Originally posted on The Daily Rival  |  Last updated 3/13/12

J.R. Smith, in his thus far brief tenure with the Knicks since joining the club after his infamous stint in China, has been a bit of a disappointment, averaging 8.4 points and shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in 11 games. And despite spending parts of five heavily tatted and moderately successful seasons in Denver with Smith, Carmelo Anthony perhaps saw all of this coming. Anthony reportedly didn’t endorse Smith when Knicks management approached him three weeks ago before Smith became available on the NBA market.

From the New York Post:

Contrary to popular belief, Anthony was leery of the Knicks bringing in his former Denver teammate three weeks ago and gave a thumbs down to upper management, according to a person close to the Knicks superstar.

Publicly, Anthony said all the right things about Smith, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for tweeting a photo of a partially naked woman in his Milwaukee hotel room.

A couple of weeks before the signing, Anthony was asked if the Knicks should sign his former teammate who has a thuggish reputation. Anthony and Smith share the same agent, Leon Rose.

“If it happens, it happens and I’ll be happy,” Anthony said publicly before the signing.

But, according to the source, Anthony was not gung-ho and was “hurt’’ Knicks upper management tossed his advice out the window.

The Knicks, meanwhile, lost to the Bulls on Monday night and have lost their last six. Sounds like Smith’s sister has more fight than do the Knicks.

[Thanks, Deadspin; Photo by Keith Allison]

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