Originally written on That NBA Lottery Pick  |  Last updated 9/1/13

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Chris Duhan of the Chicago Bulls help build a home in with NBA Cares during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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Last month, Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce decided to make a comment on ESPN Radio’s “The Michael Kay Show” that the Brooklyn Nets would soon be the toast of New York City and in his words,” I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”. As you might figure, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith didn’t take kindly to the assumption that the Nets would be running the city. J.R. spoke over the weekend with ESPN New York’s Ian Begley and responded to Paul’s assumption that the Nets would soon be running the New York area: I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston. He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career,” Smith told ESPN New York on Saturday. “They’re in one borough, we’re all over. So it’s like, you’re on an island and we’ve got the whole country. So it’s nothing really to even talk about,” Smith said at a PGA Foundation golf clinic at Chelsea Piers for the New York/New Jersey Boys & Girls Club. Let the turf war begin! *** J.R. Smith calls Paul Pierce “Bitter” [ESPN New York]
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