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♦ Paul Pierce developed a distaste for the Knicks while playing for the Celtics. Now that he’s share’s a city with them, it’s magnified.
“I think the hate has grown a little. Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level,” Pierce said Thursday on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
At a media event later in the day, Pierce said he’s “settling in nicely and embracing the change” since the trade, and he looks forward to going head to head against the Knicks.
“The only thing that separates the two teams is a bridge,” he said. “And both of them are in the same division and both of them are considered contenders. You can’t help but say this is probably going to be the best rivalry in sports next year.”
Although he won a championship with the Celtics, Pierce said this Nets squad has more talent than any of his previous teams, with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and fellow former Celtic Kevin Garnett all having All-Star recognition on their resumes.
“What team in the NBA can say they can put a starting five out there with all the guys have been All-Stars?” Pierce said. “That’s tough. It’s definitely the most talented team, but come the end of the year — June, July — when I’m out there on the beach, I want to say this is the best team I’ve ever played on, and the only way we can do that is to win a championship.”
Knicks guard J.R. Smith, at a charity golf tournament Thursday, acknowledged the Nets’ improvements but said the Knicks still are the city’s premier team.
“It’s an unbelievable move for [Jason Kidd] to have a team like that to start off with in his first year. I think they’ve got a great chance to compete for a title, but I think we’re still the marquee team in New York,” Smith said. “A lot of people are counting us out just like they did last year. We’ve got a lot to prove. I think we’re going to come out with a lot of edge and hopefully put it to positive use on the court.”
Pierce, who noted that he feels completely healthy, said he was hoping to make his regular-season return to Boston earlier than Jan. 26, which is when the Nets visit Boston for the first of two times in 2013-14.
“You just want to get it out of the way,” Pierce said. “When you’ve got to go through something tough, I’ve always been a guy that just wants to get it out of the way. It’s going to be in the back of my mind.”
Pierce also said he plans to skip the Nets’ preseason game in Boston on Oct. 23.
“I’ll do it just one time next year,” he said.
♦ LeBron James reported for jury duty Thursday in Ohio, but he was sent home along with other prospective jurors when no trial took place.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the four-time NBA MVP showed up 10 minutes before his 8:30 reporting time and sat in the jury foreman’s office to avoid attracting attention.
James posted a picture on Instagram as he prepared to leave his home for the courthouse, writing: Jury duty time. Time to serve my civic duty.
Said courthouse head of security Kandy Fatheree: “As soon as he walked in I just scanned the room, and everyone knew immediately who he was. It was kind of funny to see the movements of everyone whispering to each other.”
♦ The NCAA, which is being sued by former and current players in federal court over the use of athletic images and likenesses, announced that it will stop selling team jerseys and other items linked to individual schools and players.
“I think seeing the NCAA sell those kinds of goods is a mistake,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. “It’s not what the NCAA is about. So, we’re not going to be doing that any longer.”
While the NCAA investigates Hesiman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel for allegedly profiting from autographing merchandise, the organization’s site has allowed users to type in individual player names and be shown related merchandise.
“We’re exiting it as soon as we feasibly can,” Emmert said. “Again, I think it was inappropriate for us to be in that business, and we won’t be in the future.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 9, 1949, which Red Sox player’s team-record hitting streak ended at 34 games?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can speak for the whole team. I felt like [on Tuesday], honestly they came out with this attitude to try to bully us. And even though it’s practice, it’s always still a game tempo. I think as a team — and obviously I can speak for myself — I wanted to try to set the tone on myself as an aggressive person and just make plays.” – Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, on practicing with the Patriots in preparation for Friday night’s preseason opener
STAT OF THE DAY: 41 – Pitches thrown by Jon Lester in the first inning Thursday against the Royals as he allowed three runs during the Red Sox’ 5-1 loss
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A fan makes a nice catch of a home run ball at a minor league game in Dayton, Ohio, between the Dayton Dragons and the Lake County Captains.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Dom DiMaggio
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Groundbreaking rapper Kurtis Blow was born on this day in 1959.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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