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We at SB Nation NBA have been doing network-wide themed posts every Wednesday, and this week's is very simple. What other NBA team is the Knicks' biggest rival? We're talking about present day, but I do think that the strongest of current rivalries remain informed by past hostility. That said, here's a case for each of the candidates (a list made with y'all's help):
The Boston Celtics
Reasons: A bunch of recent games that came down to the last second, a recent history of small fights and hard fouls, the 2011 playoffs, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and oh man I hate the Celtics so much.
The Miami Heat
The Brooklyn Nets
Reasons: Geographic proximity, Deron Williams (remember that game last year?), maybe Kris Humphries, a bit of (fugazi) recent playoff history, the rising tide of marketing material insisting that this is a rivalry.
The Chicago Bulls
Reasons: Lingering 1990s playoff hostility, and I guess that double overtime game last season?
The Indiana Pacers
Reasons: Lingering 1990s playoff hostility, Danny Granger runnin' his mouth last season.
The Houston Rockets
Reasons: Lingering 1990s playoff hostility, the whole Jeremy Lin ordeal and the inter-front office weirdness that preceded it.
I'm sure there are more reasons, but I think that's a decent list of teams. Vote!
Who is the Knicks' biggest rival?
Boston Celtics (304 votes)
Miami Heat (242 votes)
Brooklyn Nets (101 votes)
Indiana Pacers (15 votes)
Chicago Bulls (11 votes)
Houston Rockets (9 votes)
682 total votes