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Beno Udrih Wants Out Of New York… And Chris Smith Wants Back In


Point Guard Beno Udrih has requested a trade, and the Knicks plan to honor his request, according to sources. Beno’s frustration seems to stem both from his lack of playing time and the seemingly disproportionate amount of blame he has received— particularly from Knicks Coach Mike Woodson— for New York’s struggles. 

I have a few thoughts about this. 

  • Awesome! A trade is coming! A change! Something to shake things up in some way.
  • Udrih has a legitimate gripe here, but I’m pretty sure you have to be at least “slightly above average” to demand a trade. It’s an unwritten rule. 
  • Udrih is decent, but if Woodson is never going to put him in, it’s not much of a loss. Just like Chris Copeland. 
  • Let’s hope this doesn’t completely screw with the team’s chemistry. For what it’s worth, Beno never seemed like the most popular guy in the organization.
  • Chris Smith is crazy.

What? How did Chris Smith get brought in to this? Well, some of you may remember Chris Smith’s tenure “with” the Knicks (and I use the term “with” very loosely). 

After the news broke about Udrih wanting a trade, a few people tweeted their (ludicrous) opinions saying that Chris Smith— JR’s younger brother who stood for all that had been wrong with this year’s Knicks until they cut him, and who was described by one NBA GM as the “worst player in the history of the summer league” (The SUMMER leagueI)– deserves a spot back on the team. These tweets included some harsh attacks on Udrih… and Smith retweeted them. Chris Smith re-posted the following tweets from fans about a player who had been his teammate (and his superior) 3 weeks ago. 


To recap: the first tweet is racist, cruel, and absurd. The second tweet is just absurd. The third tweet has nothing to do with any of this, but Chris Smith would apparently like to remind all of his followers that he is a proud member of the NBA D-League. 

Chris Smith’s judgement and appreciation for people who have given him opportunities in the pst are clearly very flawed. 

It’s hard to think of a logical defense for how poorly Smith has handled this situation on social media.

Runs in the family. 

-Tommy Rothman





League sources are confirming that the Knicks have agreed to a one-year deal with Point Guard Beno Udrih for the veteran’s minimum. Udrih had been the Knicks top target for the past couple weeks, but the team viewed him as an unlikely acquisition due to the fact that other teams had more money to offer for his services. However, it appears that Udrih has agreed to take less money to come to New York. Udrih will be the 3rd point guard on the depth chart, but should see a solid amount of minutes if the Knicks continue to employ the 2-PG sets they so often turned to last season. Udrih is a veteran who can shoot the ball and pass very well; this seems like a great addition for the Knicks, who now have 1 more roster spot to fill.

-Tommy Rothman