J.R. Smith Rumors
New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has a dislocated left shoulder and could miss at least three weeks. The Knicks also said Saturday that an MRI on guard J.R. Smith’s left foot revealed a small tear of the plantar fascia and he is questionable for their game Sunday against Toronto.
The teams meet Tuesday in Detroit, but the league office is expected to rule before then whether anything said between the two can be deemed threatening.
The NBA is investigating the Twitter feud between New York’s J.R. Smith and Detroit’s Brandon Jennings over the presence of Smith’s brother, Chris, on the Knicks’ roster, sources close to the process told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Scott Cacciola: Also, JR said he was looking for Brandon’s phone number. “If anybody can get that to me, I’ll take it.” Just FYI.
J.R. Smith will make the second start of his Knicks career Wednesday night vs. the Hawks when the 2-4 club tries to fulfill owner James Dolan’s guarantee. As expected, a desperate Mike Woodson will go with Smith over point guard Pablo Prigioni. It sets up a three-guard alignment with Smith, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.
In an interview with Complex Magazine, Pierce added that he believed the Nets will eventually be the most popular team in New York. “Oh yeah. Right now it might be like 70-30 but we’re gonna push that the other way,” Pierce told the magazine. On Saturday, Smith said Pierce’s comments don’t necessarily rub him the wrong way, but he disagrees strongly with the idea that the Nets will eventually take over New York. “They’re in one borough, we’re all over. So it’s like, you’re on an island and we’ve got the whole country. So it’s nothing really to even talk about,” Smith said at a PGA Foundation golf clinic at Chelsea Piers for the New York/New Jersey Boys & Girls Club.
J.R. Smith is the latest Knick to take umbrage to Pierce’s comments. “I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston. He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career,” Smith told ESPN New York on Saturday. Smith, speaking without anger in his voice, added: “He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
Jared Zwerling: J.R. Smith wasn’t wearing a brace on his knee. Slight limp. Rehab now consists of pool workouts and riding the bike. Gradual progression.
Four days after announcing his new four-year, $24.7 million package, J.R. Smith underwent surgery yesterday in New York to repair a patellar tendon and a torn meniscus, both in his left knee, putting him out three to four months. The Knicks said Smith had two chronic injuries that gradually worsened. According to a league source, the tendon was chipped.
Ian Begley: Most close to J.R. Smith believe if all offers are the same, he’d remain in New York. That’s far from a sure thing at this point, though.
The Bucks definitely have J.R. Smith (New York) in their cross hairs. Smith, an explosive scoring shooting guard, would replace Monta Ellis, who is shopping his wares and is a cinch to sign with another team. Smith would prefer to remain with the Knicks, but will likely receive a more lucrative offer from another team like Milwaukee, Dallas or Phoenix, to name a few.
According to one league source, several other suitors will make pitches for Smith and Copeland. Smith has received early interest from the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns, and Copeland’s list includes the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.
The Milwaukee Bucks have “strong” interest in the New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith and also want to make an offer to his teammate Chris Copeland, two league sources confirmed to ESPN.com.