Carmelo Anthony may not be willing to get into the mud slinging, but new Brooklyn Net Jason Terry isn’t afraid to throw some mud. Terry recently did an interview with Dime Magazine and in it he was asked about J.R. Smith‘s guarantee that the Knicks would win a championship and seemed to have other thoughts.
Via Dime Magazine:
Dime: Speaking of this upcoming season, you recently said that you guys have “the formula” to knock off the 2013 NBA champions, the Miami Heat. But there’s also another team in New York with championship aspirations after J.R. Smith recently guaranteed that the Knicks would be crowned in 2014. Talk about the hype going into this new found rivalry.
JT: They would win what? What did he guarantee? They would win what? I didn’t hear that.
Dime: The championship.
JT: They would win the championship?
Dime: Yeah, he said 100 percent guarantee.
JT: The NBA championship?
JT: Right. Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it, so… I mean, it’s a bitter rivalry, you know it’s going to be intense, and however they feel over there in that locker room they are guaranteed and entitled to feel that way but we don’t want to see that happen on our watch.
Now those are fighting words.
Terry wouldn’t go as far as Smith went and guarantee a Nets championship. He did say, “the only thing I can predict is that we’re going to go out every night and do all that we can, as a team, as a unit, as a (borough) of Brooklyn to go out and fight for that championship because that’s all of our goals. And we’re going to do whatever we can within our power to go after it.”
All of this comes during an offseason that has been filled with barbs being thrown back and forth between the teams. It all started with Paul Pierce, but it has continued with Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, Spike Lee, J.R. Smith, and Reggie Evans all getting involved. It’s unlikely that any of this will lead to physical fights on the court, as most of it has been good natured, but the rivalry is certainly ramping up.
Last season there were people denying its existence even as the two teams played in a playoff like atmosphere each time they faced each other. Not only will those denying it go away this year, but it Melo and Pierce could be right, it could become the best rivalry in sports.