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New York Knicks’ Chris Smith Knows Brother J.R. Has His Back Forever

September 21st, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne

When it comes to brotherly love everyone knows it's a love-hate relationship. Not only is that the person you'd fight tooth and nail for he's often the person you've had the worst run-ins with as well. If you asked the Smith family, J.R. and Chris would admit that's exactly how they grew up and how their relationship has always been. However, the Smith brothers have done a lot more fighting for one another than fighting against one another. Like a lot of other modern basketball players J.R. loves tattoos. Apparently Chris shares that love and has combined his love for his brother and ink. Chris performed the ultimate brotherly gesture and got the likeness of J.R.'s face on his back.

'JR Smith' photo (c) 2012, Patrick Truby - license:

Chris Smith is maybe best known as the younger brother of Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith. However, most New York Knicks fans also know him as a guy trying desperately to latch on with the franchise despite his skills barely being worthy of the Erie BayHawks.

While in the long run he may not be known as a player with a Knicks jersey on his back he'll now be known as a player with a Knicks player on his back. When J.R. turned 28 on September 9, Chris took to Instagram with this photo of his new ink.

Happy Birthday to my big Brother @teamswish always got my back no matter what facts say what you want I Love my big bro!!! And we gone turn up life is to short #teamswish #the40boiz …. Always got my back

Now, Chris isn't exactly the first person to get a family member's image tattooed on his body. However, those tributes are usually reserved for new-born babies or loved ones who have passed on. Getting ink of still-living family members is a unique choice.

Talk about a hard present to top come next year! Well, quite frankly, making the Knicks will be hard enough as it is. Forget next years gift, he'd better get to work on the basketball court.

'Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license:

Last season Chris played for the Knicks' Summer League squad after he went undrafted out of Louisville. They later signed him and brought him to training camp. Most considered this to be a favor from the organization to J.R.

As fate would have it, a left knee injury took the team off the hook and prevented them from having to go through the uncomfortable situation of having to cut Chris. Instead, the Knicks following surgery on his patella tendon.

This summer, Chris was back with the Knicks' on their Las Vegas squad. While Chris didn't play very well on the Summer League squad, he'll once again get a shot to prove himself to New York during training camp.

Many have rumored these chances were promised to Chris when the Knicks negotiated J.R.'s new contract. While that can't be confirmed it's clear watching Chris that he's simply not an NBA level player. Let's be honest, if Chris' last name wasn't Smith he wouldn't be anywhere near an NBA training camp.

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license:

That being said, Chris is J.R.'s brother and has some solid defensive skills. Because of that, it wouldn't be surprising to see Chris once again signed to play for the Erie BayHawks. However, will be ever play for the Knicks? That's doubtful.

One thing's for sure though, J.R. will always have Chris' back. At this point, he doesn't have much of a choice. After all, like brotherly love, ink lasts forever. Plus, tattoos last a lot longer than sneakers despite the Smith brothers' love for footwear.

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Tags: Basketball, Chris Smith, Erie BayHawks, J.R. Smith, Louisville, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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