May 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) defends against Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics won the game 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets’ Paul Pierce on New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith: “Who?”


The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks continue to go after each.

First, Knicks swingman J.R. Smith declared the Knicks were the main event in New York.

“It’s an unbelievable move for JKidd to have a team like that to start off his first year,’’ Smith said at his charity golf tournament in Lakewood, N.J. via Marc Berman of the New York Post (H/T PBT). “They have a great chance to compete for a title. But we’re still the marquee team in New York. A lot of people are counting us out just like last year . We have a lot to prove. We ‘ll come out with a lot of edge and hopefully put it to positive use on the court.”

The Nets, of course, made a huge splash, hiring former player Jason Kidd, who spent last season with the Knicks, as their head coach, and acquiring swingman Paul Pierce and big man Kevin Garnett, two future Hall-of-Famers, from the Boston Celtics.

On ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show,” Pierce told Kay “Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level” and  “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”

Smith responded by calling Pierce “a bitter person.”

When Pierce was asked about Smith’s latest comments, he had a simple response.

“Who? Who? Who?”

This should be fun.

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