Former Hornets, Nuggets, and Chinese Basketball Association scoring guard J.R. Smith has apparently chosen the New York Knicks to play with once the CBA’s season ends and his free agency allows him. And why not? With an attention-starved Kardashian attempting to shoehorn her name into the Jeremy Lin nuttiness, and Sarah Palin (out of Republican Presidential candidates to troll) posing with a Lin/Knicks t-shirt, it’s only right that the best available free agent should want to sidle up with the NBA’s biggest story.
The knee jerk response falls in line with how most still view the Knicks — as an offense-only outfit featuring big scorers in Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, helplessly hoping on defense. The problem with that is that it’s the team’s offense that has failed them this season. Entering Friday night’s game against the New Orleans Hornets (are there any crummy teams left for Jeremy Lin to play?), the Knicks are 24th in offensive efficiency, but sixth overall in defense. The offense dipped and the defense improved a bit when Stoudemire and Anthony sat out a series of games over the last two weeks, but the pattern has sustained throughout New York’s 15-15 start.
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