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J.R. Smith doesn’t think it’s too early to hit Knicks’ panic button

Nov 21, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

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It’s too early to hit the panic button with the Knicks. Yes, they are off to an ugly 3-8 start, but it’s too early to panic.

First, they will get Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton back healthy. Second, the offense will come around once those two are back — last season the Knicks had the Felton/Chandler pick-and-roll (surrounded by shooters) as a way to create shots other than just having Carmelo Anthony do it. Third, the defense also will improve with Chandler back.

Most of all the Knicks aren’t really losing much ground — even at 3-8 they are one game out of a playoff spot and one-and-a-half out of first place in the terrible Atlantic. A few wins and the outlook quickly changes.

J.R. Smith isn’t sold — he’s ready to panic he told ESPNNewYork.com.

“We’re frustrated,” Smith said of where the team is mentally, despite most saying it’s too early to panic. “Like you say, it’s too early to panic, but me, personally, I’m panicking. I don’t like this.

“I don’t want to play 3-8 basketball,” Smith continued, in regard to the Knicks’ record. “I don’t want to play 50-50 basketball. If we’re going to be a championship-caliber team and call ourselves that, then we’ve gotta play like that. It can’t be no other way.”

The Knicks played well enough to win against the Pacers Wednesday — that effort would have beat 25 NBA teams, just not the elite few (and the Pacers qualify right now). There are no moral victories in the NBA, but if there were Wednesday night would have been one for the Knicks.

Keep playing like that and things will start to turn around —and in the East right now it just has to turn around a little for things to look much better.

  1. jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    You won’t panic either if you have the kind (of) bud that J.R. has. Whatever you want to say about this crazy New Yawker, you’ve got to appreciate that he’s a mellow guy. Sure, he could snap at the drop of a hat, but who couldn’t. Whadya mean, “no”?

  2. legend30 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I actually agree with J.R. Smith — the Knicks should be panicking — they have no tradeable assets besides, Carmelo (their obviously not trading him) and Shumpert. Tyson Chandler is going to be out for another month, so what are they going to do? Firing Mike Woodson, would create more problems — he simply doesn’t have personnel to run his system. I think any coach would struggle with this depleted roster. I said earlier Knicks should consider hiring John Calipari during the off-season earlier, but I’m not being fair to Mike Woodson, it’s not his fault James Dolan is running the ship.

    • redbaronx - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      @legend30 – I think Woodson proved he’s a good coach the last two seasons. The issue is the personnel moves and James Dolan. Unfortunately Dolan can’t be fired….

  3. phaden27 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    JR later said he was opting for the shot glass.

  4. homergreenz - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    40 win team

  5. illegalblues - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    JR got locked in a garage today. I don’t think he’s the analytic sort

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Just put a little weed in the mouse trap instead of cheese and he’s caught…

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    It’s not too early, it’s too late. It was too late the second they tipped off the first game of the season.

  7. davidly - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I think there should be an actual big red panic button at center court; clowns and confetti should also be involved.

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