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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith says he partied too much last season.
“I’m not going to lie, the New York City nightlife pretty much got to me,” Smith said via the New York Post Thursday morning before scoring 17 points to help the knicks defeat the Spurs 104-100.. “I was going out pretty much every other night and not focused on the task at hand.”
Smith added that he didnt take practice serious, saying: “I thought I could get by on talent a lot more than I thought. I’m trying to think the game, taking my time, slowing it down. So far it’s been working. I’m trying to stick with it as much as I can.’’
Smith is averaging 18.0 points per game this season.
“Every day I’m getting into the gym, getting in as much work as I can,’’ Smith said. “A lot of times previously in my career, I had negative energy coming into the gym, not wanting to be there, joking around, goofing off. This year, it’s been more serious. I understand every road trip we take is a work trip, not just a play trip. You come and work hard. If I work hard, maybe the next guy will see me work hard."
Carmelo Anthony is happy Smith is maturing. Melo didn't think adding Smith to the Knicks roster was a good idea when it happend
“It’s night and day off the court,’’ Anthony said. “Just being maturing and growing up. Willing to lock in and focus in, it carries over to the basketball court. His commitment and focus level, I haven’t seen that.’’
Smith said he's serious about being professional on and off the court.
“My thing is being professional 24 hours a day — 24 hours a day, seven days a week,’’ Smith said. “I can’t let myself slip as well as my teammates slip. In order for me to hold them accountable, I have to hold myself accountable. I go out here and there. I definitely have to choose my spots. Definitely not before games. I’ve been smart about it.’’
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J.R. Smith is off to a scorching start with the New York Knicks this season, averaging 18.2 points per game and converting more than 70% of his shots from three-point range. The three-point percentage will obviously fall at some point, but Smith’s scoring average is notable as it is almost a full six points higher than his career mark of 12.6 points per game. The Knicks have only...
SAN ANTONIO – On Wednesday we discussed the New York Knicks’ ongoing hot-streak.
At the end of that piece it was laid out there that if Carmelo Anthony’s unit could take aim at and take out the San Antonio Spurs, they have a legit claim to being one the Eastern Conference’s elite teams.
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Shooting guard J.R. Smith of the New York Knickerbockers is off to a great start this season. He has really worked to become a player who used to jacks up shots whenever he feels like doing so to actually playing solid basketball. According to ESPN New York, the reason for this is he has cut down on one major distraction that interfered with his game. That distraction is his...
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Throughout a grueling 82-game NBA season, a team will often suffer through droughts, appear lackadaisical, or simply fall on a night in which it was expected to win. This is exactly why every elite squad relies on a spark.
J.R. Smith is...
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the Indiana Pacers 88-76 on Sunday.
JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven games. After falling 105-95 at Memphis on Friday, the Knicks (7-1) go right back on the road to start another...
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith and Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless got into a bit of a skirmish during the second quarter of the Grizzlies’ win over the Knicks on Friday night. While the two were battling for position on the perimeter, Smith threw a pretty blatant elbow toward Bayless’ upper body. Bayless was understandably upset, so he reacted by shoving Smith before...
Grizzlies' Jerryd Bayless and New York's J.R. Smith got into it yesterday earning double technicals after Bayless responded to a Smith elbow with a chest shove of his own.
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The Knicks — yes, the New York Knickerbockers — are 6-0, which is the most surprising record early this NBA season. How are they doing it? Well, Carmelo Anthony, unencumbered by sharing touches with Amar’e Stoudemire, is scoring more and back to grabbing rebounds at a career-high level — he had 12 Thursday night against a formidable...
If I told you New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony finished a game with nine points, three assists, and two turnovers on 3-of-12 shooting, one would assume the Knicks would have probably been blown out.
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NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks responded to their first loss of the season by more closely resembling the team that started the season unbeaten after six games. The Knicks used a stifling defense coupled with some poor shooting by the Indiana Pacers, 26 points from top scorer Carmelo Anthony and solid play from several of his teammates to top Indiana 88-76 at Madison Square Garden...
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Twitter: According to Big Baby Davis, losing is comparable to being constipated, and winning is like taking a dump. Interesting analogy, Glen. I hope you’ve learned to deal with constipation, because you can only play the Pistons so many times a year.
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