Posted January 24, 2014

Knicks guard J.R. Smith: Defense ‘not my area of expertise’

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J.R. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his left knee. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

Knicks guard J.R. Smith is averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 assists per game this season.. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been criticized for years about his defense, or lack thereof.

His teammates haven’t been much better as of late, giving up more than 100 points in each of the last five games, all of which the Knicks have lost. New York currently holds a 15-27 record.

Smith had no answers when asked what he thought about coach Mike Woodson’s system on defense.

“That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know,” Smith said via the New York Post.

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Smith says the team is trying everything to turn it around on the defensive end.

“Right now we’re pretty much open to anything new,’’ Smith said. “The old stuff isn’t really getting it done. But at the end of the day, it’s going to come from the players. I don’t think it’s coach’s fault or the scheme’s fault. If you play hard and play smart it’s tough to lose games.”


20 comments
fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

this  is a misleading article meant to get people to read it but the most interesting nugget is JR Smith's statement that "when you play hard and smart....... it is tough to LOSE games".   this statement in a round-about way is an indictment of the coach although I dont think JR is even aware of that.

jdane
jdane

OK.  He's a jerk.  But clearly what he meant here is that he wasn't in a position to criticize or evaluate defensive schemes (that's the question he was asked), not that he didn't care about playing defense (and he may not care, but he never actually said that).

OK
OK

J.R. Smith: Defense ‘not my area of expertise’

That's all right, J.R.

You are also worthless in the areas of:

Teamwork;

Passing;

Rebounding; and, most importantly,

Winning.

Not to worry. You're very strong on acting like a selfish horse's backside, though.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Smith is one of the many reasons I'd rather watch curling than NBA basketball.

DarrenZancan
DarrenZancan

A sliding glass door plays better defense than this guy. Why he got an extension is beyond me!

warechauncey
warechauncey

This is a good example of how to bury yourself. This man is too stupid for words. Why would you as a professional basketball player say that. He has no smart people around him either.

badflounder
badflounder

None of this is a surprise to anyone who knew JR Smith as a Nugget.  The guy is a clown.  This is also the genius who got his best friend killed in a car crash because he was too impatient to wait at a 4 way stop behind the car in front of him.   Pulled around them, got t-boned and killed his friend.  Genius.

dt
dt

A team is only as strong as its weakest link.  What a pompous attitude.  You've been playing basketball your whole life, get paid millions to do it, and you can't learn simple techniques to play defense?  

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

What is JR's area of expertise? It sure isn't offense (shooting 36% this season). The Knicks were idiots to sign him in the first place and even stupider to give him two more years at $6 million each. But it pays to be Melo's buddy.

Keef
Keef

Key phrase - "...if you play smart" said he with epically low basketball I. Q.

rh2000
rh2000

Stupidity is his expertise

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

And, unfortunately for the Knicks, offense isn;t his area of expertise either


Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Defense is not ANYONE'S area of expertise on the Knicks.

SukMadiq
SukMadiq

Neither is offense this year, he blows!

Chris10
Chris10

WOW what an understatement, he can't even play defense by accident.  Amazing how a guy can be so fluid and athletic on offense but a total stiff on defense

KeithGreenSr.
KeithGreenSr.

@NoQNoSuperBowlWhy let Smith keep you from watching.  What about good guys like Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul George, Lamarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki etc etc.  Good guys all and good players.  Why let a few bad seeds dictate what you watch?

OK
OK

@DarrenZancan 

Attribute J.R.'s re-up to that brilliant businessman (in his mind only), Knicks owner James "Thank You, Daddy" Dolan.