Naturally, the press was curious what JR Smith learned from the whole shoelace fiasco, which ended with the guard getting benched for an entire game. So Smith was asked about it, and he said he has to be more serious, more professional. Per ESPN New York:
So what did J.R. Smith learn from this whole shoelace fiasco?
“Don’t goof around, I guess. Be serious. Be a professional. And just don’t take this opportunity here you have for granted,” he said. “There’s a lot of people in this world that want our jobs. You can’t take it for granted. It can be taken away just that fast.”
Smith returned to the court Saturday for the New York Knicks in Philly after being benched one game (and one quarter) for his shoelace antics.
He made an immediate impact against the 76ers, scoring 11 points, handing out four assists and grabbing two rebounds in the second quarter.
[...] The latest instance was the shoelace stunt that cost him a $50,000 fine and led to his benching Thursday.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world,” Smith said of getting benched.