The New York Knicks had a downright dismal 2013-14 season. Yeah, 37 wins, 45 losses, and a failure to make the playoffs—a season after winning 54 games—will do that to you.
Perhaps no one player is taking the year harder than J.R. Smith. Or at least that’s what the Knicks shooting guard wants fans to believe.
Appearing on ESPN’s First Take show earlier today, Smith admitted that the Knicks weren’t on the same page this past season and “frustration got the best of all of us.” He added that last season marked his “worst year” he has ever had in the NBA, including his paltry rookie campaign in 2004.
When First Take’s Stephen A. Smith told J.R. “that wasn’t you last year,” the guard nodded his head seemingly in approval. He vowed to bounce back as a better player next season.
J.R. also mentioned how fortunate the Knicks are to re-sign Carmelo Anthony, who he referred to as “obviously the greatest piece of this puzzle that we got going on.”
Though Smith averaged 14.5 points per game last season—second on the Knicks only to ‘Melo—he sounded determined to be a flat-out better player for new Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who he said he “can’t wait to play for.”
So, are the Knicks going to get the old J.R. or a focused J.R. for the 2014-15 season? Only time will tell.