Posted December 30, 2013

J.R. Smith tweets about ‘betrayal’ after brother Chris is reportedly cut by Knicks

Ben Golliver, Chris Smith, J.R. Smith, Jeremy Tyler, New York Knicks
Chris Smith (left)  (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Chris Smith (left) made two appearances for the Knicks this season. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Shortly after the Knicks reportedly decided to cut Chris Smith to create a roster spot, J.R. Smith took to Twitter to offer an apparent expression of displeasure at the release of his younger brother.

“You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy,” read the caption of an Instagram photograph that Smith tweeted out.

ESPNNY.com reported Monday that Chris Smith would be released so that the Knicks could sign forward/center Jeremy Tyler, who underwent foot surgery in September and had been playing for the Erie BayHawks, New York’s D-League affiliate, after attending training camp with the Knicks.

“Haven’t seen the last of me … Know [that],” Chris Smith wrote on Instagram Monday.

Chris Smith, 26, signed a two-year contract with the Knicks in September. The first year of his contract, which pays him $490,000, became fully guaranteed in October. The second year of his contract was non-guaranteed. Chris Smith signed his contract two months after J.R. Smith, 28, agreed to re-sign with the Knicks on a three-year contract worth $17.9 million. Because the Knicks are in the luxury tax zone this year, Chris Smith’s contract will wind up costing the team a total of more than $2 million.

Although the 6-foot-2 Chris Smith played college basketball at Louisville, he is widely regarded as a player lacking in NBA talent. He averaged 5.2 points (on 29 percent shooting) and 1.4 assists for the Knicks during the 2012 Summer League, he averaged 5 points (on 22 percent shooting) and 1.8 assists during the 2013 Summer League, and he averaged 11.3 points (on 50 percent shooting) and 2.7 assists during six games with the BayHawks this season.

New York nevertheless signed Chris Smith this fall despite not having a particular need at his position, and he managed to keep his job even after starting center Tyson Chandler went down to injury, with many observers suggesting that the Knicks release him to add an additional big man. The New York Post reported in November that the NBA “held internal discussions” about whether Chris Smith’s contract was part of a “package deal” to convince J.R. Smith, the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year, to re-sign this offseason.

“Of course I have stuff to prove,” Chris Smith told the New York Times in November. “But I haven’t really played since I left Louisville. I mean I feel like I’m one of the most underrated players right now. But I’ve always been underrated. Nobody really expects me to do anything. They always look at me as J. R.’s little brother, because he’s a phenom athlete, sixth man of the year and all that. But I’ve always had my own platform, my own goals.”

In two minutes played over two appearances in the NBA this season, Chris Smith has failed to register a single box score statistic. Meanwhile, the Knicks are one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments at 9-21, and J.R. Smith is averaging just 12.1 points (on 35.1 percent shooting) and 4.7 rebounds so far this season.

“It’s so much easier to cope when [your] right hand is [with you],” J.R. Smith tweeted on Friday alongside a picture of himself and Chris on the Knicks’ team plane.

The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 in November for “directing hostile and inappropriate language” towards Brandon Jennings via his Twitter account after the Pistons guard had questioned Chris Smith’s place in the NBA.

28 comments
JosephPark
JosephPark

Went to school with Chris at Manhattan College before he transferred and there was huge expectations from him based on his brother.  The kid simply is joke like JR and Chris was always late for class or just screwed around and on the court it wasn't much different.  Chris just jacked up shots, demanded the ball, and for playing in the MAAC conference where he was given the full reigns of the team he struggled.  No doubt the contract the Knicks gave Chris was based on JR because JR could have demanded more money elsewhere (though you have to be stupid to give it to him).  Going to back to Manhattan games I see Chris and JR and its clear that JR has Chris's back and supports him but at what cost?  

Puddin Tame
Puddin Tame

I sure hope the Knicks can somehow trade this dude....anywhere!

JohnHillman
JohnHillman

The brother got his chance. He is 'regarded and NOT having NBA talent'. He proved them right. They grew up feeling "entitled". Thank the Federal Government for that.

wxn8822
wxn8822

Of course is someone promised J.R that his brother would be on the team for longer than he actually was. And J.R is not happy about that and tweeted "betrayal" alluding to the organization for eating its words. Elementary school reading comprehension. 

alpal001
alpal001

The Smith brothers suffer  "delusions of grandeur"regarding their basketball prowess.

JohnEschen
JohnEschen

i think jr is worried he's going to be stuck paying his brother's bills. maybe he can land in europe or just wait for rucker park to open in the spring

M20
M20

JR is a moronic child. His tweet confirms the nepotism of the contract in the first place - clearly the Knicks broke their promise to JR by cutting Chris. As if anyone needed confirmation that he wasn't signed for his own "talents".

I_Love_My_Knickz
I_Love_My_Knickz

Oh My God. And then Chris Smith really said "Havent seen the last of me" ....

[ Shaking my head while rolling my eyes while laughing my A*s*s off ]

Dude, you suck, they were trying to make you some money because your J.R.'s brother, not hiring you for your non-existent skills and then they have the nerve to act angry when they should both be happy the Knicks even did that for them (which they shouldnt have)

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Knicks are a circus, and their players are the clowns.

D46
D46

Good riddance J.R., you waste of a roster spot.  Follow your brother into unemployment.

ak_tatiracanal
ak_tatiracanal

This is why the Knicks are a dysfunctional franchise.

One story I was said that JR said he wouldn't sign with the Knicks unless they signed his brother too.
I don't know how true that is, but if that's the case, the Knicks should have let JR go. It wasn't like he would've gone to an contending team, such as the Spurs, Heat, Pacers or Thunder.

He would've gone to a team like Orlando, has some great moments, some bad ones also.
The contending teams have good chemistry, so there's no reason to bring in JR, no matter how talented he is.

But the fact that the Knicks allowed themselves to be extorted to sign JR's brother, who they didn't want, tells you how bad they are.


I have a feeling Carmelo has had enough of this circus and will sign somewhere else.

malgus
malgus

They need to cut the other Smith in a package deal.

L7
L7

A package deal? Wow. Signing JR Smith alone was a debatable decision. The fact that the Knicks believed JR had leverage says everything you need to know about this organization when it comes to building a team.

rh2000
rh2000

LOL!!!  

JR they ought to count your brothers salary as part of your contract!  The only reason he was on the team was for you!  Why anyone thinks you are worth anything is amazing.


You need to be cut as well ya dirt bag!  Go smoke another joint! 

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

Seriously cut this guy. Anyone could make a few threes if they hoisted up as many shots as JR does. 

FernandoR
FernandoR

Who cares how JR feels, his brother sucks and so does he.


PaulKelly
PaulKelly

If these Knicks played as hard as they yak they just might be ok. This franchise is NEVER going to be any good until they get the players in control and concentrating on playing. 

JosephPark
JosephPark

@I_Love_My_Knickz agreed, he was lucky he made $499,000 guaranteed and not some 10 day contract.  The guy is 6', has no redeeming potential or skills, struggled playing in the MAAC conference.  

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@ak_tatiracanal If it wasn't a package deal to sign his brother, then his "betrayal" tweet makes zero sense at all.  It's only a betrayal of him if he was given assurances that his brother was going to be on the team with him,

rh2000
rh2000

@ak_tatiracanal If he wants a title he will.  But he is a stat guy and only cares about his numbers so the Knicks work for him.

RRamirez
RRamirez

@PaulKellyThe NBA needs more teams like the Spurs and OKC.....the rest of these clowns need to be back in the schoolyards showing off for each other!!!!!!

clt0002
clt0002

@RRamirez not defending the Knicks bc they are truly a dysfunctional franchise, but the league is said to be ( via CBS) investigating Tony Parker over charges of anti-semitism and Kendrick Perkins just blew up on Joachim Noah and had to be separated from him in the locker room. Every team has guys who will act like idiots from time to time. Some (Knicks) more than most. 

JohnEschen
JohnEschen

@eddie767 @clt0002 dolan is a moron i wish he would go to sleep and not wake up it would be the best thing for both the knicks and rangers

D46
D46

@clt0002 @RRamirez  


"investigating Tony Parker over charges of anti-semitism"


That's the most ridiculous accusation I've heard since Tim Duncan's wife accused him of being gay.  Tony didn't do anything idiotic.

eddie767
eddie767

@clt0002 The Knicks have 13 players, but only 2 are team players,Tysons and Shumpert. Then don't forget the owner, Dolan. So all in all,the Knicks are right where they belong.

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@clt0002 @RRamirez It's not that they are idiots - as clt0002 rightly says there are lots of idiots - it's just that they are untalented idiots.