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07:18 AM ET 10.16 | While an NBA title is on his mind, there's one title J.R. Smith has little interest in taking home. [Smith], the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year, says he has no problem coming off the bench again this season, but he'd prefer to start. "I've always wanted to start. Everybody knows that," Smith said. "I won the Sixth Man [Award] last year, so I felt as though there's nothing left to prove at the sixth-man spot. But at the same time, if that's what my team needs me to do, that's what I'll do. If Coach wants me to be a sixth man, I'll be a sixth man. If he wants me to start, I'll start. That's up to him." Smith will compete with third-year guard Iman Shumpert for the starting shooting guard spot in Mike Woodson's lineup. Shumpert, though, has an early edge because Smith is sidelined due to offseason knee surgery.

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October 16, 2013  07:27 AM ET

OK

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October 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Just shut up! You were the 6th man for a reason. The coach don't want you to take all the shots from Melo.

October 16, 2013  09:06 AM ET

It's Not How You Start But How You Finish, Bro.

October 16, 2013  09:13 AM ET

I don't see why people have a problem with this he was asked a question and answered it professionally saying he was fine and willing with coming off the bench but he preferred starting, have any of you played sports nobody WANTS to come off the bench but if that's best for the team then its best for the team and he said he'd do it, ppl want him to shut up I guess next time a reporter asks him a question he'll just sit there in silence like a dip ****

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October 16, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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I don't see why people have a problem with this he was asked a question and answered it professionally saying he was fine and willing with coming off the bench but he preferred starting, have any of you played sports nobody WANTS to come off the bench but if that's best for the team then its best for the team and he said he'd do it, ppl want him to shut up I guess next time a reporter asks him a question he'll just sit there in silence like a dip ****

I would have agreed with you if this were anyone else other than JR. He just keeps proving that he doesn't get it. Immaturity personified.

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October 16, 2013  10:41 AM ET

oh this should jus thrill jgb! LOL

October 16, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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oh this should jus thrill jgb! LOL

Ya think? LoL x 2.

October 16, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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Here's what you can start......1- you can start behaving like an adult2- you can start being a professional

jgb>jr

October 16, 2013  01:27 PM ET
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I think the point is that he doesn't understand that his shenanigans cost the team a shot at the champs. "I have nothing left to prove at the sixth man spot" ?????He doesn't understand that he is not a superstar, that he is a 6th man cause he's a me first guy that takes bad,volume shots.....So act like a professional and maybe he can earn reapect

Yes agreed. The starting line up is for reliable players that provide consistent effort and can be counted on to be there in a for the long haul.

His own behavior cost him the job it's not his place to expose or dwell on his own flaws... I like his answer.

October 16, 2013  02:41 PM ET

He won the sixth man and then regressed. JR should shut it and just accept the role he's given.

October 16, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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A title on his mind? He's lost his mind.

Exactly. Everyone knows the Cavs are a shoe in to win it all this year.

October 16, 2013  03:52 PM ET

Smitty is acting like another Entitled rich guy. You don't talk yourself into the starting lineup Smitty, you EARN it. Try again.

October 16, 2013  04:40 PM ET

Hardaway is by far the best choice at the 2. He has size, ball handling and better shot selection than JR and Shump His defense is solid for a rookie.

We need someone that will come in and do what he's supposed to do - nothing more, nothing less..

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October 18, 2013  07:17 PM ET

"Start" brushing your teeth, Bruh!

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