JR Smith Wouldn’t Have Been Surprised if the Knicks Had Traded Him

by July 17, 2014

Coming off what he considers the worst season of his NBA career, JR Smith seems surprised that he’s still wearing a New York Knicks uniform. The embattled guard says he wouldn’t have blamed Knicks president Phil Jackson if he had dealt him away. Per Newsday:

“I was playing like a person who didn’t want to be there, not looking as focused as a person who should be in the situations we were in,” Smith said Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “First Take.” […] “I believe it was the worst year I’ve had in the NBA, including my rookie year.”


It was certainly a bizarre one. Before it even began, Smith, who was recovering from left knee surgery, was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program. When he returned, he struggled to find his shot, shooting only 32.8 percent in November. In January, the league fined Smith $50,000 after he twice tried to untie an opponent’s shoelace during games.


“None of the things I had going on in my mind were working,” Smith said, adding that he “absolutely wouldn’t have been” surprised if Phil Jackson had traded him. “I wouldn’t have blamed [Jackson] at all,” Smith said. “I’m just looking to bounce back.”