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J.R. Smith’s demands have Chinese team frustrated

Nov 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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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.

  1. goforthanddie - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    There you go, show off that fine American work ethic.

  2. bgeclipper2 - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    man just looking at the picture and seeing his tattoos makes me sick. You can just tell this guy is a thug and why any team NBA, or overseas would want him on their team is just crazy.

    • minnesota32 - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Apparently Andrei Kirilenko is a thug too then right? Times have changed and tattoos are a part of pop culture. It’s not only thugs who have them.

  3. cordellgc - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    “you can he is a thug”. its sick racists ducks like you that give Americans a bad reputation abroad . so take your racists ass back to your 8.50 per hour job, (yes super size it for me) you jealous nerd. if you want to make millions a year grow to be six-eight and learn how to shoot the three, or make yourself left handed and throw 98.

  4. mojosmagic - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Maybe he can get some of the out of work hookers a job.

  5. thetooloftools - Nov 22, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Yea.. and to think some people look up to these Divas. I don’t care if they miss the entire season anymore.

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