NBA players say all kinds of things to appease their fan bases, but J.R. Smith really went all-in on this one.
The Knicks shooting guard, who didn’t exactly shine in last year’s playoffs, was predicting New York success — and Brooklyn humiliation — on Saturday when he got grilled in a Q&A with young golfers at Chelsea Piers.
Smith was asked how sure he was that the Knicks would win the NBA title this year.
“I’m 100 percent sure,” he said, according to the New York Post.
He also had some thoughts about the crosstown rivals in Brooklyn, who have added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
“The Nets weren’t good,” he said. “Now they’re still not good.”
Smith was apparently taking as many shots at the Nets over the weekend as he could — he trashed Pierce in another interview with ESPN.com.
But his reasons for thinking the Knicks are better than, say, any team in the NBA were rock solid.
“I feel comfortable. People ruled us out last year early, too,” he said. “We added some great pieces. Unfortunately, we got rid of some good pieces. But we added Andrea [Bargnani], Beno [Udrih], Metta [World Peace]. We have to consistently play like we did the first 20 games last year the whole season. We can’t have a middle-of-season lapse. We have to consistently play the same way.”
Smith is still rehabbing from offseason knee surgery that could leave him out when the regular season begins. He has dyed his hair back to its natural color from the blonde shade he tried earlier, though, so it appears reason is prevailing on some fronts.
Look who’s a Clemson fan.
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Not to bring up Carl Crawford again, but yeah.
Carl Crawford's 2010 contract year:47 SB, 19 HR. 2011-13:36 SB, 19 HR—
Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 01, 2013
Justin Morneau, showing up for work. He just got traded, by the way. So he’s just going to pop up in the Pirates’ dugout in the middle of a game.