Mike Woodson is going to make a professional out of J.R. Smith, and he doesn’t care what it takes to accomplish that goal. The Knicks interim coach has been speaking with Smith since the guard’s Tuesday ejection against the Pacers. He wants Smith to make many changes.
“I told him I’m going to continue to coach him as long as I’m coaching the team,” Woodson said Thursday. “I told him I’m not going to let him off the hook. I want his shorts pulled up. I want him to look presentable. Be a professional. That’s what it’s all about.’’
Woodson also wants Smith to improve his body language on the court. We don’t know if the Knicks will give J.R. the John Wall treatment, but it may be worth a shot to eliminate the pouting.
It may look like Woodson is getting too picky with Smith, but it’s about time Earl started acting more professionally.