GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J.R. Smith needs to "grow up and do the right things" after the sixth man was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy.
Woodson said he was disappointed in Smith's actions, but would continue to support him.
"I'm not going to throw him out to the pasture," Woodson said. "My job is to coach him and make sure something like what happened doesn't happen again. That's what we do as coaches, and I expect his teammates to show him love. But at the end of the day he's got to do the right thing by J.R. and his teammates, and me as a coach and this organization and the fans that support him. I mean, that's what it's all about.
"He's got to grow up and do the right things."
Smith has been in trouble on and off the court during his career but was credited with showing more maturity last season while winning the Sixth Man of the Year award. Then he received a one-game suspension in the playoffs for foolishly throwing an elbow into Jason Terry's face in Game 3 of a first-round series against Boston, before getting hit with the five-game ban last month.
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