Posted September 02, 2013

Knicks’ J.R. Smith: Paul Pierce will ‘pay’ for comments about Nets taking over New York

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J.R. Smith and Paul Pierce

J.R. Smith (left) doesn’t see the Knicks backing down from the Nets. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The war of words over New York City professional basketball supremacy continues.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith is the latest to pop off in response to comments made by new Nets forward Paul Pierce, who suggested earlier this month that it was time for Brooklyn to “start running this city.”

“I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston,” Smith told ESPNNY.com. “He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career. … He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”

Those comments from the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year follow similar statements from Knicks point guard Raymond Felton.

“Paul Pierce said the Nets are gonna take over the city,” Felton said, according to Newsday. “It’s hard for you to take over the city when we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest and you’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on yours. It’s been this way since long before he started playing.”

ESPNNY.com reported that Felton also declared: “They will never take over the city. [Pierce] saying that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it’s all about rivalries. We understand that — he knows that, I know that. He’s just trying to fuel it.”

Pierce, who was traded by the Celtics to the Nets along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in July, has taken shots at the Knicks on at least two occasions.

He first laid out his takeover plans in an interview with 98.7 FM radio in New York.

“I think the hate, it’s grown a little,” Pierce said. “Everybody knows how much I dislike the Knicks as a Celtic but it’s grown to a whole nother level. Now, it’s like crosstown, over the bridge, this is the rivalry. This is really the rivalry. … I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”

The 10-time All-Star followed that up with comments in a Complex.com interview in which he referred to himself as “the Knick killer.”

“[I hate the Knicks] with a passion,” Pierce said. “Let’s start it up right now. Let’s start the beef. It’s no secret that me and New York got history. It’s no secret. This is no secret. It’s already known.”

In that interview, Pierce also conceded that the Knicks, who were founded in 1946 and won titles in 1970 and 1973, currently hold a “70-30″ advantage among fans in New York, but said that the Nets are “gonna push that the other way.”

The Knicks eliminated the Celtics from the first round of the 2013 playoffs, marking the franchise’s first playoff series win since 2000. Smith was ejected from Game 3 and suspended from Game 4 of the series for delivering an elbow to Terry. The Nets were eliminated from the first round of the 2013 playoffs by the Bulls.

Last season, New York finished atop the Atlantic Division with 54 wins, capturing the No. 2 seed. Brooklyn won 49 games, finishing second in the division. New York and Brooklyn split the season series 2-2.

All four of this year’s meetings between the crosstown rivals will be nationally televised. The first will take place on Dec. 5, when the Knicks travel to Brooklyn for a game that will be shown on TNT. New York will host Brooklyn on Jan. 20 and April 2, with both games airing on ESPN. Finally, the Nets will host the Knicks on April 15 on TNT.

The Nets, who joined the NBA in 1976 and played in New Jersey from 1977 to 2012, relocated to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center from Newark’s Prudential Center in advance of the 2012-13 season. The two franchises engaged in a back-and-forth with billboards in each other’s backyards before the move. Last week, the New York Post reported that NBA commissioner David Stern set up a “very cordial and pleasant” meeting with Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov in an effort to calm the developing storm between the two teams. The meeting reportedly took place early in the 2012-13 season.

20 comments
wstaton29
wstaton29

I believe the nets have made some really good moves, but to think that they will be that much better than the Knicks proves that most of you are only wishing that. The nets mortgaged there future for players that are staring father time in the face. While the knicks got younger, tougher and deeper. They should have learning from what happened to the Knicks last Year. Pierce will eat those word. The new York Knicks will always run this city, by the way I live in Brooklyn.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Pierce will pay!  (for the team's dinner at a nice place to celebrate beating the Knicks badly)

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Pierce was seen polishing his ring while he pondered the fear. 

I_Love_My_Knickz
I_Love_My_Knickz

The Knicks gonna Bust a cap in that bicchni99a team, this ish is real real shawty, this ish is real real, ya feel me? We feelin ta bust a cap in this bicchteam, ya feel me? holla

JavierTellez
JavierTellez

J R smith hasnt won anything in his carrer its another average player in the nba

jimmercik
jimmercik

As a Celtics fan and longtime admirer of Paul Pierce, this makes me smile in a good way. Who would've thought that he would be ahead of KG re: verbal sparring w the Knicks? Paul has never shied away from a basketball court challenge, and he would expect nothing less than for the opposition to show up with their A-Game as well. Fact is, regardless of whether or not PP&KG ended up in Brooklyn ... the move of the Nets from NJ into NY Metro area is going to put pressure on the Knickerbockers.  I hope Mssrs. Pierce & Garnett stay healthy and have a couple of great seasons left in him. Expectations for the 2014 Celts are low, and it could be fun to see Pierce & Garnett make their marks in NYC.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

You mean not a hard core black a$$ like YOU for not paying 48K for jewelry or NOT paying your attorney in Denver or even the 1 mill you lost in China?  Your "career" kinda went different ways than a more stable Pierce, hasn't it?    Yeah, with all those tats you have, the ink has gone to your tiny brain.

Bigwhazoo
Bigwhazoo

It's obvious now the "J.R" stands for Just Ridiculous.

Chris106
Chris106

Journey man Smith, who never won anything should just feel lucky he is in the league.  Knicks have not been relavant since Ewing and before that the 70s. 

horstradoomus1
horstradoomus1

You tell em guys. I mean... they only acquired Garnett and Pierce and you've fired back with .... a sleepy looking, underachieving, defenseless Italian guy. Let the sparks fly!!!

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Smith can start talking when he has won ANYTHING. I can't believe the Knicks brought this idiot back after his typical playoff meltdown. Not that his 33% shooting was atypical, his playoff career average is 38%. Pierce is right, the Nets are the best team in NYC at the moment.

chipdavis
chipdavis

Smith and fatty Felton jackin those jaws. 2 of the most irrelevant players in the NBA. Jumpin for joy that meltdown felton aint in Portland. Thanks for getting Lilliard tho!

eddie767
eddie767

Why are the two Knicks players talking,they haven't done a thing in the NBA. Oh,i forgot,they are stealing their paychecks. Pierce was ready to move on,those two bozos had their teams ready to move on from them. When,not gonna happen,they become champions,they can talk trash. This is why Knicks won't win,they talk better than they play.

M20
M20

LOL. Yeah, I'm sure you'll make Pierce "pay", JR.

I_Love_My_Knickz
I_Love_My_Knickz

@jimmercikI hope he ready for it, cuz its coming.. you hear that? My dogs are growling. Knicks City comin atcha. This ish is RealReal shawty, this ish is RealReal. MY Dog Pluto, wordup son rest in peace, this year for you baby. Knick city all day, aye!