Apr 16, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) handles the ball during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks defeat the Toronto Raptors 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

J.R. Smith says J.R. Smith is done coming off the bench

Two years ago, the New York Knicks were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Behind a crazy offense that took, and made, plenty of three-pointers, they once again brought excitement to Madison Square Garden.

But as we know, things didn’t go so well this year, as they limped to a 37-45 record that saw them miss out on the playoffs despite hopes before the season that they could be one of the Eastern Conference’s better squads.

All of which lead to numerous changes in an always shifting Knicks organization. Phil Jackson was brought in to be the president, and head coach Mike Woodson was promptly fired. After a lot of drama with Steve Kerr, the team just yesterday settled on Derek Fisher to be their next head coach, signing him to a 5-year deal.

With plenty of change in the front office, J.R. Smith is hoping that it continues its way down to the court next season–specifically in regards to his role under Woodson as the sixth man. Smith started in just 37 games this year–mostly towards the end of the season. In his two previous seasons with the Knicks he had just one start.

Smith has long wanted to be a full-time starter, and he reiterated that very early this morning on Twitter.

First of all, being on Twitter at 2:20 in the morning is so J.R. Smith.

Second of all, the Knicks are very thin at the guard position, and that’s including Raymond Felton, who may be on his way to jail. Maybe Derek Fisher will give Smith his wish and insert him into the starting lineup. But with Fisher not even being the coach for a full day yet, we’re going to have to wait a while to get an answer to that question.

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