J.R. Smith: ‘Save Me a Spot’ on the LeBron Super Team

by March 25, 2016

If and when LeBron James somehow teams up with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, current Cleveland Cavaliers teammate J.R. Smith simply hopes he’s not left behind.

Smith likes the idea of the proposed Super Team, and would love to join them.

Smith, speaking prior to the Cavs’ 104-95 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets last night, defended Melo’s commitment to the moribund New York Knicks.

Per the NY Daily News:

“That would be dope. That’d be sick,” Smith said before the game. “I’d like to see it. I just hope they save me a spot and I’m on the team.”


Smith was a teammate of Anthony’s for five seasons in Denver and for 3-plus more with the Knicks before he and Iman Shumpert were jettisoned by team president Phil Jackson midway through last season to clear future salary-cap space. […] Anthony signed a five-year $125 million contract to stay in New York in 2014. But this will be the third straight season the Knicks will miss the playoffs, and the nine-time All-Star’s commitment to Jackson’s franchise rebuild recently has been questioned.


“I know it’s been hard on him,” said Smith, whose Cavs also will visit the Garden on Saturday. “It’s one of those situations when you’re a great player in the league and you just don’t have the support system, that cast that you’ve been accustomed to like when we were in Denver or the earlier years when he got to New York. I know it’s been a frustrating process, but if anybody can get through it, it will be Melo. And I know he absolutely wants to make it work here. This is everything he asked for, I mean, except for not making the playoffs and stuff like that. But everything he’s doing for the city and for the Knicks, I think it’s harder for him now more than anything. He doesn’t have the whole supporting cast yet, but this year has been better than last year and I think they will continue to improve. And the way I know him, he’s committed there, for sure.”

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