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J.R. Smith wants Knicks shooting guards to ‘put their egos aside’

Aug 22, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith

The idea of J.R. Smith wanting to become one of the leaders for the Knicks is laughable on the surface, especially when you look at some of his behavior from as recently as last season.

For starters, Smith was suspended for the first five games of the year for violating the league’s drug policy — a penalty that only comes after testing positive for marijuana three separate times.

But as irresponsible as that was, his on-court antics were even more ridiculous.

Smith thought that untying a player’s shoes during a game was so hilarious that he did it a second time after being warned by the league to stop. That offense resulted in a $50,000 fine, and one of the team’s younger players, Tim Hardaway Jr., playfully emulating that behavior during All-Star weekend.

Now, with a potential logjam at the shooting guard position, Smith wants everyone to be mature, now matter how the minutes are distributed.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Unless they make a trade, the Knicks will enter the season with three players who can make a strong case for the starting shooting guard spot: Tim Hardaway Jr., J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. …

Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month.

“That’s for the coach to decide. All we’ve got to do is play,” J.R. Smith said Thursday. “Whatever they decide, we’ve got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal.”

Smith is actually fairly thoughtful and honest when speaking to the media after games, so this does seem like an earnest attempt to show the beginnings of some leadership abilities with the team’s younger players.

But his actions are going to have to match before we’re sold on this 100 percent.

  1. montrealknowledge - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Only read the headline, I don’t care what the article is about, I just want to say I really dislike JR Smith. He is not worth any more time than that.

  2. mungman69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    This is what the Knicks have at shooting guard? I bet that Smith will be gone by mid season. CLOWN

  3. montrealknowledge - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Pound the ball into Amare… Just as useless as those guards shooting. Knicks need at least 3 years, even in the lacklustre east.

  4. mackcarrington - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    You know how in science fiction movies, some mysterious comet enters into Earth’s atmosphere and people turn into zombies? Well, a mysterious comet was spotted in the sky near NYC recently.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    So what happens if Fish has him as the 3rd stringer and he only gets 15-20 min. a game, if he’s lucky? I’m pretty sure the tone changes.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      yep, if his min’s are lower than the others, he’ll be yapping

  6. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Sounds like he thinks the starting jobs is his…..

    • cruzan80 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      It is….

  7. mungman69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    I wouldn’t want Smith on my team.
    A million dollar talent with a ten cent head

  8. jhb64 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Smith is a clown. He helped get Woodson fired. Hope he is gone soon. He is a cancer to the team

    • caeser12 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Woodson got himself fired by having zero offensive head coaching skills, and a defense that switch on every play, leaving Guards to cover Centers. Add that with his Vizzini approach to the word “ACCOUNTABILITY”‘ which was to blame another player for something his pets didn’t do, and you have a Bad Coach.

      Anyone who thinks that Woodson should have been retained is definitely a fan of another team within the division or league.

      Go NY.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    People love to act like he didn’t round back into his previous form after the All-Star Break last season. As if the Knicks have no talent, and that saying that they will make the playoffs or even win the division is laughable, when Toronto is the only team that is a serious threat to prevent it from occurring.

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    He’s been talking a lot lately. He should shut up.

  11. charlescub80 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Talk about egos aside?? He has enough for the whole team! He doesn’t even know he is talking about himself!?!?

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