Denver's J.R. Smith as inconsistent as he was in Oklahoma City
Once upon a time, Oklahoma City wondered why Byron Scott would ever bench J.R. Smith.
Now, we know.
We were just a first-time NBA city when the Hornets came to town in 2005, and we soon saw the brilliance of Smith. We eventually saw the benching of him, too.
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Scott, then the Hornets coach, had a problem with his focus.
All these years later, Smith remains one of the most unpredictable players in the league.
He was involved in a car accident in early 2007, then had another car accident only a few months later that killed one of his passengers and resulted in a vehicular manslaughter charge. He closed his Twitter account in 2009 after questions about whether his posts reflected a gang affiliation.
Smith has been erratic on the court, too. Earlier this month, he went 9 of 14 for 23 points in a big road win at Dallas. Two nights later, he went 1 of 6 for six points in a beat down at OKC.
“Unfortunately, J.R. has a way of being explosive and then having a bad play,” Denver coach George Karl told the Denver Post. “I'm not a fan of bad plays in the playoffs. I like solid and fundamental.”
Karl made those comments earlier this week.
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