The recent soap opera between he and head coach Mike Woodson was over and Smith would be back in his normal rotation spot.
He apparently thought wrong.
Smith didn’t play in Tuesday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats at all and was clearly upset after the game, though offered no explanation as to why he was given a DNP.
Frank Isola of New York Daily News seems to know why though:
I’m hearing J.R. Smith was upset he played just 45 secs of OT in Monday ‘s win over Suns. J.R. said something to Mike Woodson & was benched
Woodson and Smith have been butting heads all season and Woodson even went as far to blast Smith yet again on Monday morning, even after the air was reportedly ‘cleared’ in recent days.
This doesn’t appear to be a situation that will be going away anytime soon and Smith, talented as he can be, has potentially become too big a distraction – even for the Knicks.