Update (6:53 pm): According to league sources, J.R. Smith will receive a fine, not a suspension (Berman).
The NBA may fine J.R. Smith for untying Shawn Marion’s shoe during their game on Sunday.
“A source said no player has ever been disciplined for such a bizarre transgression,” the New York Post reported.
A decision is expected on Tuesday.
Harris DeckerThis was the first thing that I thought of when I saw it happen. With such blatant video evidence, how could the NBA not suspend J.R.? He clearly untied Marion’s shoe and it wasn’t a joke. Marion had no idea what was happening and luckily wasn’t injured on the ensuing play.
Smith has proved time and time again that he is a disaster when it comes to anything other than shooting a basketball. Maybe he thinks that untying someones shoe laces can make up for a boneheaded shot against the Rockets? Seriously, how dumb can you be? Sports are covered in high definition, by dozens of cameras (Playoff games use about 20) and everything from missing a shot to picking your nose is caught on camera. How were we not going to see Smith untying Marion’s shoes?
Either way, Smith should be suspended and there’s no doubt about it. Hopefully he comes back charged up but in the meantime, this should allow Tim Hardaway Jr. to see more minutes.