New York Knicks: The Drama of Chris Smith

Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks point guard Chris Smith (0) dibbles the ball against Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey (26) during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks point guard Chris Smith (0) dibbles the ball against Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey (26) during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have finalized their roster for the season, and for the most part it is what most people expected. However, one move stands out as pretty confusing, leaving many Knick fans wondering why it happened: choosing Chris Smith over Jeremy Tyler.

Chris Smith, for those who don’t know, is J.R. Smith’s brother. He is a point guard, which the Knicks have plenty of, so it doesn’t make tons of sense to keep him on the roster. Many people have suggested that the only reason he’s on the team is to repay J.R. for his loyalty with the Knicks, re-signing with them this summer for a fair deal. If that is the case, and it could be, then it proves that the Knicks have a backwards system of command.

If the players have more influence than the coach does, then that is pretty sad for Mike Woodson. He should be able to make the decisions on his own team. He said he wanted Jeremy Tyler to make the team and instead J.R.’s brother — who neither fills a need or offers much NBA skill at all – makes it. Although Jeremy Tyler is injured, it’s a shame to see him get released on top of getting injured.

Figuring out how the Knicks run their organization is a shot in the dark. Nonetheless, it seems easy to blame Jim Dolan for all this mess because he enables his players and lets them do whatever they want. Dolan is a known supporter of loyalty to his franchise (see what happened to Jeremy Lin?), and it seems rewarding the Smith family was a priority over filling a need and keeping a backup big man. This is a perfect example of Dolan letting J.R. get his way. Chris Smith is only on the team because of family nepotism and it’s not fair. It should not be a part of the game and players should only make the team because they deserve it.

It is unfair for Mike Woodson also. He should not have to deal with this. He has one giant task ahead of him: get this team to contend for the Eastern Conference. Dealing with these types of silly politics should not be among his priorities.

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Topics: Chris Smith, JR Smith, Mike Woodson, New York Knicks

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  • WayneBo

    Agree on all points, and nepotism at the very crux of it’s sting and disgust, is crippling for any “team” approach.

    With that being said, I understand the logic behind the blatant move. Tyler is damaged goods, and by saying goods, that implies he was a proven commodity already, albeit a raw one. Remember he couldn’t stick in GS or ATL, so it wasn’t like we were passing up the next Willis Reed.

    If he passes waivers, which is in all likelihood, we can stash him until he heals and then swap him for the JR Babysitter. No harm no foul, and King Dolan keeps his financial word w/ paying out “pennies” to JR’s family member. JR could have easily signed for double what he’s gotten the last 2 years. It’s working the system, but that’s OK as long as it’s my team!

    • Scott Davis

      Good point, Wayne.

      It’s also been suggested that the Knicks might cut Chris Smith once he’s gotten his pay, and then use the open roster spot to go after Tyler again, or another position of need.

      Thoughts?

      • Chris Smith

        i like that a lot actually Scott, i’ve been thinking the same thing.
        EDIT: *I’ve been *Praying* for the same thing*. Hopefully, they pick up Tyler once he’s ready to go because he can actually help the team.

  • Chris Smith

    It’s ridiculous, just ridiculous! First of all, they shoudl have invited Drew Gooden to the camp, 2nd of all it should have been Murry, Gooden and Tyler who made the team. I like Aldrich though, i think he’ll be useful but Gooden is better.