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|2 years ago||'04 #11249|
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Sometimes it was a phone call. On other occasions, it was a recruiting pitch over dinner.
In some form or another, Carmelo Anthony and Derek Fisher have been in touch throughout the summer.
In fact, as soon as Anthony re-signed with the Knicks, Fisher handed Anthony a playbook with the team’s new triangle offense.
“I speak to him all the time,” Anthony said of Fisher, according to an article posted on PrimeraHora.com and translated by ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera. “He is as excited to start this season as I am, which you don’t see very often in coaches. Usually you see coaches that worry about you, that call you to check how you are and what you need. And he has already developed a good relationship with me in that sense. I believe that our relationship will be very positive.”
Fisher's relationship with Anthony -- and, more important, his effect on Anthony's performance on the court -- will be one of the more interesting aspects of this Knicks season.
Below, we take a look at some of the aspects of Anthony's game that Fisher can impact:
1. Late-game scoring: Last season, Carmelo’s shooting percentage dipped significantly late in games. He shot 47.9 percent from the field in the first quarter, 49.3 percent in the second quarter and 45.2 percent in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, Anthony shot just 38.0 percent from the field. In overtime, that number dipped to 30 percent. Anthony also struggled late in close games, going 1-for-12 on potential game-tying or game-winning baskets in the final 30 seconds. He was 1-for-7 in those scenarios in the previous season.
Was this due to fatigue? Was it a product of defenses keying in on Anthony late in games? Was it the Knicks’ overreliance on Anthony on offense?
Fisher may have the solution to those problems. Phil Jackson said recently that he is confident that Fisher can keep the ball from sticking in Anthony's hands on offense.
"You always have to have someone who is strong enough to tell your major player -- maybe a Carmelo, or Kobe Bryant or a Michael Jordan -- 'I'm not going here with the ball with you right now. We have other guys who have to be involved in the offense, we have a system we want to run.' And Derek always had that ability to say that," Jackson said in an interview last month on MSG Network.
Jackson said that Fisher had the ability to tell his teammates, "'You may want the ball now but I'm going to adjust this game to how it should be played and we have other guys who need to have touches and [the opponent's] defense is now c*cked so they're trying to stop our major scorers all the time.'"
"Derek has that knowledge," Jackson said. "We're a team that has relied a lot on Carmelo to do a lot of the scoring for us. We need to have someone who understands that we don't have to go to Carmelo all the time, we can go back to him later."
If Fisher can keep the ball moving late in games while keeping Carmelo -- and everyone else -- happy, it may improve his star forward's impact late in games.
2. Ball movement: Anthony’s reputation as a "ball stopper" is a bit overblown. The Knicks' a.ssist percentage was nearly identical when Carmelo was on the floor compared to when he was off of it last season. One scout who watched Anthony frequently over the past two seasons noted that his ball movement out of double-teams had improved markedly.
But Anthony still operates heavily in isolation. He led the league in isolation scoring last season, averaging 6.6 isolation PPG, according to Synergy Sports. Those isolation sets had an impact on the Knicks' ball movement. New York ended the season ranked 24th in touches per possession and 25th in points created by a.ssists per game -- two signs of an ineffective offense. The Knicks finished the season ranked 24th in points per possession.
But the ball movement should improve in the offense this season thanks to Fisher and the triangle -- and Carmelo may benefit. The 30-year-old has a strong outside shot and is a good improvisational passer -- two skills that are useful in any offense, but particularly in the triangle.
Also, when run successfully, the triangle can weed out some of Anthony's worst habits (contested jump shots, overreliance on dribbling/holding the ball). So this is another area where Fisher can help Anthony.
|2 years ago||'04 #11251|
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Oct. Wednesday... 29.. vs. Chicago............. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday...... 30.. at Cleveland........ 8:00 p.m.
Nov. Sunday............ 2.. vs. Charlotte.......... 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday.......... 4.. vs. Washington...... 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday..... 5.. at Detroit............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday............. 7.. at Brooklyn.......... 7:30 p.m.
Saturday......... 8.. at Atlanta............ 7:30 p.m.
Monday......... 10.. vs. Atlanta............. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday... 12.. vs. Orlando............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday............ 14.. vs. Utah.................. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday.......... 16.. vs. Denver.............. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday....... 18.. at Milwaukee....... 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday.. 19.. at Minnesota....... 8:00 p.m.
Saturday....... 22.. vs. Philadelphia..... 7:30 p.m.
Monday........ 24.. at Houston........... 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday.. 26.. at Dallas.............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday........... 28.. at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
Sunday.......... 30.. vs. Miami................ 7:30 p.m.
Dec. Tuesday.......... 2.. vs. Brooklyn........... 7:30 p.m.
Thursday......... 4.. vs. Cleveland.......... 8:00 p.m.
Friday............. 5.. at Charlotte......... 7:00 p.m.
Sunday............ 7.. vs. Portland........... 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday......... 9.. at New Orleans... 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday.. 10.. at San Antonio.... 8:00 p.m.
Friday........... 12.. at Boston............. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday.......... 14.. vs. Toronto............. 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday........ 16.. vs. Dallas................ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday...... 18.. at Chicago........... 8:00 p.m.
Saturday....... 20.. vs. Phoenix............ 1:00 p.m.
Sunday......... 21.. at Toronto............ 3:30 p.m.
Thursday....... 25.. vs. Washington............. noon
Saturday...... 27.. at Sacramento.. 10:00 p.m.
Sunday......... 28.. at Portland........... 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday.. 31.. at L.A. Clippers... 6:00 p.m.
Jan. Friday.............. 2.. vs. Detroit.............. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday............ 4.. vs. Milwaukee........ 7:30 p.m.
Monday........... 5.. at Memphis.......... 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday..... 7.. at Washington..... 7:00 p.m.
Thursday......... 8.. vs. Houston............ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday....... 10.. vs. Charlotte.......... 1:00 p.m.
Thursday...... 15.. Milwaukee (at London) 3:00 p.m.
Jan. Monday......... 19.. vs. New Orleans..... 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday.. 21.. at Philadelphia.... 7:00 p.m.
Friday............ 23.. vs. Orlando............. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday...... 24.. at Charlotte......... 7:00 p.m.
Monday......... 26.. vs. Sacramento...... 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday... 28.. vs. Oklahoma City...... 8:00 p.m.
Thursday...... 29.. at Indiana............ 8:00 p.m.
Feb. Sunday............ 1.. vs. L.A. Lakers....... 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday.......... 3.. vs. Boston.............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday............. 6.. at Brooklyn.......... 7:00 p.m.
Saturday......... 7.. vs. Golden State.... 7:30 p.m.
Monday........... 9.. at Miami............... 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday.. 11.. at Orlando........... 7:00 p.m.
Friday............ 20.. vs. Miami................ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday.......... 22.. vs. Cleveland.......... 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday.. 25.. at Boston............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday........... 27.. at Detroit............. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday....... 28.. vs. Toronto............. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. Wednesday..... 4.. at Indiana............ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday......... 7.. vs. Indiana............. 7:30 p.m.
Monday........... 9.. at Denver............. 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday....... 10.. at Utah................. 9:00 p.m.
Thursday...... 12.. at L.A. Lakers... 10:30 p.m.
Saturday...... 14.. at Golden State. 10:30 p.m.
Sunday......... 15.. at Phoenix........... 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday........ 17.. vs. San Antonio..... 7:30 p.m.
Thursday....... 19.. vs. Minnesota......... 7:30 p.m.
Friday........... 20.. at Philadelphia.... 7:00 p.m.
Sunday......... 22.. at Toronto............ 4:00 p.m.
Monday......... 23.. vs. Memphis........... 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday... 25.. vs. L.A. Clippers..... 7:00 p.m.
Friday............ 27.. vs. Boston.............. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday...... 28.. at Chicago........... 8:00 p.m.
Apr. Wednesday..... 1.. vs. Brooklyn........... 7:30 p.m.
Friday............. 3.. at Washington..... 7:00 p.m.
Sunday............ 5.. vs. Philadelphia..... 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday..... 8.. vs. Indiana............. 7:30 p.m.
Friday............ 10.. vs. Milwaukee........ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday...... 11.. at Orlando........... 7:00 p.m.
Monday........ 13.. at Atlanta............ 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday... 15.. vs. Detroit.............. 8:00 p.m.
|2 years ago||'04 #11253|
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It’s the middle of August, but the schedule is out, and here are five Knicks games I am looking forward to:
1. Knicks vs. Bulls, Oct. 29: Carmelo Anthony flirted with joining the Bulls before finally staying. Now he gets to see what could’ve been when the Knicks face the Bulls for the first time on opening night. Instead of getting Melo, Chicago added Pau Gasol. The Bulls should be the second-best team in the East this season.
2. Knicks at Cavaliers, Oct. 30: Carmelo versus LeBron ... with K-Love. The East now runs through Cleveland, and Melo and LeBron James renew their rivalry with James back in Ohio -- and playing in his first home game since his return to town. Kevin Love is set to be traded to the Cavs later this month, making Cleveland the favorites to win the East. The Knicks? They're not contenders yet, but it will be good for Phil Jackson to see how his team matches up with the Cavs, and exactly what he needs to add next summer when the Knicks have cap space.
3. Knicks at Nets, Nov. 7: Remember all that trash talk from last summer about who runs this town? Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd are gone, but both teams should still be engaged when they face each other. With both franchises splitting All-Star Weekend duties this season, James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov's crews will have to play nice, but bragging rights help.
4. Knicks at Mavericks, Nov. 26: Remember that trade the Knicks made before the draft? Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton will. While Chandler was ready for a new start elsewhere, he and Felton will be motivated to show the Knicks and Phil they can play.
5. Knicks vs. Warriors, Feb. 7: Derek Fisher versus Steve Kerr. The two first-time head coaches match wits as Phil watches on. Kerr was Phil’s first choice before Kerr opted to coach the Warriors instead. Kerr has the better team right now. But let’s see how Fisher counters Kerr and get an idea of how good two of Phil’s protégés are.
|2 years ago||'04 #11254|
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Carmelo Anthony took a $5 million pay cut on his new contract, but it appears he took a bigger cut in weight. According to an Anthony confidant, Anthony has done so in order to resemble his physique as a rookie with the Nuggets and to be more viable in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.
A photo of Anthony this week on his Instagram showed what appeared to be a dramatic weight loss since the season ended. Anthony, who turned 30 on May 29, looks younger with the weight loss.
“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’
Anthony was listed at 230 pounds as a Denver rookie in 2003 and appears to be close to that goal. Last season, the 6-foot-8 Anthony was listed in the Knicks preseason media guide at 240, but likely played at least 5 to 10 pounds heavier as the season wore on.
Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris, a Long Island product, worked out three times with Anthony in June at the Terminal 23 gym Anthony owns in midtown. Harris noticed a major difference in his appearance. “He looked real good,’’ Harris told The Post recently.
According to a source, the Harris camp was told Anthony was working out three times a day, doing basketball drills, agility drills, weights and yoga.
With regard to his diet, Anthony has followed LeBron James’ lead in a mostly no-carb diet. But Anthony has a history of crash diets and “fasting.’’
During the 2012-13 season, Anthony claimed he was on a “15-day fast’’ and blamed a slump on it.
“I haven’t had a good meal in about 2 ¹/₂ weeks,’’ Anthony said after a poor performance in January 2013. “No meats, no carbs, anything like that. … But I surrender, I’m done. I’m going to get some food right now. I’m going to get me the biggest steak I can possibly get.’’
When he was with Denver, he told reporters he was observing a three-week “Daniel Fast,’’ which bans meat and wine and promotes eating vegetables and fruits.
Because former coach Mike Woodson played Anthony a lot at power forward the past two seasons, it would have been unwise to drop too much weight. However, team president Phil Jackson sees Anthony more as the starting small forward this season.
The toothpick-thin Reggie Miller said James and Anthony are being wise.
“It will prolong their career,’’ Miller told TMZ. “You carry on too much weight, it shortens longevity of a basketball player especially later on. You get up in years, it’s less wear and tear on your body. It’s actually pretty smart.’’
Anthony also was not nearly as effective in the fourth quarters last season, especially in the final minute. His clutch-shooting stats were awful and that may have been due to fatigue.
|2 years ago||'04 #11255|
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Ex-Knicks GM Glen Grunwald has taken his talents to Canada.
Grunwald, who was fired as Knicks GM less than a week before training camp last season, has accepted a position as Director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I’ve always had an interest in university athletics and working in administration,” Grunwald said by phone earlier this month. “I’ve always thought this would be a fun and rewarding job to have.”
Grunwald was in the mix for the Memphis Grizzlies opening that eventually went to Ed Stefanski. He said that the search firm looking to fill the McMaster position contacted him to see if he knew of any quality candidates. Naturally, Grunwald nominated himself.
“They have good facilities, they have successful programs ... there’s a lot of good things going on there,” Grunwald said of McMaster, ranked annually as one of Canada’s top universities. “It’s got a really good vibe so hopefully I can enhance and build upon the good work that’s already been done before me.”
Grunwald certainly did that as Knicks GM.
The team he put together won 54 regular season games, a division title and a first-round playoff series in 2013.
Grunwald was surprisingly fired in the offseason by Knicks owner James Dolan. Dolan replaced Grunwald with Steve Mills, who is currently the team’s GM under president Phil Jackson.
“My last year there I was happy about the success that the team had. I wished I would have had the opportunity to continue there, but it didn’t work out and now it’s time for everyone to move on,” Grunwald said. “But it was great working for New York and the Knicks. I owe a lot to [former president and GM] Isiah Thomas for bringing me there and [ex GM] Donnie Walsh for keeping me and then Jim Dolan gave me the opportunity to be the GM for a while so I appreciate all of those guys and their support and I wish them all the best.”
Added Grunwald: “They’re in good hands with Phil Jackson and it will be interesting to see how things develop there. He certainly has a track record of success.”
|2 years ago||'04 #11256|
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With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.
Today's question: Who should be in the Knicks’ starting lineup this fall?
Derek Fisher could have some interesting lineup decisions on his hands.
Whom will he start at shooting guard? Will Fisher play Carmelo Anthony at power forward or move him back to small forward? Will it even matter in the Knicks' new offense?
What about Amar'e Stoudemire? And what's the best way to use Andrea Bargnani?
All of these questions will have to be answered in the weeks leading up to the regular season.
For now, we'd like to present two lineup options for Fisher, along with pros and cons for both.
Before getting into the lineup combinations, we should note that traditional positions aren’t as relevant in the Knicks’ new triangle offense as they are in other offenses. The idea for the Knicks is to find the best combination of talent to maximize the potential of the offense.
With that in mind, we present the options. Take a look, and let us know which starting five you prefer:
1. Start Tim Hardaway Jr. at forward; bring J.R. Smith off the bench: This lineup would feature a backcourt of Jose Calderon and Iman Shumpert with Hardaway Jr. at a forward spot.
Anthony would play at the other forward spot with Samuel Dalembert or Jason Smith starting at center.
Pro: You have one of the top young shooters in the NBA on the floor in Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr. hit 36.3 percent of his 3s last season, the top mark among rookies who made at least 55 3s. By pairing Hardaway Jr. with Shumpert, you give Hardaway Jr. some help on the defensive end. Hardaway Jr. struggled at times on defense as a rookie. So the success of this lineup could hinge in part on how much Hardaway Jr. has improved on defense. Last season, the Knicks gave up 111.8 points per 100 possessions with Hardaway Jr. on the floor (or 5.4 more than when he was on the bench).
Con: The Knicks had some successful runs with Smith as a starter last season. New York went 15-11 in games in which Smith started and Shumpert came off the bench. As a starter, Smith also shot 43.6 percent from beyond the arc in the final 21 games of last season. Would he be able to shoot as effectively coming off the bench?
2. Start Smith and Hardaway Jr.; bring Shumpert off the bench: This lineup would feature Calderon in the backcourt with Smith and Hardaway Jr. interchangeable between the 2 and 3 positions. Anthony would be at the other forward spot with either Dalembert or Smith at center.
Pro: You probably wouldn't have much trouble finding a scorer in this lineup with Anthony, Smith and Hardaway Jr. on the floor. The trio of Carmelo, J.R. and Hardaway Jr. was three-fifths of one of the Knicks' best lineups last season. With those three on the floor along with Tyson Chandler and Pablo Prigioni, New York outscored opponents by 12.1 points per 100 possessions (though it should be noted that this lineup was on the floor together for just 50 minutes last season).
It would seem the interior defender in this lineup is critical. All other lineups (besides the one mentioned above) with Anthony, Hardaway Jr. and Smith on the floor gave up more points than they scored.
Con: Defense may be an issue with this lineup regardless of who plays center. Shumpert is widely known as the team's top perimeter defender. With Shumpert off the floor, will Smith and Hardaway Jr. have trouble guarding their positions?
Last season, the Knicks were outscored at a rate of 5.6 points per 100 possessions when Smith and Hardaway Jr. shared the floor (approximately 1,065 minutes, per Basketball-Reference.) Will the Knicks' team defense coalesce well enough to compensate for Smith and Hardaway Jr.?
When thinking about this lineup, it's worth considering that, based on net rating, Smith and Shumpert were the Knicks' top two-man combo last season. When they shared the floor (for 830 minutes), the Knicks outscored opponents by 10 points per 100 possessions.
|2 years ago||'04 #11257|
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After mulling between the NBA Development League and European clubs, New York draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided to play next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.
Antetokounmpo considered several significant contract offers in Europe if he elected to pass on a consecutive season in the D-League, but Knicks management made clear that it hoped Antetokounmpo would remain within the organization in 2014-15.
For now, the Knicks plan for Antetokounmpo to sign directly with Westchester, meaning no training camp deal, sources told RealGM. This allows the Knicks to maintain his rights into the D-League, leaving him off the available market as a free agent should he be released in camp.
Throughout Antetokounmpo’s decision-making process, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills reaffirmed their long-term vision for the 22-year-old forward, sources said. The Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts at 15.
Antetokounmpo – the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo – was New York’s 51st overall selection in the NBA Draft in June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo showcased his defensive activity in five summer league appearances for the Knicks, and he averaged three points and nearly two rebounds per game.
Louis Labeyrie, the Knicks’ No. 57 pick in the draft, will continue to develop with his French team in Paris and could start discussions on an NBA contract next summer, a source told RealGM.
A scouted talent out of Greece, Antetokounmpo started his professional career a year ago with Delaware of the D-League. He averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for Delaware.
|2 years ago||'04 #11259|
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NEW YORK -- A confident Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks will create a "new culture" and "new identity" this season and leave any remnants of last season's 37-win nightmare in the rearview mirror.
"I don't think we will have another season like we had last year. When I say, 'I believe that we will make the playoffs,' that's where I'm coming from. I think we will have a much better season than we did last year," Anthony said on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he served as a coach in a celebrity basketball game sponsored by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano's charities. "As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it's hard to say that right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I'm confident in what we're about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason."
Anthony tested free agency over the summer and was courted by several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. He ultimately decided to re-sign with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract.
Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was "close" to leaving New York.
"It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more," he said. "This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York."
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse's national championship-winning 2003 team, said earlier this week that Anthony would have left New York if Phil Jackson hadn't joined the organization as president.
Anthony smiled when Boeheim's marks were relayed to him.
"I haven’t heard that. I know [Boeheim] says some crazy stuff. That’s my guy. He’s been the same way for 40 years. But at the end of the day, man, with what we’re trying to create here in New York, it’s a new culture and a new identity, and we’re trying to create that," Anthony said. "As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil, I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters."
Anthony said that he has spent time recently playing with teammates J.R. Smith, Cleanthony Early and Tim Hardaway Jr. at his gym in New York and commended Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert's offseason workouts.
"Everybody is just putting in the proper work. I think with the new energy that we have now with the team and the coaches, everybody is just excited to get back," he said.
Anthony and the Knicks will have to learn a new offense this season. First-year head coach Derek Fisher is expected to implement Jackson's triangle offense.
"It's something that's not going to happen overnight. That's why I'm kind of getting into it right now and kind of studying it and learning it and just trying to figure out where I'm going to be at on the court," Anthony said. "It's not about really me, it's about everybody else. If everybody's not on the same page in the triangle, then the triangle is not going to work. So it's about everybody coming together, playing they're role and doing what they have to do to make it work."
Anthony acknowledged that teams in the Eastern Conference have improved. But he sounds confident in the improvements the Knicks have made, which include trading for Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, and signing free-agent forward/center Jason Smith.
"Regardless of who got better, I believe we got better. I believe [our team] has gotten better than last year," Anthony said. "I know what I went through last year from an emotional standpoint, and I don’t want to feel that again."
Question: Do you agree with Carmelo Anthony that the Knicks create a culture of winning this season under Phil Jackson?
|2 years ago||'04 #11260|
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J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season.
He wants to help the Knicks make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor.
All of these are normal goals for any NBA player.
But Smith has one goal that may surprise you:
"Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around. A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out."
Smith is going into his 11th season, so he has the experience to take on a leadership role. But will he be able to transition from a player who has gotten into trouble, both on and off the court, to a player whom the Knicks organization can count on in a leadership role?
That's the goal.
"Just 'show instead of say' and stuff like that," Smith, speaking at his fundraiser for the J.R. Smith Youth Foundation at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, said when asked about his leadership approach. "'Sheed [Rasheed Wallace], J Kidd [Jason Kidd] -- those guys led by example and that's what I'm going to try to do."
Smith was involved in several incidents last season that drew the ire of the Knicks. Whether or not that compromises his ability to lead is a debate we'll leave for fans and members of the organization.
When it comes to on-court matters, Smith said he feels fully healthy coming into the season, which is different from how he was feeling last summer following offseason knee surgery.
The procedure hampered him early in the season and impacted his production. Smith found his form later in the season, hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers in a starting role in the last six weeks of the season.
Now that he is fully healthy, Smith expects to produce on a more consistent basis this season. He also agrees with teammate and longtime friend Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks will be a playoff team this season after winning just 37 games in 2013-14.
"Absolutely. We should be," Smith said. "We should have been one last year. This year, definitely."
Helping the youth: Through his youth foundation, Smith hopes to help young athletes in and around New Jersey. One of the goals of the foundation is to expose young athletes to golf. Smith is an avid golfer and hopes to show young athletes around his hometown of Lakewood, New Jersey, the benefits of the sport.
"My goal is just to help kids who have certain talents who don't really have a chance to be seen. There are people that can put them in positions they want to be. I just want to help make the extra push to the youth," Smith said. "Especially in this area, we've got a lot of young talent that gets lost in the numbers.
"I just want to show kids a different side of sports. So many people play basketball, baseball, football. Once they get around [golf], they'll realize it's fun. I just want to open the door to show them they have options."
Knicks a.ssistant GM Allan Houston and ex-Knick John Starks also attended Smith's fundraiser on Thursday.