After establishing himself as a legitimate scoring option for the New York Knicks, J.R. Smith was supposed to take the next step in his career and be the guy that can be counted on if Carmelo Anthony didn't have it on any given night.
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Smith signed a three-year, $17.95 million deal with the team, a deal given to him because of the season he had the year before in which he proved he could be that kind of scoring threat the Knicks needed. But then Smith wasn't the kind of player the Knicks were hoping for last year as he missed a ton of shots and played very inconsistently and his contract came under heavy scrutiny by the media and fans.
It also likely didn't help Smith that he had knee surgery in the offseason last year to repair tears; it could have played a major factor in Smith's poor season. Either way, Smith admitted that he didn't feel like himself last season.
“I am not going to put it all on the injury," Smith said. "I did some stupid things that could have made it better. But it’s a learning experience. Between that [not being healthy] and the combination of myself –- yeah, I didn’t help the situation with the incidences,” Smith added of the negative perception some might have of him from last season. "But at the same time it was still a learning experience. I will take that."
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