7:58 AM EDT, Sat September 20, 2014

More mature J.R. ready to bounce back

NEW YORK –- J.R. Smith never quite felt like himself last season. Coming off surgery to repair the patellar tendon and meniscus tears in his left knee, the shooter couldn't get comfortable nor did he have the kind of mobility he had in the past. Frustration and losses mounted, and Smith admits he only made things more difficult on himself with his shoelace antics, which led to $50,000 in fines. “I am not going to put it all on the injury," Smith said.

J.R.: Pranks are fine, but fines aren't

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith said he would continue to untie his opponents’ shoelaces -- if there weren’t any fines involved. J.R. Smith#8 SGNew York Knicks 2014 STATS GM74 PPG14.5 RPG4.0 APG3.0 FG%.415 FT%.652Smith was fined $50,000 by the NBA last season for his shoelace stunts in consecutive games. “I do care about the fines because it’s loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun,” Smith http://bleacherreport.
New York Post Aug 26, 2014

J.R. Smith says he’s ‘one of best shooters’ ever, cites Wikipedia

Ah, this is the defiant, outraged, boastful J.R. Smith we’ve been missing. Late Monday night, Smith — whose quiet summer had been marked by closed workouts with Carmelo Anthony and...

Melo workouts draw Durant, J.R. & others

To get in playing shape before training camp, many NBA players head to warm weather cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami to workout. But last week, some of the biggest names in the NBA were training out a couple blocks away from Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony hosted workouts at his Terminal 23 gym in midtown Manhattan last week that included Kevin Durant, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson, Kemba Walker, Nerlens Noel and David Lee, among others.
New York Post Aug 22, 2014

J.R. Smith, with no hint of sarcasm, aims to ‘be a leader’

J.R. Smith the leader? No, he’s serious. The enigmatic Knicks shooting guard said in an interview with ESPN New York he wants to “be a leader” this year, to show...
Rotoworld Aug 22, 2014

J.R. Smith wants to be a leader this season - J.R. Smith (G/F) New York Knicks

J.R. Smith said he wants to be a leader for the Knicks this season.

J.R.'s goal for the season: 'Be a leader'

J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season. He wants to help the Knicks to make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor. All of these are normal goals for any NBA player. But Smith has one goal that may surprise you: "Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around.

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