NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Prior to his first game with the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, J.R. Smith shed some light on what the league-worst 5-33 Knicks are going through.

“Everybody in the building was pretty much walking on eggshells, so it’s kind of hard to prosper that way, especially when you’re not accustomed to it,” Smith told reporters. “But I’m sure they’ll get it right.”

Team president Phil Jackson traded both Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs on Monday night. On numerous occasions prior to getting traded, Smith admitted that he was struggling to adjust to the triangle offense under Jackson and first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

“I mean, it’s just difficult learning a new system, a new way to play,” the shooting guard said. “The whole culture over there pretty much changed. I mean, a lot of guys have certain routines when they get on the court, when they don’t get on the court. And all of that was so flip-flopped, and it kind of caught everybody off guard.”

After falling to the Wizards on Wednesday, the ‘Bockers set a new franchise record by losing 13 straight games.

Smith, meanwhile, had a rough debut with his new team. In a loss to the Rockets, the New Jersey native went scoreless in 18 minutes. Coming off the bench, he missed all five shots he took, turned the ball over twice and committed three fouls.

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