Jan. 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) gives chase during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Hello, Hello Mr. Smith

Well, look who’s finally ready to make his season debut. Welcome, welcome J.R. Smith. By the way, the Knicks could desperately use him right about now.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was suspended for the first five games of the regular season for a repeated violation of the league’s drug policy. He’s served the suspension, now he’s ready to put it behind him. At least, for the time being he’s preparing to make his season debut for New York against the Spurs on Sunday.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson says Smith, the reigning Sixth Man Award winner, will come off the bench.

“We’ve just got to make sure that mentally he’s there,” Woodson told ESPN New York. “And I can’t burn him physically.” …

Smith said on Saturday that he still lacks explosiveness in his knee and needs to work on his conditioning.

“I have good days and bad days,” the 28-year-old said.

The Knicks are really going to love what Smith will do for them, now that he’s back. Apart from Carmelo Anthony’s 24.6 points per game, no one else on the Knicks is putting up consistent offensive numbers. Smith will add some instant fire power off the bench. Something that has been missing for them so far this season.

The Knicks (2-3) face the Spurs (5-1) today at 12:00 p.m.




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