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Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm  |  33 responses

JR Smith Says He Partied Too Much Last Season


New York Knicks guard JR Smith admitted today that he spent a little too much time in the club last season. Smith says the over-partying is behind him, and it’s obvious in his vastly improved play so far this season. Hilariously, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says that by wearing less sloppy-looking jeans, Smith is proving that he has matured. Per the NY Post: “J.R. Smith, in responding to Knicks coach Mike Woodson’s remarks that he has become ‘more professional’ this season, candidly admitted he partied too much last season, swept away by Manhattan’s bright lights. ‘I’m not going to lie,’ Smith said. ‘The New York City nightlife pretty much got to me. I was going out pretty much every other night and not focused on the task at hand.’ Smith, on a scoring tear averaging 18.2 points per game while hitting 13 of 18 3-pointers, said he’s more focused at practice when he used to not take it seriously. He came to the Knicks last season after a rocky stint in China, bearing that flaky reputation. (The Post reported last June he sued his Chinese team, Zhejiang Chouzhou $1.07M for docking his pay for allegedly missing 80 practices and shootarounds). ‘Every day I’m getting into the gym, getting in as much work as I can,’ Smith said. ‘A lot of times previously in my career, I had negative energy coming into the gym, not wanting to be there, joking around, goofing off. This year, it’s been more serious. I understand every road trip we take is a work trip, not just a play trip. You come and work hard. If I work hard, maybe the next guy will see me work hard.’ Asked if he didn’t take practice seriously enough, Smith said, ‘I thought I could get by on talent a lot more than I thought. I’m trying to think the game, taking my time, slowing it down. So far it’s been working. I’m trying to stick with it as much as I can.’ Woodson said last season he wanted Smith to become more professional regarding his wardrobe and other matters. Woodson said Wednesday that Smith has changed, citing an increased focus and wearing suits to games instead of sagging jeans.”

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  • JML-G

    JR Smith having his best season so far

  • spit hot fiyah

    true, probably realizing he didn’t get a big contract his off season and that this nba thing is not goin got last forever

  • Comment_System

    Also, the sky is blue, more news at 11.

  • RayJr

    Wow missed 80 practices and shootarounds…makes me wonder how the nightlife in China is to miss that much. JR must’ve been killin it out there.

  • Caribbeancop

    Turn around seed. that’s God wording of change, prodigal. always a way if u give in to Him. that’s when real change comes

  • shockexchange

    This guy is a public relations nightmare. But the Shock Exchange is excited to see him come into his own.

  • elmaar

    yeah he def can make fourfold more money than he is making now

  • bike

    In other just breaking news, it appears that somehow JR is linked to the Petraeus sex scandle. Here is to hoping JR comes out of this OK.

  • Caboose

    Really?

  • Caboose

    Always thought dude had the talent to be a star, just never had the right organization to help him get there. Glad he found it on his own. Hopefully DMC is taking notes.

  • BR

    Tear da club up thug

  • RedDragon10

    True but there’s much basketball to be played. It’s hard to say that he won’t relapse back to what he was before.

  • Sheed

    Shaddaaaap

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    wow I’m actually impressed….not just by this but his performance this year. If only Michael Beasley…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    haha remember when he wanted everyone to call him Earl?

  • The Seed

    JR is a great offensive player, but his defense is improving. If he can play focused and be the bench power. Knicks will win the East, you heard it hear first. Also I told everyone Felton was a better player for the Knicks offense. Where the Linheads at now. LOL

  • nick

    The nightlife Is crazier than you would ever imagine, I live here ha, its WILD!

  • danpowers

    thoughts of a knicks-fan: “jr, cant you please shut the f*ck up, moron!?”

  • candlewood jhay

    no.

  • Slick Ric

    lol & smh

  • danpowers

    i remember a whole night wasting while trying to explain a bunch of linbandwagoners in here how much better felton is for the knicks offense but nobody wanted to believe it smh

  • Matt

    Why don’t you explain to me why Felton is better for the Knicks offense than Lin. I want to know your reasoning.

  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    Jee you don’t say!!

  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    Less turn overs Felton could shoot drive and pass better than him run pick and roll better than him and also play consistent

  • danpowers

    what jay jay said. he has more experience and a better feel for bringing guys together on offense. lin will probably develop this too during the years. but as of now felton is the better choice for the knicks.

    lin is a better player overall tho. its just that felton’s qualities suit the knicks offense better than lin’s

  • Bored

    I dont know how you think Lin is better than Felton but i agree with everything else.

  • Bored

    yeah, even his dunking is more professional.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    ALL PRAISE BE TO THOR, OH MIGHT! MAY HE GRANT US EACH VALHALLA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    About Damn Time JR figured it out

  • LeroyShonuff

    what makes Lin better than felton??? 12 good games???

  • Mean Marine

    Now, Does that SURPRISE ANYONE?…..ALL THOSE NBA PRIMA-DONNAS are all the SAME….I CAN’T stand watching them…..It’s all about TV TIME….

  • Matt

    Those are all generalities that you guys aren’t backing up. How is Felton better than Lin? Does he find the roller better? Is he a better scorer off the screen? Is he better not going off the screen? What’s his PPP in transition compared to Lin. Are there some underlying reasons for why Lin turned the ball over so much versus Raymond Felton’s comparatively low TOV%?

    HOWEVER, going back and actually watching the Knicks games so far, I agree with you that Felton is probably better in Woodson’s offense than Lin would be if placed in the same role. HOWEVER, Woodson has showed that he can actually design a clever and effective offense, so maybe he can incorporate Lin into the team to the same degree of success that he integrated Felton into the team.

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