Originally written on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 10/19/12
With the NBA season less than two weeks away, basketball fans are getting set to watch some of their favorite players hit the hardwood once again.During a season of underwhelming accomplishments for the Knicks, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak provided their team's fan base with a couple of exciting bright spots all year long. With Novak emerging alongside buddy Jeremy Lin, and Smith joining the team midseason from China, both players exploded off the bench each and every night, only to excite the Garden crowd again and again.Novak became a fan-favorite largely in part due to his ability to make it rain from long-range. For his explosiveness and his aggressive nature to pester opponents, Smith too gained a decent amount of favoritism from a bevy of the Knicks' faithfuls.Novak and Smith certainly provided some excitement, but needless to say, most fans were left disappointed in the Knicks' first-round playoff exit. Recognizing the city's ever so present craving for not only more success, b...
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