Monday, January 6, 2014
No word from NBA on J.R. stunt
By Ohm Youngmisuk
J.R. Smith's shoelace stunt has yet to draw a reaction from the NBA.
An NBA spokesperson said there's nothing to announce so far in regards to Smith untying the shoelaces of Dallas Mavericks' forward Shawn Marion during the Knicks' 92-80 win over the Mavericks on Sunday night.
Smith was seen pulling and untying the shoelaces of Marion's left shoe as the two were lined up next to one another on the free throw line with the Knicks up 48-33 with 2:08 left in the second quarter.
After Dirk Nowitzki made a free throw, play resumed and Marion tried to tie his shoe after the Knicks scored on the other end. Marion finally was able to fully tie his left shoe once play stopped with a foul moments later.
It was an eventful Texas trip for the Knicks and Smith. The Knicks were able to win two out of three games on their Texas road swing at San Antonio and Dallas.
But they lost 102-100 at Houston after Smith launched a three with 19 seconds to play and the score tied at 100 when the Knicks could have held the ball for the last shot.
Head coach Mike Woodson told reporters that Smith went "blank" but also questioned why point guard Beno Udrih passed Smith the ball.