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JR Smith
Position: G
Born: 11/09/85
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $6,399,750
The Knicks were winless on a November Southwest trip, losing to Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma City, but there was even worse news from his staff. “J.R. had been exhibiting some delinquent behavior and had gotten into the habit of coming late to team meetings, or missing them altogether,” Jackson says. “Also, Shump and Tim [Hardaway Jr.] were regressing, so I decided to meet with them separately and try to find out what, if anything, was bothering them.”
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Smith was first on the list. “We talked about his statement to the press that our shooting guard depth was going to be the team’s asset, but so far it hadn’t worked out that way,” Jackson says. “He was supposed to carry the scoring load for the second unit and he wasn’t doing the job. I also said that because of his unacceptable behavior, he had two strikes against him with this team. He didn’t really respond. He’s a very sensitive guy, with his big doe eyes. He looked like he was going to tear up. But he finally responded that he was going through some issues with his gal.”
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Did he consult Carmelo Anthony, who had played alongside Smith for almost his entire career, before pulling the trigger? “Not at all,” Jackson says. “If I had done so, Carmelo would have to lie to the media when they asked him about that possibility. If we ever had the opportunity to bring in an All-Star player, I’d certainly ask Carmelo if he thought he could play with the guy. Otherwise, it’s appropriate to keep him out of the loop.”
via ESPN.com