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According to a source familiar with the situation, Jackson’s mysterious tweets weren’t mysterious at all. They were simply a shot at the Knicks for not coming out to compete against the Cavaliers, according to the source. Nothing cryptic about J.R. Smith’s or LeBron James’ showboating during the rout. New York Post

February 22, 2015 Updates

It would be the final dagger to Jackson’s miserable first full season as team president if he is forced to watch on television as Smith and Shumpert guzzle champagne in the Cavaliers’ locker-room after winning the title. “I don’t want to say I felt different [since the trade], [the system] was just easier to play,’’ Smith said. “The style of basketball we play suits my game — run and gun, shoot open shots. Just play. New York Post

Asked the toughest part of mastering the Derek Fisher/Jackson system, Smith gave his most detailed complaint yet. “The toughest thing is we didn’t run enough,’’ Smith said. “With the talent we had, there was no transition offense. It was bring the ball up, run our set and go from there. Everything is a read. So I may not be reading the same thing as the next person is reading. Before you know it, you got turnovers, missed shots and bad transition defense.’’ New York Post

“I have no idea and I really can’t comment on anything in the past, but I can tell you one thing: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally,” Blatt said one day ahead of Smith’s MSG return on Sunday to face the Knicks. “I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of (a shoulder) injury. New York Daily News

February 21, 2015 Updates

“I have no idea and I really can’t comment on anything in the past, but I can tell you one thing: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally,” Blatt said one day ahead of Smith’s MSG return on Sunday to face the Knicks. “I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of (a shoulder) injury. New York Daily News

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Former Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith holds no grudges following his recent trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Of course I absolutely miss New York — not only my team, but my family and friends are out here, too,” he told The Post at the Hood by Air show on Sunday. “I am from Jersey, so New York will always be home.” New York Post

February 15, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

For example, J.R. Smith wore a business outfit that featured a giant fur collar affixed to his dark blue, three-piece suit. Of course, Smith would wear a suit with a giant fur collar into a business meeting. Smith's irrational confidence is a highlight of his personality. It makes sense Smith would have a personal mantra of “When in doubt, shoot,” because he always aims big. Although it would appear when it comes to fashion, Smith has no doubts he can pull off anything. Sports Illustrated

February 14, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

And in case you weren’t aware of his penchant for pizzazz, he put it on full display Friday during the “NBA All-Star All-Style” fashion event, which TNT aired Saturday night as part of its coverage of the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York. Neither Harden nor Parsons won the event — that honor went to J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers — but the duo reminded fans of just how far NBA stars have come with regards to their fashion sense. Needless to say, it’s a far cry from the typical post- and pregame outfits of 1990s and early 2000s that prompted the NBA to implement a controversial dress code, one that may now be viewed as unnecessary in today’s fashion-rich landscape. Houston Chronicle

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Did you find that exploring that life, because you could, wasn't all it was cracked up to be? I can spend whatever I want, and at the end of the day, it really doesn't mean anything? JR Smith: Especially from the standpoint of making me better. I always made myself better by staying in the gym. When you replace that with stuff off the court, then you're taking away from what made you who you are, or what got you to a certain point. It was kind of pulling me down in a sense, of not getting enough rest, not doing things you're supposed to be doing, things you're used to doing. So when you start missing those shots you're supposed to make, especially wide-open shots, it was like, alright, what's going on, what's going on? Instead of looking at what it is, you're reverting to that even more, instead of going back to the basics. So I think that's the greatest part about being here. NBA.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Me: But when you knew Cleveland wanted you, what did that say to you? JR Smith: When I first heard about the trade and the possibilities, it was kind of mixed feelings. It was like, this could be a blessing in disguise. But I don't want to leave 'Melo by himself. Because just being in this situation, it's tough. Being in this situation alone is worse. So that bothered me a lot. And then I kind of got selfish with it. This is the best situation for me as a person. And make the best out of any situation. And I think I am right now. All the players seem to be responding to me very well, and the coaches love me. So I have no complaints. NBA.com

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