HoopsHype Jason Smith rumors


March 10, 2015 Updates

Smith has elevated his play noticeably since Jan. 1. The former Colorado State star, who grew up an hour from Pepsi Arena, is moving better on defense and hits the mid-range jumper in Jackson’s triangle. “I love New York,’’ Smith said before the Knicks were dominated by the Nuggets, 106-78 on Monday. “I like the triangle offense. I wouldn’t have a problem coming back to New York. I think it’s a great market, great basketball organization. Phil’s got the team moving in the right direction. It’s tough to say that now because he’s trying to change the culture.’’ New York Post

March 9, 2015 Updates

Most take place in the video room at the team’s training facility; a few have taken place on the practice court and at least one has been in the locker room at Madison Square Garden. All are led by an instructor hired by Jackson. “It’s very basic stuff that you really don’t think about much in your daily life,” Jason Smith says. “…. You try to focus on the well-being of your body and taking care of your body and doing the right things.” Mindfulness is a form of meditation that stresses the importance of staying in the moment. It’s most closely associated with Eastern religions. Jackson’s affinity for the practice is one of the reasons he’s commonly known as the “Zen Master.” ESPN.com

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One month ago, Sports Illustrated published a long feature on Anderson and the suicide of his girlfriend, Gia Allemand, who starred in “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad.” She killed herself after a fight with Anderson one month before training camp opened last season. Smith was a central part of the story, rushing to Anderson’s house that night to console him and being part of his recovery from the tragedy. Smith was depicted as his best friend on the Pelicans. New York Post

Anderson, a power forward, has become an advocate for suicide awareness. “I still have not read [the article],’’ Smith said before the Knicks’ 104-93 loss to the Pelicans Tuesday night. “It’s still very fresh in my mind. I told him that [Monday] night. He was surprised. Some day down the line I’ll read it. But I’m glad they did very good job of writing it from what I heard. Ryan was very happy about it. I think it helped him in the process of getting closure.’’ New York Post

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“Jason Smith originally was out for personal reasons, so once Jason was back, Cole had played some, it was important that we got Jason some minutes so we could see how he might be able to help us,” Fisher said. “[Cole’s absence] was just a byproduct of that, nothing else. Cole’s been solid and has done everything we’re asking him to do, so it wasn’t a demotion or any reason related to his performance, just continuing to try and find the best way to put our team together.” ESPN.com

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Though the Knicks can’t budge until they get a commitment from Carmelo Anthony or Pau Gasol, the Knicks have inquired about New Orleans free-agent forward Jason Smith. New York Post

June 16, 2014 Updates

Jason Smith: Congrats to the Spurs on yet another well deserved title. Capped off an amazing season. #ILoveThisGame #NBAFinals2014 Twitter @JasonSmith014

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Jason Smith: Successful surgery! On the road to recovery! #TurntUp #Pelicans #CantWait #LetsGeauxPelicans #NYC #Recovery Instagram

January 18, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans say centre Jason Smith is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. The club says an MRI has revealed cartilage damage in the knee. The 7-foot Smith has played in 31 games and has started 27 times. He's averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1 block in 26.8 minutes per game. The injury is only the latest setback for the Pelicans, who'd lost seven straight entering Saturday night's home game against Golden State. Courier-Islander

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