It’s no secret that reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith has proved to be a distraction for his teams his entire career.
However Smith has taken the word distraction to a new level during his time in a New York Knicks uniform.
No it appears he finally has gotten under the skin of the one guy who usually has his back- Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
Newsday’s Al Iannazzone has reported that Woodson and the NBA are ”not happy” with Smith for his tweets directed at Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, and he said that if Smith keeps putting himself in these positions, “eventually no team is going to want to deal with you.”
The NBA already took their frustrations out of Smith with another $25k fine, but Woodson is trying to send a stronger message.
“I was not happy about that and that’s why we had a behind-the-door meeting with he and Chris [on Thursday] because it’s ridiculous,” Woodson said during his weekly radio interview on ESPN New York Friday. “There’s got to come a time where you stop putting yourself in that position. It’s going to come a time when you keep doing it; eventually no team is going to want to deal with you. You got to learn from it. Those are the things where I’m trying to get this young man to.”
It’s not as if this is Smith’s first incident while with the Knicks. Every other week it seems like it is something new.
I’ve said it a million times before that if Smith could just eliminate the unnecessary off the court baggage and focus on basketball, then he could really become a great player.
Until he does that though he will just continue to look like an idiot who refuses to grow up.
Woodson is sending a strong message to Smith.
Hopefully for his sake he receives it before it is too late.
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