So, J.R. Smith’s season is fun, isn’t it? He was recently warned by the league for untying Shawn Marion’s shoe when the New York Knicks met with the Dallas Mavericks. Smith was subbed into the game, positioned himself next to Marion while Dirk Nowitzki was taking a free throw, bent down and untied his shoe. Marion looked pretty baffled by what happened and was forced to tie it up again at the next stoppage of play.
As a result, Marion was warned by the league to not do it again and so he got away with his antics with just a formal warning. However, against the Detroit Pistons Smith was back to it and attempted and failed to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe. As a result, he is being hit with a hefty $50,000 fine.
Hope the shoe lace trick was fun, J.R. League comes down hard: $50K.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 8, 2014
If Smith didn’t get the message the first time around, he probably does now. This is a bit of an unprecedented situation and it’s flat-out silly by Smith. It might have been a little fun at first, but to go back and do it again after receiving a warning wasn’t the brightest of moves.