J.R. Smith has been told to fight through the pain of his cheekbone injury by former NBA player Richard Hamilton, as Smith battles on with a mask that doesn't fit.
New York Knicks' guard Smith suffered a fractured cheekbone injury against Oklahoma City nine days ago, and as a result he sought advice from former player Hamilton, who told him to just fight past the pain barrier.
After speaking to Hamilton, Smith said. “He said fight through it,’’ Smith said. “It’s going to feel weird at first but once you get used to it you’re not going to want to take it off. It’s the same mask. They were supposed to [adjust the mask], but it didn’t happen.”
It seems the Knicks haven't tried their utmost to make sure that Smith has a suitable mask that fits and is ready for in-game play.
Smith suffered the small fracture February 9th, but since then he has complained that the mask he has been fitted with doesn't fit properly.
And it's understood those complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
“I’m going to play regardless if adjustments were made or not,’’ said Smith, who refused to suit up for the Sacramento loss because he was unhappy with the mask.
“I can’t just keep missing games. I shot around with it. It was all right. It feels the same. I’ll just practice with it and go through with it.’’