Opening Tip: Punish J.R.?

January, 8, 2014
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Tuesday was another day in the spotlight for J.R. Smith.

Smith was the center of attention in the Knicks' locker room after their win over the Pistons. Everyone wanted to know what he had to say about untying Shawn Marion's shoelace on Sunday.

The NBA reportedly investigated the incident and issued a warning to Smith on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.

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AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIDo you give J.R. Smith a thumbs up or thumbs down for his shoelace shenanigans?
Smith didn't want to say much about the investigation after the game. Marion brushed it off as harmless.

Others, though, saw it as a another example of Smith's poor judgement.

The reigning Sixth Man Award winner was suspended for the first five games of the year for violating the league's anti-drug policy over the summer.

Prior to that, he opted to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee days after signing a three-year contract with the Knicks in order to protect his value on the free-agent market.

In addition, Smith was fined by the NBA for tweeting a threatening message at Detroit's Brandon Jennings after Jennings questioned the credentials of Smith's brother, Chris.

So some observers lumped Smith's shoelace incident with his other perceived transgressions and see him as a player who lacks self-control.

Others, like Marion, saw the shoelace stunt as an inconsequential attempt at humor.

We want to know what you think below.

Up now: The Knicks got Raymond Felton back on Tuesday but were without Tyson Chandler (illness) for the second straight game.

They have won three of four in 2014 and have back-to-back wins for the second time this season.

Carmelo Anthony likes how the Knicks are playing heading into Thursday's matchup with the Heat.

What's next: The Knicks will practice on Wednesday to get ready for Thursday night's game against the Heat.

Question: Do you think J.R. Smith's shoelace incident was harmless? Or should Smith be punished? If so, how?

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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