Knicks coach: J.R. Smith needs to be more of a pro

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New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson believes J.R. Smith needs to be more of a pro and should concentrate on basketball, reports ESPN.

Smith has had a difficult season after a number of on and off-court troubles which has now led to his coach telling him to sort his priorities out.  

The shooting guard has been in the headlines in recent weeks after being fined $50,000 for untying the shoelaces of his opponents. 

Woodson then benched Smith as the Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 this past Thursday at Madison Square Garden. 

Speaking on Monday about Smith's situation, Woodson said: "The bottom line is he's got to be more of a pro and do the right things and just concentrate on playing basketball.

"That's the name of the game, nothing else. You got to concentrate on your craft and what you're being paid to do -- that's play basketball. ... That's all I want him to do."

Smith will now be hoping to play his part in the Knicks' next clash with the Charlotte Bobcats tomorrow.

The shooting guard will be looking to find his best form and put his previous troubles behind him as the Knicks go in search of their sixth win in a row at the Time Warner Cable Arena.


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