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Adrian Wojnarowski Wrote An Absolutely Brutal, Must-Read Takedown Of J.R. Smith


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An unfavorable opinion of the Knicks’ J.R, Smith is not unpopular at the moment. He’s been playing like absolute garbage this year following his award-winning 2012 season, to the point where his most notable on-the-court action has been untying other players’ shoes and getting fined for it. And we don’t really need to mention what a moron he’s been off the floor, do we? Alright, fine, here you go.

But while most sportswriters would tell you J.R. is acting a fool, or playing himself out of the rotation, or otherwise lambaste him, we haven’t seen a takedown quite like the one Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski published early this morning.

Here are some of the choicest passages:

The scathing opening line:

Within days of J.R. Smith arriving armed with a historic $3 million contract, Zhejiang of the Chinese Basketball League had come to regret signing the clown prince of basketball.

Smith’s insane behavior in China:

Perhaps his greatest excess of idiocy had been a weekend of running a room service bill into the proximity of $3,000, a source with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports. He kept ordering food, stacking piles of trays upon trays – “just to see if they would keep bringing it to the room,” the source said.

All uneaten, all on the franchise’s tab – all a window into a fool.

On his upbringing:

He can make it sound so sincere, but the con never ends. J.R. Smith was raised in a suburban, middle-class home with two good parents and access to an excellent education. He had a tremendous high school coaching mentor – Dan Hurley at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. – and he has long been taught the difference of right and wrong. Smith’s always loved to play the part of a tough city kid, but truth be told, he’s a soft, spoiled suburban jump-shooter.

And, fittingly, on the team that enables his actions:

J.R. Smith is 28-years old, and it is too late to threaten and punish a spoiled, suburban kid. No trade, no epiphanies, no changes. The Knicks deserve J.R. Smith, and he’ll belong to them until the bitter end.

There are two things that make the article so shocking: the sheer number of idiotic anecdotes that Woj (can we call him Woj?) was able to compile about a 28-year-old professional basketball player, and the fact that — as Tony Manfred of BI Sports puts it — this is “probably the harshest thing you’ll read about a player from a writer of Wojnarowski’s status.”

We feel fine making fun of Smith. We’re probably not going to run into him tomorrow (and if we do, he’s from Freehold, so, whatever). But Woj’s career is based on being an NBA insider. He wouldn’t have written something like this unless it was warranted.

Definitely read the whole thing. You’ll see that Woj’s frustration is rooted in knowledge of Smith’s past — not just the mercurial guard’s actions this season.

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  • JerseyShoreGiant

    JR Smith is from Lakewood, NJ. drive around Lakewood and tell me if you think it’s a middle class suburb. Gangs, drugs, cops getting shot and killed. Most of us from that general area have always avoided that area. But JR is still acting like a fool.

  • Ted Tidwell

    He’s a punk. You think killing your best friend in a car accident caused by you would change you for the better, not this guy.

  • sean

    Im not a Jr smith fan but damn, my lord! Its not like he got into a fight, he clowned around and fined already. Getting personal and mentioning a tragic incident just cause u have the platform is inappropriate and outright bullying

  • DGIsAWinner

    No. It IS very personal. But, it should be. The difference between JR Smith –and say, a Dennis Rodman — is JR Smith this season has completely given no effort and has yet to be truly punished. THAT’S where Woj’s frustration lies. $50K and you just signed for $18 million? That’s chump change.

    Andrew Bynum? Gone. Andre Miller? Gone. JR Smith? Until last night…no consequences. This is well inbounds.

    As Woj said, he KNOWS him. So, in this case, personal doesn’t necessarily equal bad taste.

  • Ralf

    the article woj wrote is unwarranted, overly critical, and poorly informed. i was told to never discuss someone’s upbringing and personal life if you didn’t know for a fact what they were going through. woj obviously has no foundation for the allegations he has against JR’s childhood and what he went through when his friend died. absolutely piss poor “journalism” and this woj guy needs to hang em up. definitely not one of the most respected sports journalists either.

  • sean

    oh i beg to differ, my problem with people like you is you dont seem to put things in prospective…This is just SPORTS! Woj need slow his role and chill out. like i said i want the guy gone from my team like yesterday but a sport guy need to criticize on court stuff not name calling, talking about tragedy and family, or personally attacking players personal integrity publicly i dont care if they are cousins or identical twins.

  • DGIsAWinner

    Clearly, you didn’t read my comment — or apparently Woj’s article — closely.

    The reason this particular sports writer went this personal is BECAUSE HE KNOWS HIM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. Woj has never gone this personal on anyone for anything (check most of the pieces written about it today, and most writers reference this point.)

    And I don’t get your point about it being just sports…I mean, duh. But the point of the article was EXACTLY that: not to reference just his on-court play because Woj knows him personally — not just in the sports writer/professional athlete relationship — and felt this was warranted after all these years/incidents. It was intended to expose the truth. And that’s his prerogative. And it’s yours to ignore it if you disagree…

    This is nothing new. This has, you know, happened to every athlete ever. Do I care that D. Wade had a baby with another woman before he got engaged? No. But, as a public figure, this is the outcome.

    Trust me, the reason why you won’t hear any blow back from JR Smith on this article is because HE KNOWS this is what he signed up for.

  • sean

    Ok u are not the smartest knife in the drawer. I DONT CARE IF HE FUCKED HIS MOTHER AND COULD HAVE BEEN HIS LONG LOST FATHER…He called him a fraud, a poser who will likely end up broke. he brought his personal tragedy into the picture….FOR WHAT?! his up bringing has nothing to do with it…he doesnt have to live up to anyone standards but his own…FACT! if you dont understand or respect the fact that personal life is different from public life, you a fucking moron. jeezzz. im done with this back and forth


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