According to Frank Isola: Smith’s agent, Leon Rose, met with Garden Chairman James Dolan following Wednesday’s Knicks’ win over Sacramento to finalize a contract. It is believed that Smith, who has also attracted the interest of the Clippers, will receive the Knicks’ $2.5 million exception. Rose also represents Anthony, who has lobbied the club to add Smith, an explosive scorer who can also be erratic at times. He has averaged 12.5 points per game over seven NBA seasons.
In order to create a roster spot for Smith, the Knicks would have to release a player. It would not be a hard guess to whom that player will be. All sane
judgement points to Mike Bibby as the one to get released. however, it’s no secret that Coach Mike does not like Balkman. Be that it may, rest assure it will be
Mike Bibby’s farewell as soon as JR is signed.
What does JR Smith bring to the Knicks? 1. A true shooting guard that plays defense and would only get better as the result of LIN being the floor General.
Smith and Melo have basically grown up together in Denver. 2. Less double teams on Stat and Melo. There is not a team in the NBA that would leave Smith
unguarded to cover Melo or Stat… Smith is a dangerous shooter and the league knows it. He has phenomenal range, can drive and keep the floor spaced for the pick and roll. 3. It would allow 6’7 Landry Fields a chance to play his true position… Melo’s backup. Landry would thrive with less pressure and regain his Rookie
confidence that we are somewhat seeing return. Moreover, JR Smith is the only experienced SG on our team. He has been in the playoffs 5 out of 7 years of his career! JR Smith is only 26 years old, born on September 9, 1985 and was one of the last of players that went from high School straight to the Pros. In his second playoff series of his young career, Smith had a stellar showing during a first-round match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 27.0 minutes, averaging 18.3 points per game on 53.5% shooting. He also had a 31.8% three-point shooting percentage. Although the Nuggets were swept in the first round, Laker’s Kobe Bryant said in a post-game interview that, “J. R. is a good young player. He was a lot to handle.”
Our starting Line Up would be as Follows:
PG- Jeremy LIN
SG- JR Smith
SF- Carmelo Anthony
PF- Amare Stoudimyer
C- Tyson Chandler
PG- Barron Davis
SG- Iman Shumpert
SF- Landry Fields/Bill Walker
PF- Novak/Bill Walker/ Balkman
C- Jarred Jeffries
Either way.. this is a dream team with a real floor General in Jeremy Lin!
CYA @ The Parade!
BTW…SMITH IS FROM FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY!
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