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J.R. Smith was benched after complaining about minutes, being late to meeting

Jan 15, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

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Apparently, Mike Woodson and the Knicks are talking hard line with J.R. Smith in hopes of not letting him become a distraction as they try to claw back into the playoffs.

We’ll see how that goes.

Smith was benched for the second time in four games Tuesday and the reasons were tied to him not trying to be a good teammate, reports the New York Post.

J.R. Smith was bellyaching on the bench to his Knicks teammates about not playing during Monday’s overtime session against the Suns, according to an eyewitness. It is unclear whether his displeasure resulted in coach Mike Woodson not playing Smith on Tuesday in Charlotte, but he was vocal on the bench about playing just 45 seconds of the 5-minute overtime as the Knicks pulled out the 98-96 victory.

The source said Smith appeared “disconnected,” and Smith then reportedly was late for a meeting in the hotel Tuesday before the Knicks faced the Bobcats.

Note to J.R.: You were benched in OT because of that airball at the end of regulation against the Suns. It was pretty obvious to the rest of us.

Woodson was asked about the Knicks trading Smith — he can be moved as of Wednesday — but that is unlikely as there is no market for a guy with declining skills considered a distraction who is owed $12.3 million over the next two years after this one. The Knicks would need to throw sweeteners in or take on a worse contract to get the deal done.

Smith is who he always was, it’s just because he’s not producing at the same level and the Knicks are not winning the franchise doesn’t want to put up with it.

But they are stuck with him for a while.

  1. moseskkim - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    dude, just be quiet. dont say anything. if they give u playing time, play your best. if they dont, just sit. when you played well, they couldnt wait to give you as many minutes.. but u start smoking weed, untying shoes, complaining, not playing well, chucking up shots, not using ur brain just like bargnani, and there are consequences. if u shut ur mouth and let your play in practice and in games talk, youll be back in no time cuz u got the talent and skills.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Not saying anything is obviously the ideal way to handle that – but it’s easier said than done. it definitely takes time to adjust to low-to-no minute expectations if you’re used to getting a lot of PT – and, typically, even high character guys struggle when their minutes are reduced out of the blue. it’s like that movie Trading Places – take any high character starter and bench him for several games out of nowhere and see what he turns into…

      • moseskkim - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        its not out of the blue though.. its not out of nowhere. hes made countless immature mistakes and he knows it. still he thinks he deserves his share of playing time. nah you need to earn those back

      • antistratfordian - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        yeah, but from his perspective, coming off an award winning season, you have to understand that he thinks he’d be given the benefit of the doubt more often than not. and is that unreasonable?

        there are guys who do not win awards, complain in the press about not playing enough, and they don’t get treated as harshly.

        i think, at the very least, someone should be talking to smith. if woodson doesn’t want to do that, then that’s his deal – but the approach he’s taking is not going to work with a guy like smith, imo.

      • kingtotz - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        @antistrat, given the benefit of the doubt? c’mon! he got his new contract. include his brother in NYK roster. he’s no lebron to be getting his brother in the team but NYK allowed it. Kurt is right, NYK is not winning that’s why they don’t want to put up with his antics anymore.

        The only thing that NYK would overlook his antics is winning and for him to play like he did last season.

      • spursareold - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        He’s not coming off an award winning season. That was in November. He’s coming off MONTHS of absolute crap play.

        Talking to him also only accomplishes something if he’s listening, something he’s never been known for.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Put yourself in his shoes. Also, Mike Woodson is just as bad as JR Smith… so… there’s that too. Plenty of finger pointing to go around.

  2. tampajoey - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Sounds like J.R. Smith needs to join Andrew Bynum at the unemployment line.

  3. dinofrank60 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    His skills aren’t declining; he just doesn’t care and it shows in his production. If the Knicks cut him, which would be best, his money is still on the books.

    Salary caps…

  4. savvybynature - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Cue one of the PBT writers to tell us how Bill Russell was once late to a meeting, and that this is exactly the same thing. Yeah right,

  5. lenbias34pt - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    It’s sad , but it’s the NBA these days.

    Night mare contract given to a ‘man’ without character.

    Somewhere in the recesses of his mind JR will regret his actions one day. Won’t be in time to save the Knicks a dime, but he will regret pissing away a once promising life before he meets the dark.

  6. azarkhan - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    He’s a complete ass.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Well, there goes any slack I was willing to cut this dude.

  8. polegojim - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    These bad boy attitudes that plagued the Nuggets for years… he can take Andre Miller with him to the unemployment line.

  9. louhudson23 - Jan 16, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    Reading a watch is tough work.Give him a break.

  10. byjiminy - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Plenty of money for this guy, Bargnani, etc., but not Jeremy Lin…I’m still pissed about that.

    (And they could have locked him up for a lot less than what Houston paid, if they’d been proactive.)

    But who’d want to watch Lin when we can see Carmelo go 9 for 23, Amare limp around…oh, joy.

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