J.R. Smith’s time with the New York Knicks did not end in the best fashion. Knicks president Phil Jackson was not fond of Smith’s attitude and sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade. Jackson referenced Smith’s love life during an interview over the summer and Smith is finally speaking on it by saying the following:
“It was crazy to me because I try to leave my personal life on the side and when somebody sits there, sits behind a desk and tells you to open up on what’s going on with you, you’re thinking that’s going to be between the two of y’all. So, for me, it tells me something I already knew. But to come from someone like Phil, it’s just, it’s crazy.
It makes you not want to tell anybody anything [that has] anything to do with your business. It was tough, but that’s how he handles stuff, that’s how he does it. I’ve talked to a few people and they don’t understand why he did it, but I definitely won’t have that conversation with anybody else after that. So it just stuck with me. It’s all right.”
Jackson said Smith was having “issues with a gal” towards the end of his Knicks tenure and implied it was a reason for the lackluster performance. There have also been instances of Jackson saying Smith exhibiting “delinquent behavior.” Just another NBA feud to keep track of.