Rivalries have been a lost art in the NBA recently. We really haven't seen the kind of blood-boiling matchups the New York Knicks and Miami Heat had during the '90s or the battles the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings were embroiled in 10 years ago.
Fortunately, things are starting to look up in that regard, particularly within the Eastern Conference.
It all started when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2010. Immediately, a rivalry between the Heat and Boston Celtics ensued. Then the Chicago Bulls got thrown into the fray. And then the Knicks. And then the Indiana Pacers.
Soon enough, the Nets moved to Brooklyn, and that obviously rubbed the Knicks the wrong way. Now, the Nets are making splashes left and right, irritating the original New York team even further.
It's beginning to get testy, and the 2013-14 season hasn't even begun yet.
This could be the start of a new era in NBA rivalries.