J.R. Smith’s brother packed up and left D-League Knicks affiliate team
The New York Knicks probably hope J.R. Smith will follow in his brother Chris Smith’s footsteps and hit the bricks. However, with several millions of dollars on the line, J.R. isn’t likely going anywhere. The same cannot be said for Chris, who decided to take the high road after apparently not liking his playing time with the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks’ D-League affiliate team.
Before Erie released Chris Smith today, he had packed up and left team several days ago, source tells Yahoo. Didn’t like his playing time.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 4, 2014
Apparently, Chris Smith had several run-ins with the Knicks coaching staff. Playing time was a factor, but Smith’s roster spot with the Knicks was always questioned as nepotism. Although never investigated, many NBA aficionados believed that Chris was only on the team because the Knicks made him a package deal in order to resign older brother J.R. Smith. This season has been a nightmare for the Knicks and it might not be long until J.R. finds himself on the waiver wire with his brother.