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Will twitter help drive J.R. Smith away from Knicks? No, but money might.

May 10, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

We need to start this out with three background facts:

1. J.R. Smith is active on twitter (@TheRealJRSmith).

2. J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next year that everyone knew he would not take — he was going to become a free agent and see what the market would offer. Certainly he will get a raise over what is on the table.

3. He was terrible in the Knicks Game 5 loss to the Heat. He was 3-of-15 shooting and was actually a more selfish player than Carmelo Anthony on the night.

When you combine all those things you end up with Smith getting hammered on twitter for his play and him responding with this tweet.

Damn didn’t know this man people didn’t want me in #NY might just get what you asking for! #sorrykidz

It’s going to be interesting with Smith this summer — the Knicks would like to keep him, but if a team with cap space comes in with a big offer the Knicks may well not match. Smith is an unrepentant gunner who can come off the bench and light it up, but he can shoot you out of games as well. He’s inconsistent, and we’ll see what the market will pay for him. Certainly more than the $2.5 million he was making, but maybe not as much as he thinks he will make.

But don’t really expect the twitter to impact him much. He has said he’d like to stay with the Knicks, and he also tweeted this:

“Damn I’m glad I don’t care what y’all say! Lmao!”

  1. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    NYK’s Brass…. Please, Please, Please! Keep Smith!!!! He makes life very easy for us HEAT fans.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Love JR and his effort. Don’t like the shot selection, but as a fan since his high school days, you know that going in.

    I called him JR Starks since he got here, and it was fitting that in a close out game, he shot like Starks did in the ’94 Finals, Game 7.

    But let’s not kid ourselves, we’re not going to be able to sign anyone of even equal caliber (no cap space) or be expected to depend upon a rookie — provided that Grunwald drafts shrewdly — to do the same. Shump was ready made, and anyone who watched him at GT knew that, but that’s rarely the case, especially for guards.

  3. sirclutch - May 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I’d like to see him back on the Knicks. Really nice to have someone on the second unit that can create his own shot. However, I wouldn’t consider him a necessary building block, and I can’t imagine him turning down more money from elsewhere.

  4. habibthomas - May 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    When will athletes leave social sites alone? Nothing good ever comes out of them.

  5. djeter220 - May 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Unfortunately, if JR is going to be effective, he’s going to need to be his hot dog self. When he’s on it’s a spectacle. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be “on” often enough. It’s made me appreciate Carmelo more, a guy who plays a similar game, yet gets the job done enough to justify it.

  6. jimeejohnson - May 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Twqo words: beat it!

  7. jimeejohnson - May 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Twqo = two = 2

  8. lakerluver - May 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    J. R. is talented but he doesn’t know how to play the correct way. 2 years under a great college coach might’ve helped in that regard. For every great play he makes, he makes two dumb plays.

  9. diamondmo33 - May 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Buster.

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