Mike Woodson was "not happy'' with J.R. Smith for his tweets directed at Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, and he said that if Smith keeps putting himself in these positions, "eventually no team is going to want to deal with you.''

The NBA was unhappy with Smith, too, fining him $25,000 on Friday "for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules.'' Smith was fined the same amount two seasons ago for posting an inappropriate photo of a woman on Twitter.

In this case, Smith, who was suspended the first five games of the season for failing a drug test, was defending his brother Chris after Jennings questioned whether he belongs in the NBA in a tweet that he later removed. Smith seemed to threaten Jennings in one tweet.

"I was not happy about that and that's why we had a behind-the-door meeting with he and Chris [on Thursday] because it's ridiculous,'' Woodson said during his weekly radio interview on ESPN New York Friday. "There's got to come a time where you stop putting yourself in that position. It's going to come a time when you keep doing it, eventually no team is going to want to deal with you. You got to learn from it. Those are the things where I'm trying to get this young man to.''

Woodson already is trying to navigate his way through injuries, keep Iman Shumpert focused amid ongoing trade talks, work with players on minutes restrictions and get the Knicks to defend. It's all contributed to their 3-5 start and the four-game home losing streak they take into Saturday night's game against the Hawks.

"Everything feels cloudy and like a blur at this moment,'' Carmelo Anthony said at the Madison Square Garden Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, where his foundation distributed food to families in need. "I got to believe that it will turn around.''

Woodson plans to discuss with Amar'e Stoudemire the best ways for him to be productive in his limited minutes. Stoudemire was scoreless in 5:03 Thursday night and has only 14 points in 49 minutes this season.