(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) — Untying someone’s shoes these days has become extremely expensive. Just ask J.R. Smith.
The New York Knicks guard has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct,” the league announed Wednesday.
Smith was caught untying the shoe laces of Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion during the second quarter of the Knicks’ 92-80 win on Wednesday night. He was warned by the league before Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons, but he was seen attempting to repeat the action on forward Greg Monroe.
“I’ve never seen it done in an NBA game, put it that way, in all the years I’ve been around,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Smith is no stranger to trouble with the NBA. He was suspended the first five games without pay for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy in the offseason, and was also docked $25,000 for sending what the NBA deemed a “hostile” tweet to Pistons guard Brandon Jennings.
The Knicks signed Smith to a three-year, $18 million contract last July. He is averaging 11.5 points on 34.8 percent from the field.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN