Things are apparently building towards a critical mass in Knickelodeon Nation. According to the NY Daily News, Knicks guard J.R. Smith is the focus of head coach MIKE WOODSON’S wrath after being admonished for his shot selection following last week’s win over the Chicago Bulls. The two exchanged words after the game:
“Mike said that after all I’ve done for you I can’t have you talking back to me like that,” the source claimed. The same source added that Smith made a lewd comment that angered Woodson.
The next night versus Boston, Smith decided not to shoot—attempting just one shot—in a 90-86 loss to the Boston Celtics. On Saturday against the Hawks at the Garden, J.R. scored just two points on 1-for-8 shooting. Was the reigning Sixth Man of the Year (pardon the pun) trying to make a point ?
“I was going into the game trying to make opportunities for my teammates to excel,” Smith said. “We need playmakers, more than just scorers. My job is to get my teammates the easiest buckets we can and we’re not getting those, so I take it upon myself to sacrifice my shot to get the other guys going. And it might not be the right way, it might be the right way, I don’t know.”
Smith also offered up this tweet after his woeful performance:
Whether Smith was attempting to be a smart aleck or just trying to positively respond to Woodson’s coaching is unclear. What’s absolutely clear is there is dissension in the ranks with the Knicks. A 7-16 start will tend to do that.
Trade rumors continue to swirl, a coaching change may be imminent and the season listlessly hangs in the balance. Patience seems to be wearing thin between player and coach.
Needless to say, it’s not fun to be a New York Knick right now.