HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

November 21, 2014 Updates
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With the Bucks’ lead down to 2 points with less than 10 seconds to play, J. R. Smith nearly stole an inbounds pass, which would have given the Knicks a chance to tie or go ahead. Instead, an official review confirmed that Smith — and not the Bucks — had knocked the ball out of bounds. “Play harder,” a somber Smith said after the game, when asked about Fisher’s halftime message. “For some reasons, it’s something we have to be reminded of — to play hard — which is something that’s really embarrassing.” New York Times

November 16, 2014 Updates

Smith told The Post he is learning to work harder under the new Triangle regime and that is making a difference. “It’s been very rewarding,’’ Smith said of the sweat equity he is putting in this season. “It doesn’t always accumulate in the stat sheet, but it accumulates with my teammates. It’s more of a process of being better for everybody around me. If we’re all on the same page, cutting and back doors, it really makes us more effective.’’ New York Post

November 15, 2014 Updates

The 10-year anniversary of the Malice at the Palace is Wednesday, and Metta World Peace is commemorating it with a new book. But in promoting “The Untold Story of the Malice at the Palace,’’ World Peace told The Post in an interview from China some malice that occurred in the Knicks’ locker room last season is possibly why he is not on the team this season, helping them run the triangle offense. New York Post

The former Ron Artest disclosed he and J.R. Smith had a heated incident in the locker room after a game last season because World Peace was trying to get Smith to play harder on defense. World Peace’s agent, Marc Cornstein, spoke to the Knicks during the summer, and World Peace reached out personally to Jackson, who never returned his phone call. New York Post

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J .R. Smith returned to the Knicks’ lineup Friday night in Brooklyn after serving a one-game suspension for what he insisted was an unintentional striking of Washington’s Glen Rice Jr. in the groin earlier this week. “I wasn’t surprised. It is what it is,” Smith said at the morning shootaround at Barclays Center. “At this stage of my career with all the suspensions and stuff like that, once I knew I had to make the phone call, something was going to come down from it. “It is what it is, just got to move on and try and win some games.” New York Daily News

November 7, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith said he didn't intentionally hit Glen Rice Jr. in the groin. But he wasn't surprised the NBA suspended him, saying his reputation as a bad boy was the reason. "I don't think it's something that anybody saw that I was deliberate about it," Smith said Friday. "They did. Just got to take it for what it is." Newsday

Smith contends he did nothing wrong, and didn't know what had happened to Rice Jr., who was on the floor for a while. A foul was called on Rice Jr. on the play. "I was trying to clear space to get as close to the basket as I could to get the shot off," Smith said. "It definitely wasn't anything intentional. "I seen him on the floor. I was trying to figure out what happened. Was he bleeding or something or what? The ref didn't call it. The ref called a foul on him. I didn't really see what happened." Newsday

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One of president Phil Jackson’s big decisions this season is whether to trade J.R. Smith, and the club had recent conversations with the Pacers regarding ex-Knick Chris Copeland, according to a league source. The 6-foot-9 Copeland, whom the Pacers signed in July 2013, has an expiring contract after bolting the Knicks for a two-year, $6 million deal, so he wouldn’t affect their 2015 cap space. New York Post

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