In theory, Knicks guard J.R. Smith should be having the time of his life right now. He's on a good team. He signed a pretty nice little contract over the summer. And he's finally being considered one of the better basketball players in the NBA.

But the last few months of Smith's life have been a mess. He has undergone knee surgery. He has received a suspension from the league for testing positive for marijuana. And most recently, his coach Mike Woodson told him he has to "grow up." So why are things going so badly for Smith right now? He blames this:

That's right. He feels as though his string of misfortune is due to karma following the elbow he hit Jason Terry with during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

"I think [the elbow against Boston] probably [ticked] the NBA gods off," he said yesterday. "When you mess with the game of basketball, the game gets you back. And it definitely got me back."

Are you buying it? Here at Complex, we love J.R. and want to see him win. But he has to start making better decisions both on and off the court in order to do it. So we hope he looks like a brand-new player and person when the 2013-14 NBA season tips off later this month.

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[via Eye on Basketball]