Found September 02, 2013 on Pass The Pill:
TEAMS: New York Knicks
  image from Over these past couple of weeks, J.R. Smith has been dousing the fire between the Knicks and Nets with gasoline in an attempt to make the rivalry between the two New York City teams even more heated than before. Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting: During a question-and-answer session with kid golfers at Chelsea Piers, Smith was asked how sure he was of the Knicks ending their title drought this season. “I’m 100 percent sure,” the swingman said. Smith was then asked why he joined the Knicks over the Nets when he came back from China in February 2012. “The Nets weren’t good,’’ Smith said. “Now they’re still not good.’’ On the court, J.R. Smith takes his share of wild shots and more often than not catches fire and in the process takes over the game. However, sometimes his aggressive shooting can get him into a funk and can end up hurting his team. Just like his shooting, Smith’s words aren’t spoken with any regard for what will happen in the future, and instead only are based off his immediate thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these words can be used to fuel and motivate his team, and other times they can be used to distract his team and end up hurting them.  As for this particular incident, I can say for sure that his words will  hurt his team by motivating his opponents. Especially the hometown rival Nets. Talking championship sounds good in September, but once the season starts, all this talk will do is just paint a larger target on the back of the Knicks, who quite honestly have no good reason to have a target on their backs in the first place. They are a completely overrated and overhyped team that isn’t going to contend for a championship no matter how much J.R. Smith tries to build them up. The fact of the matter is that they are too disjointed and too clumsy of a team to come together and magically make a run to the NBA Finals, which makes his bold prediction come off as delusional and idiotic. As for his comments about the Nets, all I can say is the Nets have actually made some significant changes to their team which might result in a championship or at least a trip to the conference finals. As for the Knicks, the addition of Metta World Peace doesn’t exactly make me like their chances of winning a title any more than last season. To sum this all up, both of Smith’s comments are wrong. The Knicks aren’t winning an NBA Championship and the Nets actually have a chance to contend this season. If Smith wants to do something to help his team, then he should shut his mouth and instead focus on rehabbing his knee so that he can be back to start the season. If he wants to continue to distract his team and attract the attention of the media, then he should continue to babble on and on about the aimless notions that spawn in his kooky brain. —Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord  The post J.R. Smith Is “100 Percent” Confident The Knicks Will Win It All In 2014 appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.

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