Originally written August 31, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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.co
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