JR Smith was fined $50,000 by the NBA for a little childish prank

2016 NBA champion JR Smith was fined $50,000 by the NBA while playing for the New York Knicks in 2014

In the NBA, players try and do whatever they can to gain an advantage over their opponents. They train like crazy, spending tons of hours at the gym. They employ on-court strategies to gain an advantage over their opponents. And then comes my favorite part, playing mind games and doing silly little things to outwit opponents.

When it comes to doing silly things on the court, JR Smith is no stranger to this. We all still remember him dodging the clock in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Turns out he did silly things on the court before that, when he played for the New York Knicks. His silliness cost him $50,000 in a single scan.

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JR Smith Ignored The NBA Once, Costing Him 50 Gs Cash

In 2014, the New York Knicks faced the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki was on the free throw line and JR Smith was on the third mark, waiting for rebounds. He seemed to bend over to tie his shoelace when he reached out and untied Shawn Marion’s lace, hoping to get a head start on the rebound. Unfortunately for JR, Dirk took down the FT.

Smith ended up receiving a post-game notice from the NBA about his action and warning him against it. However, he decided to ignore it, and in the next game, he did the same. His teammate Amar’e Stoudemire was on the free throw line. JR reached down and untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace. Dwight tried to return the favor, but failed.

As a result of the same, JR was fined $50,000 by the NBA.

From a player safety standpoint, the NBA was right to do so. However, 50Gs for shoelaces? Oh, that must hurt.

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