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J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 10:16 am
 
J.R. Smith will join the Knicks and Linsanity. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The long, enduring process of bringing J.R. Smith to the Knicks has ended. Smith announced on Twitter Friday he'd chosen the New York Knicks.


After reports indicated earlier this week that Smith's decision was down to the Knicks or Clippers, and then that the Knicks had taken the upper hand, reports Friday indicated that the decision has been made. The New York Post reported that Smith would sign Friday with the Knicks, and will be in uniform Sunday when Linsanity faces another tough test against the Dallas Mavericks in Madison Square Garden. 

Smith confirmed to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld Thursday that he was close to a deal with the Knicks, though he did not confirm it was done. Meanwhile, the Oregonian reports of the insane lengths both the Clippers and Knicks are going through to try and sign Smith, including sending a representative to meet Smith when he got off the plane. From the Oregonian: 
Things got so interesting Thursday that Smith hopped a plane from China to LAX, arriving at the airport in the late afternoon, where he was intercepted, his camp said, by a representative for the Knicks. Smith was apparently headed later in the evening to Las Vegas, and according to a source in Smith's family, the Knicks bought a ticket for their guy and sent him along, too.

New York apparently hoped to sign Smith as he cleared Customs, and I can't say I blame them after what I heard Del Negro promised Smith.

Get this: Smith was told via text message from Del Negro, in what feels like a desperate, last-ditch effort, that he'd be -- a starter -- for the Clippers.

Start? Smith? Really?

"What I text to J.R. is between J.R. and me," Del Negro said. "We're just trying to make our team better. I think everyone on our team understands that."
via Canzano: Fight for J.R. Smith offers warnings for Trail Blazers | OregonLive.com.

So that's a little insane. 

Can we take a second to note that J.R. Smith has been back in the states for less than 12 hours and was headed to Vegas? How can you not love the NBA?

Smith joining the Knicks helps bolster their depth considerably. Being able to play a second lineup of Toney Douglas/Mike Bibby, Iman Shumper, Landry Fields, and a big to pair with Amar'e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler means the dropoff won't be as big, and the ability to keep a scorer on the floor with Melo or, ahem, Jeremy Lin on the bench helps considerably in the backcourt.

It also means the Clippers will have to go elsewhere to try and recover their scoring lost when Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles.
Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:32 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I like the signing so who goes packing.  Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby?  Balkman?  Someone has to go



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:31 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Oh well, I like J.R alot. I had high hopes that Chicago would snatch him up, WE STILL NEED A 2GUARD! DAMN RIP HAMILTON! This new trend of "Stacking-Up" to make these super team of late isn't winning titles. A team with too many stars, somebody's going to lose their luster, then attitude, then determination. Right now there is no balance in the NBA. J.R Smith, the one that got away.



Since: Jun 27, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:31 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I'm not trying to be rude, but you're a writer, so this is a lesson you need to learn.

"..to try and recover their scoring lost when  tore his Achilles."

Be careful not to use 'and' when what you need is 'to'.

"...to try to recover their scoring lost when..."

This is one of the most common errors a writer makes, so let's model some solid grammar for our young writers out there, how about it? 



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:24 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

You're delusional with this one - sorry



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:21 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

We own all sports except Basketball and now there's a strong possibility we'll own this too.
REALLY? Last time i checked the Red Wings own hockey! Go Wings



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:00 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Baller the reason why there's so much hate is becasue of fear and envy.  We own all sports except Basketball and now there's a strong possibility we'll own this too.  THAT IS 100% ACCURATE ANSWER. 



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:52 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I forsee a champion in the making ...lets go knicks!!!!



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:26 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I actually like the guy  - he's just a disappointment - you'll see



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:24 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

YOU ARE TOTALLY MISTAKEN - glad to see him gone Nuggets are waaaay better without him (when they are healthy).



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:14 pm
 

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

last time i checked, we didn't give up anyone to pick him up.

why are people hating so much?


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