JR Smith Apparently Doesn't Know About Phil Jackson Rumors

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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2014

Sometimes ignorance is bliss—though probably not when you might be getting a new boss.

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith will be working for an organization that looks like it'll be under new management in the next few months.

According to Black Sports Online's Robert Littal, Smith doesn't seem too worried about it:

This developing story seems like something Smith should pay attention to, as Phil Jackson is the man who could determine his future in New York.

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the deal is all but wrapped up:

All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks' offer to join the club's front office, according to a league source...

...The sides are still working out the details, including what Jackson's title will be, how much time he will spend in New York and when in the next few months he will start his job.

Jackson's answer is expected to become official within the next day or so. The Knicks have not scheduled an announcement.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski shared another side of the story:

Whatever happens, The Knicks are after Jackson with the intention of having him make some big decisions. They have the second-highest payroll in the NBA according to Sham Sports, and that hasn't translated to many wins this season.

The front office needs to shake things up, and Smith could be on the chopping block. His field-goal percentage of 39.3 is tied for a career low, and he's been in the news for the wrong reasons several times this season.

There isn't much context showing whether or not Smith was joking (either way wouldn't be surprising). And watching the Golf Channel can be relaxing. But Smith should probably pay at least some attention to the news that directly impacts his future.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.

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