Another day, another wrinkle to the J.R. Smith story. Smith did not play in the Knicks’ loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. And it’s unclear why. Knicks coach Mike Woodson benched Smith in the team’s win over Miami last Thursday after Smith was fined $50,000 for attempting to untie opponents’ shoelaces. He played in the Knicks’ next two games but was benched on Tuesday. It’s pretty strange that Woodson would bench Smith in the second game of a back-to-back.
J.R. Smith isn’t sure why he was benched on Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, but he thinks it would be “ridiculous” if the Knicks sat him against Charlotte for his shoelace incident. “For [the sneakers] to be the trigger point and for all this to happen is ridiculous,” Smith said, according to published reports. Yes, the Smith saga took another turn on Tuesday. To recap: Smith had been benched for the Knicks’ win over the Miami Heat last week after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his attempts to untie opponents’ shoelaces.
For much of the Knicks’ laggard start to this season, Mike Woodson had talked about the importance of getting Tyson Chandler back in the lineup for the team to reverse course and get back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
J.R. Smith methodically packed a foldable suitcase in the middle of the visiting dressing room late Tuesday night, an odd sight for anyone but the one Knick who quickly has fallen back into disfavor with Mike Woodson.
Amar’e Stoudemire still might rest his rehabbed knees in one of the Knicks’ two remaining games later this week, but the resurgent former All-Star enjoyed another strong game in Tuesday’s 108-98 loss to the Bobcats.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The return of center Tyson Chandler was not the answer. Chandler, battling back from bronchitis after missing the previous four games, appeared sluggish and Bobcats center Al…
Amar'e Stoudemire already has played more games than all of last season, and he continues to play well.
Mike Brown had no interest in rehashing his past with the Los Angeles Lakers — not right now, not with his new team struggling.
The Memphis Grizzlies celebrated the return of Marc Gasol with a victory over one of the league’s top teams — and one of their biggest rivals.
With Smith sitting on the bench again, the Knicks saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in Charlotte as Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points.
San Antonio’s W.N.B.A. franchise is changing its name from the Silver Stars to the Stars.
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for next month’s NBA All-Star game.
Paul George scored 31 points, making four 3-pointers, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points, Kemba Walker had 12 of his 25 in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped the New York Knicks’ five-game winning streak with a 108-98 victory Tuesday night.
In London to play the Hawks, Nets power forward felt “like a kid in a candy store” during a visit to storied Chelsea F.C.
The Bulls, who traded the All-Star forward Luol Deng to the Cavaliers on Jan. 7, are a team filled with veterans still intent on winning, and a front office squarely committed to the future.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol returned to action Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder after spraining a left knee ligament less than eight weeks ago.