(Memphis) The excitement of the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, it's now spilling over from the hardwood to city hall.
The mayors of the two cities where the teams call home are verbally going one-on-one over who will win.
At point guard for Memphis and standing at five foot 9, A C Wharton.
"A spur, if you're riding a donkey or some animal that starts with a J and ends with an A, a spur might make that animal get on, but I've never seen anybody who takes a little old spur and taking on a grizzly and do anything," Wharton said.
At point guard for San Antonio and standing at five foot 10, Julian Castro.
"We are in it to win it. We had a scare the other night. The Grizzlies are a great team, but I'm confident we'll pull it out," Castro said.
No, this isn't s Duncan or Conley vs Parker. This is NBA trash talking mayoral style.
"I've never seen anybody say a grizzly was after me and, by George, I took out my spur and that sucker got out-of-the-way. You can tell them it'll take more of a spur, if they come in here," Wharton said.
"The series goes back to Memphis, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that the Spurs will get the win over there and if not come back home and get it," Castro said.
For the mayors, the Grizzlies-Spurs series is leading to another debate and wager. This one is over which town has the best barbeque.
"The last words for the mayor of Memphis, Mayor Wharton, I'm coming for barbeque over there," Castro said.
"My brother I dare not duel with an unarmed man. They have no idea what they're talking about. God have mercy on them. When they got real barbeque, they'll shut up. They haven't had the real thing yet," Wharton said.
It's a friendly war of words echoing through two proud cities, but will ultimately be decided on the court.