By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Mr.Smith stays in New York
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-The New York Knicks recently signed a contract extension that will keep J.R.Smith, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the year in Madison Square Garden for another four years.
The four-year deal is reportedly worth $24 million.
With the deal finalized, the 27-year old, three-point shooter will return to the Garden in order to join forces with team mates Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and Iman Shumpart in their attempt to compete for the hearts of New Yorkers, especially against the Nets, who recently signed former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their roster.
Despite the intra-state rivalry with Brooklyn, which will be coached by former Knick Jason Kidd, the Knickerbockers must continue to improve in order to challenge the BEAST in the EAST, back-to-back champions, the Miami Heat in 2013 and 2014 season.
Smith, despite his unpredictability on and off the court, which includes poor shot selection and a random color change in hair, however, will be an intricate part in the Knicks success just like last season, when he average 18.1 ppg and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
While Coach Woodson can force Smith to change his hair, he will have to work even harder to prevent him from shooting his team out of a championship.
Eric D.Graham,a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org