You know what they say about karma.
The New York Knicks and guard J.R. Smith should know first-hand.
It was the Knicks gave Smith a three-year deal after posting a career year last season, leading to Smith winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. You don’t invest in a guy who puts up a career season nine years into his career. Chances are it was a fluke.
The Knicks are the only franchise in the NBA that is notorious for making such moves and they were burned once again.
Then there is Smith, who repaid the Knicks faith in him by having knee surgery just days after signing his new deal. What follows is a marijuana suspension, poor play, benchings, poor play, shoe lace and headband incidents, and more poor play.
Need I say karma once again?
That all leads me to Monday night vs. the Detroit Pistons.
Late last week, Smith said the Knicks lack heart.
“It’s not a mental thing, it’s a heart thing,” he said, per ESPN New York’s Ian Begley.
Was he wrong? No.
Judging by his poor performance on the season and the ongoing distractions he has caused, should he have been the guy to speak out? Not in a million years.
Yesterday, Amar’e Stoudemire responded to Smith’s comments.
“You have to look at yourself in the mirror before we make statements,” Stoudemire explained when asked about Smith’s comments, via the New York Post‘s Marc Berman. “We got to make sure you’re playing hard first. You take care of yourself and then everyone else will follow suit. Until you do it yourself, then you can lead by example.”
What did Stoudemire go out and do after taking a shot at his teammate?
He backed up his statement by scoring 22 points and making 9-of-11 shots from the floor.
What did Smith do after shooting his mouth off once again?
He started the night by chucking up 10 bricks, going only 5-for-17 from the floor, with all of his made field goals being meaningless baskets after the game was already decided.
Talk about the pot (pun intended) calling the kettle black.
Maybe in the future Smith will keep his mouth shut as every time he speaks he looks foolish.
A struggling player like Smith should let his play do the talking for him, but if we have learned anything from Smith, his bark is much louder than his bite.
However at the end of the day, the Knicks have no one to blame but themselves.
They asked for this and they are stuck with Smith for the foreseeable future as no other team will touch him with a 10-foot pole.