Friday , Apr , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

J.R. Smith on staying in Denver: ‘It’s just maybe not my fit’

Nuggets guard J.R. Smith said there’s a "strong possibility" he won’t sign with the Nuggets this summer as a free agent, expressing frustration Thursday after the Nuggets went down 0-2 against Oklahoma City in the playoffs. "There’s a strong possibility as of right now," Smith said. "It’s not going the way I planned it to go. It’s a tough situation. I want to be here, I love the fans and everything about the city. It’s just maybe not my fit."

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not now. Not during the playoffs.
Players should put aside their personal agendas during the playoffs. Minutes and shots shouldn’t matter. It’s do-or-die. Win or go home.
J.R. Smith missed the memo. The e-mail missed his in-box and went to junk. Either that or his timing stinks.
Talking about your contract during the playoffs is poor form. Smith, a free agent at season’s end, is right to suggest there’s little chance he’ll re-sign with the Denver Nuggets.
There’s too much water under the bridge between him and the team. After all, Smith and sideline boss George Karl went years without talking, communicating through an assistant coach.
If Smith was asked about his future by reporters, he should’ve reverted to the athletes’ handbook of clichés. ‘I’m just taking it one game at a time’ or ‘I haven’t thought about it’ would’ve fit perfectly.
Instead he created a distraction at the worst possible time. What little chance he had of staying in Denver has likely vanished.

–Oly Sandor.
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