The old rivalry still continues to live on. Paul Pierce may not be a Celtic anymore, but his hate for the New York Knicks still burns bright even when he’s in Brooklyn. Earlier this month, Pierce made a statement that the Brooklyn Nets would eventually “own” New York–essentially putting the Knicks on the backburner of the city.
Well, J.R. Smith didn’t take kindly to that. ESPN New York’s Ian Begley has the scoop for us:
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.
Smith, speaking without anger in his voice, added: “He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
-Via ESPN New York
This has me thinking that, for once, it may be fun just to sit on the sidelines this season and enjoy the war between the Knicks and the Nets this year. If the Celtics aren’t competitive enough to put their two cents in, this will be more than enough for myself.
It’ll be interesting to see which team actually does come out on top. The Nets have the roster power on paper, but the Knicks may have the better coaching and they also are better schematically.
As for Pierce, well, he may be in a different uniform but he’s still fighting the good fight. There is no love for the blue and orange in Beantown–I’m glad to see that Pierce carried that with him into Brooklyn. Once a Celtic, always a Cetlic I guess.