A few weeks ago, I wrote about how every player should expect a championship. I even went so far as to say
I don't care if you're Bismack Biyombo. If you're asked about the "tough season coming up," you respond with "I go into every game expecting to win and trying to do everything I can to make that happen. If it turns out to be a tough season, we'll talk about it then. But I'm here to win games, and that's what I expect to do."
That was a hypothetical... and I stand by it. But it doesn't make it any less jarring to hear in real life. Like when J.R. Smith made this guarantee for the upcoming Knicks season:
Interviewer: "What can we expect for this new season coming up?"
Smith: "A championship"
Stop it right there and you'd think "all that ink has gone to J.R.'s brain." The Knicks will be decent, but no self-respecting prognosticator would pick the Knicks to do...