Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/31/13
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.”
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