05/07/2013 08:25 am ET

Will The Real J.R. Smith Please Stand Up? | : Howard Megdal Article

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Who is J. R. Smith?

The question has been hanging over J.R. Smith's career since he was drafted 18th in the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Nine years later, it is still being asked. And Smith's long-term future, the role the New York Knicks will play in it, and perhaps Carmelo Anthony's best shot at an NBA title will all be defined by how Smith answers these questions over the next few weeks.

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