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Quote of the Day: J.R. Smith says defense “not my area of expertise”

Jan 24, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

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“That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.’’

J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, speaking about the changes Mike Woodson is bringing to the Knicks defense, via the New York Post (hat tip to SLAM).

The Knicks may go to a zone or try some other changes because it is their defense that is holding them back more than anything else right now. Woodson didn’t forget how to coach defense in the past couple years, but right now he can’t get his players to execute it in a consistent and energetic way. And their offense isn’t good enough to just outscore teams.

New York has five straight home games (they lost the first three of the homestand), if they are going to turn this season around now is the time.

  1. sellahh - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    All he said is he is not a defensive specialist, so he’s not gonna speak on his coach’s defensive principles and will do whatever is asked of him.
    Please don’t make it bigger than it is.
    I loved the Knicks last year, because they were kind of an underdog, a great story. Now that their fans have been running their mouth again and making up trades like JR + Felton + Beno for Evans + Gordon, I tune up to each and every one of their games hoping they lose.

  2. thomaskouns - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    At least he said it (for his sake) after he got his multi-year guaranteed contract as opposed to before.

  3. bougin89 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    “JR, we’re going to put you on the other teams best player tonight.”

    -said no one ever

    • money2long - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      didn’t geroge karl put him on kobe in the playoffs when he was a nugget ………………………….

      • bougin89 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        I stand corrected. Comment revised:

        “JR, we’re going to put you on the other teams best player tonight.” -said only George Karl

  4. azarkhan - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    LOL! BTW, that may help explain why the Knick’s are 15-27.

  5. rodge1 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Too bad for the Knicks that’s the only area where Melo has been an influence on Smith.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      I gave all you guys above thumbs down for ridiculous comments about a team you
      don’t watch, so how can you say anything.

      adios loco

  6. sportsfan18 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    J.R.’s only area of expertise is goofing off and getting high, but that passes for talent in the NBA now.

  7. aboogy123456 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    He actually sounds like he’s being a team player here. He’s not good at defense, his expertise is offense, so he said that he’s willing to listen to whatever the real experts want him to do.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      thumbs up for you

      • obmig - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        If you are as athletic as him and you are a bad defender it’s because you aren’t trying hard enough. Defense is about skill it’s about hustle. He’s a terrible teammate for thinking he doesn’t have to give 100% on one side of the court, not a good one. Also, if you think 12 ppg makes him an expert on offense you are sadly mistaken.

  8. rjmarrella - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Who says something like that?! Seriously, how does a guy like this help his team?
    He has the “black-hole of offense” in mellow chucking up thirty shots a game.
    These type of players are too consistent of a fixture in today’s NBA.

  9. jhb64 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    That is the reason should be fired!

  10. 950003cups - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I guess JR can add that to his talentless bag of UGOTZ! Along with the pick n roll, 3point shooting, dribbling, passing, and knowing what the score of a game you’re playing in is!!! His area of expertise consists if twitter and drinking the night before a playoff game.

  11. indrathegod - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Nothing he says surprises me. At all.

  12. dondada10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Being bad on defense is just laziness. It seems that J.R.’s problem is off the ball. It’s not like his guy beats him off the dribble when he catches. J.R. gets beat when his man is cutting off screens. J.R. just doesn’t fight over them.

  13. mackcarrington - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    He’s not very smart, bright or intelligent.
    Buy at least he’s honest. You gotta give him credit for that.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      How do you go from 6th mahn of the year to just mahn?

  14. noahbird - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Playing defense at a high level should be a matter of wanting to demonstrate your superior athletic ability.

  15. em11965 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    The correct response should have been: “I will try harder on defense..”

    I wonder what this idiot will do for a living after his career ends.

  16. obmig - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    He’s not really scoring either. What is his area of expertise?

  17. bowmanj35 - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    practice? I mean we talkin about practice… practice….

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