Found October 06, 2013 on Knickswag:
Via Marc Berman Mike Woodson says J.R. Smith has a shot to start in the “wide open” competition for the starting shooting guard position. “He’s in the mix, too,’’ Woodson said of Smith. “If things turn out well for him coming back, he can possibly slip in.’’ Iman Shumpert does not have his starting role locked up and is dealing with a sore right shoulder. “Nothing major,’’ Shumpert said. “I want to make sure I’m healthy before I go out there. This is minor. Rest right now is good. They don’t want to push it. If it’s sore today, chill out, no rush. We just need you healthy for the first game. No point in getting a 1,000 jump shots up while I’m sore. “I’m glad it’s not my knee, man, honestly.” Smith was given a five-game suspension in the offseason and is rehabilitating a knee injury. Knickswag Notes:  Mike Woodson’s loyalty to J.R. Smith has worried me at times. His reluctance to replace him in the playoffs when he was obviously struggling was a sign to me that coach Woody is stubborn and loyal to a fault. This year the Knicks have numerous options at the SG spot, with Hardaway, Shump and one of the PG’s sliding over to spell some minutes if necessary. However, will coach continue down the path that got him into trouble last year? J.R. to Start? This is something that I do not want to see happen. J.R. excelled last year at his award-winning 6th man spot. He needs to be controlled to about 20-25 minutes a game, limiting him to mistakes and boneheaded plays. If he starts we all know that he will chuck shots up at ill-advised times, disrupting the offense. Furthermore, Iman Shumpert should be starting to further his maturation as a player. The Knicks need to know what they have in Shump for NOW and the FUTURE. With Smith starting NY will never fully understand the potential of Iman Shumpert. In conclusion, we all watched J.R. Smith become a roller coaster last year. Although he won the 6th man of the year award, he dropped off in the playoffs so badly that it contributed to the Knicks early exit in the 2nd round. J.R. Smith needs to be controlled, monitored, and his minutes need to be limited to a 6th man of the year work load, not as a bona-fide starter. The post Knicks Talk: J.R. Possible Starter? appeared first on Knickswag.com.
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