It was new and pretty refreshing to hear at first, but now it’s just gotten as tired as a radio hit that gets sinfully overplayed.
The jawing between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets that began back in August with new Net Paul Pierce claiming “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city” has not let up one bit.
Competitive words have continued to fly back and forth since then, most of which on the Knicks’ side have come from J.R. Smith, the outspoken reserve guard who will be suspended at the beginning of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Smith recently came out and guaranteed that the Knicks would win the championship this upcoming season, and new Nets guard Jason Terry had a clever response upon hearing the remark. “Maybe the Rucker Park Championship,” Terry told Dime magazine. “I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that at all.”
Terry tried his best to backtrack toward the end of his comments and sound a little more politically correct, but his “Rucker Park Championship” still resonates. Trash talk like that was entertaining to hear at first. It was out of the ordinary for the NBA. Usually, that stuff is left to the guys over in the NFL.
But last time I checked, we haven’t even reached the season yet, let alone the preseason. All that chatter back and forth doesn’t have much meaning right now. Both sides would be better off just staying shut for a while. Nets and Knicks players should keep their best smack talk lines in their holsters so they can fire them off just before their first matchup in early December.
That would have more of an effect and make that first meeting a lot more fun to watch.