Denver Nuggets Look to Finally Part Ways with J.R. Smith

August 23rd, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
J.R. Smith is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, embodied in one of the most gifted physical talents to play in the NBA.

At once, Smith can jump off the bench and inject life into the Nuggets with his skilled shooting.

Look again, and Smith is creating distractions, playing selfishly, or just abandoning his teammates during a playoff loss.

Smith was last on the NBA hardwood during Game Six of the first round of the NBA playoffs. As his Nuggets played a difficult contest against division foe Utah Jazz, Smith walked off the floor with his head hung low as time ran out on the 2009-10 season.

The act of selfishness was only the latest in a saga that has gone on throughout Smith’s time in Denver.

Earlier in the year before a game, Smith let the media know he wanted to go by his given first name, Earl, only to change his mind a mere eight hours later. Smith showed once again how much he loves seeing that spotlight burn bright in his eyes.

While 2008-09 ended well for Smith, as he was the runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, it started roughly as head coach George Karl and Smith were reportedly not on spe ...

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