Houston: Chris Smith needs to find an ‘identity’

Adam Zagoria

Now that he’s back in the NBA D-League, Chris Smith needs to find an identity as a player, Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston said.

“Chris was a very strong and active defender at Louisville,” Houston said on NBA.tv. “Coach [Rick] Pitino did a good job of giving him that identity, and I think those are the things that we talk about, continue to work on that and then find yourself.

“This is his first real season playing professional basketball. He’s been out a year. It takes you a while to find your identity no matter what level you’re playing as a young player. Even if you’re a lottery pick you still have to find yourself. It’s no different from a rookie in this case. that’s what he’s going through trying to find out the biggest spots, continue to work on his shooting, work on his mid-range game, but really find an identity defensively, continute to be active and those are the things that we talk about.”

Houston made the comments in Reno, Nev., where Smith went 0-for-3 with one rebound in nine minutes in the Erie Bayhawks’ 97-90 victory over Idaho.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

21 comments
swankwan
swankwan

Chris Smith isn't even productive in the D-League.   He was okay in college.   Maybe Europe or Asia would be a better fit.  Not that athletic, can't really shoot, below average handle for a "point guard", his only real positive is he doesn't make a lot of mistakes.  He would def be one of the best pick-up game dudes at 24 hour fitness (top 20 in Long Beach, since he's in LA now).   

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

This Knicks Blog should be for Knicks Business and Players currently on roster or players who have impacted the New York Knicks Organization..Chris Smith still gets Blog Post? or Questions about him ? 

rico
rico

Chris Smith signed with the LA Defenders of the D league yesterday. That is the Lakers D league team.  Why Alan Houston is talking about him like he's a Knicks sounds like last years interview


Also interesting that he was loathed (for getting the free pass to the Nba) here but the Lakers saw enough to sign him…hmmm

po_diddley
po_diddley

If by "identity", H20 means "new profession", then he's spot on. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho The last thing anyone wants (whether it's the coaching staff or FO) is to see JR tweeting.

I don't care if it's a message of peace and love... The dude's done enough damage. 

I don't buy it.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rico It's the DL, who cares.

The day Chris Smith becomes a relevant NBA player, then we can talk.

po_diddley
po_diddley

@OLD_KNICK

He's talking about little Christopher. 


I think that they think that we care?

ds2488
ds2488

@BiggieSmalls unbelievable.  Back in the day with Tommy he at least was on top of everything and in some cases even beat the major outlets to stories.  He would have had something up right away.  This is just sad.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@orlando_knickfan @VerySilentJay Woodson always says he's not happy with JR.

He said it yesterday too.


"Again, I mean I'm not happy about it, so I'll go back and talk to JR after this. That behaviour is not tolerated in this ballclub".


Classic Woodson statement. Minutes ain't going nowhere.

rico
rico

@VerySilentJay @rico looks like we're talking now.


and this is interesting for a couple of reasons. A. maybe the Lakers think he has potential? B. Maybe his agent is pulling strings on the left coast.   


The fact that this blog post was posted where Allan Houston is talking about his plans for Chris Smith 2 weeks after Smith is gone is odd and curious. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@bloop With the way he's been behaving, he doesn't look mentally ready to be the presence he was last season.

He doesn't have the motivation of a fat new paycheck to play for.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@BiggieSmalls @VerySilentJay @orlando_knickfan Let's be real, the coach was extremely lenient with JR. Had he spent the same amount of time with Shump, or this season with Timmy, both would be in a different position.

Yes, the coach was loyal, but let's not forget, JR was playing for a contract as well. 

We can't really say he "matured" because we all saw the real JR once the playoffs started.

I'm sure JR can go on a good run, the talent is definitely there, but right now, the coach's time is better spent on other issues.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@VerySilentJay @orlando_knickfan JR has the goods on Woody that's why he gives him so much time.