Well, nobody ever accused J.R. Smith of lacking confidence.
Shot selection? Sure. General judgment skills? Absolutely. But confidence? No, sir.
Fresh off of a truly abysmal performance in the New York Knicks' Eastern Conference semifinal defeat to the Indiana Pacers, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year told reporters that he'd kind of like to stick around the Big Apple for a while:
Ian Begley @IanBegley
JR Smith, who will likely test free-agency, says he wants to retire as a Knick. #Knicks2013-5-19 03:36:46
Well of course he does. New York does have excellent nightlife.
Smith will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he'll have a few options. But with the way he finished out his playoff run with the Knicks, it's hard to imagine that his employer is as jazzed about his potential return (and apparent desire to stay put for a long time) as he seems to be.
I mean, he didn't exactly leave the best impression in his final games this year:
Matt Winer @matt_winer
Not to pile on...but it seems appropriate the series ended on a J.R. Smith miss...He finished 26 of 90 for the series (28.9%)2013-5-19 02:54:32
The Knicks certainly aren't laughing about Smith's horrendous offensive showing against the Pacers, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to clam up. After all, making jokes at the expense of others is sort of what Twitter is for, isn't it?
"Which is why I started retiring 2 weeks ago." RT @FisolaNYDN: J.R. Smith, who will become a free agent, says he wants to retire as a Knick.2013-5-19 03:34:20
Seriously, though, the Knicks are really going to have to figure out whether Smith's production is worth the headache of his inconsistency. When Smith catches fire, he's capable of taking over games. But as an overall asset, he's basically a one-dimensional scorer who gets his points in an extremely inefficient way. Just try to guess which game this tweet came from:
J.R. Smith is now 1-10 FG on the night. He's shooting 23% in the series (12-52).2013-5-15 00:47:23
It's tough, right? Really, it could have been from almost any contest that involved Smith. Horrible shooting performances are that common for him. Worse still, he almost never stops shooting, no matter how cold he gets. Knicks coach Mike Woodson has to sit him down in order for there to be a cease fire.
Maybe Smith will be back with the Knicks. If he is, it'll signal that New York hasn't yet realized that low-percentage, high-volume offensive players were part of the problem with the team this year.
It's cool that Smith is professing his loyalty after a loss, but it's hard to imagine that the Knicks are feeling the same love right now.