Paul Pierce: J.R. Smith who?

J.R. Smith accused Paul Pierce of being bitter and guaranteed the Knicks will win a title. Pierce's response, "Who?" AP Photo.

J.R. Smith accused Paul Pierce of being bitter and guaranteed the Knicks will win a title. Pierce’s response, “Who?” AP Photo.

This entire offseason the Brooklyn Nets/New York Knicks rivalry has been getting hotter with plenty of players on both sides stoking the fire. It’s all been in good fun, but two of the players involved really don’t like each other — Paul Pierce and J.R. Smith.

That’s why Smith guaranteed the Knicks would win the title and blasted Pierce earlier this month with the comment, “I just look at (Pierce) 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. He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”

That got a reaction from both Reggie Evans and Jason Terry. Pierce’s reaction: “Who? Who?”

“Who? Exactly. Who? Who are we talking about right now? Exactly. Who are we talking about? We are talking about nothing,” Pierce said to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.

Like I said, most of this has been good natured ribbing. With these two though, I’m not so sure. This entire thing does have some potential to go nuclear when the season starts. After all, Pierce and Smith have been going back and forth for years. And then there is Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, who have both been quiet.

I do love this trash talk. In an otherwise very boring last month it has given us something fun to talk about. However, it’s starting to get to the point where the talk is getting a bit much. More words are going to do nothing. We have to wait until the two teams finally face each other during the season. Every time that happens it’s going to be majorly exciting.

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