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Phil Jackson to get to know J.R. Smith

The Knicks' J.R. Smith poses with actors, from

The Knicks' J.R. Smith poses with actors, from left, Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin, Sydney Park and Tylen Jacob Williams during Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Worldwide Day of Play at Prospect Park on Sept. 20, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

Phil Jackson is unsure of whether he can get J.R. Smith to focus solely on basketball and minimize some of his antics on and off the court.

"I don't know if that's possible or not," Jackson said in a Q&A with The New York Post. "He might be one of those guys that's a little bit like Dennis Rodman that has an outlier kind of side to him. But I'm going to get to know him as we go along, and we'll find a way to either make him a very useful player in our organization or whatever."

Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year two years ago, was benched twice last season by former Knicks coach Mike Woodson and fined $75,000 by the NBA for what the league considered a threatening tweet to Brandon Jennings and for repeatedly untying opposing players' sneakers.

Smith, the subject of trade rumors according to several offseason reports, also could be the Knicks' No. 2 scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony and could flourish in the triangle offense.

New York Sports