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.