JR Smith is having a rocky season with the Knicks this year. After being fined $50,000 for untying players shoes while at the foul line, JR was held out of Thursday night’s match up against the Miami Heat.
According to Smith, Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t tell him before the game he wouldn’t be playing.
“I think that’s the most misleading part of it,” Smith said via ESPN New York. “I could see if I was told, but there was no conversation about it. But it is what it is. We got the [win].”
Smith also stated that he has no idea of what his future is with the Knicks. ”Honestly, I don’t even know at this point. At one point I was for sure, and now it’s rocking the boat,” Smith stated. “But it is what it is. It’s the nature of the business.”
Smith himself thought the fine was a bit excessive.
“The first time it was done, everybody thought it was hilarious. The second time it was done, it wasn’t really done. But at the end of the day it is what it is. I’m not going to fight it.
“It was a joke, but a joke gone wrong,” Smith said.
Woodson stated that Smith needs to cut the antics and calls Smith’s conduct “unacceptable”.
“I’m not happy about this because he was warned, he comes back, and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Woodson said. “It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.”
JR has been fined this season for issuing threats to Brandon Jennings via Twitter and suspended 5 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. And $1 million in total fines over his 10 year NBA career.