ESPN The NBA has fined J.R. Smith $50,000 for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” following his “shoelace” stunts in the New York Knicks’ last two games, the league announced Wednesday. Smith untied Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s shoelaces during the second quarter of the Knicks’ 92-80 win Sunday.He was warned by the league to “refrain from further conduct of this nature” prior to the Knicks’ next game Tuesday. Smith was then seen Tuesday attempting to repeat the action when he reached at Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe’s shoes while lined up at the free throw lane. That’s why the league took action. “I’ve never seen it done in an NBA game, put it that way, in all the years I’ve been around,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before Tuesday’s game. Smith had been in trouble with the league already this season. He was suspended the first five games without pay for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy in the offeseaon. And in November, Smith was fined $25,000 for sending what the NBA deemed a “hostile” tweet to Detroit’s Brandon Jennings after Jennings questioned the credentials of Smith’s brother, Chris, a former Knicks guard. Smith is shooting just 34.8 percent from the field and is averaging 11.5 points after undergoing a knee procedure during the offseason. He signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Knicks in July.
In case you missed it, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith untied Dallas Maverick’s forward Shawn Marion’s shoelace at the fee throw line on Sunday night. Some folks laughed, some folks complained that Smith was intentionally was trying to hurt Marion, I thought that Smith was hoping the Knicks would have numbers going the other way while Marion stopped to tie his shoe.
The league warned Smith not to pull this shoelace stunt again.
THE VERY NEXT GAME, J.R. Smith tried (and failed) to untie Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe’s shoe at the free throw line.
Now J.R. Smith is probably upset that the NBA fined him $50,000 for doing the exact same thing that they warned him to stop doing in the very next game.
Hey J.R. Make a few shots and stop worrying about gaining a competitive advantage over your opponents with these shady tactics.