It’s been an interesting season for the New York Knicks, one made increasingly hard to deal with thanks to the antics of J.R. Smith. usually, teams run the risk of scapegoating a player by pinning their problems on him, but you don’t get anymore cut and dry than the Knicks finally turning things around after benching J.R. Smith and it appears the benching is something that is going to stick.
But ask J.R. Smith what all the fuss is about and he doesn’t have a clue. ESPNNewYork reporter Ian Begley spoke with Smith about his benching and learned that the former Sixth Man of the Year thinks his benching stems from poor play and not his other antics.
What does JR think about NYC souring on him recently? “What have you done for me lately, pretty much. You miss shots, it’s going to happen.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 11, 2014
Smith was vocal about his brother being cut by the Knicks which was the first in a long line of issues the Knicks have had with Smith since late 2013. His untying of opponents shoes didn’t help thing, nor has his lack of interest in being an actual NBA player rather than a paid spectator.
To top things off, Smith acknowledges his antics, such as the untying of Shawn Marion’s shoes, but says that people getting upset just lack a sense of humor. The Knicks aren’t laughing at his games he’s playing and are instead spending their time trying to rid themselves of his services by trading him to someone else.