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04:47 PM ET 11.15 | Athletes like to have a good time when they aren't on the court. This is a fact of life. But sometimes, they can spend too much time partying and not enough time being a professional. That's something that happened to New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith last year after he came over from China. This season, though, Smith has toned it down, and so far, it's led to a great individual start to the season. Smith is averaging 18.2 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. "I'm not going to lie, New York City nightlife last year pretty much got to me," Smith said. "I was going out pretty much every other night, just not focused on the task at hand. This year is definitely different."

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November 15, 2012  04:56 PM ET

Wow, this guy is full of excuses and BS

November 15, 2012  05:04 PM ET

What an idiot. I'm allowed to say that right?

He signed for nothing just to be able to stay with NY, why didn't he do this last year if he wanted to prove everyone what he's got and why they need to sign him long time. Maybe he could have gotten (I doubt it though) a starting role this season.

November 15, 2012  05:34 PM ET

If the Knicks beat SAS they will a legit contender!!

November 15, 2012  05:34 PM ET
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If the Knicks beat SAS they will a legit contender!!

be

November 15, 2012  06:00 PM ET
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If the Knicks beat SAS they will a legit contender!!

Slow down, k?

November 15, 2012  06:14 PM ET
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If the Knicks beat SAS they will a legit contender!!

82-0 !!!

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November 15, 2012  06:40 PM ET
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listen bud, do you understand professional basketball? If the best player happens to play for miami, right? the National Basketball Association is comprised to make money. understand? Once a player is the face of the NBA, outside endorsements and the number 1 jersey sold, they have to keep the player visible as much as possible. We first saw this in the 80's w/ Magic and Bird. The NBA had to sell these guys to cable networks and other related products. so they had to be visible, right. So, the Refs had to cut them some slack, when they palmed the ball or some opponent got too close.... Then we saw this some more when Jordan was on the scene.... me-bron is merely going through the same thing.... Think Dan Gilbert of the Cavs really misses me-bron or the financial part that me-bron brought to cleveland?? Don't be gullible. This is all by design. As soon as espn, david stern and the refs are no longer enamored w/ me-bron and the heat, some other team will be picked to be the face of the nba. Case in point: the Boston celtics run in '08. What a great story line. one of the worse teams in the league in '07, right? We get KG, right.... Are you following along? We went through the season w/ 66 wins, right? Then we got thru 3 rounds of 7 games play-offs, right? each game played the nba makes money.... Then at the end, by design mind you, The Lakers are in the Finals.... W/ the Celtics.... are you catching on yet.....?

The NBA is fixed...........

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November 15, 2012  07:25 PM ET

Dude if the NBA was fixed like that, there's no way the Spurs would have won as much as they did. You're nuts.

 
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