Maybe New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith is picking up his on the court tactics from 5-year-old’s on the playground, because his latest stunt has most scratching their heads.
Smith has been $50,000 for what the NBA is calling a “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” after he twice tried to untie an opponent’s shoelace during games.
On Saturday Smith untied the shoelace of Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion where he was given a warning to not do it again. Warnings are not something that Smith listens to because he repeated the action on Tuesday against Pistons forward Greg Monroe. The funny thing is that Knicks’ won both of those games.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson spoke directly about Smith’s antics on ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Wednesday.
“I’ve always said I don’t condone things that I know you shouldn’t do,” Woodson said. “No, I’m not happy about this. He was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, it’s not right. I just got the information, I’m going to address it [Thursday] when he comes in here for work. It’s unacceptable. It really is. It’s unprofessional. That’s the only word I can use. … You can’t do that. You just cannot do it. … At the end of the day, he’s got to grow up. These things have got to stop.”
Smith issued an apology on Wednesday via Twitter saying, “Huge apologies to my team, to the league [and] most of all you the fans.”
The thing I think is crazy is that he mentioned on Twitter that this wasn’t the first time he has untied an opponent’s shoe, writing that he does it “every game.”
Crazy! After being fined let’s see if ‘Shoelace Gate’ featuring J.R. Smith continues.
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