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For every season, turn, turn turn, J.R. Smith wants to start, turn, turn ,turn

Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York Reuters

J.R. Smith‘s abilities are both limited by and boosted by his confidence in his abilities. He has every bit of faith that he can make any shot he needs to, most often without the use or help of his teammates. It can propel his team to victory or send his coaches into a deep depression. Feast or famine, bombs over Baghdad, whatever you want to call it, he can score largely in part because of his belief in his ability to do so.

The Knick have their premier ISO scorer in Carmelo Anthony. Smith has come off the bench to provide reserve scoring. But this year, as has happened before, Smith wants to start. From the New York Post:

“I’d rather start. I’ve been playing [eight] years, coming off the bench,’’ Smith said yesterday. “Whether it stays [that way] or goes, I’m going to be same person I am. I prefer to start. I’d rather be a starter. If not, I understand that.’’

“It gets frustrating after a while,’’ Smith said. “People saying, “he’s a sixth man, sixth man, sixth man’’ when you believe you’re a starter. But you have to understand, it’s a team game and have to put individual goals aside.’’

via New York Knicks J.R. Smith is looking to start this season – NYPOST.com.

So he wants to start, but if not, cool. Smith is sensitive to the frustrations he’s given coaches in the past, particularly George Karl in Denver. He wants to do what’s best for the team… he just happens to believe him starting is what’s best. He’s going to get his wish at least in the beginning, with Iman Shumpet and Ronnie Brewer both banged up. Part of it, though, is that Smith can start and not threaten the makeup of the offense. He’s used to deferring to Melo. And that’s the offense in a nutshell. As long as he gives good defensive effort, which he did last season, Woodson won’t mind if he goes ISO from time to time and puts up some, er, unique shots in, er, different situations.

You live with the bad to get the good with Smith, and with his ability to stretch the floor, starting might work out for the Knicks. Most of it will likely depend on Iman Shumpert‘s health when he returns.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    didn’t Kurt write about this yesterday?

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      just a suggestion- read each other’s posts!

  2. superseahawk - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    What a pukey title.

  3. sportsfan83 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Matt Moore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Kurt
    For some reason Kurt doesn’t approve my post,I guess he’s one of those sensitive writers who can’t take criticism. About the topic though Smith is much better off the bench,him and Novak give the Knicks second team a good spark and can put up points.

    Now add Brewer,Kidd,Camby,Thomas and Sheed and even though old as Kurt loves pointing out that’s not a bad second unit. Brewer,Smith and Novak can put points up,Camby,Thomas and Sheed can play defense and Kidd can control the court. Until NY shows they can play together and win big games,players and words mean nothing.

  4. nbascreed - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    “…he can score largely in part because of his belief in his ability to do so.”

    What?!?!?! Hyperbole abounds in your writing and you should really look at tampering that down. One of my favorite econ writers did a piece on useless cliches that his contemporaries use when they need to fill a piece, I’ll link to it.

    For the record Matt he can score largely in part because of his supreme elevation, pure stroke, relative quickness and breakdown-ability.

  5. jhuck92 - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Kurt might have written about it, but I think Matt just wanted to make a Byrds reference.

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