These days, it seems everyone has an opinion on J.R. Smith. Some say he’s foolish for pulling those shoelace stunts. Others say he shouldn’t be angry at the team for cutting his brother. Still, there are those who say the Knicks should only blame themselves for J.R.’s behavior because they’ve enabled it for so long before taking a stand in recent days. Really, though, the most important opinion on this matter is the one that belongs to Carmelo Anthony.
J.R. Smith’s benching in Charlotte Tuesday night may have been a direct result of Smith sitting most of the overtime in Monday’s win over Phoenix. According to a source, Smith was vocal with coach Mike Woodson about not starting the extra session against Phoenix after missing what would have been a game-winning shot at the end of regulation.
J.R. Smith is in many ways a charter member of Mike Woodson’s “accountability club,” a new initiative the head coach started in 2014 at the request of upper management. According to a team source, Garden chairman James Dolan and team president Steve Mills felt that Woodson wasn’t holding his players accountable amid the Knicks’ slow start, when they went 9-21.
Good luck trying to move a certified head case with two years to run on an $18 million contract, a damaged knee, an attitude problem, a penchant for getting into off-court trouble, and — how is this for the cherry on top? — he’s in the midst of a terrible season.
Mike Woodson believes that Carmelo Anthony, who intends to explore free agency this summer, will “retire” a Knick. Woodson addressed Anthony’s future in a radio interview Wednesday while expressing concern for the current state of the club.
Many details about how Greg Oden has been rehabilitating his body in an effort to resuscitate his career with the Miami Heat remain a mystery, even to his teammates.
The Los Angeles Clippers had every reason to quit down 17 points with 4 ½ minutes to go. They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end.
Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and the streaky Denver Nuggets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 123-116 on Wednesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 18 rebounds, scoring nine straight points that pulled Portland in front in the final four minutes, and the Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-96 on Wednesday night.
Washington’s 34-point lead over Miami shrank to single digits Wednesday night, but the Wizards held on for a 114-97 victory at home as the Heat’s Greg Oden played in his first game in more than four years.
Gerald Green had a strong second half to finish with a season high 28 points and lead the Phoenix Suns in a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets held on for their third straight victory, 103-100 over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bulls gave up a lot of talent when they decided to trade away Luol Deng last week.
Jared Sullinger was piling up the rebounds and needed an assist from sidelined guard Rajon Rondo to realize what was happening.
Raise your hand if you had Greg Oden as the Miami Heat MVP. Or if you had any inkling the Washington Wizards were capable of taking a 34-point lead against the two-time defending champs.
Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs escaped a late rally to beat the Utah Jazz 109-105 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to six games.
Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their season-high fourth straight game, 82-77 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
The Golden State Warriors have been searching for a suitable backup to point guard Stephen Curry since veteran Jarrett Jack signed with Cleveland as a free agent last summer.
After competing for 25 years in Europe, changing clubs 15 times and living in five countries, Darryl Middleton has advice, a lot of it, to pass along to American players considering a tour abroad.
Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-92 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Rajon Rondo moved closer to returning to the court almost a year after injuring his right knee, going through a test workout at the team’s practice facility in the afternoon and then joining his Celtics teammates for warmups before Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
INDIANAPOLIS — Carmelo Anthony remembers the feeling last May, walking off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after a Roy Hibbert block, after the Pacers had knocked the Knicks into…