JR Smith is running his mouth once again. This time, the Knicks 6th man is saying that he’s “100 percent sure” the Knicks will win an NBA Championship this upcoming season. If Smith’s prediction comes true, the Knicks would win the franchise’s first title since 1973.
Smith also said the Nets are “still not good” despite adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko to a team that was already led by Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson. That’s no where near a “good” roster according to Smith.
Those are pretty emphatic remarks for a player that shot just 28 percent and received a lot of the blame when the Knicks lost to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in 5 games.
If the Knicks are going to be serious contenders for a title this season, or as long as the team doesn’t add another consistent scorer, JR Smith is going to have to be just as good if not better than the player that averaged 18.5 ppg and shot 43 percent from the field.
Besides Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks really don’t have another big time scorer on the roster. Iman Shumpert’s offensive game improved drastically from year 1 to year 2, but you still can’t count on him to bring it every night.
The Knicks have no idea what to expect from Amare Stoudemire, everyone knows Tyson Chandler can’t score unless he’s right under the basket, Metta World Peace is a great defender, but no serious offensive threat, and then there’s Andrea Bargnani who could have a bounce back season.
Over the off-season, New York gave Smith a 3-year $17 million dollar contract extension, so the Knicks will be counting on him heavily to deliver.
Bringing Smith back was very debatable after his dreadful post-season. He had a classless act of elbowing Jason Terry in the head in the playoffs which he and the Knicks never recovered from.
So what JR Smith needs to do is let his play do all of the talking, and not fuel the fire of the Knicks opponents. Because if he continues to talk and underperforms, another Knicks season will end in bitter disappointment.