May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) celebrate against the Indiana Pacers during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won the game 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: 'Melo Had "Heart To Heart" Talk With J.R. Smith

Don’t worry, guys. Carmelo Anthony has had a “come to Jesus, heart to heart” conversation with J.R. Smith. Does this now make the New York Knicks the favorites to win the NBA Championship?



It can’t hurt, though, right? Not at all. For argument sake, if the Knicks were to become a real player in the Eastern Conference it is going to have to be with a mature-et Smith — this conversation may have done the trick. Maybe.

[via Newsday]

“I had a heart-to-heart with him,” Anthony said Thursday at the Tools for Teachers Initiative in Brooklyn, an event involving his foundation and a real estate development company where school supplies were distributed to over 100 teachers from all five boroughs. “I had a talk that two men should have. We had that conversation. It seemed like he took heed to what I was saying, so we shall see….

“The time is now,” Anthony said. “You’ve got to want to help yourself. Everybody else wants to help you, but if you don’t want to help yourself, then that’s defeating the purpose.”

Im assuming that the key point in this “man to man” talk was maturity. But how does a mature Smith differ than an immature Smith on the court. That’s what I want to know…

I have the Knicks going far this season but I still think the key for them, as is for any team, is going to be health — not the state of Smith.

But a mature Smith wouldn’t hurt.


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