J.R. Smith: ‘I’ll Be Back Better Than Ever’
J.R. Smith doesn’t have all his moves down pat yet, but he can’t wait to showcase what he has on Tuesday.
The Knicks will clear Smith to practice fully Tuesday in Toronto. The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner can start to erase the stench of his pot-smoking suspension, his wretched-shooting 2013 postseason and his decision to delay knee surgery until after his new contract was signed.
It will be a big day for Smith, who is expected to scrimmage. He is on target to play the Knicks’ final preseason game on Friday against Charlotte, according to coach Mike Woodson. The urgency to play the preseason finale is so Smith’s five-game suspension clock can start ticking with the season-opener on Oct. 30 and he can be back for the season’s sixth game against San Antonio.
“It’s hard trying to make a move you can normally make and you can’t make it,’’ said Smith, who has a good chance of being the Knicks’ starting shooting guard. “At times, it’s frustrating, but we’re confident I’ll be back better than ever soon.’’