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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  15 responses

JR Smith Unhappy With Bench Role


To the surprise of absolutely no one, JR Smith is not pleased with Knicks head coach Mike Woodson’s plan to keep him coming off the bench. To make matters worse, Smith’s brother Chris (who was trying to make the team) suffered a devastating injury. Per the NY Daily News: “J.R. Smith begrudgingly accepted Mike Woodson’s decision to keep him as the Knicks’ sixth man, saying on Wednesday that ‘disappointed is an understatement … My whole process of getting better this summer and everything I went through was to be in that starting role,’ Smith added. ‘It was great to be able to have put all that work in and understand what I can do and my body can withhold without starting. I think it just makes our bench even stronger.’ [...] ‘I don’t care about the Sixth Man,’ Smith says. ‘I haven’t been in the Finals in the last six years of it. That’s not even the thought process. My thought process is winning.’ [...] Chris Smith, J.R.’s younger brother, was an option but the rookie was dealt a blow when the team announced he will have surgery to repair his patella tendon in his left knee Thursday morning. The timetable for Smith’s return is three to six months. ‘It’s tough because everybody wants to play; nobody wants to sit out,’ Chris Smith said. ‘Especially for me, because I haven’t missed a practice throughout my whole college career. It’s just heartbreaking really.’”

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  • shutup

    Once a cancer, always a cancer…….like they say a tiger can’t change his spots and a leopard can’t change his stripes………

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Jason Kidd or some other veteran needs to get a handle on this before it blows up. Either that or hope to trade him somewhere.

  • Fat Lever

    What’s the difference? The starting spot is Shump’s anyway. Shump, provided he gets back from injury at 100%, is a lockdown defender with an expanding offensive game. If it’s between a healthy Shumpert or JR, I’ll go with IS 10 times out of 10.

  • RedDragon10

    Didn’t he just say he didn’t care about starting in an article before?

  • Max

    We get it by now.

  • George Karl

    Good ol’ JR smith…still not understnading that the sixth man is usually more important than a starting role. It’s who is on the floor at the end of hte game that matters most.

  • George Karl

    Good ol’ JR smith…still not understnading that the sixth man is usually more important than a starting role. It’s who is on the floor at the end of hte game that matters most.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Chris Smith said. ‘Especially for me, because I haven’t missed a practice throughout my whole college career. It’s just heartbreaking really.’” that obviously does not run in the family

  • bmoregreat

    i used to think that about him too but he seems to be doin the right things to warrant starting i think he actually deserves a chance he is staying out of trouble the should try it out it may fit he defintely has the talent and ability

  • danpowers

    oh shit here we go again

  • Clos1881

    There is nothing wrong with wanting to start ask any great 6th man and they would rather start this is not a big deal as long as he except the decision

  • 23

    Its not like jr smiths attitude is gonna make a difference. This team won’t win 4 playoff games

  • Dingus

    Should have stayed in china where I can’t read articles about your bitch ass

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    told ya’ll

  • shutup

    Except the season hasn’t started yet and he already went to the media to complain about coming off the bench.

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