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NBA player J.R. Smith of New York Knicks fined for untying rivals' shoes

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NBA player fined for untying shoes

New York Knicks player J.R. Smith has copped a $50,000 fine after repeatedly attempting to untie the shoelaces of rival players.

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NEW YORK: Repeatedly trying to unknot the shoelaces of rival players during NBA games has cost New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith $US50,000 ($56,140).

The league imposed the punishment upon the 28-year-old American on Wednesday after he attempted to untie an opposing player's shoes on Tuesday during New York's 89-85 home victory over Detroit.

The NBA had already issued Smith a warning about such moves after he untied the left shoelace of Dallas forward Shawn Marion during a second quarter free throw attempt last Sunday when the Knicks beat the visiting Mavericks 92-80.

Serial pest: J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, right.

Serial pest: J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, right. Photo: Getty Images

Smith was standing next to Marion awaiting a potential rebound when he reached down to make his move.

"I've never seen it done in an NBA game," Knicks coach Mike Woodson told ESPN. "You think you have seen it all and something creeps in.

"He shouldn't be doing stuff like that."

Marion laughed off the move, but he was trying to relace his shoe at the other end of the court after Smith's trick and only was able to reknot the shoelace after a foul stopped play once more.

AFP

3 comments

  • JR Smith is to be congratulated on his consistent form....NYK wonders why they are so consistently out of form. And now New Yorkers are just p***** off !

    Commenter
    Machooka
    Location
    inner west sydney
    Date and time
    January 09, 2014, 9:20AM
    • Untying shoelaces is so amateur. He should try a Hopoate finger.

      Just be sure you're not wearing a ring.

      Commenter
      Malik the magic sheep
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      January 09, 2014, 11:33AM
  • He should stick to flopping.

    Commenter
    thomas
    Date and time
    January 09, 2014, 11:18AM
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