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Chris Smith, brother of J.R. Smith, says he ‘earned’ Knicks roster spot

Oct 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith AP

Chris Smith is getting a roster spot with the Knicks, and his contract of $490,000 will become fully guaranteed for this season if he remains there by the time Wednesday’s opening night is upon us.

It’s been widely speculated (and essentially assumed) that Smith is on the team because his brother, J.R. Smith, made it known to the Knicks front office that it was a requirement of his re-signing with the team in free agency.

But Smith believes he’s still on the team more because of his basketball ability than because of his family association.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

Chris Smith says being J.R. Smith’s brother has its advantages. But the younger Smith gets angered by those who think his brother is the reason he’s on the Knicks.

He said he’s being harassed on Twitter. “I can’t even have a social media because people are coming at me because they think my situation is something different,” Chris Smith said. “I feel like I earned my position on the team and I’m going to keep on earning my way here.” …

Earlier this week, when Mike Woodson was asked if Chris’ relationship to J.R. would affect the younger Smith’s status, he said, “Sure it does.”

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports had a little bit stronger words about the situation on Friday.

Chris Smith made Knicks when his brother, J.R., signed his extension. That’s the business, but he should spare everyone how he “earned” it.

Nevertheless, there are family members on payrolls everywhere in the NBA. Some earned it; some didn’t. Still, roster spots are precious.

Regardless of how the younger Smith got there, he now has an opportunity. He’ll likely spend more time in the D-League than on the Knicks bench this season.

  1. 00maltliquor - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Damn, this article’s cold-blooded jack! NO benefit of the doubt! LOL!

  2. dondada10 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Roster spots are valuable. But at the same time, If J.R. signed for below market value because the Knicks would let his brother play in the NBDL and be “on the Knicks” then it’s worthwhile. If you wanna make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs.

    But Chris, stop saying you earned it. There’s guys in playgrounds that will give you buckets.

  3. bbk1000 - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    What are the chances Adrian Wojnarowski is related to Walter Cronkite?

    OK, probably not…

  4. flickflint - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    This article was written by the saltiest old man ever I bet

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Every time I read something about the Knicks it just gets better and better. JR is a headcase, the team practices nepotism, Carmelo is inefficient, they just added Bargnani (HAHAHAHAH!!!!) and they can’t play defense. Oh not to mention Amare won’t be playing more than 10 minutes a game. Going to be a sad season in NYC, unless you pull for the Nets.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      You’re making that pea brain Canton cry.

    • cruzan80 - Oct 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Heard this last year. The Nets are better, knicks can’t play defense, they will finish 6th at best…..right……then season started. Nets finish 4th….Knicks finish 2nd. Knicks defense finished ranked 7th in the league (No Shump for half the season & No MWP) & Melo shoots .44% from the field while leading the league in scoring. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t…..& haters will always hate.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Then the Knicks went out and added some bad players to fill the spots of better ones who left. Don’t you remember?

      • cruzan80 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        @johnlacyadams…who exactly are you calling “better ones”??? Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby & James White are not even in the league anymore. Also, as much as everyone has gotton a kick out of advising the world on how much of a bust Bargnani was as a #1 pick….he’s still better than Steve Novak, Chris Copeland & Ronnie Brewer who are all career journey men for a reason. I have no isea who your team is but I’m willing to bet $5 that Brewer played for them at some point.

  6. pbtunpaidwriter - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    He should just STFU and thank his lucky stars JR’s his bro. Just be quiet and pluck those splinters out of your as* on the Knicks bench or drop 30 in the D-League – same thing.

    If he stayed quiet no one would care because its understood and its the nature of the business.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I’d like to say no team would sign someone just to make their brother happy, but since it’s the Knicks…And if he ends up in the D-League, well, that shoots down the whole “I earned it” line.

  8. drewzducks - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    And the annual embarrassment that is the NY Knixxx continues…

  9. oasis511 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Chris Smith is fooling himself if he actually believes that. Let’s not forget this is the guy who couldn’t even get a job in Europe last season. He just sat around doing nothing all last season until the Knicks brought him back for summer league.

    Ike Diogu EARNED a spot on the Knicks, but he got cut. Chris Smith wasn’t even good in college.

    • Alex K - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Chris was fine at U of L. He’s not good enough to be on an NBA team, but he was a fine college player.

      • oasis511 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        He averaged 9.7 points and shot 40% from the field as a senior. That’s average at best, but the point is that a guy who plays that way in college doesn’t deserve an NBA job.

      • Alex K - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        So you agree with me? I said he’s not good enough to be on an NBA team.

        I think you misunderstood my use of fine there. It was meant like he was fine, not great but not bad.

  10. - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Yeah, this guy needs to shut up and thank his lucky star he’s affiliated with J.R.
    Now, he just needs to prove people that he can cut it in the league. Simple as that.

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