Time and time again we wonder why New York Knicks’ former Sixth Man of the Year just doesn’t get it. All along, it’s been right in front of us – he just doesn’t understand what “growing up” means. Really.
This is not a joke.
Like, honestly. He just doesn’t know.
“He’s [Mike Woodson] been telling me [to grow up] since I got here,” Smith told the media. “Honestly, growing up I really don’t understand the true meaning of it. I’ve been misunderstood my whole life. It’s not going to change now.”
Do you buy it? I’m not sure if I buy it entirely. This could just be his ploy to get out of “hot water” with coach Woodson. However, I wouldn’t be surprised either way, though.
Again, Mr. Woodson, would you like to comment on the situation?
"At at the end of the day, he (JR Smith) has got to grow up." – Coach Woodson. Woody said he would address issue with Smith tomorrow.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 8, 2014
But the benching didn’t last long – one game, to be exact.
Smith returned to the court on Saturday, in the Knicks’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers. But, more importantly, was there a lesson learned from the benching on the part of Smith?
“Don’t goof around, I guess,” Smith said following his 14-point, six-assist performance against Philly. “Be serious. Be a professional. And just don’t take this opportunity here you have for granted.”
Maybe, J.R. Smith has finally learned his lesson. Maybe he will progress into a much better player because of this.
Also, maybe pigs will fly – I wouldn’t bet on either to happen.