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Chris Smith, brother of J.R. Smith, released from D-League team following dispute over playing time

Mar 4, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith AP

Chris Smith was given earned a roster spot on the Knicks prior to the beginning of the season, in what was reportedly a deal made when signing his brother J.R. Smith in free agency last summer.

The entirety of Chris’s contract of $490,000 became fully guaranteed on opening night, but it cost New York more than $2 million when factoring in luxury tax penalties.

As the season began to get away from the Knicks and they realized that they could actually use that roster spot for someone who might be able to help the cause, Chris was waived, and J.R. immediately called it a betrayal. After all of this, Chris eventually landed with the D-League’s Erie BayHawks, but that relationship has come to an end under less than ideal circumstances.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

League sources told on Tuesday that the younger Smith had several run-ins with the BayHawks’ coaching staff, which contributed to the team’s decision to release him.

And from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Before Erie released Chris Smith today, he had packed up and left team several days ago, source tells Yahoo. Didn’t like his playing time.

The D-League isn’t for everyone — the lifestyle is far less glamorous than that of the NBA, and players who are there are ridden harder by coaches because of the developmental nature of the environment.

It doesn’t matter whether or not we believe Chris’s claim that he earned his initial place with the Knicks. If he believes, it, then he may also feel he’s above dealing with the D-League as a step to return to an NBA roster, which is a shame — because regardless of how he’s gotten to this point, it’s still an opportunity that many players would kill for, and he just doesn’t seem all that interested in taking advantage.

  1. pharohislife - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Wow, I guess he truly was just a slightly above average guy who got an NBA roster spot due to his family connections because if you can’t get minutes on a D-League team and get released BY A D-LEAGUE TEAM!!! You must be pretty terrible.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Uh, that was evident this past summer when his ass made the Knicks…

      But it is the Knicks front office we’re talking about.

      This dude should not even be in the D league.

      Come to think of it, J.R. SHOULD be in the D league though…

      I feel for you Knicks fans with that front office of yours…

  2. chicagosports2014 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Guess it’s in the blood, cause I still can’t believe Jr Smith haven’t been released. I truly think he is the main problem in New York, not that I’m upset or anything cause ima enjoy watching Carmelo in that Bulls jersey next season

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      The Knicks problems start and end with Dolan.

  3. andreboy1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Man, he was just about to blow up too.

  4. spursareold - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Sounds like Prima Donna syndrome runs in the family.

  5. azarkhan - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    He’s a cancer, and so is his brother JR.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      I agree… but J.R. is the big cancer… yrs and millions left…

      the other Smith cancer has already been cut out and it’s in remission…

  6. elwaysagenius - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Getting run off a team is a Smith family tradition.

  7. jaydm84 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    The dolphins if the NBA, a mess.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Wow, that stings…

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    In one last final desperate attempt to undeservingly make an NBA roster, Chris Smith decides to “come out”, so that he may find employment in the L. News at 10.

    • kavika6 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:17 AM

      I get your reference. Sounds about right.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    At least he has job security as jr’s baggie-and-blunt man.

  10. shuttaman1990 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Disgusting, just disgusting that he got a roster spot and a contract with the knicks just because he was related to JR.
    Yet Lenny Cooke never got a shoot to at least redeem himself in the NBA but that bum Chris Smith got a shot because he was obviously related to smith

    Lol the knicks have sunken low with this one I hope they lose it all.
    Lak.. nah not for this one.

    Knicks Lost eternal.

  11. sizzlazone - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Chris Smith is a Scrub, he needs to shut the hell up.

    *Knock Knock*

    Who is it

    *Open Doors*

    Oh snap its JR Smith goons.


  12. revren10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    His ego will be crushed when he’s forced to play over seas. Just another spoiled punk thinking the world owes him

  13. billtetley53 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    malt: That veiled comment is beneath you.
    You’re better than that.

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