Some may say that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith got what he deserved when he sulked at the end of the Knicks bench while his teammates went onto win their biggest game of the season Thursday night against the Miami Heat.
In typical Smith fashion though, he pouted and kept his distance from the team throughout the game and told the media afterward that he wasn’t sure if he’s in the Knicks future anymore:
“Honestly, I don’t even know. At one point I was for sure and now…it’s rocking the boat. Smith told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Yesterday I touched into the fact that the Knicks were looking to deal Smith, but because his value is at an all-time low, they will find it next to impossible to move him.
That being said, what does Mike Woodson do with the reigning Sixth Man of the Year?
The Knicks are clearly a better team without Smith’s antics and distractions, much less his poor shooting percentage, poor shot selection and lack of effort defensively.
It’s no coincidence that with Smith buried at the end of the bench, the Knicks turned in their best effort of the season and several guys turned in very good performances.
I have a hard time seeing the Knicks being able to find a taker for Smith unless they throw in one of their two young players in Tim Hardaway Jr. or Iman Shumpert to sweeten the deal, something almost every team will certainly ask for.
I also don’t see Woodson continuing to leave Smith on the bench as he got a soft spot in his heart for him.
One thing is clear though and both parties need a fresh start.
Smith is uncertain about his Knicks future?
Well the Knicks have been uncertain about him for a really long time now.
At least he should now know how it feels.