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JR Smith took such a dumb shot he even admitted it was a ‘bone head play’ (Video)

A few weeks after Andrea Bargnani took one of the most inexplicable shots in NBA history, teammate J.R. Smith tried to do him one better.

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets were tied at 100 in the final 30 seconds of their game on Friday and the Knicks had the ball. As the shot clock was about to expire, Beno Udrih heaved a 3-pointer that drew iron. Just like last time, Tyson Chandler got the rebound and passed it outside. Udrih moved the ball over to Smith, who chucked up a shot with 22 seconds left in the game. He missed.

The smart play would have been for Smith to hold the ball until the clock wound down so that the Knicks would have the last shot to win the game. What they didn’t want was to give the ball back to Houston. Unfortunately for Smith, Aaron Brooks was fouled by Udrih on the loose ball on the rebound, and Brooks made two free throws. The Rockets, of course, won the game 102-100.

The reaction from Knicks coach Mike Woodson after Smith’s shot was spectacular:

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JR Smith upset with Knicks for betraying him by releasing brother Chris

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The New York Knicks are going to waive Chris Smith, and older brother J.R. is not happy about the move.

The Knicks plan to waive Smith, 26, to make room for big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing in the Knicks’ D-League affiliate. Chris Smith’s presence with the Knicks — he was signed for a guaranteed $490,814 — has been a source of controversy.

It’s believed that Chris Smith’s signing was part of a condition for JR re-signing with the Knicks during the offseason. Some have called him the worst D-League player in history. Even Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings expressed his disbelief that Smith had a job in the NBA while many other qualified players didn’t, leading to a Twitter beef between him and JR. Chris spent most of the season in the D-League, but he was called up on Dec. 17 and played one minute in two games. He did not record a stat.

Shortly after news of Chris’ impending release came out, JR shared this photo on Instagram, which implies the Knicks were betraying him.

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Knicks fan got the same neck tattoo that JR Smith has

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New York Knicks guard JR Smith has one of the most recognizable tattoos in sports. On the front of his neck and under his chin, Smith has the New York Yankees symbol, the words “Young Money,” and his nickname “Swish” written with a bunch of stars scattered around. While that description nearly describes the image you see above, that is not a photo of Smith’s tattoo.

Instead, the ink belongs to a Knicks fan named Michael Cooper. Cooper, who goes by @cooperstar3 on Twitter, tweeted at Smith’s brother last month asking him if he thought JR would be mad if he copied his tattoo. Cooper essentially got the same design, only he had “Cooper Star” written in place of “Young Money.” Here’s a photo of Smith’s tattoo for comparison:

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Creepy? Just a little bit. One day we have a guy hoping Dirk Nowtizki impregnated his wife and the next we have someone copying an NBA player’s custom tattoo. The man worship has been really weird this holiday season.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie
Photo via @cooperstar3

JR Smith, Mike Woodson reportedly have heated exchange

JR Smith KnicksThe New York Knicks have not been able to completely turn things around, and tempers are beginning to flare. Even on the rare occasions that the team wins, there is still controversy. Not surprisingly, JR Smith has reportedly been at the center of it.

According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, Smith and head coach Mike Woodson “exchanged heated words” following a win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Woodson was apparently unhappy with Smith’s shot selection and was also upset with something Smith said on the bench. Smith was 2-for-8 from the field during the game, including 1-for-5 from 3-point range.

After the game, Woodson reportedly confronted Smith about his attitude.

“Mike said that after all I’ve done for you I can’t have you talking back to me like that,” a source told Isola.

During practice on Thursday, Woodson reportedly showed game film of the win over Chicago to point out instances where Smith could have passed up bad shots. Smith seemingly responded by attempting just one shot in 27 minutes during Friday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, and he found himself on the bench for the fourth quarter.

“I was going into the game trying to make opportunities for my teammates to excel,” Smith told reporters after the game. “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.”

We all know JR Smith is not an easy player to coach. His style of play matches his personality — he can be reckless at times. Woodson has done a fairly decent job of handling the swingman over the past couple of seasons, but losing can change that in a hurry. Add it to the growing list of problems the 2013-2014 Knicks have had.

Mike Woodson on JR Smith: Eventually no team will want to deal with him

JR Smith KnicksMike Woodson once again had harsh words for J.R. Smith, who was fined $25,000 on Friday for his tweets directed at Brandon Jennings this week.

The beef started when Jennings tweeted to say how he couldn’t believe JR’s little brother Chris was on an NBA roster while two other worthy players weren’t. JR responded to Jennings in a few tweets. You can read it all here.

This wasn’t the first time Smith got in trouble with the league for his Twitter actions; last year he was fined for posting a photo of a girl’s huge butt on Twitter. Smith did, however, manage to avoid punishment for asking a girl if she was “trying to get the pipe.”

“I’m always in trouble with Twitter,” Smith said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m trying to shake it.”

That’s only a small taste of the problems Smith has faced. Woodson, who reportedly became fed up with Smith last season, met with Smith and told the player that eventually no team will want to deal with him if he keeps it up.

Here’s what Woodson told ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” that he said to Smith.

“You can’t keep putting yourself in that position. It’s going to come a time when you keep doing it (and) eventually no team is going to want to deal with you. You got to learn from it. Those are the things where I’m trying to get this young man to do.”

Good thing the Knicks didn’t just sign Smith to a 4-year contract extension over the summer. Oh wait.

JR Smith and Brandon Jennings get into Twitter beef over JR’s brother Chris

JR Smith KnicksChris Smith, the younger brother of New York Knicks swingman JR Smith, has become somewhat of a punchline around the NBA this season. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson essentially admitted earlier this year that JR’s presence on the team’s roster influenced their decision to keep Chris around. Chris has been inactive for the first seven games of the seaosn and is expected to spend the majority of the season in the D-League.

On Wednesday night, Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings sent out a tweet asking why his buddies can’t be in the NBA if Chris Smith is. He later deleted it.

“Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t,” Jennings wrote, via Pro Basketball Talk. “Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”

As you might expect, JR did not find the comment humorous. He initially sent out a tweet threatening to “call some of my (sic) street homies and put a smash on Detroit,” but later deleted the threat. Smith then sent the following tweet.

After the internet began buzzing about how Smith and Jennings were in a classic Twitter beef, Jennings denied that any war was going on. Smith agreed — kind of, but not really.

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JR Smith suspended five games for drug violation

JR Smith KnicksNew York Knicks sharpshooter JR Smith will have to wait even longer than expected to return to action next season after he is fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. On Friday, the NBA announced that Smith has been suspended five games for violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement’s Anti-Drug program.

Smith is expected to miss the start of the regular season with his knee injury, but that won’t allow him to skate around the suspension. The NBA also noted that the five-game ban will begin from the time he is declared healthy enough to play.

Back in May, Rihanna — who Smith was once rumored to have been dating — accused Smith of screwing up in the playoffs because he was hungover from going out partying every night. Last year, he even admitted that there was a time where he spent too much time partying and wasn’t focused enough on basketball.

We can only speculate as to what it was that got Smith busted, but it probably isn’t hard to figure out. Just as it isn’t exactly a surprise to hear that he has been suspended.