Everyone knows that the Knicks are counting on JR Smith to help them get that elusive championship and stop the city from being taken over by the Nets. Well to do that, they will need JR Smith to grow up. Carmelo Anthony seems to have had a chat with JR about stepping up:
“I had a heart-to-heart with him,” Anthony said Thursday at the Tools for Teachers Initiative in Brooklyn, an event involving his foundation and a real estate development company where school supplies were distributed to over 100 teachers from all five boroughs. “I had a talk that two men should have. We had that conversation. It seemed like he took heed to what I was saying, so we shall see….
“The time is now,” Anthony said. “You’ve got to want to help yourself. Everybody else wants to help you, but if you don’t want to help yourself, then that’s defeating the purpose.”
Here’s the problem, JR has been successful enough acting this way and the Knicks just extended him. What real incentive does he have to actually “turn over a new leaf?”