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J.R. Smith says he’s done wearing black after Knicks ‘funeral’ stunt (VIDEO)

May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

The Knicks actually wore all black to the arena for Game 5 against the Knicks on Wednesday, in preparation for the “funeral” they were hoping to see involving the Boston Celtics.

Those were Kenyon Martin‘s words in advance of the game, when he told teammates to “Wear black. Funeral Colors.”

The stunt obviously backfired, as the Celtics forced a Game 6 by winning on the Knicks’ home floor.

J.R. Smith was as involved in the nonsense as anyone — he can be seen in the video clip above in the all black attire, and remember, he was on record as saying the series would have been over had he not been suspended for Game 4 in Boston.

As you might imagine, Smith was a little more low-key after the loss, one in which he started the game 0-for-10 from the field and finished it shooting 3-for-14 in 36 minutes of action.

“Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried,” Smith said afterward. “Basketball is a very humbling game.”

Smith added, “I’m done with this black stuff.”

New York still has two more chances to win the series, one of which would be at home should the Celtics be able to force a Game 7. The Knicks are the better team, but we’ll see if the life the Celtics have found over these last two games is enough to carry them to an historic series comeback.

  1. Legacy112 - May 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    J. R. You couldn’t have said it any better. Basketball is a humbling game. Glad you learned your lesson.

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    A smarter man than he was yesterday

    • andrewproughcfe - May 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Starting the game shooting 0-10 will do that to a guy. Hopefully he’ll spend more time before the next game practicing shots instead of coordinating wardrobes.

  3. dangernearing - May 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Too late. Celtics in 7.

  4. patfic15 - May 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I like to criticize him as much as the next guy, but he seems to get it….

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Dude will NEVER get it.

      Had he shot 10-15 for 30 points, he would’ve blamed everyone else but himself.

      But since he was awful, he said all the right things so no one would point the finger at him.

  5. jpaynethemayne - May 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    go eat some humble pie now. and get a teardrop tattoo

  6. jcmeyer10 - May 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Too late baby. You woke up the beast.

  7. fanofthegame79 - May 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Anyone see the post game with Kenyon Martin? How he didn’t want to answer the “wearing black, funeral” questions from the reporter? I say this: If I was that reporter, I would have phrased the question so it was more basketball related like Martin wanted – “So, do you think wearing black had any affect on this game?” What would Martin do?? Hit the guy? No. He may be a thug, but he’s a rich thug and he would have a lot to lose if sued for hitting a reporter….

    • canehouse - May 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Rich??!! He seems like a candidate for filing for bankruptcy.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        The dude makes more than me…that’s all I know. And probably more than that reporter, too! lol

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      For them to come out and play like they did last night, they deserve every bit of ridicule that comes their way. That was flat out embarrassing. And Boston didn’t even play well, which makes it even more ghastly on the Knicks’ part.

  8. gmsalpha - May 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I like to look at the glass half full. J.R Smith ended the game shooting 3-for-4. Pretty good, right?

  9. eugenesaxe - May 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    After all these years, Martin’s still an idiot. Tough guy couldn’t even man up to his own stupidity. At least Smith showed some guts on the subject.

  10. sdelmonte - May 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Remember, you can’t spell funeral without “unreal.”

  11. 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    “Young Bankruptcy” will always play his immature game no matter what the game dictates.

    He should’ve realized it wasn’t his nigh and tried to create for others.

    Has all the ability in the world, but a 10 cent head… which will be garnished soon by the courts. ha

  12. dysraw1 - May 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    good lets do away with all the foolishness especially that which is not back up by swift & immediate action

  13. addictedzone - May 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Don’t know why JR wouldn’t wear black. He was shootting like a dead man.

  14. badintent - May 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Back to China J.R. Guy Hey Fat choy

    • jimeejohnson - May 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Your intentions are finally good. J.R.’s and my mom can go to China and kick anyone’s ass who boos J.R…yeah, right: my mom’s nonviolent!

  15. halfbaht - May 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Come the end of the series, JR won’t be wearing the Knicks colours any more either. Boston will take it to game 7 and KG and the truth will rise again in MSG. Celtics in 7!

  16. kavika6 - May 3, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Smith’s comments will be a funny sidenote to the Knick’s historic failure.

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