Terry doesn’t believe Knicks can deliver on pledge from Smith.
Brooklyn Nets summer recruit Jason Terry has dismissed recent comments made by rival New York Knicks star J.R. Smith over their ambitions of winning an NBA championship this season.
Smith recently spoke at an event and revealed his belief that he was “100 per cent sure” that the Knicks would end their 40-year title drought this season.
While the controversial star is set to miss the first five games of the campaign after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, he also added that the Nets were “still not that good” as reported by ESPN.
The war of words between the two city rivals looks set to continue as the players prepare to convene for training camps in the next few weeks, with the likes of Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton also dismissing each franchise’s hopes.
When asked about Smith’s guarantee that the Knicks would win the championship, Terry replied: “Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship”.
“I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it, so … I mean, it’s a bitter rivalry, you know it’s going to be intense, and however they feel over there in that locker room they are guaranteed and entitled to feel that way but we don’t want to see that happen on our watch,” he added.
While the Nets have added the likes of Terry, Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko in the offseason, new head coach Jason Kidd is expected to deliver this year with their roster already containing All-Stars such as Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have brought in Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace to boost their hopes this season, but it would still appear that much of the responsibility will be shouldered by sixth man Smith and Carmelo Anthony.