Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 1:10 pm  |  49 responses

JR Smith Fined $50,000 for Untying Opponents’ Shoelaces

Once was funny; the second time was simply too much for the NBA to handle. The League fined JR Smith $50K on Wednesday for being JR Smith. From the press release:

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been fined $50,000 for recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

During the Knicks’ 92-80 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 5, at American Airlines Center, Smith untied the shoelace of Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion during a free throw attempt.   After Smith was warned by the league office to refrain from further conduct of this nature, he attempted to repeat the action last night during New York’s 89-85 win over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

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  • The Mauve Avenger

    $1,872,558.00 in fines collected by the NBA in total during the 2013-2014 season. New York Knicks players contributing $328,955 or 17.6% of the total.

    Edit: Not including JR’s fine.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/fines-tracker/nba/

  • andrew

    JR has to grow up; as a knick fan, i think jr is a great player, always fun to watch (except when he does the dumbest things.) but why must he act out so often? 50,000 is a lot of money for playground antics….

  • obo

    if there was an award for the dumbest player of the league…

  • BE.water

    This is bullshit. It was a fun moment. I’m sure he was just screwing around with Shawn. This is petty.

  • BBaller23

    javale mcgee would win the award

  • Dfrance

    I do think the fine is a little excessive, and the intent was not to harm, but that could have been dangerous. Plus, they gave him a warning and he goes right back and does it again the next game, he’s an id1ot.

  • danpowers

    would it still be “a lot of money” when a million dollar heavy basketball player trips over his opened laces and gets seriously hurt? not so sure…

  • BE.water

    Shawn even said that he didnt make a big deal out of it. If it was anybody other than JR (besides Boogie) we have a non-story. Simply playing with an untied shoe isn’t THAT dangerous.

  • Blarmac

    They should do something constructive with all these fines.

  • spit hot fiyah

    please define great player

  • Dfrance

    And he got away with that one. Obviously by them giving him a warning, he knew they were watching. Why do it again?

  • spit hot fiyah

    and why admit on twitter that you do it every game? head scratcher

  • Dfrance

    Hol up, hold my phone! I initially read that as the total for last season! About $1.9 in fines and the season isn’t even half done???

  • BE.water

    so, If he’s BEEN doing it… why fine him NOW? Is it because it was caught on live tv?

  • Andrew

    LOL well when he’s on fire he is real hot, otherwise just flat out sucks…. alright alright… he flat out suck (but fun to watch lol )

  • Biggggg in here


  • Dfrance

    It’s because they said “Stop doing that JR, or we’ll fine you” and then he did it again. Pretty simple.

  • BE.water

    I still see it as a petty fine. Shouldn’t have gotten this much negative attention in the first place

  • bike

    Foot fetish?


    Why didn’t Dwayne wade get fined when he threw bibbys sneaker in the playoffs a few years back>?

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I accidently read the title as Idiot Fined $50,000 for Untying Opponents’ Shoelaces.

  • Grasshoper Funk

    Because the shoe was regarded as an “obstacle”, thus it had to be removed. Yes, it was unethical, because that didn’t happen during a play, but it was somehow the right thing to do.

    JR Smith did that on purpose, right during the second free-throw shot, which means it’s at the beginning of the next play.

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    He didn’t even untie Greg Monroe’s shoe, he only “attempted”. I’d be upset over that fine.

  • underdog

    JaVale is more like goofy and unskilled, but JR is a real idiot.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    It’s the Technical Foul fines that are really the meat of the total. Apparently the NBA charges for each of the techs received in a season and the more techs received the more expensive they become:
    1-5: $1,000 each
    6-10: $1,500 each
    11-15:$2,000 each
    16-?: $2,500 and a one game suspension

  • AndyK415

    Even attempting the act is so incredibly dumb. He should get fined.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    It is petty. But the NBA’s issue is not that he did it the first time – that is fine, and fun, whatever. They gave him a friendly warning. But to do the same thing again literally 2 nights later (when you just received a warning) is just flat out stupid. The League doesn’t stand for that kind of blatant disregard for their warnings.

  • davidR

    no wonder they call so many techs over nothing

  • Respect

    If You’re untying peoples shoes on the court and the League gives you a warning and says don’t do it again, why the hell would you come out the next game and do it again, Idiot

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    No one really knows if he was just doing that to try to make him flinch.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Ugh

    The scary thing is – Metta World Peace is not the dumbest/most out-of-control player on this team.
    That’s a warning sign.

  • phil

    best D he’s played all year

  • Jerome

    Any credibility this guy had is gone. Must’ve liked playing in China.

  • melvo

    J.R. Smith is a huge piece of sh*t for doing that. I mean, I’ve never heard of someone getting seriously injured because of an untied shoelace, but still, Shawn Marion could have fell.

  • melvo

    Untying a players shoe is essentially the same as attempting to trip up a player–to a lesser degree.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    he’s not dumb. He just has difficulity putting his tools together to reach his potential.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Might as well say, He’s not dumb, he just has trouble thinking……….

  • AndyK415

    The league told him not to do it again…so he goes out and does it again. He should get fined for disregarding their warning and for being childish that could have injured Marion.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    its difficult to be be good at basketball… nothing to do w/ his ability to think… did you play college ball

  • AndyK415

    So it’s smart to untie someone’s shoes during a game?

  • spit hot fiyah

    slow clap……+10 for u in the shot chart category

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    it’s immoral if the intention is to harm them. but if he hadn’t been caught and it provided him an advantage then well the Art of War

  • Andrew

    Feel bad for Woodson, he has to try to treat and raise him like his own child.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    I know J.r is an idiot but $50,000 !!!! Man that can save so many lives.

  • Lloyd

    Great stat!

  • Lloyd

    It got attention because no one does stuff like this. It got even more attention because the NBA told him not to do it again. He’s getting fined this heavily because he did it again and it’s basically a blatant act of defiance since he’s doing it immediately after his verbal reprimand.

    You know why it’s a non-story when others do it? Because others DON’T do it (hard to write about an event that never happened)! The whole “it’s only because it’s JR Smith” complaint can’t be acceptable because literally no one does stupid stuff like this on the regular, especially after being caught the first time and told not to.


    Good point guys, Although If it was JR who threw a players shoe to the sideline I believe he would get fined. JR is being looked at under a microscope, he did it to himself.

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