Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  50 responses

JR Smith Says Raymond Felton More Unselfish Than Jeremy Lin

The New York Knicks will face Jeremy Lin for the first time since he joined the Houston Rockets tomorrow night, and right on cue, JR Smith delivered the bulletin board material. Smith believes Raymond Felton is better suited to run the pick-and-roll than Lin. From ESPN: “J.R. Smith played in a Knicks offense run by Jeremy Lin last season. This year, he’s playing in an offense run by Raymond Felton. So, which point guard is better? To Smith, that’s an easy one to answer. The Knicks guard said that Felton is much more adept at running the pick and roll — a staple of New York’s offense. ‘He’s so much (more) dynamic in the pick and roll than Jeremy was last year,’ Smith said. ‘Just finding the lob and finding the guys in the corner for a 3 … not always just looking for his shot.’ [...] Smith said Felton, who was brought in to replace Lin, is ‘so much different’ from his predecessor at the point. ‘Ray is out there, he’s attacking, attacking, attacking,’ Smith said. ‘He’s attacking to look like he’s scoring and he’s finding other people open as well as attacking to actually score.’”

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  • JML-G

    Linsanity had people thinking that lil annoying asian dude is better than Felton – glad everybody sees whats what now

  • Dagger

    Thank you for demonstrating how race is a huge reason for these comments by Knicks players. I’ve never heard a guy receive so much heat from his teammates simply for getting recognition and signing a major contract. The fact that it was an “Asian dude” who outshone his more established teammates last year probably had a lot to do with it.

  • Yang Yang

    Coming from a ballhog JR, most selfish player on that team, yeah I’ll never care what he has to say, he’s just jealous of Lin’s contract that he’ll never get.

  • Max

    Why does he has to say this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    You can never hide what’s in your heart, and everything is showing now

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I don’t understand why these guys feel the need to disrespect Jeremy Lin now that he’s in Houston. Jeremy wins by just keeping his mouth shut about the Knicks and playing. Raymond plays when he’s motivated enough to be in shape. Jeremy stays motivated regardless. When he brings up his race, people are so quick to bash him for it mainly because there are so many cowards in this country when it comes to talking truthfully about race. But it’s there. Jeremy knows it. And anyone with any kind of ability to perceive should see it too. Now JR, along with Melo and Tyson Chandler, seem to be jealous because the Asian guy made the Knicks relevant last season. They should all just let it go, be quiet and play. They’re having a good season. No need to compare Lin with Felton now.

  • OTB

    Its despicable that people on this board are upvoting comments like this. For a board who in general loves to talk about racial dynamics and how black players are held to oppressive standards by their white owners, you guys (obviously, not everyone) are quick to jump ship when other races are concerned – interesting double standards. So its fine to call out Lin just because he’s an asian guy?

    Woj has reportedly multiple times that most of the Knicks were happy for Jeremy…the only two that weren’t are the ones you’d expect – Carmelo and JR Smith. And Lin, for that stretch of games were the Knicks were winning and he was dropping 38 points and game winners – WAS better than Felton.

  • OTB

    Melo and Smith were actually jealous of him according to Woj. He wanted the spotlight that Lin had on him. Smith is a punk in general so I’m not surprised.

  • roscoe

    Clearly, Felton is more selfish at the dinner table than Lin.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    J.R calling someone out for only thinking about their own shots… how rich!

  • OTB

    Apologies for the poor grammar/spelling – I was typing on my phone earlier.

  • Vision

    Completely agree. JR has made several negative comments publicly about Lin and all borne out of pure ENVY. How shameful!
    Even if Lin is not playing at his best he remains a fan and media favourite . The franchise LIN plays for will easily secure a string of major endorsements from Asia.

  • The Fury

    This is bad-a$$..lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004157100758 Hope Smith

    Does he go around and give away turkeys and help kids?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004157100758 Hope Smith

    “ByAnyMeansNecessary”… exactly! The Knicks has a great depth of talent and they have a wonderful coach..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004157100758 Hope Smith

    Well, this year, I have to admit, the Knicks made themselves relevant without Jeremy. They’re doing great so there’s no reason to trash Lin. They need to be proud of themselves and move on…

  • jenny w

    JR Smith, What a JACK ASS!

  • TBRK

    When are you cats gonna realize that NBA players don’t come out of their mouths disrespecting other ones until they are nudged by media??? Literally JR Smith is just answering a question truthfully. Jeremy Lin simply was not a point guard last year, and did not know how to run the Knicks offense….to his credit though neither did D’Antoni. Nothing about race needs to even be brought up in this discussion bro, whatsoever.

  • TBRK

    I’m sure if you got the full quote from JR he would have been comparing and contrasting their skill sets….the only bit that we read is that Raymond is better in the pick and roll and finding the open man……and of course SLAM will through on the headline “JR Smith says Jeremy Lin was selfish”. Lets just talk basketball here, no need to get feelings involved

  • MikeC.

    JR is supposed to look for his shot. He’s the designated scorer for the 2nd unit. Sure he’s a chucker, but he is what he is. The PG analysis is dead on. Felton is a better pick and roll PG right now. Lin might be better some day, but not today.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He thinks Felton is better. This year he has been. Last year he wasn’t. Obviously, for Melo and JR Smith, playing with points guards who pass more than they shoot would be preferable.
    As for the race thing, is definitely part of the problem. They didn’t like the shine Lin got because he was Asian and killing, and they probably didn’t like the face that this Asian cat they felt wasn’t that good was being shown so much more love than them.
    Race is involved in their reaction and race is involved in the reactions of all the people who glowingly spoke of the greatness of Lin’s story, while at the same time claiming he wasn’t as selfish or greedy or whatever as the “typical” NBA player. What is really disturbing is how dishonest everyone is about the role race plays in everything.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    My comment got deleted for some reason. But I agree. They do appear to be jealous of him.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I would like to know why my comment got deleted but this one remains here.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    “Jeremy did a great job making us a team worth watching during the latter part of the season last year. I wish him the best in Houston. Raymond has been playing very well for us this season.” Is that too hard to say when asked a question about Jeremy? Or even “Raymond’s skillset fits very well with the roster that we have now.” Just because you’re asked a question doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to be held responsible for the answer you give. It’s also plainly stupid for JR Smith to say the phrase “not just looking for his shot” when that is all he’s done since he’s been in the league.

  • Kola

    Well, despite the fact that Lin is a D-league level player, he almost lost his starting job to Douglas, lol, and he is still starting only because his salary), he is not a ballhog or a selfish player. Can’t blame the guy for this.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    “Not just looking for his shot.” That implies that he was selfish.

  • TBRK

    since when do you expect cats with only HS diplomas to their names, to deliver responses with such diplomacy???

  • Byach

    get rid of melo and see how felton does… Lin better no contest. Look who Lin had last year when they made their run. Jason Kidd makes this team better than Felton.

  • Ugh

    Because attending the University of Southern North Dakota on a basketball scholarship is going to make you an ambassador.

  • That Dude

    Speak on bro.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    What was the gist of your comment?

  • http://twitter.com/pinkpeony28 superbowl30

    Uhm, looking at this season, Felton has more shot attempts than Lin (when Lin played with Melo) when he played in NY. Felton’s looking for his shot too.

    This isn’t a compliment to Felton. He’s been in the league how many years compared to Lin and he’s now just getting props from team mates for knowing how to run the pnr?! FAIL.

  • http://twitter.com/pinkpeony28 superbowl30

    You must not watch basketball because Lin was a PG last year and did a good job considering it was his first time starting in the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/pinkpeony28 superbowl30

    Get rid of JKIDD and you see how bad Felton is. The most important player on the Knicks is JKidd. He’s kept them in games in the 4th.

  • ben sin

    I understand that Lin got a bit overhyped last year, and that he’s definitely reverted back to form as a slightly below average NBA player, but by all accounts, he’s a well-meaning, mild-mannered kid just trying his hardest. For JR Smith, Ray Felton, and Melo to sound so condescending (not just talking about this piece, NYT has a story with more quotes) about Lin is, to me, reverse racism.

    There are bad NBA players, or players who are overpaid, all around the league, yet reading the quotes, you get the feeling guys like JR Smith, Felton and Melo have zero respect for Lin. They despise him.

    Why? I find it hard to believe they’d feel the same way if Jeremy was a DeMarcus from Compton or Atlanta.

    Really pathetic, the lack of class from these clowns. Felton’s proud because he’s slightly better than Lin. Yeah, he’s a f*cking lottery pick and Lin was undrafted, so going by expectations, it’s him who’s lacking.

    Plus Lin is smarter than all three of those fools combined anyway.

  • Larry Sportello

    I’d even put him behind Machado in the depth chart. He got destroyed by the third best point guard on the Chicago Bulls.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I said the Knicks are having a good season so there’s no need to bring up Lin and compare him to Raymond Felton. Jeremy hasn’t said much about them and the few comments that he has made have only been positive. I basically said Jeremy should be taken seriously when he talks about how his game is viewed and judged by some people based on his race. I also said that JR and Melo seem to be jealous of the attention he got last season and how he made the Knicks relevant towards the end of the season while Melo was out. The idea of an Asian teammate doing what he did and getting the attention he did over them seems to have rubbed them the wrong way.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Those are comments that only college-educated people can make? They still teach English in high school, don’t they?

  • OTB

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • James

    Lin destroyed D-League level comp my dude.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    I find it funny how people selectively see the impact of race. If you can see it in this situation, where it clearly is an issue, then make sure you can see it every other time it’s a factor. Otherwise you are being a hypocrite.

  • Caboose

    Envious of what exactly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.am.asexy Michelle Oris

    uhm, actually JR Smith, you were one of the focal points of the Knicks offense last season, thanks to Jeremy…. so why is Jeremy selfish now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.am.asexy Michelle Oris

    right on. that part of the plan of bringing Kidd to Knicks to mentor Jeremy could have worked long term for the Knicks. I doubt Kidd is mentoring a PG who complains and pouts whenever he is not selected to be in the starting lineup…

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.am.asexy Michelle Oris

    I’d rather he learns a 5-man game offense than a 2-man offense, sort of how the Bulls used to play under PJ. he would blossom more as a player – his court vision, smart play, speed and being not selfish with the ball will definitely develop. plus a 5-man game offense can help lower his turnovers. only, he has to be surrounded with good midrange and 3-point shooters, as well as he also needs to develop his own shots and take consideration of the shot clock.

  • jerry

    JR is a dick

  • jerry

    It isn’t “reverse” racism, it’s just racism

  • knicksuck

    what is that fool smoking, he’s on the good SH*T, Felton is unselfish with the fat kid with the candy bar for sure. Smith is just a hater like anthony. Go NETSS!!!!!!

  • knicksuck

    Lin was running the offense with all role players, getting chandler alley ops game after game even with a broken hand, and wining games. If that doesn’t show that he can run the offense, then what does? How would Smith know about run an offense anyhow, he’s the type of player that just jack up any shot any time and passing the ball is his last option

  • Guest

    @0108e7e2de2e38f4e946dc555b6799aa:disqus You need to stop because that wasn’t even funny -________-