Smith’s Day: Show Up, Suit Up and Fire ’Em Up

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J. R. Smith had a modest goal for his Knicks debut, which proved to be earlier, longer and more resounding than he anticipated.

 

“The first thing I was thinking was, ‘Don’t air-ball your first shot,’ ” he said, laughing. “You definitely won’t live that down in New York City.”

 

Smith was born in Freehold, N.J., and played at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, so he knows a little about the intensity of New York basketball. It took him little time to get acclimated Sunday, as he scored 15 points off the bench in a 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

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Smith’s Day: Show Up, Suit Up and Fire ’Em Up