Mar 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson speaks with shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) during the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: J.R. Smith is sad Knicks fired Mike Woodson


Although most of the New York Knicks’ players knew this day was coming, some are upset about the firing of head coach Mike Woodson.

Star forward Carmelo Anthony was known as a supporter of Woodson and although guard J.R. Smith has clashed with Woodson in the past, he admitted that he was sad about the firing.

“It is sad,” Smith told ESPN’s Josina Anderson when asked about Mike Woodson’s firing  via Ian Begley of ESPN New York.. “He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in awhile under him. He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it.

“I think he did a great job,” Smith added. “I think he did a good job with me. He responded to the players. It’s just a sad day for him, for me and my teammates.”

Smith, who won the 2012-13 Sixth Man of the Year Award under Woodson’s guidance, averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season.

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