Nov 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT
Somewhere, George Karl is just nodding along silently. Not his problem anymore.
J.R. Smith was back on the floor with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team he inked a $3 million deal to play for through the full season into next March.
But he is getting much more than just that salary, there are a host of perks — and it’s still not enough, reports China Daily (via Ball Don’t Lie). His attitude and demands have the team ready to waive him, to just pay him to go away.
According to Zhao Bing, the club had provided Smith with a presidential suite at a cost of 6,880 yuan per day, arranged a special chef and spent 700,000 yuan in insurance as he requested. However, he wanted another villa in Shanghai or Hangzhou with a chauffeured car to commute for training in Yiwu.
Ding Wei, the team’s head coach, also disclosed that Smith has missed training three times with illness excuses. And the team discovered that once he was actually shopping in Shanghai.
They haven’t yet, he was on the floor with them Tuesday after his scary knee injury. But everything is not going smoothly in China, and Nuggets front office types feel a kinship with their brethren of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.
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