JR Smith Calls Dennis Rodman Comparison ‘an Honor’

by October 01, 2014

The New York Knicks are holding training camp at Army’s Christl Arena in West Point, NY. JR Smith, naturally, feels a bit out of place.

Smith, a notorious night owl, acknowledges that he wouldn’t survive in the armed forces.

Smith says team president Phil Jackson comparing him to Dennis Rodman — the personality, not necessarily the basketball player — is something to be proud of.

Per the NY Post:

Could Smith have been a cadet, with the dawn-hour inspections at the barracks? […] “I definitely don’t think I could do it,’’ Smith said. “Wake up at 5 a.m., go to sleep at 6 p.m. I don’t think that works with my schedule. That is a different lifestyle.’’


Smith was astounded to see the armed patrols at the security gates. After all, it is a college. […] “I made it through security,’’ Smith said. “I was like, ‘Hey, man, I come in peace, I don’t want no problems over here.’ Dude had his big AK-47. Yeah, OK, if you are good with me, I am good with you.’’


“Last time I checked Dennis Rodman got what, 3, 4 rings?’’ Smith said. “I’m not offended by that. It’s an honor. He’s a Hall of Famer. And to be put in the same words as a Hall of Famer is something special. Not offended at all. He worked hard and he tried to do his job at all points and all times.’’