Earlier in the week, Coach Mike Woodson stated that he likes J.R. Smith off of the bench — traditionally that’s how Smith has mainly been utilized in the league — and this doesn’t sit well with Smith.
Smith has been speaking to the media and on twitter, that he wants to start for New York this season; he’s tired of being just a sixth man and perceived that way.
Obviously, when he heard that he might be Knicks sixth man, he wasn’t thrilled with the idea via the New York Post:
“I think disappointed is an understatement,” J.R. said of Mike Woodson’s remarks that he likes him off the bench. “My whole process of getting better this summer and everything I went through was to be in that starting role. It was great to be able to have put all that work in and understand what I can do and my body can withhold without starting. I think it just makes our bench even stronger.”
J.R. said Sixth Man of the Year is “not in my thought process.”