Prior to yesterday’s game against the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson should have been answering questions on how he and his team were going to break their three-game home losing streak and potentially defeat the Houston Rockets.
Instead he had to deal with questions about another off the court distraction involving J.R. Smith and Twitter, after yesterday’s highly publicized Twitter feud between Smith and Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings.
For a struggling team, these are distractions the Knicks simply do not need and it has gotten Woodson to the point of considering banning his players from Twitter during the season.
Al Iannazzone of Newday tweeted:
Woodson said he will address JR Smith’s twitter issue after the game and said he might institute some twitter guidelines.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) November 14, 2013
I highly doubt that Woodson will be able to keep his players off of Twitter, but I do expect him to regulate it in some way, something that will from here on be known simply as “The J.R. Smith Rule.”
It’s a shame that Woodson not only has to coach the Knicks, but act as their babysitter as well.
At the end of the day though, all of this falls squarely on the shoulders of Smith. Eventually he has to grow up.
I am all for him sticking up for his little brother (even though he shouldn’t be in the NBA) and I actually commend him for that, but for two years now Smith has provided constant distractions for the Knicks clubhouse.
If it’s not Twitter, it’s clubbing before games. If it’s not clubbing it is unnecessary suspensions.
To be a successful team, the Knicks need Smith playing well. But they also need him to do so without bringing all of the unnecessary baggage he brings along.
In his two-plus seasons in New York, this is already his third Twitter controversy.
I like the fact that Smith is outgoing and likes to express himself but eventually he must realize that as a public figure, everything he does and says is under a microscope. Especially in New York.
Maybe it is time that Smith just worries about basketball and how he can help this Knicks team win.
They have enough problems to figure out without having to deal with the unnecessary off the court distractions.
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