Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 2:50 pm  |  13 responses

JR Smith Admits Defense Not His ‘Area of Expertise’

Even though head coach Mike Woodson has asked his players not to discuss (read: criticize) schemes with the media, reporters obviously won’t stop asking. JR Smith, bless his heart, tried to dodge the questions by confessing that defense is something he knows very little about. Per the NY Post:

The Knicks held a three-hour practice Thursday with a lengthy film session to review their horrendous loss to the Sixers, and Smith said the coach may be trying some new stuff. Woodson has hinted at going to a zone as an alternative to his complicated switching system that has often left shooters open.

“Right now we’re pretty much open to anything new,’’ Smith said. “The old stuff isn’t really getting it done. But at the end of the day, it’s going to come from the players. I don’t think it’s coach’s fault or the scheme’s fault. If you play hard and play smart it’s tough to lose games.’’

Asked his view of Woodson’s defensive system, Smith said: “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.’’

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  • Sérgio

    Oh, man… I laughed way too hard at this.

    Please, JR, tell us what are your areas of expertise?

  • playa

    Bombing threeeeeeeees from everywhich angleeeeeeeee :D

  • robb

    hahahahaha this guy is awesome!!!

  • Anthony

    Ala Bill Murray in Space Jam….”Whoa…Whoa…whoa! I don’t do defense”

  • bike

    Dear God. It’s way worse than I thought.

  • Adam Contreras

    I NEVER like JR Smith. He’s a scrub,immature,doesn’t play defense,horrible free throw shooter & his got issues.

  • JJ Jones

    Does he have an area of expertise?

  • TBRK

    “bombin 3′s at every which angle”

  • fruizm

    I used to be a big fan of him! Now I find everything he does or say to be very annoying!

  • DJ_BobbyPeru

    WIth his talent and athleticism he should have been a perennial allstar smh.

  • Smits#45

    I believe the players are mainly to blame for everything that’s going wrong with the Knicks but I don’t get why Woodson never get’s the blame for anything. What’s the reason for this infinite trust in him?

  • Ugh

    He’s really authoritarian and the Knicks organisational culture is highly toxic, to where staff are monitored for saying critical things to the media and the media reps who are given access to staff are vetted beforehand. So players with big mouths, like JR, get attention, whereas nobody says anything bad about anyone else.

  • ATL dynamite

    Said by each of JR’s matchup