New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson sent JR Smith a warning when he benched the guard for the entirety of their 102-92 victory over the Miami Heat last Thursday night.
It was a fair move by the head coach after Smith was fined $50,000 for untying Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s shoes then foolishly attempted to duplicate the same move on Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe the game after.
It is safe to say Woodson is tired of Smith’s antics.
Via ESPNNewYork.com & Ian Begley,
“The bottom line is he’s got to be more of a pro and do the right things and just concentrate on playing basketball,” the Knicks coach said Monday. “That’s the name of the game, nothing else. You got to concentrate on your craft and what you’re being paid to do — that’s play basketball. … That’s all I want him to do.”
Smith says he has learned his lesson and is trying to move on from his past incidents.
“Don’t goof around, I guess. Be serious. Be a professional. And just don’t take this opportunity here you have for granted,” he said. “There’s a lot of people in this world that want our jobs. You can’t take it for granted. It can be taken away just that fast.”
Time will tell if he truly has learned from his mistakes.