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J.R. Smith feels he let team down with drug suspension

Sep 30, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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J.R. Smith — who signed a three-year contract with the Knicks then promptly went out and got knee surgery on his patella tendon, surgery he knew he needed but waited until it was on company time — could miss the start of the season as he rehabs from injury.

But when he is ready he still has to sit out five games due to a drug suspension from the league. The only way you get that five game suspension is three separate positive tests for marijuana.

At media day Monday Smith spoke publicly for the first time since the suspension came down and was very apologetic, as reported by the New York Post.

“The worst thing is I feel I let my teammates and coach down,’’ Smith said Monday at Knicks Media Day. “I let Mr. Dolan down. I’m looking to move forward from it. As soon as I’m able to play, I’m hoping to have a good season.’’

By the way, the Knicks don’t get to say, “he’s ready” then have him finish his recovery during those first five games; a league doctor has to clear him to play before the suspension kicks in.

When he does return the Knicks need the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to have another big season — he was a key to their offense last season (behind Carmelo Anthony) and New York needs that again.

Which means he does need to be over the knee injury he played through last playoffs. Completely.

  1. dysraw1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    actually i would like to see Shumpert have the high profile year,in my mind he’s the guy who needs to take it up a notch

  2. legend30 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    This suspension was actually a positive thing for J.R. Smith and for the team. Smith can now focus on getting healthy, while the Knicks get to see Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. get more playing time. For some reason, I believe that James Dolan is going to trade, Shumpert, at some point during the season. Why? Because it’s James Dolan.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      He did take a question from a beat reporter for the first time in six years so, when it suits him, this tiger will change his stripes.

  3. papichulo55 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Knicks need to protect their investment and put somebody in JR’s crew on the Knick payroll. You gotta be totally disrespectful of everything to fail theN A Drug Test. JR must understand that he really doesn’t have as much time left. It won’t be too long before he can smoke like a chimney, but for now he needs to be true to the game.

  4. clevelandschronic2 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Melos not mad it just means he gets to shoot more than he normally does.

  5. trbowman - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Somebody has to say it – legalize it, man!

    People give alcohol a free pass, and alcohol is a drug – a powerful one at that. You know that is also a drug? Caffeine, which everyone outside of mormons is chemically dependent on. Can’t function without that morning cup of joe.

  6. trbowman - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    The crappy state of the economy is actually good news for the legalization movement if you ask me. Part of the reason for alcohol’s legalization was so the government had something big time to tax.

    And since Uncle Sam loves taxing the hell out of us, I think legalization will make pretty steady progress.

  7. homieshome - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    J.R. must be getting used to that feeling.. Dude’s an idiot. Do something about it then instead of continuously letting us down

  8. homieshome - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    J.R. must be getting used to that feeling.. Dude’s an idiot. Do something about it then instead of continuously letting us down. But with that said, it makes no sense why the league wouldn’t just fine him for this. Why the hell do they punish our team and fans rather than JR by suspending him? I swear to God, it’s ridiculous. Just like when they suspended him in the playoffs for some ridiculous shove to Terry. I feel like the league hates us for eliminating their precious Celtics.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      The marijuana suspension (after three positive) tests is standard across the league. It’s not just JR.

      • homieshome - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:11 AM

        I didnt know that he got caught 3 times/. WOW

      • homieshome - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM

        Wait Kurt, are you saying he was caught 3 times?

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        He had to have tested positive three different times to be suspended, so yes.

    • borderline1988 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      If as a team, you’re hanging your hat on JR Smith, you’re in trouble.

      I like a lot of the Knicks’ role players, but having Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith as your main guys just doesn’t cut it, and never will.

  9. homieshome - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    But yet you’re naively dismissing the entire rest of the team, making it sounds like they are our whole team. I agree with you if what you were saying was true but it’s not, there’s Shumpert, there’s Felton, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Ron Artest, Andrei Bargnani, Beno Udrih, Hardaway Jr, and much more players to our team who are quality type players.

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