For the two tri-state area teams, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, their latest acquisitions certainly make both squads not only viable contenders for the upcoming NBA season, but also make them look great on paper. With the additions of Garnett, Pierce, Kirilenko and Jason Terry, the Brooklyn Nets will have the bulls-eye on them every arena they enter. On the other side of the town, the Knicks, who added Metta World Peace and the versatile Andrea Bargnani, there has been plenty of talk of who will be the team to reckon with in the Big Apple. Adding fuel to the rivalry, all-star forward Paul Pierce said they would be the obviously better team in the Big Apple, and after catching wind of this comment, the always opinionated J.R. Smith spoke to Ian Begley and let Pierce have a little of his mind regarding his statement, by following up with this very rebuttal calling “Pierce as “a bitter person just getting out of Boston.” He followed saying:
“(Pierce) doesn’t really know what New York is all about,” Smith told Begley. “Just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
Not only that, but you may have heard that Smith also said that he is GUARANTEEING a championship for the Knicks. That comment was received with extremely mixed sentiments.
Only time will tell, so let the rumbling begin in New York!