After repeated attempts to curb JR SMITH’S unsportsmanlike behavior, ESPN has learned the Knicks are seeking a trade for their less-than-super sub off the bench.
After being warned to quit untying opposing players shoelaces after untying Shawn Marion’s shoes in Dallas, Smith attempted the act again—unsuccessfully—against Detroit’s Greg Monroe on Tuesday…
The NBA fined Smith $50,000 as a repeat offender on Wednesday.
There are generally three ways to get an NBA player’s attention: Take away his playing time, take away his money or trade him. Since fines are a drop in the bucket for most players and JR seems unfazed by reduced minutes, Smith’s antics have led the Knicks to seek separation altogether. Some say the Knicks are bluffing on trading last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, essentially using it as a scare tactic ploy, but either way, it has apparently gotten through to Smith.
Faced with the prospect of being traded away from home—and losing the opportunity to play for a head coach in Mike Woodson that really believes in him—Smith apologized for his behavior via Twitter and hasn’t tweeted since…
Could this be the end of JR’s reign on Twitter, where followers have blasted him for his Shoegate antics over the past week? More importantly, has the trade talk finally triggered some brain activity in Smith’s noggin?
I certainly hope so.