Melo Unconcerned About’s J.R. Late-Night Partying

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony says he’s not worried that teammate J.R. Smith is partying too much.

Amid a massive slump in the last four playoff games, Smith has reportedly been out clubbing late night with singer Rihanna at Greenhouse in SoHo on Tuesday and at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club on Saturday.

“I don’t want to speak on that,” Anthony said Thursday after practice. “To me he’s focused now. He’s here with us. When he’s here he’s here. Whatever he’s doing in his spare time, he does in his spare time.”

In his last four games since being suspended in Game 4 against the Celtics, Smith is shooting 15-for-57 (26 percent) and 7-for-24 from the arc (29 percent) while averaging 13 points. In the Knicks’ 105-79 rout in Game 2 on Tuesday, Smith shot 3-for-15 for eight points, including 1-for-7 from the arc.

In the first three games against Boston, Smith averaged 16.3 points on 43 percent shooting.

“He says he’s in a little slump now, but I don’t really believe in slumps,” Anthony said. “If you tell yourself you’re in a slump then you will be in a slump.”

He added: “My thing to J.R. is I want him to remain positive regardless of what’s going on off the court, what ‘s being said about him,” Anthony said.

Smith ducked out of practice without speaking to the media, Anthony said he doesn’t believe in slumps and isn’t overly concerned about Smith’s recent performance.

“I don’t think he will be in a so-called slump for much longer,” Anthony said. “He’s in here working. The only way you’re going to get out of a so-called slump is put more work in and he’s been doing that so we just need him to be J.R. back out there, playing basketball, having fun, feeling positive on the court.”

Woodson said Wednesday on the radio that he might “pull” Smith if he felt the “need,” but seemed to back off those comments Thursday.

“Shooters go through it and he’s just gotta think every time he pulls up to shoot a shot or he goes to the rim, that he’s going to make the shot,” Woodson said. “You can’t back away from it. We’ve all gone through it as players throughout our careers.

“I got faith and I believe in J.R. so eventually he’ll break loose and when he does he’ll be back to J.R. again and that’s going to help us even more I think.”

After struggling through a a 4-for-11 shooting performance for 10 points in the first half of Game 2, Anthony seemed to adjust his game by taking the ball to the basket on several plays instead of settling for jumpers.

Asked if Smith needed to do something similar, Anthony said he wasn’t in favor of Smith changing his game.

“”We need J.R. to just be aggressive,” Anthony said. “We want him to play his game, whatever that may be, whether it’s shooting jump shots, driving to the basket, we want him to play his game.

“I don’t want him to alter his game for anything. We want him to continue the same things he’s been doing all season long…Whatever it is, remain positive throughout this whole process becasue it’s not going to happen in one day.”

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58 comments
Orest321
Orest321

Rontez Miles Safety

Unexpected athlete who breaks down well and possesses a great closing burst. . Rapid up the field protecting the run and screen passes, places into tackles then wraps them up


Orest321
Orest321

Durrel Eskridge Strong Safety

Ideal edge with comprehensive shoulders and room for extra muscle mass. Balanced, organized athlete. Accelerates easily and shows above average variability when changing directions for a player of his size. This kid will surprise a lot of people.

McGeorge
McGeorge

I'm eager to see how Pryor improves.

Let's see if he's worthy of a 1st round pick.

williamg1
williamg1

Hey, Bent. Nice write up.

This is much better than Bassett's stuff.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Bent, you gotta let Bassett know that he should sign his posts, or everyone will keep assuming you wrote them. :)

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

I swear the rangers are trying to kill their fans. I can't take it much more.

sumjetsfan
sumjetsfan

Bent why isn't Harrison listed as a NT?

Bent
Bent moderator

@sumjetsfan


Bassett wrote this, but these designations are lifted directly off the team's official website.

sumjetsfan
sumjetsfan

@Bent @sumjetsfan Ah ok, just curious. Do you see the defense run formation where, M Wilkerson, Harrison, S Richardson, Williams would be on field at the same time? In such a situation would they also use Coples?

sumjetsfan
sumjetsfan

@Bent @sumjetsfan my mistake, did not get a chance to read the article, at a first glance it actually answers most of my questions on how the personal could be used. Let me read it through, thank you.

kniff
kniff

Talked to this one cat at some roadside pub after a break from a hundred miles or so of motorcycle riding. Turns out he's a big Pats fan with a high football IQ. After some initial tongue in cheek banter, he straight up admits he's scared shipless about the Jets D this year, shaking his head saying he can't believe all the rapid fire changes in overall strength!!


Good times!!

funkymonk
funkymonk

Great article, but c'mon guys...


M-A-U-L-D-I-N


Every website big and small seems to be messing this up repeatedly. You have it as Maudlin four times up there, Mauldin three times.


It's easy to remember, let's just call him The Mauler, cause he's gonna maul QBs.

UpperUS2
UpperUS2

Bassett, 


I am surprised that you are not giving a good outlook for Harrison after this season. Simon can't carry Harrison's jock and you are already penciling him in as his future replacement. I have said this before but you, Bent, and the rest of the ny media and media all over the world continue to find ways to sneak in small shots at my arguments. I read the article on Williams not having to worry about fear of injury. This season will be a long season. The defensive line can fall apart if Bowles tries to force a gameplan that didn't work with Rex Ryan last year (in which he himself created). With all of your wealth of knowledge on this team can you tell the rest of this blog what the signature gameplan of this defense is? What is the base defense that will start out falling apart but get stronger as the season goes along? Williams hasn't shown he can break into the lineup and he will have to play up to the label as being the best player in this year's draft. Let the strongest survive!


 Interested Jet 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent


Well, Bassett is.


I look forward to him interpreting my Leonard Williams BGA as a thickly veiled shot at Damon Harrison.

Brendan
Brendan

@UpperUS2 Yes, the entire media world is aware of who you are and intentional take shots at your arguments. That's a totally reasonable thing to say. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@UpperUS2


I have said this before, but Fonzie continues to find ways of interpreting an article that often contains thousands of words and takes hours to write as an elaborately disguised method of taking a small shot at his arguments.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent You're just hating on Dame by saying the team might be preparing for the chance that he leaves via FA!

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent I look forward to him interpreting this comment as a thickly veiled shot at Damon Harrison. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @Bent

I assume Fonzie writes fanfic that contains the phrase "a thickly veiled shot at Damon Harrison".

reptilian
reptilian

yes...this is good...our numbers ssswell. 

SofarSogood
SofarSogood

It may be tough for Babin to make the team.

Brendan
Brendan

@SofarSogood I think it depends a lot on how Bowles plans to deploy his pass rush. Babin is still a very good pass rusher, they'd be wise to keep him unless there won't be enough snaps for him to play. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68


Does he actually have "years in Bowles' system" or did the Eagles just continue to play wide-nine when Bowles was the interim DC?

tsjc68
tsjc68

True. His advantage is he's proven and has years in Bowles's system.

But he's old, has declined in productivity, and we have a lot of eager young bucks ready to take his snaps who all look like better long-term options.

I bet he doesn't make it.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68

My bad, not "years".


"Year".


Jason Babin has year in Bowles's system.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Even declining he's about as good as Coples as an edge rusher (he was slightly better last year, but I'm willing to say they're even given their current career trajectories, how Coples was misused, etc.). You know my thinking, you can never have enough pass rushers, so if it's between keeping a pass rusher and almost any other position I'm going to side with pass rusher. 


I think a wildcard with Babin is IK. If IK comes in and has a great camp I think that makes Babin more expendable. 

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 

Yeah, with Mauldin, IK, Reilly and Barnes, there are 4 players who are either rookies or 2nd year players that could potentially push Babin off. 

Since you wouldn't really expect a Superbowl run in the next year or two, the best long-term move would be to cut/trade Babin and keep the young guys.

tsjc68
tsjc68

It's "Dashaun Phillips", and Curtis Brown is a standard FA, not a UDFA. He was in the 2011 NFL Draft.

williamg1
williamg1

If only we had Dimitri Patterson.

levi
levi

@williamg1 With the group of CBs we have now I think he would pull a no show day one.

carlhungus
carlhungus

They will keep talking him up until they find a sucker to take him off their hands......maybe the hoodie will grab him when captain uggs gets suspended for half the year

levi
levi

@carlhungus Im holding out hope for a full year suspension that will ultimately throw Tommy touchdown in a downward spiral of drugs and booze ending in a glorious shoot out with cops.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@levi @carlhungus  That is very cold Levi, I wouldn't wish that on anyone, you could have said, maybe he retires to avoid further blemishing his legacy and that would make us just as happy, I wouldn't wish a life of substance abuse on anyone, I've seen that with people around me, that is sad, especially after living a life of a hero to many people.

juunit
juunit

@levi 

I just hope people hold off on declaring Bowles the greatest defensive mind in the history of eternity if Manziel is in fact the week 1 starter for the Browns. 

That game won't exactly be a good measuring stick. 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

When someone is talking up a player's work ethic, it often means they can't say much about their actual play.

levi
levi

I know its a good problem to have but it kinda sucks that they will have to cut some good players on the DL and CB groups. Maybe stash a couple on the practice squad but Im sure teams will be paying close attention to those two groups on the Jets and looking to snag them.

Pete 57
Pete 57

How about we swing a trade with a team that has a glut of o linemen. Dallas?

levi
levi

@Pete 57 Thats a possibility. But other than Coples Im not sure Mac would get much in a trade. Even Milliner wouldnt net much being still unproven and oft injured.

Pete 57
Pete 57

I see your point, but take a team with extra o line like we have d line. They wouldn't get much in a trade for their guy either. But match them with the Jets and a trade could make sense. In other words if a team had extra o linemen, but needs a CB, or a d lineman, it could work.

levi
levi

@Pete 57 I think they should shop Coples. Not because I dont like him I do but just shop him and see who offers what.

Pete 57
Pete 57

Right, but I'm talking about a guy who won't make the final cut.

tsjc68
tsjc68

With the way the NFL works, the day after you trade from your depth, you'll lose two other DL guys to injury.