What would a day around the New York Knicks be without a little bit of internal drama?
With the Knicks about as low as low can be, Knicks guard J.R. Smith figured he had all the answers over the weekend when he told reporters the reasons for the Knicks struggles.
“It’s not a mental thing, it’s a heart thing,” he said, per ESPN New York’s Ian Begley.
While even a blind person can watch this team and see that is true, apparently Amar’e Stoudemire disagrees.
OK, maybe STAT doesn’t completely disagree, but he disagrees with who sent the message.
Stoudemire responded to Smith’s comments by taking a shot of his own at the controversial Smith, who has proved to be nothing more than a distraction just one year after winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season.
“You have to look at yourself in the mirror before we make statements,” Stoudemire explained when asked about Smith’s comments, via the New York Post‘s Marc Berman. “We got to make sure you’re playing hard first. You take care of yourself and then everyone else will follow suit. Until you do it yourself, then you can lead by example.”
The problem here isn’t what Smith said.
The problem is Smith isn’t the one who should be delivering the message.
Smith is guilty as anyone of lacking heart and lacking passion. That’s not to single him out and say he is the only one as it is a team-wide problem.
However this message coming from Smith is a bit laughable.
Good for Stoudemire for telling Smith to look in the mirror, but STAT must take his own advice and do the same.
Want to know why the Knicks have lost six straight, 12-of-14 overall, with the last three coming by an average of 22 points?
Want to know why the Knicks are 18 games under .500, with the league’s second-highest payroll?
They’re a laughingstock because stuff like this goes on all of the time.
The Knicks will more than likely be sitting the postseason out, but while they have been an embarrassment on the floor, they make a sportswriter’s job very easy off the floor.