New Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith went 0-5 from the field in his debut Wednesday night, as the Cavs lost 105-93 to the visiting Houston Rockets.
Smith took issue with the way news of the blockbuster trade was delivered to the players.
As for acclimating himself to a new team and system, JR isn’t too worried.
Per the NOMG:
“Worst come to worst, my motto is, ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball,'” Smith said as the media contingent burst out in laughter. “So when in doubt I’m going to shoot it. Hopefully I don’t catch anybody off guard.”
Smith says he’s “excited” to be a member of the Cavaliers and eager to play for a team with championship aspirations. He says he wasn’t surprised when he was moved from a place he spent the last four years at and where he earned Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2013.
Dion Waiters may have a more legitimate complaint as he was pulled after being introduced in the Cavaliers’ starting lineup in his hometown of Philadelphia. […] “The way it was done caught me off guard, warming up and stuff like that,” Smith said. “I thought that was a poor decision and then I seen what happened to Dion where he literally got his name called for the starting lineup, [then] I thought my situation wasn’t so bad.”
David Griffin admits that J.R. Smith has a "volatile" past, but says "from a human standpoint, he's ready to make the next step"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 8, 2015