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Report: J.R. Smith cited for illegal scooter excursion

May 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

TMZ reports that volatile Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was cited for operating a scooter without a license.

J.R. Smith is not going to gain any street cred from this arrest — he was popped in Miami this weekend for operating a scooter without a valid driver’s license.

via NBA Star J.R. Smith Busted … for Illegal Scootering | TMZ.com.

Smith has had yet another up and down year. First he was rumored to be on the trading block, which ended when the Nuggets cleaned managerial house. Then Carmelo Anthony was traded, putting Smith in a bigger role. Then he had another inconsistent and explosive postseason, and complained about both his teammates and the officials. Now he’s busted for a scooter.

This is nothing huge, nor out of the ordinary for Smith. And all things considered, given his history, it’s hard to shake a finger at a guy over driving a scooter. But for the Bulls fans out there clamoring for an 2-guard in Smith’s mold, be aware, he comes with this kind of regularly accumulating baggage.

  1. randysavage4ever - May 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    J.R. Smith is crazy…the tatts, the dance, the whole package…

    but so what, on the court he can ball – he will get signed,

    he could of got cited for an illegal elephant excursion , it dont matter

    he can shoot 3’s, play defense, & bang on ppl

    • saveusterrelldavis - May 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Really? Defense? Hmm….

      • edmazeing1 - May 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        Melo has no D & he still gets love.

      • borderline1988 - May 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        I think JR Smith is universally known as the worst defender the league has ever seen. He’s like a pylon on defense.
        He will always have a job because he gives you instant offense off the bench, but if you’re expecting defense then youre barking up the wrong tree.

  2. jw731 - May 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    whats that joke…..What do scooters and fat chicks have in common?….They are both fun to ride til your friends see you on one….

  3. thestudiokida - May 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    JR’s lack of defense would more than make up for the little bit of offense that he provides. Bulls should first identify exactly what they need in a 2-guard. Tough defender, spot up shooter and maybe even a little veteran leaderships. After shooting yourself in the head over not signing Ray Allen they should try to find the next best thing.

  4. goforthanddie - May 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Since when do you need a license to ride a moped? And how embarrassed is this dude?

  5. olsherm - May 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    I didn’t even know you needed a liscence for a scooter

  6. bittersonicsfan - May 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    JR is out there, but I still want to see his 360 layups. Maybe Thibs can corral his wild horse spirit. But something tells me if George Karl couldn’t do it, maybe no one can.

  7. rajbais - May 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    What kind of NBA bad boy gets busted with a scooter???

  8. habibthomas - May 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    i praise the day when sports writers stop using the lame term “street cred”, because they seem to be the only people in the world who actually care about that. NEWFLASH: No one cares or is handing out this imaginary street cred you speak

  9. risingsun83 - May 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Guy is a good shooter thats about it.

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