New York Knicks point guard J.R. Smith has been fined $50,000 for what the league has defined as “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct”.
This “unsportmanlike conduct” is in reference to Smith’s newfound penchant for untying opponents shoe laces as they await a free throw attempt.
After untying the laces of opponent Shawn Marion during the Knicks 92-80 victory over the Mavericks on Jan 5., Smith was initially only given a warning by the league.
But, seemingly unable to control himself, Smith was back to his old tricks on Tuesday night as the Knicks took on the Detroit Pistons. Again, as Smith waited for a free throw to be taken, he seemed to attempt the manoeuvre again – only for Pistons’ Greg Monroe to quickly move his foot out of reach.
And it seems this second time was too much for the authorities.
Rod Thorn, President of Basketball Operations, handed down the fine to Smith, and his coach, Mike Woodson, did not see the funny side when speaking to ESPN radio:
“He was warned, he comes back and makes the same mistake, and it’s not right.”