The New York Knicks are holding training camp at Army’s Christl Arena in West Point, NY. JR Smith, naturally, feels a bit out of place.

Smith, a notorious night owl, acknowledges that he wouldn’t survive in the armed forces.

Smith says team president Phil Jackson comparing him to Dennis Rodman — the personality, not necessarily the basketball player — is something to be proud of.

Per the NY Post:

Could Smith have been a cadet, with the dawn-hour inspections at the barracks? […] “I definitely don’t think I could do it,’’ Smith said. “Wake up at 5 a.m., go to sleep at 6 p.m. I don’t think that works with my schedule. That is a different lifestyle.’’

 

Smith was astounded to see the armed patrols at the security gates. After all, it is a college. […] “I made it through security,’’ Smith said. “I was like, ‘Hey, man, I come in peace, I don’t want no problems over here.’ Dude had his big AK-47. Yeah, OK, if you are good with me, I am good with you.’’

 

“Last time I checked Dennis Rodman got what, 3, 4 rings?’’ Smith said. “I’m not offended by that. It’s an honor. He’s a Hall of Famer. And to be put in the same words as a Hall of Famer is something special. Not offended at all. He worked hard and he tried to do his job at all points and all times.’’