HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

March 3, 2014 Updates

Amar’e Stoudemire appeared to take exception to J.R. Smith’s recent remarks the Knicks aren’t showing enough “heart’’ during this free fall that continued with Sunday’s 109-90 blowout loss to the Bulls. Stoudemire indicated the controversial Smith perhaps isn’t one to judge character. “You have to look at yourself in the mirror before we make statements,’’ Stoudemire said when asked about the comments. “We got to make sure you’re playing hard first. You take care of yourself and then everyone else will follow suit. Until you do it yourself, then you can lead by example.’’ New York Post

March 2, 2014 Updates
March 1, 2014 Updates

“We’re not playing like [we will turn it around], that’s for sure, ’’ Smith said. “It’s not a mental thing. It’s a heart thing. We’re letting people score 50 points in the paint over and over again. We ain’t going to win games like that. “Guys getting open, hitting shots, running around, high-fiving, laughing, joking. You’re not going to win. I’m not into knocking somebody down and hurting somebody, but we got to do something. We got to stick up for ourselves. We’re letting teams do what they want to. “It’s about testing people’s heart.” New York Post

Anthony disagreed with Smith’s heart assessment. “I don’t think it’s heart,’’ he said. “That’s his opinion. I can’t go against what he says. But to me it’s the consistency. As far as testing the guys’ hearts, I wouldn’t go that far. We’re not consistent in a lot of aspects. It’s showing.’’ New York Post

February 28, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

Vince Carter was a little surprised when New York's J.R. Smith tugged at Carter's headband and pulled it over his ear. Surprised, but not upset about it. Carter said Wednesday that he thought Smith's action in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 110-108 victory over the Knicks on Monday was all in good fun. "It didn't bother me," Carter said after the Mavericks' shootaround. "I hear everybody making a big deal about it, but he didn't pull it over my eyes where I couldn't see or play the game, so it wasn't a big deal. But I know because it's him, it's an issue. He didn't want me to make any more shots. It was just funny to me." Dallas Morning News

Carter said he considers Smith a good friend and realizes that, because of Smith's past, that's why the headband issue has been such a hot topic. "I didn't argue with the refs or anything like that," he said. "It wasn't a big deal to me." Dallas Morning News

February 25, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith moves on from shoe-lace untying (the Mavs are actually one of the teams he pulled this stunt on) and is now in the headband business as he messes with Vince Carter’s Monday night in the fourth quarter before the Mavs guard sets up on offense. The most fascinating part though came after the game when Smith denied the entire thing to reporters. beyondthebuzzer.com

February 18, 2014 Updates

He undoubtedly needs to cut down on his poor shot selection and begin literally shooting to his strengths. His one-on-one mentality not only hurts his team since he is shooting an ice-cold 28.7 percent in isolation situations but it also kills the flow of the offense. JR needs to realize where his strengths are on the court and exemplify those on a nightly basis. His true strength is in spot-up, catch-and-shoot situations, where he is shooting an efficient 47.7 percent at a 1.3 points per possession clip – ranking him in the top 96 percent in the league. HoopsHype

February 17, 2014 Updates

“I’m going to play regardless if adjustments were made or not,’’ said Smith, who refused to suit up for the Sacramento loss because he was unhappy with the mask. “I can’t just keep missing games. I shot around with it. It was all right. It feels the same. I’ll just practice with it and go through with it.’’ New York Post

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February 7, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith, who was benched by Woodson for two games last month, admitted Thursday that he “without a doubt” was concerned that the Knicks’ play will get their beleaguered coach axed. “Coaches, they can only do but so much,” Smith said. “I think he’s handling it well. You know he’s in a tough spot. I’ve played for a few coaches, and one thing about Coach Woodson, he puts everything on himself before anybody. He takes the blame, he takes all the heat and he doesn’t mind it; that’s what he wants. That’s what he expects. “I think we as players need to start taking some of the heat, because he can’t play for us, he can’t go out there and grab 10 to 12 rebounds or shoot the ball. That’s our job. So we’ve got to stand up and admit when we’re wrong and not playing well, and take the heat.” New York Daily News

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