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J.R. Smith discusses his Twitter-arranged bike ride in Manhattan
You probably know this already: J.R. Smith has trouble sleeping.
You know that if you follow him on Twitter, where the Knicks’ sixth man tweets at all hours of the night and early morning. It was one of those late-night Tweet-fests that led to Smith arranging a 2 a.m. bike ride with some fans through New York City.
“It was kind of random,” Smith said this afternoon. “We ended up buying the bikes in Miami, and they were like the fold-up bikes, so we took it with us. And my brother was like, “We should ride them in the City.’ And I said, ‘Let’s ride tonight.’
“So I put it in Twitter, and soon enough, people started showing up.”
Miami wound up being an interesting trip for Smith. He was arrested on a bench warrant for not having a valid driver's license and spent six hours in jail and he bought those bikes.
Smith said about 22 people rode with him. Twenty of them were met him at The Garden.
“We rode for an hour, hour and a half,” Smith said.
“I didn’t think that many people would be up at that time. I know New York never sleeps, but I thought these people on twitter would sleep.”
They can’t. They’re following you.
“It’s hard for me to sleep, I have trouble sleeping,” Smith said. “So it works out. Why not exercise, you know?”
Smith spoke to reporters at the Weequahic Park Golf Course in New Jersey where his foundation joined forces with The First Tee to kick off their golf youth program.
Smith reiterated his desire to stay with the Knicks. He has until June 26 to pick up his $2.44 million option for next season.