Knicks’ JR Smith warned for untying Marion’s shoes, admits to doing it every game
The NBA has warned, but not fined, New York Knicks‘ J.R. Smith for reaching down to untie Shawn Marion’s left shoe during a game, according to reports from the NY Post and the Bergen Record.
The Post reported earlier this week that the league office was investigating the incident, which occurred during the Knicks’ 92-80 road victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, where Smith was clearly seen untying Shawn Marion’s shoes as Dirk Nowitzki was shooting a free throw.
Smith brushed the warning off on Twitter Monday night and said he does it every game.
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) January 6, 2014
Surely enough, during the first quarter of a Tuesday night game against the Pistons, Smith appeared to attempt to untie Greg Monroe’s shoes during a free throw. Smith reached down with his right hand and contacted Monroe’s left foot, but he did not succeed in untying the shoe as Monroe moved his foot. All this despite New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson chastising Smith before the Pistons game
“He shouldn’t be doing stuff like that,” Woodson said during his pre-game comments, according to ESPNNY.com. “I’m going to talk to him a little more about it when I get in there. His focus should just be on playing basketball. That’s what it’s about and those are things you just don’t do. You think you’ve seen it all and something creeps in.”
via http://nba.si.com/2014/01/07/j-r-smith-warning-no-fine-untying-shoe-shawn-marion-knicks-mavericks/ by Ben Golliver