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New York Knicks: J.R. Smith talks Knicks, Golf with Golf Digest

Yesterday, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith sat down for an interview with Golf Digest at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Here are the highlights from his interview:

On playing golf with fellow NBA players:

“I play with Chris Paul and Steph Curry. Steph is definitely the best guy I play with. He’s unbelievable. I played with [Chris Anderson] when we were in Denver. I’ve played with Jason Kidd. He’s good. And I want to play with Ray Allen. I heard he’s really good. None of my teammates play. I try, but it doesn’t really work. I try to get Melo out there, but he’s too scared to play with me.”

On golf helping him on the court:

“[Golf] is a second-shot game. And in basketball, whether you make it or miss it, you’ve got to focus on your next shot. It helps me to focus and lock in.”

On the NBA Playoffs:

“Actually, I haven’t watched a game. When my team is out of it, I tune it out. It’s a long season. Six and a half months, 82 games, plus everything else.”

On Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson and the team’s future:

“I’m extremely excited. Phil is a championship coach, of course, a championship guy. He’s won so many times, so I’m eager to see what he does.”

Smith also took to Instagram to show off a photo with The Players Championship trophy, saying he plans “on winning one of these after basketball” and that it “will go great with my NBA Championship trophy one day!” Of course, through 10 NBA seasons — three with the Knicks — J.R. has not won an NBA championship.

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