Chris Smith says he earned roster spot, didn't get it because he is J.R.'s brother
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Chris Smith says being J.R. Smith's brother has its advantages. But the younger Smith gets angered by those who think his brother is the reason he's on the Knicks.
He said he's being harassed on Twitter. "I can't even have a social media because people are coming at me because they think my situation is something different," Chris Smith said. "I feel like I earned my position on the team and I'm going to keep on earning my way here.
"I think people don't really look at my talent, they just look at J.R. is here . . . Has it helped me? Of course. That's my big brother. He has helped me a lot."
Smith, guard Toure' Murry and center Cole Aldrich survived cut day and likely will be on the Knicks' opening-night roster. The Knicks waived Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Jeremy Tyler, Josh Powell and Chris Douglas-Roberts before Friday night's preseason finale against the Bobcats.
Smith's contract becomes guaranteed if he's on the opening-night roster.
Earlier this week, when Mike Woodson was asked if Chris' relationship to J.R. would affect the younger Smith's status, he said, "Sure it does."
An undrafted guard, Smith shot 1-for-7 in a team-low 20 minutes in the first six preseason games. He is represented by CAA, the same agency as J.R. and Carmelo Anthony. Woodson said Smith will be assigned to the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, so he can play and develop.
Players assigned to the D-League count on a team's 15-man roster.
"He's on our team and we made a commitment to him," Woodson said. "I think when you make a commitment to a player, especially young players, you've got to develop them. He hasn't had enough reps for us to realize if he's really going to be a player. If he doesn't pan out, things happen in our league. But he will get an opportunity to develop."
Woodson said Murry also could spend time in the D-League. He said the Knicks chose Aldrich over power forward Diogu because Aldrich is younger and a center, a position of need.
Tyler seemed to be in line to make the Knicks, but Woodson said he'll miss another four to five weeks rehabbing from foot surgery and that they needed a body.