Last night, Mike Woodson benched J.R. Smith for the Knicks' game against the Heat, just one day after the NBA fined Smith $50,000 for untying opposing players' sneakers in back-to-back games. So you would think that sportswriters would have given Smith the night off, too, and focused on the Knicks' win over the Heat rather than Smith's recent transgressions. However, you would be wrong in that thinking.
After last night's game, Woodson went out of his way to let reporters know that he would not be talking about Smith:
"I'm not addressing anything else with JR. Just not gonna do it," Mike Woodson. #Knicks— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 9, 2014
But despite that, Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski still took it upon himself to put together a piece about Smith—or the "NBA's clown prince" as he referred to him in his headline. And the piece that he put together was scathing, to say the absolute least.
In it, Wojnarowski talks about the time that Smith allegedly ran up a $3,000 room service tab during his time with Zhejiang of the Chinese Basketball League by ordering plates and plates and plates of food "just to see if they would keep bringing it to the room." Wojnarowski also talks about the time that he sat with Smith four years ago—shortly after Smith was released from prison in 2009 after serving 24 days for a vehicular manslaughter charge—and heard him talk about how he wanted to change his approach to basketball and life. But today, Wojnarowski writes about how he believes that was just a "con." And towards the end of his piece, Wojnarowski even talks about how he believes Smith's career is going to end.
"Everyone knows how this story ends with him," he writes, "how the money will dry up and how he'll wish he had done everything so differently in his career. It is sad and predictable and on a collision course with cliché."
And then there's this line that is easily the most venomous line in the entire piece: "Smith's always loved to play the part of a tough city kid, but truth be told, he's a soft, spoiled suburban jump-shooter."
Ouch. The piece sounds, dare we say, personal.
J.R. Smith is obviously not going to like what he reads in Wojnarowski's piece. But at the same time, he doesn't really have a leg to stand on at the moment. So the only thing he can do at this point is try to prove that he's not the "NBA's clown prince." You ready to see him try?
[via Yahoo! Sports]