New York Knicks star breaks kid's ankles, dunks in 1-on-1 game

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New York Knicks point guard J.R. Smith has joined a growing list of NBA stars who have been keeping their competitive spirit alive this offseason by humiliating small children on the basketball court.

Following in the footsteps of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Aaron Gordon, Smith clearly couldn't pass up the opportunity to show of a little when he took on a fearless fan at a recent basketball camp.

No holding back

J.R. Smith may have been amongst a host of players who failed to live up to expectations last season for the New York Knicks (Carmelo Anthony aside), but the 2013 NBA sixth man of the year hasn't fallen as far as to be beaten by a kid - yet.

In front of a crowd of onlookers (many most likely 20 years his junior) the Knicks man indulged in a little showboating to begin with before a crossover leaves the youngster flailing.

And just as the kid falls to the hardwood Smith finishes it off with a slam dunk just to let him know who's boss.

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Difficult season

Getting his chance as a starter for much of the 2013-14 season at Madison Square Gardens J.R. Smith struggled to find the form that saw him average over 18 points on the way to the coveted sixth man award in 2013.

His on-court antics also drew criticism and controversy as the Knicks struggled to a disappointing season all round.

At one point caught untying an opponents shoe laces as they awaited a free throw attempt, Smith continues his playground antics later in the season by pulling down the headband of Vince Carter during a Knicks - Mavericks match up.

And to sum up his difficult season it was thought the New York Knicks were actively seeking to move him on at one point during the last campaign.

A new start

The New York Knicks have undergone some major changes in recent months however and J.R. Smith will be hoping to help star man Carmelo Anthony (recently re-signed to a lucrative new deal) steady the ship at MSG.

With Derek Fisher having been brought in as the new head coach and Phil Jackson settling in well to his role as Knicks president there is a feeling of hope amongst Knicks fans.

It may be a slow and steady climb back to the top of the NBA but if Fisher can start well in his rookie year and the likes of Smith can begin to perform to a higher standard then at least there might be a few more Ws for Knicks fans to celebrate in 2014-15.

It's just a shame their opponents won't all have had to take time of school to compete.

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