JR Smith '100 Percent Sure' Knicks Win Title, Pierce's Words 'Have Consequences'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2013

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J.R. Smith has taken the New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets rivalry to the next level. 

You know the one I'm talking about: the J.R. Smith level. The one that includes both bold and ominous predictions.

During a recent question-and-answer session, Smith was asked about the Knicks' chances of ending their 40-year championship drought. Naturally, he guaranteed New York would win its first title in four decades.

“I’m 100 percent sure,” he said, as quoted by the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Most players' day would be complete after that display of confidence, but Smith isn't most players. Pressed about why he joined the Knicks over the Nets in 2012, he seized the opportunity to bad-mouth Brooklyn.

“The Nets weren’t good,’’ Smith said. “Now they’re still not good.’’

If Smith wasn't standing alone after guaranteeing the Knicks would win a championship (again), he's on his own secluded island now. 

After acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics, the Nets are good. Those who believe the Knicks are still better can even admit that. Smith is probably just lashing out against Pierce's past comments.

Previously, The Truth had said it was time for the Nets to move in on the Knicks' territory.

"I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city," he said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's The Michael Kay Show, as quoted by ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo.

That hit a sore spot with Smith, just as it did for Raymond Felton, and he went as far as threatening Pierce.

"He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them," Smith told ESPN's Ian Begley.

Elbows to the jaw be damned, there's no question winning a title would be the ultimate form of retribution in what has become a tedious war of words. Hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy into the air would surely quiet Pierce.

But Brooklyn's Reggie Evans doesn't think it's going to get that far, quite literally laughing at Smith's unbridled confidence.

It's getting difficult to keep score at this point, but I believe it's the Knicks' turn to take another shot.

So much for the NBA putting a stop to this inter-city bickering.