It appears Knicks head coach Mike Woodson and guard JR Smith are having issues. JR reportedly wasn’t please that Woodson admonished he about his shot selection against the Bulls, and decided to retaliate by only taking a single shot during the Knicks vs. Celtics match up.
According to a team source, Woodson admonished Smith for poor shot selection during the Bulls game and then became upset over something Smith said on the bench. Woodson waited until after the game to express his disappointment with Smith’s attitude and reminded the volatile shooting guard that he’s been his strongest advocate for the past two seasons.
“Mike said that after all I’ve done for you I can’t have you talking back to me like that,” the source claimed. The same source added that Smith made a lewd comment that angered Woodson.
During Thursday’s practice, Woodson used the game film from the win over the Bulls to demonstrate moments when Smith forced shots when he could have passed. Smith’s response to Woodson’s coaching lesson was to attempt one shot in 27 minutes against the Boston Celtics.
Saturday night, Smith scored two points, making just one shot on eight attempts in 24 minutes, and appeared to be benched in the fourth quarter of a 111-106 win over the Hawks at the Garden.
JR maintains he was simply trying to follow the direction Woodson had given him. Minus James Harden, players always seems to suffer after winning the “Sixth-Man-of-the-Year” award the following season.
It looked like JR was almost in tears on the bench. Things are getting uglier FAST in New York. On the plus side, Amaré Stoudemire has been solid in the Knicks last few outings.