(NEW YORK) — It’s been a rough week for New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith. First he was fined by the NBA for his on-the-court antics, and Thursday night against the Miami Heat, Smith was benched. It has left him questioning his role with the team going forward.
“Honestly, I don’t even know at this point,” Smith said. “At one point I was for sure, and now it’s rocking the boat,” Smith said Thursday night. “But it is what it is. It’s the nature of the business.”
The Knicks have failed to live up to expectations this season after winning 54 games last season, but are playing some of their best basketball of the season currently. The team arguably had their best win of the season against the Heat, but Smith didn’t appear in the game.
Smith, who is averaging 11.3 points per game on .348% shooting, was recently fined by $50,000 by the NBA for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct.” He untied the shoes of Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, and attempted to do the same to Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe.
Last season, Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award and signed a three-year, $18 million contract in the offseason.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN