Originally written on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 4/22/13
At the beginning of the season, Knicks' coach Mike Woodson had to sell J.R. Smith on the fact that more good than bad would come from him serving as New York's sixth man.The swingman wanted to take on an important role and be counted on. He wanted to be out on the court, trusted by his coach, with the game on the line.By all accounts, he still received all that from his coach: trust, faith, encouragement, playing time, and more. During a season in which the Knicks had to shuffle its rotation multiple times in wake of various injuries, Smith was the one constant that always seemed like he could be counted on, for better or worse.In past years, Smith's teams have had to bite the bullet and take the good with the bad when it came to his play. This season, there's no doubt the pros outweighed the cons. The guard emerged as a steady running mate and second-in-command to the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony. His season was highlighted by two-gamme winning shots and an points per game average of mo...
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