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Knicks' J.R. Smith: 'No more bench for me'

By James Herbert | NBA writer

J.R. Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2012-2013.
J.R. Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2012-2013. (USATSI)

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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2013, apparently wants a new role next season:

Smith had a wildly up-and-down year in 2013-2014, and the Knicks unsuccessfully tried to trade him. He averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and three assists per game, shooting 41.5 percent from the field and a puzzling, career-low 65.2 percent from the free throw line. He found himself in then-head coach Mike Woodson's doghouse, and took quite the public-relations hit. He remains one of the Knicks' most talented players and is under contract for another two seasons, but it's unclear how the gunner will fit into new head coach Derek Fisher's system. If the triangle offense is installed as expected, there's no word on whether or not Smith would buy in.

His ability to score in bunches means he's suited for his role as a bench sparkplug, but it appears that is not what he wants to do anymore. It's not the wisest thing to say publicly, but Fisher and New York president Phil Jackson will have to deal with it. There is never a shortage of storylines with these Knicks.

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