New York Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith was benched for Tuesday’s 108-98 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Smith had a run-in with Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson Monday and was late to a team meeting Tuesday.
Smith also had a run-in with coach Mike Woodson on Monday after he’d complained about his playing time in overtime of the Knicks’ win over the Phoenix Suns, sources confirmed.
Sources say Smith expressed his frustration with Woodson during the game and the two had a brief, heated discussion over Smith’s displeasure shortly after the game. Smith’s tardiness on Tuesday and his frustration with playing just 45 seconds in overtime likely led to Woodson benching Smith on Tuesday against Charlotte.
It has been a frustrating season for the Knicks, who are just 15-23 and Smith, who has really struggled this season.
After being named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year last season, Smith is averaging just 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 35.7% from the floor, 34.6% from three and 59.6% from the free throw line.
The Knicks will be back in action Thursday when they take on the Indiana Pacers.