HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

November 3, 2014 Updates

One of president Phil Jackson’s big decisions this season is whether to trade J.R. Smith, and the club had recent conversations with the Pacers regarding ex-Knick Chris Copeland, according to a league source. The 6-foot-9 Copeland, whom the Pacers signed in July 2013, has an expiring contract after bolting the Knicks for a two-year, $6 million deal, so he wouldn’t affect their 2015 cap space. New York Post

October 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson had plenty to say about every player on the Knicks' roster in an interview with ESPN.com. He was very thorough and honest in his evaluation, particularly of Smith, whose past performance has many wondering if he will buy into the triangle offense. "J.R. is easily the best athlete on the team," Jackson said. "But J.R. has to learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. He has to trust that the triangle will create good shots and to avoid searching for his own shot. His defense also needs work because he tends to be a ball-watcher, and he's late in chasing his man around screens when he should be tailgating him." Newsday

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J.R. Smith admittedly took until “the last 30 games” to regain form following a tumultuous start to last season, following knee surgery, a suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy and multiple fines, including one for untying the shoelaces of opponents. “I think it’s definitely a clean slate. I think it will be a more productive start of the year for me,” Smith said. “There’s nothing hanging over my head whether it’s injuries, suspensions, stuff like that. So I’m starting out from Day 1 with my team and it’s a great feeling.” New York Daily News

September 24, 2014 Updates

Kurt Thomas believes the J.R. Smith shoelace saga never would have happened last season if he and other veterans were on the roster. “I don’t think so, I don’t think that’s something that would happen,” Thomas said Monday night on Anthony Donahue’s Internet radio show on The Knicks Blog. “Especially if you have a veteran guy to pull him to the side, to get in his ear, to let him know the importance of him staying focused on the task at hand and that’s his job to go out there and to perform on the highest level.” ESPN.com

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

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