The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs started two decades ago when David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and co. defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. That title was the beginning of the Spurs dynasty while on the other hand, it was a start of bad times at Madison Square Garden.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the newest beef between two teams is not only because of Marcus Morris’ decision to join the Knicks despite agreeing on a move to the Spurs. It goes back to the Kristaps Porzingis deal to the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks have a beef with the Spurs as they thought that San Antonio “crossed lines of accepted behavior” before Porzingis’ trade to the Mavs in February.
Although we’re not aware of the details of what the Spurs actually did or didn’t do to make the Knicks mad, New York felt that San Antonio “operated outside of accepted NBA norms.” One speculation is that Gregg Popovich’s team wanted to add Porzingis, but New York opted to send the Latvian to the Dallas Mavericks instead.
The Spurs were “pissed” that Morris disrespected the agreement on a two-year contract with them. Instead, he took a one-year, $15 million deal from the New York Knicks, according to The Athletic’s Frank Isola.
It wasn’t the only free agency story concerning former Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris. He also turned down an opportunity to sign a three-year deal worth $41 million with the Los Angeles Clippers, after which he fired agent Rich Paul. The agent wanted Morris to team up with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles.
After all, the decision is now final; Morris picked New York over San Antonio while the Knicks sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas , and both teams are angry at each other. Perhaps this situation will change in the near future, but at the moment, the Knicks and the Spurs are involved in a real NBA beef.