Quote of the Day: J.R. Smith says defense “not my area of expertise”

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“That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.’’

—J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, speaking about the changes Mike Woodson is bringing to the Knicks defense, via the New York Post (hat tip to SLAM).

The Knicks may go to a zone or try some other changes because it is their defense that is holding them back more than anything else right now. Woodson didn’t forget how to coach defense in the past couple years, but right now he can’t get his players to execute it in a consistent and energetic way. And their offense isn’t good enough to just outscore teams.

New York has five straight home games (they lost the first three of the homestand), if they are going to turn this season around now is the time.