No respect I tell ya! Chris Smith has gone from being known as JR Smith’s brother to unfortunately the Rodney Dangerfield of the league. Last week Sports Illustrated released an article called “Knicks Paying over $2 million for JR Smith’s brother to play in D-League” (as if 2 million for the Knicks is a big deal considering all of the huge contracts they have taken on over the past decade) and then the week ended with Chris getting caught up in a Twitter squabble between Brandon Jennings and his brother. Meanwhile, all Chris Smith has been doing is staying positive, out of trouble and playing the game he loves while waiting for his opportunities.
This weekend, Chris was activated but didn’t get any PT in the Knicks loss to the Hawks but it wasn’t the DNP that was disrespectful to Chris. While the Knicks were leaving the floor during a break, Chris got off the bench and was giving guys low-fives but was rejected by a frustrated Amare. The reason for Amare’s frustration was he didn’t do much more (5 points & 2 rebounds) than Chris Smith in 14 minutes of PT. As for JR, he only hit 3 of 18 shots but I’m expecting a big bounce back game tomorrow night when JR and the Knicks take on Brandon Jennings and the Pistons.
Source: The awesome Ben Chew at That NBA Lottery Pick