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Knicks’ Woodson on J.R. Smith: “He’s got to grow up”

Oct 2, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

J.R. Smith AP

Let’s run through J.R. Smith’s summer:

He delayed getting needed surgery on his knee until after he got a new contract signed, which has pushed his rehab back possibly all the way into the start of the season. He requested (and got) a lot money from the three-year contract up front. He was driving around Manhattan in huge military vehicle. He got in a war of words with Paul Pierce. He guaranteed a Knicks title. Then to cap it all off, he got suspended five games for failing the league’s drug test for marijuana for a third time.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson showed a little frustration with Smith speaking with the media on Wednesday, as reported by the Associated Press.

“I’m not going to throw him out to the pasture,” Woodson said. “My job is to coach him and make sure something like what happened doesn’t happen again. That’s what we do as coaches, and I expect his teammates to show him love. But at the end of the day he’s got to do the right thing by J.R. and his teammates, and me as a coach and this organization and the fans that support him. I mean, that’s what it’s all about.

“He’s got to grow up and do the right things.”

Last season we heard the reports of his improved maturity, then he elbowed Jason Terry in the face during a playoff game and got a one-game suspension.

Smith is a grown man who gets to live his life how he chooses; it’s not my place or your place to say how he should spend his off hours. But if I’m a Knicks fan I might wonder if all this bleeds over to his game on the court. If the Knicks are going to take a step forward off the 54-win, second round of the playoffs team they were last year, they need Smith the Sixth Man of the Year back on the court.

We’ll see if he still is that guy… after his drug suspension is over.

  1. spursareold - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    lol. Smith is never going to grow up if killing his friend in that car wreck didn’t do the trick. He is what he is.

  2. bougin89 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Haha. Good luck with that!

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    He doesn’t need to grow up, he’s getting paid regardless.

    • louhudson23 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      A rich fool is still a fool,… he R. Limbaugh or J.R. Smith ……..JR has already run out of money at least once,so unless he figures something else out,he will end up a broke fool(unfortunately and sadly a too common occurrence) ….and you can’t eat memories and old pay stubs….

      • spursareold - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        He didn’t need to run out of money, either. His foolishness has probably cost him 50% of what he should have earned based on talent alone. He had Kobe level talent, but an Artest level brain. Sad.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Dude just signed a juicy contract. If he goes broke, I’ll just shake my head and laugh.

  4. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    “He was driving around Manhattan in huge military vehicle.”

    Why was this called out? Is there something immature about riding around in the safest automobile money can buy? Apparently more celebrities have put in orders for the same vehicle because it’s… Death Proof.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      hopefully in Manhattan it’s Tow Truck Proof. Parking must be a nightmare.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        This is a type of vehicle that is officially parked where ever you decide to stop and get out. Like an M1A1. It should still be there when you get back because tow trucks are afraid of it.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        I’d drive a tank to work because my commute is 13 miles a day round trip. All the better if it was loaded!

      • cmehustle - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        All the comments here are hilarious!

  5. rickyspanish - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    If JR Smith wasn’t JR Smith, he’d be boring. The dude is crazy and it’s fun for us to read about.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Definitely. J.R. Smith is the J.R. Ewing of the NBA.

  6. dysraw1 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    everybody gets their smoke on in this society its kills me that in this day and time where over the counter addictions severely out number,the old school drug feigns. that somebody could point their fingers at a weed smoker and say criminal. as for JR. growing up, though his behavior last season was not exemplary i thought he did pretty good. until he threw that unnecessary elbow. but here’s what i want from JR and its been my biggest complaint against him. that’s don’t get destroyed in the playoffs

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      I agree with your comment way more than 100%.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Well yeah it’s a dumb law, but if your employer says you can’t wear a blue shirt to work, and you do, and he sends you home to change (or for 5 games), can you really complain? It’s an easy rule to follow, even if it is unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

  7. weaselpuppy - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    broke 1.5 yrs after leaving the League, homeless .5 yrs later, dead by 40.

  8. skinsfanwill - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    He is a “mouth open when not speaking” dude. Bottom lip just hanging and looking dumb as all hell. You are already rich, you no longer have to prove it. He better start saving because you can always be replaced.

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