Make way for one of those laugh-out-loud moments.
Chris Smith had several run-ins with the BayHawks coaching staff, which contributed to the decision to release him, sources tell ESPN NY.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 4, 2014
Per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Smith's off-court behavior factored into his departure:
Before Erie released Chris Smith today, he had packed up and left team several days ago, source tells Yahoo. Didn't like his playing time.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 4, 2014
Smith averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds on 35.4 percent shooting in 23 games with the BayHawks.
Smith, the younger brother of resident Knicks chucker J.R. Smith, was waived by the actual Knicks in December, presumably after New York decided it wasn't in the business of doing "Swish" any more favors.
Although Smith appeared in just two regular-season contests for a grand total of two minutes for the Knicks, he certainly left his mark on the organization.
Head coach Mike Woodson readily admitted in October that Smith's familial ties would factor into New York's decision to retain him or not.
"Sure, it does,” Woodson said at the time," per the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I look at [Chris] just like I look at J.R., though J.R. is the guy who played in a uniform and has been very productive for us. I have a great deal of respect for that family. That’s his brother. I respect that."
Woodson and the Knicks respected that so much, they offered Chris a roster spot, complete with a contract that became guaranteed if he was on their opening-day docket—which he was.
The shady backstory of how Smith came to wear orange and blue prompted a league-sanctioned investigation into the legitimacy of what the Knicks did. In the end, the NBA found no wrongdoing or proof the Smith brothers were a package deal made under the table.
"Chris has enough talent," a league official told Berman. "He could become an NBA player one day. Some teams do keep projects instead of players who can help right away, and Chris is one of those projects."
One opposing general manager disagreed.
Wojnarowski was told by a rival GM that Smith was "maybe the worst player in the history of the [NBA] summer league."
Conflicting reports and rumors of backdoor dealings made Smith's tenure in the NBA—and the Knicks in general—a joke. This whole saga is still a joke, because of how ridiculous it truly is.
But it's one the elder Smith won't find funny.
When his younger sibling was waived the first time, Smith took to Instagram to convey his displeasure:
Can we expect similar artistry this time around? We'll have to wait and see.
If Smith is looking to save time and cut corners, though, I've taken the liberty of crafting his next response for him:
Assuming J.R. Smith's next Instagram post or Tweet will look something like this: pic.twitter.com/7OijIVpqQM— Dan Favale (@danfavale) March 4, 2014
On the off chance that fails to meet Smith's standards, he could always go on shoelace-untying and headband-tugging binges. That would most definitely show the BayHawks and Knicks not to mess with the Smiths.
Jokes aside, let us offer our most sincere condolences to Chris.
Snarky comments continue to be made at his expense, and Swish's too, when really, it's the Knicks (and their affiliates) who continue to make a mockery of common sense and the NBA as we know it.