The Knicks held their media day in New York on Monday, and J.R. Smith spoke for the first time since his 5 game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. According to the New York Post, Smith feels as if he let his team down:
“The worst thing is I feel let my teammates and coach down,’’ Smith said Monday on Knicks Media Day. “I let Mr. [James] Dolan down. I’m looking to move forward from it. As soon as I’m able to play, I’m hoping to have a good season.’’
It’s nice to see Smith show some responsibility, and take ownership of a bad situation. He was scrutinized last season for his antics off the court. Reports stated that he was out partying before playoff games, and was labeled as irresponsible. This should be an interesting season for the Knicks, and they’ll need Smith’s scoring to help their offense along. Whether he’s sincere or not is yet to be seen, and maybe he’ll stop chucking 28 footers when he’s double teamed. Smith will start serving his 5 game suspension when he’s healthy enough to return to the lineup after recovering from surgery on his chipped patella.