J.R. Smith debuted for the New York Knicks on Sunday, and it was pretty much everything we could've hoped for. He had a haircut inspired by Bishop from "Juice", and he took nine threes (NINE!) in 30 minutes, giving us a vintage J.R. performance, and reminding everyone what we've been missing for the six months he's been in China. This morning he tweeted a picture of his new toothbrush.
As if that weren't enough, Peter Vescey of the New York Post was kind enough to bless us with some tales from J.R.'s past, when he got kicked out of Nuggets practice with George Karl.
It doesn't even matter if this is true; it's just great that with J.R. Smith on the Knicks, we'll be getting more off the record J.R. Smith anecdotes than ever before. There can never be enough.
From the New York Post:
On a week-long assignment with the Nuggets last season in anticipation of Carmelo Anthony exclusively spilling his guts to me about every aspect of his life and his forthcoming destination, I accompanied the team on its charter to Phoenix.
There was a shoot-around the morning of the game, Nov. 15, 2010. J.R. Smith overslept. When he showed up, eyes bloodshot and all attitude, he was nonchalant about his tardiness. Coach George Karl was pretty peeved.
Karl made some comments. Smith talked back. Karl retorted. Smith kicked a basketball. Karl ordered him to leave the gym. Smith refused. Teammates interceded and ushered him out the door. It was not a syrupy situation.
(Okay but what IS a syrupy situation?)
Bishop, by the way, is the character who betrays his friends when he gets addicted to the street life, and ends the movie getting thrown off a high rise roof by one of his old friends. Not sure if that's a metaphor for how J.R.'s Knicks career will play, but WE'RE ALL GONNA FIND OUT TOGETHER.