J.R. Smith is the abstract peer we all remember from middle-school chemistry class. Not the one that tinkers and experiments with gadgets that eventually becomes a genius, no, Smith is rather the outspoken funny man distracting the class with obscure jokes and obscene gestures. He’s simply a class clown, a student yearning for acceptance among his peers.
stand as one with JR Smith, a man who loves jokes and fun.
— Conway Twittyer (@JailedFlynt) January 10, 2014
Mike Woodson, with the respect of a substitute teacher, inconsistently distributes disciplinary action and hasn’t properly handled Smith’s presence in the classroom. Smith was seen untying one of Shawn Marion’s sneaker laces in the New York Knicks’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Later in the week Smith was up to his crafty tricks against the Detroit Pistons, but to no avail. Greg Monroe‘s laces may have been double-knotted, or something, because Smith was caught trying to make a fool of the Pistons forward and he was not successful.
Thursday, the Miami Heat joined the Knicks for a lecture in Madison Square Garden. Kevin Harlin and Steve Kerr reiterated Smith’s recent incidents, and the repercussions, to those tuning in on TNT; informing the national audience he had been fined $50,000 by the league for misbehaving, but, to be fair — he was only trying to.
“It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.” – Woodson told ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show.”
Smith’s actions, deemed illegal by NBA rules, are childish and immature — but are also hilarious. From a PR standpoint, the Knicks best move would probably be trading Smith as soon as possible. However he can’t be traded until January 15th, so Woodson assigned Smith a seat in the back row for yesterday’s lesson, “How to beat the Heat.” The Knicks, free from the distractions, eventually aced the test and defeated the Heat, 102-92. Woodson’s lesson worked, but Smith continued to alienate himself from the class.
JR Smith is the only Knick not in the huddle right now. 10 feet behind, talking with a manager.
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 10, 2014
During end of quarter break – J.R. is standing about 10 feet outside of the huddle. Your move, Woodson.
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) January 10, 2014
Those fortunate enough to witness the awkward (and equally awesome) quarrel between student and teacher are responsible for spreading the gossip around school the following day, those are the undeniable rules. At this point; Woodson and the Knicks would prefer to send Smith across the country to a prestigious boarding school, unfortunately, the cost is just too high. He’s a talented player, albeit his antics and attitude aren’t fit for acidemia.
J.R. Smith likes to have fun, so let’s have some fun with J.R. Smith.
It’s not that Smith isn’t funny, he is — but the opposition will not like being made a fool of. Pretend we’re preparing for a game against the Knicks and we must devote time to defend against Smith’s go-to prank.
This photo is from January 3rd, an incident that – seemingly – went unnoticed. Smith fooled everyone with this one. In fact, he should receive extra credit for being deceptive and pulling this one off against another goofball — Dwight Howard. It’s a close game as time is winding down in the 3rd-quarter, for those scouting to defend themselves from being ‘punked,’ perhaps this is a tendency to be weary of in the future. Let’s look at the tape.
With time winding down at the half against the Mavericks, Smith’s gig was up for good after successfully undoing what possibly took Shawn Marion all morning to accomplish (I’m kidding, Smith is the funny guy here, not me). With the tape on this joker out, Monroe and the Pistons prepared for their meeting with the Knicks on Tuesday. That’s when Smith started to get careless.
Rather than keeping a low-profile, or sticking to the tendencies successful in the past, Smith was caught simply being reckless. Now, the scouting report is out — his life as the NBA’s most prolific prankster was short lived.
Smith has gotten away with these antics before, it’s safe to assume he’ll try and perform them again. Regardless of his future the reputation has been repeatedly affirmed, and on multiple occasions. Regardless, wherever he is — Smith is going to make plenty of people laugh, because that’s what pranksters do. As for his future, well, I think it’d be more fun – for all of us – to leave that up to speculation.
JR Smith said he’s not sure his future is in New York.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) January 10, 2014
JR says he’s not sure if he’s part of the Knicks future. Dolan, meanwhile, said “time is just a human construct, man”
— Greg Wissinger (@gwiss) January 10, 2014
Melo, on JR: “Mentally, he’s good. He should be good. It’s not life or death. … I need him Saturday in Philly.”
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) January 10, 2014
What exactly do the Knicks think they will get for JR Smith? Could be akin to Semi Pro and get traded for a washing machine. #FairTrade
— Dan Attias (@Old_Scores) January 8, 2014
Let’s make this perfectly Knicks-ian and take on salary past 2015 and give up draft picks to trade JR Smith.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 8, 2014
I can’t hear myself think over all of you talking yourselves into J.R. Smith on your favorite teams.
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 8, 2014
Trading JR would be doable if he hadn’t caught Woodson in a wedding gown slow-dancing with a cardboard cutout of Wayne Newton that one time.
— Jim Cavan (@JPCavan) January 8, 2014
The Knicks can’t trade JR till January 15th. They play four games between now and then. We have potential here for a full-on JR Smith revolt
— Taylor Armosino (@tarmosino) January 8, 2014
Knicks have had internal conversations about trading Melo. Knicks having internal conversations about trading JR. See where this is going?
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) January 8, 2014
The Knicks were so stupid for ever getting in this mess.
— Daniel (@benchwarmerdan) January 8, 2014
New York Knicks can “explore” the trade market all they want. Vasco Da Gama couldn’t unearth a fool willing to take on JR
— Curtis Harris (@CurtisHarrisNBA) January 8, 2014
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) January 8, 2014
Knicks hoping to get a used gas dryer for jr smith before the trade deadline
— Kyle Inman (@DrHoopenstein) January 8, 2014
There are few descriptions more apt for J.R. Smith than his self-penned Twitter bio of “In My Own Head!”
— Ricky O’Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) January 8, 2014
I wish there was a behind the scenes documentary or tell-all book of JR Smith’s time in China.
— fendo (@dancingwithnoah) January 8, 2014
Dear, @KeyAndPeele, please get J.R. Smith to join the news team at Metta World News.
— Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) January 8, 2014
— Cole Patty (@ColePatty) January 8, 2014
<— fears that Joe Dumars will be the GM who bites on the JR Smith idea
— Tim (@ChuckShots) January 8, 2014
I hope JR has a kid who makes the league and gets fined 30 bitcoins for releasing live snakes on an NBA court.
— patrick (@patrickredford) January 8, 2014
JR is tearing his reputation into Smithereens.
— Yung Vejituh (@HamadZAL) January 8, 2014
You guys all the Wolves need is to trade for J.R. Smith. A negative times a negative equals a positive!
— Alex Glennon (@glenhoops) January 9, 2014
@glenhoops The Shved-Smith backcourt would be better than drugs.
— Zachary Bennett (@ZacharyBD) January 9, 2014
Sacramento is gonna trade a first rounder for JR Smith and suddenly a Maloof will rip off a Vivek mask and motorcycle off into the sunset
— patrick (@patrickredford) January 8, 2014
NBA GMs: “Yeah, you probably are.” RT @FisolaNYDN: J.R. admitted that he’s not sure if he’s part of the Knicks future anymore.
— David Vertsberger (@_Verts) January 10, 2014
J.R. Smith’s future is with the Knicks because when the Knicks call other teams offering Smith in a trade, they get silence.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 10, 2014