Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 11:17 am  |  26 responses

A Quick Recap of the Jr Smith-Brandon Jennings Twitter Spat

by Adam Figman / @afigman

The price the Knicks are paying—both financially and with an ever-important roster spot—for Chris Smith, JR Smith’s little brother, has been well-documented over the past week. We’ve heard media members and fans alike gripe over the situation, but hadn’t heard a comment on the matter from an actual NBA player until last night, when Detroit guard Brandon Jennings tweeted…

Brandon deleted the tweet shortly thereafter—hence the embedded Holly MacKenzie retweet—but it made the rounds nonetheless. Jennings had a point: Pooh Jeter and Bobby Brown have both had decent stints in the NBA during the past few years and will both be playing in China during the upcoming Chinese Basketball Association season after failing to secure NBA contracts this past summer. Naturally, Brown and Jeter were appreciative of the kind words from their bro:

Jr Smith, not so much:

OK then. The first of those two tweets was retweeted by Chris, who chimed in with:

A pretty respectable response from the younger Smith. Big bro wasn’t finished, though.

Jennings, meanwhile, doubled down on his support for his homies:

But JR felt those words were a little less than real.

The good folks at PBT believe this was a reference to the time Josh Selby yammed on Jennings during a Goodman League game, which sounds both correct and more than a little irrelevant. Jennings then closed things out with a relatively reasonable take:

So, things this was not: beef, war, #peace, important. The Knicks visit the Pistons on November 19.

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  • shockexchange

    Everybody wants to “keep it real” about somebody else’s situation. If Chris Smith was taking up a Detroit roster spot then SE could understand. Jennings should focus on the Pistons.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    This whole thing is stupid. So if Smith does get some of his homies to smash on Detroit and someone ends up catching a case there’s a little evidence for the jury smh

  • LLC#12

    Brandon was being kind by only naming Bobby Brown and Eugene Jeter as players better than Chris Smith. I could probably name 50 guards not in the NBA who are better than Chris Smith.

  • spit hot fiyah

    los angeles players

  • LLC#12

    Haha, the Lakers don’t have many BAD players, just too many average/kinda bad ones.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i meant jennings is from LA, he is sticking up jeter and brown who are from the area

  • LLC#12

    Ahhh my bad. Admittedly I did wonder why he chose those two, now it all makes sense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    man, the Knicks coaching staff (read that part again) doesn’t think Chris Smith is even good enough to play in the D-League.
    Jennings knows he shouldn’t have said that, but his point is very legitimate.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Fat Lever

    Twitter is for the birds…

  • shockexchange

    Detroit is 2-5. As far as Jennings is concerned, that’s the only “legitimate point.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh, because he’s a robot and should only focus on one thing in this world ….. right? you guys judge players like they aren’t human beings. should we criticize you every time you don’t use proper english? since you are an author, you should always be focused on your profession and how it reflects on every moment of your life in this case…right?

  • DontPanic!!!!plz

    brandon is right tho. as a knicks fan. if it was really about basketball and not politics. why isn’t bobby brown a knick instead of chris smith?

  • fruizm

    I dont understand this Twitter language!

  • bike

    I hate reading Tweetcaps.

  • Motorboat

    Jennings was just saying what everybody else has been saying, but I can see why JR would defend his brother(aside from the sending goons part). Fans and media is one thing but it probably hurts more coming from a fellow player. Both guys are idiots, JR just came back from suspension and Jennings mouth got him slapped and punched during the summer.

  • underdog

    Well, at least that game next week will be slightly more interesting than any other regular Knicks – Pistons meet-up.

  • Motorboat

    Y’all forgot the tweets where Brandon Jennings smoothly changed the subject to playing one on one when JR started flexing lol.

  • danpowers

    neither do we as knicks fans, that chris smith intermezzo is a catastrophy, if they wouldve cut murry for smith, i wouldve burned my knicks gear to the last article. neither do i get why they just cant cut smith to sign a big for the vets minimum now that chandler is down

  • danpowers

    guess that was the side deal on the jr signing. now that we see how good THJ is i doubt if it was such a good thing to keep jr – the roster constellation just keeps THJ and shump from developing properly and automatically makes them expendable trade chips. as always: the opposite of a sustainable agenda.

  • melvo

    Twitter feuds are embarrassing.

  • fruizm

    I wonder what would some players do in life if they didnt have their basketball talents?

  • Mouton

    It’s guards not in the NBA that are better than Brandon Jennings if he thinks Jeter and Brown should be in the league it’s cool for him to say that but no need to take a shot at Chris Smith

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  • asdf

    Am I the only one who didn’t understand anything they were saying?

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