the two owners settle this dispute WWE-style instead?
[via NY Post]