HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

September 10, 2014 Updates

Do you think that stems from your occasional antics, like when you got fined last season for untying your opponents' shoelaces? JR Smith: I do care about the fines because it's loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun. I would do [the shoelace thing] again if there wasn't a fine. But now that I'm in my 10th year in the NBA, I take the game more seriously than I did my first five, six years. Bleacher Report

So what sparked your golf interest five years ago? JR Smith: I was at Rashard Lewis' [basketball] tournament in Houston. He runs a Pro-Am out there every year and I would always play on his team. While I was there, he told me to come out to [Hall of Famer] Moses Malone's golf tournament. I was riding around on the cart, but I wasn't playing. Then Moses is like, "Get your ass out of the cart and play." So I go out there and hit the ball like 300 yards dead center. Just like that; the first hit. I even used the same form I have right now. Bleacher Report

What are CP and Steph's golf games like? JR Smith: CP is all right. He needs to work on it because he doesn't play as much as I do. But Steph is unbelievable. Steph and Ray Allen. I haven't played with Ray yet. Bleacher Report

August 22, 2014 Updates

Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month. "That's for the coach to decide. All we've got to do is play," J.R. Smith said Thursday. "Whatever they decide, we've got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal." ESPN.com

J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season. He wants to help the Knicks make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor. All of these are normal goals for any NBA player. But Smith has one goal that may surprise you: "Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around. A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." ESPN.com

July 20, 2014 Updates

Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday. “They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said. ESPN.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

After what he called the worst season of his career, J.R. Smith is surprised he's still with the Knicks. "I was playing like a person who didn't want to be there, not looking as focused as a person who should be in the situations we were in," Smith said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "First Take." "I believe it was the worst year I've had in the NBA, including my rookie year." Newsday

July 12, 2014 Updates

There are also holdovers Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith, any of whom can be had in a trade for a satchel of magic beans and a wink. Jackson is said to be willing to include Iman Shumpert in any deal that would rid him of his roster baggage. Sporting News

July 11, 2014 Updates
June 22, 2014 Updates

Ravin doesn’t hold back when telling of his dealings with Smith. But Ravin ultimately does defend the streaky Knicks shooting guard as a ferocious worker when in the gym. Ravin told The Post regarding last season’s shoe-lace-untying caper: “If it was an NBA superstar, people would’ve just said how much he has everything in perspective because of his sense of humor.’’ New York Post

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JR Smith: Nope no more bench for me!! RT @Stangg_ @TheRealJRSmith getting 6th man this coming season, mark my words Twitter

May 15, 2014 Updates

He adjusts each workout to the player’s mood: “I don’t have a manual to give you. It’s day-to-day. It’s a conversation. It’s a message. It’s a text message. It’s a voice of encouragement, a pat on the back. It’s not like I’m giving them a pill.” Consider Ravin’s willingness to overlook J.R. Smith’s persistent lateness. “I believe in him so much, what I felt for him was more frustration [than anger],” he comments. “I wanted [success] so much for him. He’s an amazing human. I will never abandon him. I’ll be there for him. He’s a work in progress, like we all are.” Jewish Daily Forward

May 8, 2014 Updates
April 21, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith knew this day was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to digest. "It is sad,” Smith told ESPN’s Josina Anderson when asked about Mike Woodson’s firing. “He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in awhile under him. He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it. "I think he did a great job," Smith added. "I think he did a good job with me. He responded to the players. It's just a sad day for him, for me and my teammates." ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith still has hope that Carmelo Anthony, his longtime teammate with the Nuggets and the Knicks, will decide to stay in New York as a free agent this summer. “I mean, in my heart I believe he’ll still be here,” Smith said of Anthony, who didn’t play in either of the Knicks’ final two games after it was revealed Tuesday that he has a small tear in the labrum in his right shoulder. “It’s just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is we’re still going to be friends till our dying days, so I mean, whether he’s on my team or he isn’t I still love him like a brother. “But I think he’s very unsatisfied, which he should be.” New York Daily News

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