J.R. Smith says Knicks can win championship

In an interview with ESPNNewYork.com this weekend, Smith said he thinks that the Knicks, on paper, have the talent to win a championship, something the franchise hasn’t done in 40 years.

“Right now with the talent we have, what it says on paper is championship all day. But it’s a matter of us going out there and doing it,” Smith said after appearing at an event in Harlem at Nike’s House of Hoops to promote/give away some Nike sneakers to children.

Smith says he goes into every season with a “championship or bust” mentality.

But that’s particularly true this season.

Smith believes the moves the Knicks made in the offseason give them enough talent to “compete with anybody.”

“It’s just a matter of us being smart with our talents and making the right plays,” Smith said.

– Reported by Ian Begley of ESPN New York