J.R. Smith Rumors

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.
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.
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.
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.