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Smith is another Knick with a not-so-squeaky-clean past.
Nine years in, J.R. Smith's career has been as eventful as NBA careers come.
The New Jersey native was drafted by the Hornets, where he spent the first two seasons of his career. He was then shipped to the Chicago Bulls in a deal involving Tyson Chandler, but was dealt to the Denver Nuggets before ever logging a minute with the Bulls.
In Denver, J.R. blossomed into one of the league's more explosive scorers, as well as one of its most explosive personalities. He scored 14 points per game in his Nuggets career as a sixth man, but never shot more than 45 percent from the field in any season.
With Denver, Smith was involved in a brawl with the Knicks, where him and Nate Robinson took their wrestling match into the first few rows of the Garden seats.
In his first trip to the playoffs, he and head coach George Karl had a falling out, courtesy of Smith's questionable shot selection that continues to doom him today. The following is from an ESPN.com article dated May 1, 2007.
"I have no idea what planet that came from," Karl told The Associated Press. Karl said he had drawn up a play to get the ball to Iverson or Anthony.
"And then, of course the one with eight seconds to go, from 50 feet," Karl said. "I just love the dignity of the game being insulted right in front of me."
Smith was involved in an incident in a nightclub before the 2007 season, which led to his suspension for the first three games of that year. That same year, Smith was also involved in a car accident and was charged with reckless driving. His friend was killed in the accident. He was suspended in 2009 for the incident.
As a Knick, Smith has been involved in a couple of social media-related incidents. Last season, J.R. tweeted out an inappropriate photo of model Tahiri which warranted a league fine.
Weeks ago, messages were leaked between Smith and a high school girl containing more explicit content. No league penalty has been handed down though, and Smith has been making light of the situation ever since.
On the court for New York, Smith has contributed a career-high 16.5 points, but has also added numerous occasions of poor shot selection and decision making. As it usually goes with J.R., they're taking the good with the bad.