Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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 nightlife and partying ways, which is plentiful in New York City.  Smith said, I’m not going to lie.  The New York City nightlife pretty much got to me.  I was going out pretty much every other night and not focused on the task at hand. As he stopped partying, he has disciplined himself to just play basketball.  Apparently, that is working since he has been a major reason why the Knicks are currently 6-0 at the moment.  According to ESPN, he is averaging a cool 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. His own teammates have also noticed that J.R. Smith has relieved himself of the “bad boy” image who was inconsistent and problematic on the floor.  Another boost into his confidence and maturity is the coaching staff.  They see what J.R. Smith is capable of and are giving him the time to be able to showcase his skills as a basketball player.
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