On J.R. Smith:

“I expect J.R. to be a pro and concentrate on playing basketball. That’s why he’s wearing a Knick uniform. That’s any guy on this team. It’s a privilege to play in this league. You got to do all the necessary things, the right things on and off the court to be a pro in this league. I don’t take coaching for granted. I don’t think any player should take it for granted. When he’s in uniform, his job is to play. When he’s out of uniform, his job is to concentrate on being a pro and playing basketball. It’s as simple as that.”



On the New York Knicks:

“It’s my job to push these guys, and I’m going to continue to do that.  I wasn’t happy [Saturday] with the effort.  If you’re in uniform and you suit up, I expect you to play at a high level. It doesn’t matter who plays, it’s what you do with the minutes when you’re out there. When guys are missing block-outs, when we’re giving up layups because we’re not protecting one another from a defensive standpoint, that is all effort plays.  “[Effort] is part of the issue.”