Knicks’ Woodson Considers Starting J.R. Smith
Mike Woodson is serious about J.R. Smith possibly going from sixth man to starting shooting guard this season.
For the second time since camp opened, the Knicks coach said if Iman Shumpert doesn’t play well, he would consider making Smith, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, a starter. Smith, rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, could be ready by late in preseason, according to Woodson. However, Smith has to sit out the first five regular-season games for violating the league’s drug policy.
Woodson reiterated he wants to go with a traditional shooting guard this season rather than last season’s backcourt featuring two point guards.
“I’d like to go with a big lineup with Raymond and either J.R. or Iman at the two[-guard],’’ Woodson said. “If I can get to that point where they’re competing [for it]. We’ll see how it plays out.’’