Found October 02, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith believes his massive shooting slump in the playoffs after he returned from a one-game suspension was due to angering the basketball gods. It appears he also aggravated his coach. Smith drew a five-game suspension for the start of this season for failing his third marijuana test. Coach Mike Woodson put the pressure on Smith to “grow up and do the right thing.’’ “He’s a big piece to the puzzle’’ Woodson said. “I’m not going to throw him out to pasture. My job is to coach him and make sure what happens doesn’t happen again. I expect his teammates to show him some love. At end of the day he’s got to do the thing with his team me as a coach the organization and fans that support him. That’s what it’s all about. He’s got to grow up and do the right things.’’ Smith’s shooting percentage plummeted in the Knicks’ second-round downfall against the Pacers. Once he returned from missing Game 4 of the first round against the Celtics after a one-game suspe

Mike Woodson to J.R. Smith: Time to grow up

When asked to comment on J.R. Smith’s five-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy Wednesday, head coach Mike Woodson said that while the team stands behind him, he needs to “grow up and do the right things.” Knicks coach Mike Woodson says J.R. Smith needs to “grow up and do the right things” after the sixth man was suspended five games by the...

JR Smith admits to waiting until after free agency to have knee surgery

JR Smith had surgery in July after he signed a four-year-deal with the Knicks for $25 million. Some fans were upset that JR waited until July to have a surgery that would cause him to miss the start of the season and wondered why the Knicks would commit to him for that amount of time with his health in question. During Monday’s media day, Smith confirmed that he was waiting until...

J.R. Smith Admits He Delayed Knee Surgery To Sign New Contract

J.R. Smith admits he delayed his knee surgery so that he could sign his three-year, $18 million contract with the New York Knicks, instead of undergoing the procedure and potentially hurting his value. "For one, I'm a father and I have two young children to look after," Smith said. "It made more sense for my family to get a deal done before [surgery]." The...

Smith, Amare sit, but Knicks insist they'll score

J.R. Smith is recovering from knee surgery, then faces an NBA suspension when he returns. Amare Stoudemire is recovering from knee surgery - yes, that's three in the last year - and faces a restriction on his minutes when he returns. The New York Knicks have the NBA's leading scorer in Carmelo Anthony, but after that there are questions about who's going to put the...

J.R. Smith Needs to ‘Grow Up,’ Knicks Coach Mike Woodson Says

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J.R. Smith needs to “grow up and do the right things” after the sixth man was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy. Woodson said he was disappointed in Smith’s actions but would continue to support him. “I’m not going to throw him out to the pasture,” Woodson said. “My job...

JR Smith Admits Delaying His Knee Surgery Until He Got a New Contract

I appreciate his honesty and frankly that was smart on his part. It was bumb for the Knicks to pay him, but I am not going to hold that against JR, his job is to get as much money as he possibly can, if they are offering. J.R. Smith says he delayed having surgery on his knee until after he signed his contract with the Knicks because it “made more sense for my family.” “For...

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says it’s time for JR Smith to grow up

Knicks star JR Smith had an eventful summer. He signed a new four-year deal with the Knicks, had knee surgery, dyed his hair three colors and got suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Now that NBA training camps have opened, head coach Mike Woodson has made it clear that it’s time for JR to grow up. “I’m not going to throw him out to the pasture,” Woodson...

J.R. Smith Blames Playoff Struggles On Upsetting The “NBA Gods”

J.R. Smith had a postseason to forget this past season. The reigning sixth man of the year wasn’t able to shoot over 38.5% in any of the remaining games after serving his one-game suspension. Smith was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry and he claims that upset the ‘NBA Gods’. “I call it ‘pissing the NBA […]

Mike Woodson on J.R. Smith: He Needs to “Grow Up”

Mike Woodson (left) knows J.R. Smith (right) will be a vital part of the Knicks success this year if he can mature on and off the court. PHOTO COURTESY: COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS On Tuesday, the Knicks picked up head coach Mike Woodson’s option for the 2014-15 season.  On Wednesday, he showed why it was a great decision to do just that. When addressing the media on Wednesday...

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Knicks pick up Mike Woodson option

The New York Knicks have picked up the option on Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season. Woodson, is entering his second season as the New York Knicks head coach after being named interim head coach on March 14,2012. Woodson guided the Knicks to an 18-6 mark as interim coach after beginning the 2011-12 season as an assistant under Mike D’Antoni. He was made head coach...

Bowie State, WSSU Predicted To Win CIAA Divisions

Winston-Salem State is predicted to win the CIAA South in 2014. (WS Journal Photo) Football season may only be a month old, but basketball season is fresh on its heels. The CIAA held its annual preseason media day in Charlotte on Thursday, revealing its predicted finish list and preseason all-conference teams. Defending conference tournament champion Bowie State was predicted...

Stormy Weather Ahead for the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire

As Knicks' Media Day began on Monday, one of the first subjects Coach Mike Woodson addressed was the health and status of Amar'e Stoudemire, who underwent what was described as yet another "minor procedure" on his knee this past July. After being limited to 29 games in a bench role last season, it was anyone's guess as to how involved Stoudemire could potentially...

Woodson in search of winning rotation

Carmelo Anthony is happy the Knicks picked up the option on Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season. But the Knicks superstar insisted he didn’t lobby owner James Dolan or general manager Steve Mills to make the move. “No I didn’t have any input or anything like that with the front office” Anthony said on Tuesday after the Knicks completed their first practice of...
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