Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am  |  15 responses

JR Smith Reportedly Benched for Complaining About Playing Time

According to multiple reports, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson placed JR Smith in his doghouse following an argument about minutes. Oh, the irony. Per the NY Daily News and NY Post:

J.R. Smith’s benching in Charlotte Tuesday night may have been a direct result of Smith sitting most of the overtime in Monday’s win over Phoenix. According to a source, Smith was vocal with coach Mike Woodson about not starting the extra session against Phoenix after missing what would have been a game-winning shot at the end of regulation.

Smith did not start overtime and went in as sub with 47.2 seconds left and came back out with 2.2 seconds left. Smith did not play in the loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday night and spent most of the night sulking on the end of the bench. It was the second time in four games where Woodson benched Smith, who was fined $50,000 last week by the NBA for unsportsmanlike behavior.

J.R. Smith was bellyaching on the bench to his Knicks teammates about not playing during Monday’s overtime session against the Suns, according to an eyewitness. The source said Smith appeared “disconnected” during overtime and reportedly also was late for a team meeting in the hotel before the Knicks faced Charlotte on Tuesday.

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    JR Smith, Grow up.

  • danpowers

    i was so excited and happy coz i thought the dnp meant a trade was about to happen, ehw… the worst part of it, they might keep him, he might turn it around and then us knicks fans will be forced to root for him again.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the market for him is pretty non existent at this point

  • Lloyd

    I honestly don’t get the amount of hate he’s getting. He’s definitely an idiot, but he’d be a big piece on any team. Your personal feelings aside, a lot of teams would be vying for his services if the Knicks give up on him.

    Mike Woodson needs to settle down. He’s not JR’s father and he should top trying to be. You tell the media that you want a guy to just play basketball, then bench him when he tells you he wants to play more basketball? Woodson’s on a power trip.

  • danpowers

    i know i know. the hope just dies last

  • Smits#45

    I was gonna say that the Knicks would be the only team to sign him but he’s already there.

  • sim888

    JR Smith gets less minutes after complaining about getting less minutes….like sands through the hourglass.

  • Bruce Wayne

    A lot of teams are NOT vying for his services, and it has nothing to do with his talent. Being a good fit for a team has to do with more than talent, and JR is horrible for chemistry, or at least it seems that way from an outsider’s perspective

  • Ugh

    I know. Now the Clips are semi-functional the Knicks are the only dumping ground left.

  • Ugh

    I agree. They have such a dysfunctional relationship. Woodson tells Smith to not dye his hair anymore, so Smith undoes some shoelaces. Smith wants more playing time so Woodson gives him less.

    Just like a child acts more childish when treated like a child, and just like an angry parent who takes priveleges away when more are asked for. It’s embarrassing watching grown men behave like this. Especially since they’re not actually related, but at this point they may as well be.

  • Lloyd

    You think that there won’t be a lost list of suitors lined up for JR Smith, the reigning 6th man of the year who’s capable of being the most potent offensive weapon in the league off the bench ? If you say otherwise, you may be tight with some GMs who I don’t know…

    Your outsider’s perspective is your own bias opinion of him. If he were bad for chemistry, the star wouldn’t be asking for his return, and the team’s defensive anchor wouldn’t be confused at why he’s getting benched. JR’s chemistry problem isn’t with his teammates. They know they need him to play and play well to win. His problem is with a coach who, for some reason, thinks he’s his father.

  • Bruce Wayne

    If you seriously don’t think there isn’t anything wrong with this guy’s behavior then I really don’t know what else to say..he has a HISTORY of boneheaded episodes..from every single team he has played for, including when he went to China to play!

    Look it up yourself if you doubt me..from New Orleans to Denver to China to New York, he has a history of this stuff..Too many incidents to name here..but one of them to keep in mind is his drunk driving in Denver that resulted in the death of his best friend.

    Notice, I didn’t say anything about his basketball talent, which he has always had plenty of, but the issue with him has been his immaturity. After the circus going on this season with the Knicks, what GM would want to bring that to their team??

  • Lloyd

    I didn’t say there wasn’t anything wrong with his behaviour, nor do I condone his past actions. It’s completely immature and he should grow up for sure.

    That said, his off court behaviour whilst with the Knicks hasn’t been too bad and definitely hasn’t been detrimental to the team’s on court goals (apart from the couple of games he was suspended at the beginning of the season). Has he done stupid stuff in the past couple of seasons? Yes. Has it hurt his team or others? No.

    Regardless, GMs are not babysitters or judges of morality. They are not fathers of the players they sign. Their sole job is to amass talent to win basketball games. I could point to many specific players, a lot who are way less talented than JR Smith, who continually get NBA jobs after off-court legal troubles/controversy. Why the hell do you think GMs would pass up the incredible talent of JR Smith because he untied a couple of shoe laces (since that’s what his latest battles with Mike Woodson have been about)!? Sit back and judge the man all you want buddy, but as long as he can contribute even close to the level he’s capable of, teams are going to continue giving him contracts. Deal with it and move on.

  • Bruce Wayne

    have you even been paying attention at all this season?! His shooting percentages and overall play have been horrible..he is a ball stopper and calling him a streaky shooter would be kind at this point. Don’t even get me started on defense..

    But hey, believe what you want pal

  • Lloyd

    Yes, he’s been struggling. Just last season he was the best non-starter in the league. If you think that he’s not capable of that anymore a half a season apart, then there’s not much else to discuss.