Found September 07, 2013 on
TEAMS: New York Knicks
J.R. Smith (Photo Credit: Adam Runger/Reuters) In addition to J.R. Smith dyeing his hair blonde and red, it has been a very colorful offseason for the New York Knicks. The Knicks reigning sixth man of the year may be mercurial when it comes to his play on the court, but he is always consistent when it comes to making headlines off the court.  Last week, while attending a PGA Foundation golf clinic at Chelsea Piers, Smith said he was, “100 percent” positive the Knicks would win it all this year. It would be the Knicks first title since 1973. Smith has reason to be optimistic.  The Knicks acquired more talent in the offseason while keeping their core players intact. The Knicks acquired former #1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani in a trade with the Toronto Raptors and signed veteran small forward Metta World Peace and point guard Beno Udrih to replace Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd.  The Knicks drafted Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. in the 1st round and NC State small forward C.J. Leslie in the 2nd round.  Both players showed promise in the summer league.  The Knicks also re-signed Smith, Kenyon Martin and Pablo Prigioni, who were important keys to the Knicks regular season success last season. The Knicks are in good position to contend for a title this year; however, with training camp scheduled to start September 30th, the Knicks still have many unanswered questions. Will Carmelo Anthony finally be able to lead a team to the Finals?  Last year was just the 2nd time in 10 seasons that Anthony has made it out of the first round of the playoffs.  We all know Anthony is a proven scorer but whether he continues to elevate other facets of his game remains to be seen.  Anthony showed an increase defensive effort at the start of last season but regressed as the season went along. Will Coach Mike Woodson be able to transition the new Knicks acquisitions into his rotation?  Woodson will start the season without J.R. Smith who is recovering from offseason knee surgery.  Smith is also suspended for the first five games he is physically cleared to return due to a violation of the league’s drug policy.  It is unknown who will assume Smith’s 6th man role to begin the season.  Rookie shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. could be thrust into action early to replace the loss of Smith. Woodson preferred a two point guard starting lineup of Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni last season, with Iman Shumpert at the small forward Anthony at the power forward and Tyson Chandler at the center.  Woodson would not confirm if he would use the same starting lineup this season.  Woodson could opt to insert Metta World Peace in the starting lineup moving Shumpert to the bench.  Woodson also has the option of inserting Bargnani in the starting lineup to add more scoring. Another key to the rotation will be how Woodson uses the 100 million dollar man, Amar’e Stoudemire.  Stoudemire will be on a minutes restriction this season to try and prevent further injury to his surgically repaired knees.  A healthy Stoudemire could be an X factor for the Knicks and provide low post scoring for a team that averaged 28.9 threes attempted per game last season. It will be a tall task for the Knicks to duplicate the success of last season.  The Eastern Conference has drastically improved.  LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be motivated as they chase a historic three peat.  The Bulls will get back Derrick Rose.  Danny Granger will return to the Pacers to team up with the emerging Paul George and Roy Hibbert.  The crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets added future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  Detroit and Cleveland are also improved. Knicks fans should be happy about J.R. Smith’s confidence that this Knicks team can win its first championship in 41 years, but it is far from a 100 percent sure proposition. For more on the Knicks go to our New York Knicks page

In Not Surprising News, J.R. Smith Suspended For Failed Drug Test

The NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith will be suspended for five games Yahoo Sports reports. A source says the New York Knicks guard tested positive for marijuana, thus violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy. The Association is expected to make a formal announcement late Friday or Monday. Smith is currently out of commission as he recovers from his knee surgery...

J.R. Smith’s Younger Brother Gets Tattoo Of J.R.’s Face On His Back

J.R. Smith and his younger brother, Chris Smith, have nailed the whole brotherly love thing down pat, and have done so in the form of J.R.’s face on his brother’s back. Chris took to his IOnstagram account to show off the new ink and it was accompanied by a nice birthday message for his older brother which read: “Happy Birthday to my big Brother @teamswish always got my back...

PHOTO: N.Y. Post has a little fun at J.R. Smith's expense

Knicks star J.R Smith was suspended five games for violating the NBA’s drug policy on Friday.  A 5-game suspension is issued after a third failed test for a recreational drug and Smith reportedly tested positive for marijuana. The New York Post always picks on NYC star athletes on its back page, and JR has stepped his cookies up to the big time with this suspension. Check the...

Knicks' J.R. Smith suspended 5 games

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program. Smith, coming off offseason surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy that will keep him from joining the Knicks...

J.R. Smith suspended five games

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program. Smith, coming off offseason surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy that will keep him from joining the Knicks...

Russell Westbrook, J.R. Smith & More At New York Fashion Week

It’s Fashion Week in New York, and many style conscientious ballers are in town for the the week long festivities which began Thursday September 5 and will run through the 12th. Day 1 and 2 featured OKC’s Russell Westbrook and Knicks J.R. Smith: Russell Westbrook sits front row with the Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine – sitting beside the fashion icon could...

Knicks Guard J.R. Smith Receives Five Game Suspension

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy, reported Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Smith allegedly tested positive for marijuana.  The recipient of last year’s Sixth Man of the Year Award will be suspended for five games of the 2013-14 season. Smith is currently recovering from knee surgery and is expected to return...

J.R. Smith Suspended 5 Games For Violation of Substance Abuse Policy

Now we know why J.R. Smith is guaranteeing championships for the Knicks. Smith, the reigning 6th man of the year has been suspended by the NBA for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Smith will be suspended 5 games and that marijuana was the banned substance of choice. Y! Sources: New York's J.R. Smith suspended 5 games for violating...

J.R. Smith To Receive Five-Game Suspension For Violating NBA Drug Policy

J.R. Smith is expected to be suspended for five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. Smith did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug, but the length of his suspension suggests it is regarding a positive marijunana test. Smith was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season with the New York Knicks and received a contract extension in free agency. Smith...

J.R. Smith suspended for violating substance abuse policy

It's been a rough offseason for J.R. Smith despite signing a three-year $17.9 million contract (third year is a player option). After re-signing with the New York Knicks Smith had surgery on his left knee and repaired a tear in his lateral meniscus. The surgery was announced on July 15 and his expected timetable for being out was 12-16 weeks. Being sidelined until October or...

JR Smith’s Brother Gets JR’s Face Tattooed on His Back (Photo)

It isn’t unusual for family members to get tattoos of other family members. Normally that happens when they are dead though. JR Smith is alive and well, tweeting and getting suspended for weed, but his brother Chris wanted everyone to know he had his back. “Happy Birthday to my big Brother @teamswish always got my back no matter what facts say what you want I Love my big bro...

NBA to suspend J.R. Smith 5 games for smoking weed

Say it ain't so, J.R. Say it ain't so. According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, J.R. Smith will be suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The NBA is suspending Knicks guard J,R. Smith for violating the league's substance abuse policy, sources tell Yahoo Sports — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 6, 2013 Man, the Knicks...

Photo: Chris Smith Has Brother J.R. Smith’s Portrait Tattooed On His Back

Brotherly love: Chris Smith, the younger brother of Knicks’ J.R. Smith shared an image of his brother’s portrait tattooed on his back Sunday night.  Smith accompanied the photo with a birthday message for his big bro, who turns 28 on September 9.

New York Knicks Off-Season – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The New York Knicks had an eventful off-season. Maybe it wasn’t on the level of “#HELLOBROOKLYN, WE’VE REBUILT OUR TEAM INTO THE 2012 FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT BOSTON CELTICS”…but it was active nonetheless. Considering training camp is rapidly approaching, let’s take a quick run through the good, the bad and the ugly of the Knicks off-season. THE GOOD Cheap Labor! - The...
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