J.R. Smith once caused problems in Denver with his surly attitude and his brushes with the law. Now he’s causing the same mental anguish for leaders of the New York Knicks.
Smith was arrested in South Beach, a posh section of Miami Beach, on Thursday for driving without a valid driver’s license. This is no surprise. Smith was driving in 2007 when his friend, Andre Bell, was killed in an accident. At the time of the accident, Smith had 27 points on his license and had undergone five suspensions. He had two more speeding tickets in the 18 months following the accident.
Smith brings an amazing array of skills to the basketball court. But he’s never been worth all the trouble he brings along with his talents. He’s a ball hog. He’s defiant of authority. And he carries an airliner full of bad baggage.
The Nuggets have made plenty of mistakes in the franchise’s tarnished history. Letting Smith go was not one of those mistakes.