Report: Anthony ‘Hurt’ Knicks Ignored Advice To Pass On Smith
NEW YORK (WFAN) — It appears Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony wasn’t too keen on reuniting with J.R. Smith.
According to the New York Post, Anthony gave the front office a “thumbs down” regarding his former Denver teammate. The All-Star was “hurt” that New York ignored his advice and chose instead to sign the guard, a source told the paper.
The Knicks were the talk of the town when they inked Smith last month. Now the mania surrounding point guard Jeremy Lin seems to be fizzling out — and the losses are piling up.
Smith has averaged 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds over 10 games. The Knicks — losers of five straight — are just 3-7 over that span.
Then again, the team has lost seven of nine since Anthony’s return to the lineup.
“It’s not fun. Right now we’re finding ways to lose games, rather than finding ways to win them,” Anthony said after Sunday’s 106-94 loss to Philadelphia.
He added: “Regardless of what they’re saying in the stands, boos or whatever, we’ve gotta block that out and play basketball.”
Smith made headlines late last week for posting a photo of a semi-nude woman to his Twitter account.
The NBA fined him $25,000 Saturday for the racy tweet.
“I definitely regret it,” he said Friday. “It takes away from our team. Anytime I do anything that takes away from our team, I’m definitely going to regret it.”
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