New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith has been the target of a lot of criticism following his less than spectacular playoff performance, and his off-the-court antics.
The sixth man of the year came under fire again after undergoing major surgery on his knee just a week after re-signing with the Knicks under a huge contract. Now we're learning that Smith purposely postponed surgery until after his contract was already signed.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported,
"J.R. Smith said he delayed having surgery on his knee until after he signed his contract with the New York Knicks because it "made more sense for my family."Many fans are upset with this information, because this means Smith may have to miss games due to recovery, in addition to his recent five-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
"For one, I'm a father and I have two young children to loon after," Smith said Monday. "It made more sense for my family to get a deal done before [surgery].
Smith had surgery on his left knee a week after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Knicks. If he'd had surgery earlier in the summer, Smith might have been healthy enough to play in training camp. If he'd had surgery in the summer, though, it might have impacted his value as a free agent."