The Zen Master Dumps a Ball Hog

Published on 6-Jan-2015 by Alan Adamsson

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Opinion

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The Zen Master Dumps a Ball Hog

Let's be clear from the start.

You don't have to be black to be a black hole.

To be sure, there's much mankind doesn't know about black holes. But here's something it does:

JR Smith is a black hole.

This is not news. Nor should it be when Knicks' Team President and Unofficial Guiding Light Phil Jackson shipped Smith's patootie right outa Manhattan by any means necessary, which happened to be a three-way trade.

It doesn't even matter who Jackson got in return. How much doesn't it matter? Two of the dudes will hit the waiver wire before they can pack. If the moves get the Knicks in position to bid for Marc Gasol and a higher draft pick, those are bonuses.

And why isn't a state secret. No triangle offense can survive the JR Smith mentality:

Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before.

The triangle offense implies that Smith would actually have to acknolwedge that at least two teammates exist:

Maybe the concept of this much movement with the threat of someone else shooting reveals the real reason why Smith was so fixated on untying shoelaces. After all, they're not needed on what has to be his favorite style of footwear.