Apparently the Knicks are aiming to lead the league in players with poor tattoos. If this is in fact the case, no player can get you to the top quite like Thugsta, JR Smith.
Listen, I like JR Smith, he seems like a good...wait, no I don't. I don't like JR Smith. He's what huge douchebags call a douchebag. He doesnt' pass the ball well, talks as much shit as Kevin Garnett, without currently backing up, or having backed it up in the past, and is a complete streak shooter, like the rest of the Knicks.
Now I am aware that JR Smith has the ABILITY to play defense, but having spent time in New Orleans, Denver, and...Saint Benedicts Prep, NJ, he hasn't exactly honed the skill.
If the Knicks need a player right now who matters it's a veteran who can stop SOMEONE. And by someone I mean: Dwayne Wade, or Derrick Rose, or, SOMEONE.
Maybe JR Smith is so elated to be back in the NYC area that he'll clamp the mouth, get low, slide his feet, and not take dumb shots. I pray that's the case because I'm really enjoying the development of the guards around Lin right now.
In the end JR probably takes all of Bill Walker's minutes, but worse than that is if he cuts into Steve Novak's minutes. I've ALWAYS liked Novak, especially when he was coming out of college. He's been a big factor in what the Knicks have done lately, and I want to see him coming off the bench. Like Lin, he's fundamentally sound, plays smart, and can stick a shot from anywhere on the floor. Basically, he's the complete opposite of JR Smith.
So, here's to hoping this works out.