J.R. Smith

The New York Knicks during the game against the Phoenix Suns on December 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Santa Schmeelk Hands Out His Annual Christmas Gifts To The Knicks

As the annual tradition goes, Santa Schmeelk is coming to town and presenting the Knicks with some gifts to help them get through this usually joyous, but now painful time of year.

12/24/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks looks on after a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Should Trade J.R. Smith For Anything With A Pulse

The Knicks should be jumping at a chance to trade him for anything with a pulse (or not) that has an expiring contract this season.

12/23/2014

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

7 Local Athletes Who Haven’t Been Themselves This Season

There’s usually at least one underperformer on every team, whether it’s because he’s failed to live up to the hype, regressed or just been going through a rough patch. Here are seven from the local teams.

12/10/2014

Phil Jackson (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Are Bordering On Irrelevance, But They Must Resist Panic Moves

Things are bad, and usually these types of circumstances prompt James Dolan to swoop in and do something ill-conceived.

12/04/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks on November 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Shooting Guard Has Become A Black Hole For Knicks

The Knicks’ shooting-guard position was supposed to be a strength this year, but so far it has been an absolute disaster.

12/02/2014

Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and nine rebounds in the Knicks' 109-93 win over Denver on Nov. 16, 2014. (credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith Help Knicks Snap 7-Game Skid

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak with a 109-93 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

11/17/2014

J.R. Smith puts up a three-pointer in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic on November 12, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith Insists He Took ‘Right Shot’ At Buzzer In Loss To Magic

The ball never got to Carmelo Anthony, who appeared to be calling for it. “If I forced it into him, what kind of shot will he really have — a turnaround, fadeaway?” Smith said.

11/13/2014

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher speaks to his team during practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Dissecting Knicks’ Issues In The Triangle

There’s an adjustment that has to happen, but as coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson have both said, the team isn’t making basketball plays when the system affords the opportunities.

11/12/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images); Joe Johnson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Still Developing Identities, Knicks And Nets Set To Meet At Barclays

The New York Knicks are still laboring with their new triangle offense and that could make it challenging for them to extend a three-game win streak in Brooklyn.

11/07/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks goes up for a shot against the Washington Wizards during a game at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

WATCH: J.R. Smith Hits Glen Rice Jr. In The Groin; Gets 1-Game Suspension

In the fourth quarter, with the Knicks down double-digits, the shooting guard hit Glen Rice Jr. in the groin. Rice Jr. immediately fell to the ground, though it’s unclear whether the shot was intentional.

11/05/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the game on November 2, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Knicks, Pacers Have Discussed J.R. Smith-Chris Copeland Trade

Copeland, a 6-foot-8 small forward, played for the Knicks in 2012-13 before signing a two-year, $6 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2013. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.

11/03/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James' homecoming at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Sorry, LeBron! Knicks Bounce Back In Big Way To Spoil James’ Homecoming

Cleveland, after waiting months to celebrate LeBron James’ return with a rip-roaring party, was in a state of shock following a 95-90 loss to the Knicks on Thursday night.

10/31/2014

Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls drives around J.R. Smith during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 29, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Phil Jackson Says Knicks ‘Not Ready For Showtime’ After Opening Night Dud

“Embarrassed? No, I am not embarrassed,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “We will get better. I believe that.” But it’s not about to get any easier.

10/30/2014

The New York Knicks during open practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: In Transition Season, Knicks Will Finish Over .500 And Make Playoffs

I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.

10/29/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket as Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors defends and Quincy Acy #4 of the New York Knicks looks on during their preseason NBA game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: 10 Questions That Will Determine The Knicks’ Success

Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.

10/28/2014

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