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Knicks will win NBA championship this year, according to J.R. Smith

Sep 1, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

J.R. Smith AP

The New York Knicks are guaranteed to win an championship this year, according to a column written by Marc Berman of the New York Post. Berman’s source, however, was none other than Knicks sixth-man extraordinaire J.R. Smith.

Smith made headlines on Saturday after Ian Begley fired off a few tweets regarding the beef between Smith and new Brooklyn Nets wing Paul Pierce, but that wasn’t the end of Earl The Third’s Saturday thoughts. The mercurial sharpshooter also made a few other disparaging comments about the Nets after guaranteeing a championship.

During a question-and-answer session with kid golfers at Chelsea Piers, Smith was asked how sure he was of the Knicks ending their title drought this season.

“I’m 100 percent sure,” the swingman said.

Smith was then asked why he joined the Knicks over the Nets when he came back from China in February 2012.

“The Nets weren’t good,’’ Smith said. “Now they’re still not good.’’

The Nets are substantially better than they were last season at this time, but that’s not the most controversial statement Smith made on Saturday. No, Smith guaranteed a championship for a team that made Andrea Bargnani their big addition this summer and hasn’t been to the NBA Finals since the 1998-99 lockout — and hasn’t won an NBA Finals since the 1972-73 squad that featured Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Jerry Lucas, Phil Jackson, Henry Bibby and the recently deceased Dean Meminger.

The NBA news cycle hasn’t been intense over the holiday weekend, but at least J.R. Smith is doing his part to keep reporters busy.

  1. sellahh - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    J.R. Smith obviously skipped grammar classes.

  2. knickshater - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    With this statement (among other things) JR Smith seems to be crystal meth’s perfect representative.

    • yournuts - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I’d rather have a guy saying they were going to win the championship than one who says they won’t win it. Why is this news because some stupid columnist makes a gig deal about it? Marc Berman is nothing but a hack, anyone who writes for the new york post is a hack, it is on the same level as the national enquirer. IN other words it is a picture newspaper without any common sense. It has to sell sensationalism. Pathetic, just pathetic.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM


        So you dislike sensationalism, but you like Smith’s comments?

      • yournuts - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        ask Kobe who will win the title? He will say Lakers, ask Rondo who will win title, he will say Celtics. That is what Professionals should think and say. Until you get knocked out you better believe you’re going to win.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM


        That’s great. You’re right. Players should believe they’re going to win, or at least project confidence. But it doesn’t mean it isn’t sensationalism.

      • yournuts - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        If a writer ask a pro Basketball player who he thinks will win the title, and he says a different team, other than his own team , then that would be sensationalism! What JR Smith said was actually quite normal. You may like him or hate him, but he said the obvious of anyone playing for the Knicks.

    • homieshome - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Seriously you are taking this way too far. You’re one of those guys who hates the Knicks so badly, they can literally win a title and you’ll actually think they shouldnt have even made the playoffs and have “excuses” to “prove it” which are really only delusional lies that you tell yourself and believe.
      Get over it, the Knicks are a solid ball club you low life. I guarentee you were a Knicks fan just 2 years ago when we got Melo, and we didnt instantly win a ring so you hopped on the Nets bandwagon when they got Garnett. You’re a big-name fanatic who doesn’t even understand basketball.. and a fake fan who doesn’t understand passion

  3. 13fitzj - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I had no idea that “NBA Championship” had become a verb.

  4. knickshater - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Scott Schroeder – you also need to fix the title. It doesn’t make sense.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I think the title is an actual quotation from JR Smith.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Too easy. I’ll pass on this one

  6. javonc100 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM


  7. ji8888 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I don’t know who’s dummber… JR Smith or Matt Barnes.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Well at least Matt Barnes is a better player.

    • homieshome - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Lol why because Barnes said the Clippers are the better team in LA? I knew you were a LakersTarde

  8. dysraw1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    well we are overdue,and anything can happen.a new perspective from a few of our guys an sky’s the limit

    • homieshome - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Well said

  9. jzone954 - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I just wanna se The Knicks play my beloved Heat. That the matchup everybody wants to see

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      the bulls and pacers might beg to differ.

      • homieshome - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        We saw the Bulls play the Heat already and they got owned! LOL at least the Pacers gave them a fight. You all think Rose is gonna come home like Jordan in his prime and you’ll just sweep the heat or something but thats Bullcrap, Nate robinson was fantastic for you last year, losing him for Robe who may not even be the same can be pretty similar considering Nate has more heart than any other player

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        No, Homieshome, I just think the Knicks won’t be nearly as good as last year. More in the 6 seed range.

    • nycalldayz - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      @jzone Are u sure? I rather see the Nets, Pacers and Bulls face-off against the Heat. You really wanna see a glorified ball hog in Carmelo and a head-case sixth-man(JR Smith) face off against the Heat.

      • homieshome - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Nets are a joke and Pierce Garnett will suck or be injured by the time the playoffs come. Dude, Pierce and Terry will both be 36 when the season starts and Garnett will be 38 when playoffs start. Your gonna wish you still had Wallace, Humphries, Bogans & Brooks

      • knightrider1755 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Nobody wants to see the Knicks lose to the Heat again in the playoffs.

  10. thegonz13 - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Another disciple for Tebow’s Church of the Delusional!

  11. nycalldayz - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    JR Smith is a joke. The Knicks are a joke. And Marc Berman is a joke for quoting smith. Smith needs to party and drug less and get more rest. Heat, Nets, Pacers, Bulls, Cavs, Hawks and Pistons are better than the Knicks.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      haha someone doesn’t like the Knicks.

      • nycalldayz - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        No one likes the Knicks haha

      • homieshome - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        Everyone really does hate us. It’s sad to see their denial, they cannot accept that the Knicks are 1 of the best in the east. 2nd place regular season, 3rd place in playoffs last year, since then, got younger, more talent and healthier

      • knightrider1755 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        It’s not the Knicks that people don’t like. It’s their fans.

  12. jabronikid - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    only Division Champs I think…

    • yournuts - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      I like the Knicks and I think they are going to win, that’s right I said win the NBA Championship. I love it that the players on the Knicks believe it too. Go Knicks.

  13. Gordon - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    This proves the NBA drug testing program is flawed.

  14. jabronikid - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    His comments just made MSG tickets $50 more expensive…

  15. dysraw1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    as usual JR. has a lot of non believers, well he should walk the walk before talking the talk. with his playoff performances the last couple seasons were flat to say the least but i like the fact that Tim jr will be behind him pushing him to be better. and generally speaking i like our chances. people can form their own opinion I think the roster has improved

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Well opinions aside, Bargnani has been a very poor player during his NBA career, Kidd was very good last year and he’s gone, and Hardaway Jr.’s college numbers weren’t as impressive as other players remaining at the time he was drafted (namely the guy taken with the next pick). Your opinion is that all of that doesn’t matter, and most people’s opinion is that it does. I’m inclined to believe that the Knicks will struggle compared to last year.

      • dysraw1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        you forget the Beno & Geno show. Plus we have Metta Worldpeace

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        I forgot about World Peace. Perhaps a really old player who wasn’t very good last year will be better.

      • homieshome - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        First of all Metta is 33 you dumb a5555hole, thats old? And yet people are practically giving the Nets a ring already before the season even started for signing twoi 36 year olds and Garnett who will be 38 before playoffs start. You guys are clueless.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Yes, 33 is old. Player performance, on average, peaks around 26, declines very gradually until 30, and falls off a cliff at around 31 years.

  16. millertime1101 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    well knicks are the best is east last year and there better then they were last year

    • majortlabrador - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      @miullertime 1101 The Best? Really? The Knicks folded like a tent in the playoffs

      • dysraw1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        we didn’t fold we lost tough second round series to the Pacers

      • knightrider1755 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        @dysraw1 It was only a tough second round series for the Knicks. Not the Pacers. They were firmly in control the whole series.

    • majortlabrador - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      @millertime 1101 The Best? Really? The Knicks folded like a tent in the playoffs

  17. unsportsmenmic - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic.

  18. jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    He won the 6th man of the year award, and he’s playing to win it all. How can you not like this guy, unless you are a hateful loser?

    • homieshome - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Well said

    • phaden27 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      The second round called. It has a dispute with your statement about playing to win it all.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Were the Celtics on the other end of the call?

      • phaden27 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Let’s stop right there.
        I don’t have and didn’t have delusions of grandeur about my team’s chances.
        Yours on the other hand…

  19. meyeshua - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Can’t wait for Smith to begin his standup routine in the comedy clubs, should be hysterical. And I am a lifelong Knicks fan.

  20. lsoreal - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    JR is a very talented and exciting player to watch. Well deserving of the Sixth Man Award. However, after his brutal Playoff performance, which was one of the main reasons the Knicks did not make the Conference Finals, he needs to just shut up and come ready to play. As for next year, I understand that the Bulls, Pacers, and Nets got better. What people don’t realize is that they needed to get better just to catch up to the Knicks who finished ahead of all of them last year. Not to mention that the Knicks also got better this year, adding AB and MWP along with a healthy Iman. Not saying they they will win it all. However, a healthy Knick team is more than capable of competing with the top teams in the East.

    • eopanther8 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Yes the Pacers needed to get better to catch up to the Knicks, because the Knicks finished ahead of them last season. LMAO! Do Knicks fans even listen to the crap they are saying?

  21. BigBeachBall - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Maybe ron artest will wipe his face with JR’s used towel.

  22. meyeshua - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    You can get some good stuff in NYC. Hold that toke, JR, let it out slow. Now for your next diatribe.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Maybe you can but you’re gonna spend too much $ for it.

  23. rodyaugu - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Stories like this that make me come here every other day to get a laugh.

  24. bux1022 - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM


    Well if this is where get your laughs your life is pretty boring!!

    • rodyaugu - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      @bux1022 yes mr interesting

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