J.R. Smith guarantees championship

The Knicks upgraded in the offseason, landing Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Ronnie Brewer, but is it enough to contend with the marquee moves made by the Heat (Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis) and Lakers (Steve Nash and Dwight Howard)?

J.R. Smith believes the Knicks can upset arguably the top teams in the East and West. In fact, he's making a guarantee that the Knicks will win the chip this season.

"In my eyes, yeah," he told NYPost.com at a fashion event over the weekend. "Whoever, Lakers, Heat, whoever."

Smith said that "if we settle for anything less, we already start off losing."

The Knicks face their first big test on Nov. 2, when the Heat come to town. They also play the reigning champs on Dec. 6, March 3 and April 2. The Knicks take on the Lakers twice during the regular season, on Dec. 13 and Christmas. So mark your calendars.

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