J.R. Smith fined $50,000 for untying shoes

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

J.R. Smith was fined $50,000 for recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct, the NBA announced Wednesday.

During the Knicks’ 92-80 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 5, at American Airlines Center, Smith untied the shoelace of Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion during a free throw attempt. After Smith was warned by the league office to refrain from further conduct of this nature, he attempted to repeat the action Tuesday night during New York’s 89-85 win over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

“I wasn’t really too concerned about [getting fined],” Smith said after Tuesday’s game following an interview by the NBA, according to the New York Post.

“I don’t condone things that I know you shouldn’t do. No, I’m not happy about this, because again, he was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Mike Woodson said while appearing on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “I just got the information, I’m going to address it tomorrow when he
comes in here for work, because it’s unacceptable. It really is. It’s unprofessional. That’s the only word I can use. Or two words. You just can’t do that. You just cannot do it.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




88 comments
Zue Alagie Keyper
Zue Alagie Keyper

Damn. THE FINE IS TOO OVER RATED!!! People are mean. Enough of the criticism. In humor he just untie someone shoes. I'm sure Marion didn't take it serious. Let these guys have fun and enjoy the game. He's not running for office; he's PLAYING basketball. The NBA org. SUCKS big time!!!

Brad Heaney
Brad Heaney

I sense a future with the Globetrotters.

Franky Simon
Franky Simon

Donyelle Pulliams Echevarria He needs to grow up!! I bet you his teammates not even stressing him about the fact he acts like an idiot. Basketball is not the same. Players now of days just play for the check no heart!!!!

Fran Pugliese
Fran Pugliese

He belongs Banned for his Terrible Conduct on & off the court ..& his unteamlike Play

Chris Raso II
Chris Raso II

AGREED! As if what he did wasn't stupid the first time around, the second time was even more uncalled. Even I didn't behave like that in high school.

nncyel
nncyel

Any chance a JR for Andre Miller trade would work? I don't have the patience to look at salaries matching etc, but I know many of you are experts in the matter.

Julio Saldana
Julio Saldana

He's a piece of s...t f him...acting stupid thinking it's a joke he puts so much thought into doing that how about he puts effort in making his shots and being smart in critical situations idiot get rid of him...He has driven me nuts with these antics already..

buddhabing
buddhabing

JR is slowly unraveling before our very eyes. He's the classic example of an immature player who can't handle playing near his hometown. That it's in New York exacerbates his problems. The guys antics and body language are those of a guy who is in full blown self destruct mode. Don't know if there is a market for the guy. I think they're going to probably have to release him to get him off the team.

barnaby87
barnaby87

ESPN is reporting that they're trying to trade him

franktkb
franktkb

I was a big supporter of signing JR from China and I supported signing him after last season but even I am sick of him.  What a child.  Seriously, he is making millions to play a game, he did something stupid and was warned about it, and then he screws around again the same day!  15 years from now we are going to read stories about how JR went bankrupt and we shouldn't be surprised.    

ChildsPunchedKobe
ChildsPunchedKobe

I read JR has been fined $910,000 in his career. Thats a lot, even as a millionaire. 

Therese Adelfio Dauge
Therese Adelfio Dauge

They should fine him and let him play with his sneakers untied for a whole game. Let him fall on his face! Payback!

Mike Lawry
Mike Lawry

Told u.... he gotta go....watch him start acting right after the trade deadline

rico
rico

Too bad they can't fine him for sucking?

James Crockett
James Crockett

Remember when he was named TKO player of the week recently? Ha

Chris
Chris

He should be fined, he should be benched and should be unloaded. He is acting like a fool, almost as big a fool as DAW

Andy Asch
Andy Asch

LAWL James Copeland look at this

Rob Syphil Uss
Rob Syphil Uss

Too bad he didn't get suspended... That would have helped the knicks

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Only in JR land do you get fined for being such a total ss of a moron.

Obviously the coach will reward him with heavy minutes and and a bigt fat dose of Alabama kush before and after the game.

C0P0
C0P0

F*****g Jr is just flushing money down the toilet. 

I'm sure last night's "Lace Fake" all but sealed his fate.


Luis  Duron
Luis Duron

Meanwhile wade is allowed to chuck sneakers into the stands

Rafael Valentin
Rafael Valentin

Horrible flops are ignored. But, he gets fined....for that?!?! The NBA is a soft league.

ChildsPunchedKobe
ChildsPunchedKobe

@buddhabing i think there is a market, The small market. He needs to be tucked away in some small city away from everything thats happening in the "in crowd". Maybe, just maybe he would be able to focus.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@rico Not enough money in the world for that fine.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SportsMeccaNYC Murry has a very weak handle and is turnover prone. You can tell he's not a playmaker as he tries way too hard. He's very much a work in progress and extremely raw offensively. 

His man on man defense is very good but he's still getting accustomed to the NBA pace when it comes to off the ball defense.

He's still a project but definitely someone you wanna keep and wanna groom for the future.

For better or worse, Felton is the most decent PG we have.

saintknick
saintknick

@SportsMeccaNYC I mean, can you blame a coach for not leaning on Bargnani for DEFENSIVE purposes?


Really, my issue is that with under 2 minutes left, it isn't the time to go Iso Melo for 22 seconds, but the Knicks ALWAYS do it. People are always saying "look, Curry, Durant, etc etc etc do it too, thats the nba" but that is complete and utter BS. First of all, the guys who can get away with it are all great natural passers, drivers, and creators, so they have space to work. Second, Melo SHOULD get the ball on every offensive set in the final 2 minutes IF HE IS IN GOOD POSITION. 


This team goes on runs when Melo is hitting catch-and-shoot buckets. The myth is that Melo helps with spacing for other guys, but its a Myth because he only does that when he's playing in the flow of a game. Defenses have learned to respect him when he has the ball, and to not leave him wide open at the arc, but that they need not over-compensate when someone else has the rock.

C0P0
C0P0

@OLD_KNICK Could be a star in this league but sadly, he is everything we thought he'd be negatively.

Chris
Chris

@OLD_KNICK He is not going to get involved, after all he is a CAA client. And Dolan is opening for the Eagles, and fools are still filling the seats so its not on Woody (not)

saintknick
saintknick

@VerySilentJay @SportsMeccaNYC This is true. Murray has some development still to do. He has to learn how to run the court a bit better (but felton isn't great at that) and he needs to get an NBA handle (which I don't expect him to have yet since he's not a true PG anyway). Having no 3pt shot also hurts in our style of play.


That said, when Melo + anyone else is shooting a good % spot-up, in iso, or in the post, I'd have Murray out there for defense. Truth is for every boneheaded mistake he makes, he also makes 2-3 defensive stops, and causes the Knicks to get out on fast breaks.


Our BEST PG (if the role is deciding who gets the ball and when) is actually Kenyon Martin if you can believe it. A MUCH smarter offensive decision maker and passer than I thought he was.