After his recent troubles with violating the NBA’s drug policy, J.R. Smith will not be playing in the New York Knicks for the first seven games in the 2013-14 NBA season.
Smith’s head coach with the Knicks, Mike Woodson decided to tell the Associated Press that he wants his star to “grow up” but he will still support him:
“I’m not going to throw him out to the pasture,” Woodson said. “My job is to coach him and make sure something like what happened doesn’t happen again. That’s what we do as coaches, and I expect his teammates to show him love. But at the end of the day he’s got to do the right thing by J.R. and his teammates, and me as a coach and this organization and the fans that support him. I mean, that’s what it’s all about.
“He’s got to grow up and do the right things.”
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