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.
Jared Zwerling: Sources: Bucks have interest in J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland. Interest in Smith is “strong.” The Bucks, under the cap, can outbid. #Knicks
Ian Begley: Based on early conversations, Milwaukee and Detroit are among several teams that have shown interest in free agent J.R. Smith, sources say.
Woodson said that even if Smith played, he would probably be limited by the illness. Smith did not participate in shootaround on Saturday morning, instead staying in the team’s hotel.
New York Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night due to illness, the team said. Smith has a 102 degree fever, according to coach Mike Woodson.
J.R. Smith thinks the New York Knicks would have swept the Boston Celtics if he had been playing in Game 4 of the division rivals’ playoff series. “Oh yeah, it would’ve been over,” Smith said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’d have been playing golf today.”
Chris Herring: Doc Rivers suggested that Jason Terry’s been “angry” ever since the J.R. Smith elbow, and that his team might have been woken up by it.
Gary Dzen: Mike Woodson on J.R. Smith suspension: “He’s a little down but he’ll rebound from it. We’ll all rebound from it and keep moving.”
Time will tell whether Mike Woodson makes a historical dent in New York sports, or whether in the end, he was just passing through. But we already know this about the Knicks’ coach: He’s the right man at the right time for this particular New York team. That was evident Monday during a daylong hugfest — both figuratively and literally — at the team’s training facility, where the previously incorrigible J.R. Smith was presented the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, prompting a series of heartfelt thoughts from coach to player and back.
J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, Presented by Kia Motors, on Monday after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.
But Grunwald’s silence begs the question: How much is he truly involved in making the decisions. Anthony, Smith and Woodson are represented by Creative Artists Agency, which also has a relationship with Garden chairman James Dolan. “Obviously, everybody has a problem with the way they do business unless you’re Carmelo or CAA,” one prominent agent said.
Frank Isola: Woodson wants to keep Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin as back-ups. Chris Copeland could replace Pablo Prigioni as a starter.
George Karl riffed on coaching J.R. Smith for 5 seasons, calling it a “fight” and recalling “pain.” Karl: “J.R. is spectacular,” Karl said. “His talent/skill level is at a scary level. He’s one of the top 30 players on what he could be. But the growth process of JR and George Karl, there was a lot of pain because of the good and bad that comes with watching him play. There’s a time frame on that. Time frame for him. Time frame for me as coach. Somehow they wanted to keep me as coach. They thought it was a healthier, better situation for him to go someplace else. As a coach, I’m the one who gives the minutes. For me to give him a lot of minutes, he had to give me some simple, solid fundamental. I think that was the fight we had. The fight was he wanted more freedom and opportunity to express his offensive skills. I wanted more basic, solid simple.”
This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully for everyone involved, he missed. But it was a violent attempt, and the intent was clear.