In the latest installment of the feud of words between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks leading up to the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Nets newly acquired reserve guard Jason Terry had some things to say in response to the recently suspended J.R. Smith’s latest comments, even though those comments had little to do with the Nets.
At a recent public appearance, Smith told a group of children that he was “100 percent” positive that the Knicks would be the ones holding the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the upcoming season. In an interview with Dime Magazine, Terry responded by saying, “Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, no the NBA championship.” Though Smith hasn’t responded yet, I’m sure it won’t be long before it does.
Though it’s sometimes entertaining to see team’s trash-talking one another and even though it’s refreshing to see this budding rivalry in New York City continue to get heated as both teams figure to be in the picture atop the Eastern Conference, there are quite a few people that are pretty tired of hearing the Nets and Knicks jaw back and forth at one another. Part of that may be due to the fact that fans are antsy for the season to actually begin, but part of it is because the feud is becoming rather repetitive and tiresome at this points.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those that are tired of this verbal conflict, but it’s probably not going to cease any time soon.
Rod Boone of Newsday asked new Nets head coach Jason Kidd if he wanted his players to dial back on the battle of words between the two teams, to which Kidd responded, “That’s who my guys are. They have to be who they are.” I’m all for a coach backing up his players for their individuality, but doesn’t Kidd have to step up and flex his authority at some point? Apparently that’s not going to happen in this instance, though.
If you love the Nets, Knicks rivalry and all that has entailed this summer, then this is good news for you. If you’re in what seems to be the growing majority of people that are tired of it, though, my sincerest apologies go out to you; it’s going to go on for what seems like a good while.
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