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J.R. Smith on Paul Pierce: 'His words have consequences'

The Knicks' mercurial shooting guard isn't one to shy away from a war of words.

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Paul Pierce threw down the gauntlet for this year's iteration of the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks rivalry earlier in the offseason. Knicks wing J.R. Smith is the latest to respond.

Smith told Ian Begley of ESPN New York that Pierce "doesn't really know what New York is all about ... Just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them."

Pierce has made several comments this offseason since he was traded to the Nets, including saying "let's start the beef right now."

Raymond Felton was the first to respond, saying "It's hard for you to take over the city when we've got 'New York' on our chest and you've got 'Brooklyn' on yours. It's been this way since long before he started playing."

J.R. Smith's comments are on a different, more hostile level. But it's J.R. Smith: the man who was rumored to be driving a goshdarn tank earlier this summer, whose quality of play can easily be traced to the time he last tweeted the night (or early morning) before a game and the same guy who briefly requested be called Earl.

All of these pieces of trash talk are dumb. I understand reporters constantly ask these Knicks players during the offseason about the trash talk because they're NBA writers in August, but this is all just so dumb.

And, if a story is dumb, you can bet J.R. Smith will see to it his name is attached to it.

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