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Report: J.R. Smith fined more than $1 million by Chinese team

Feb 22, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

J.R. Smith may finally have found someone who makes Stu Jackson and David Stern seem reasonable.

We knew Smith and his family had a couple incidents while playing in China during the lockout, apparently he missed some practices, too. About $1 million worth. You read that right, $1 million in fines.

That’s the report, which we saw in the fantastic Chinese League blog NIUBBALL (via SLAM):

According to a report published by NetEase, Smith had US $1.06 million deducted from his salary over the course of the season for missing practices. Most of the missed practices came during pre-season while his team, Zhejiang Chouzhou, was getting ready for the start of the regular season. The sum was deducted from his salary, a final number that represented about one-third of his total salary.

Zhejiang Chouzhou general manager, Zhao Bing, said that the team was simply enforcing a clause in Smith’s signed contract and that the team gave him ample warning throughout.

“This was the arrangement when he came to the team,” said Zhao. “Every practice we let him know. If he expressed to us that he wasn’t going to come to practice, we’d tell him that in accordance with our contract, we’re deducting money from your salary. And he’d always get back to us with, ‘Whatever. If you’re going to take it, then just take it.’”

Yea, that sounds like something Smith would say.

His salary was reportedly $3 million for the season, so he apparently took a 1/3 million haircut. That will buy a lot of fried scorpions on a stick.

You think J.R. may be happy to be back stateside playing in New York? I can’t believe he didn’t want to hang out and play in the Chinese All-Star Game.

  1. stadix093 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Daaamn. What an idiot.

    • insi10 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Not at all if he didn’t need the money. Seems to me that he played it about right. Made $2 million, and now he’s in New York playing with the top Taiwanese-American player, which probably galls his Chinese team no end.

  2. 6thsense79 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Yea. That suonds like JR.

  3. mlhlite - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    we’re talking about practice man, practice

  4. bobulated - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    I have a couple of close friends who have lived and worked in China for years and this is actually pretty standard operating procedure with dealing with any kind of job there as an American. It’s expected excuses will be made and one won’t get paid completely what’s owed. Apparently it’s just kind of expected to have to negotiate after the fact to get paid and the government doesn’t care usually taking the native businesses side. I would find it very believable if practice times were changed or announced at last minute just to try shave money off the contract.

  5. goforthanddie - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Did they dock him security costs for all the problems his family caused?

  6. smartbutlazy - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    And with that, Allen Iverson just realized that Chinese basketball is not The Answer to his financial issues.

    • icu84bs - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      Nicely phrased ‘smartbutlazy’. With a moniker like that, it is possible we share some common DNA. Cheers :-)

  7. seanb20124 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Blood or Crip???

  8. nogoodell - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Anyone else read this with a Chinese accent ?

  9. redbirdfan81 - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    He’s an idiot and a thug! Nice way to represent your country you moron!

  10. stanleycup2012 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Stu Jackson will forever be a nice man, but a complete zero when it comes to basketball IQ or applying good judgement!

  11. rob0527 - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Practice, we r talking about practice.

  12. schaffershokai - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    JR needs to quit the game. I’d be happy to help him get a new career doing this:

  13. minnesota32 - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    It’s sad that most people reading this will give the benefit of the doubt to the Chinese in this case. We don’t know how JR was treated over there, yeah we know his family got into those fights or whatever the case may be since that’s what reporters chose to write about, but how do we know that wasn’t a reaction to the treatment they received? As stated above, we don’t know if they told JR one thing and changed it at the last second to show that the American was acting up to try and make it seem like the Chinese are better than Americans, which really isn’t that far-fetched in high context cultures such as that in China.

    Long story short, if we don’t know all the facts we should hold back judgement. Too bad that never happens.

  14. 700levelvet - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Hell, lets be realistic here, he and the rest of his hood rat posse family went over there to steal some money during the lockout, got to keep up the lifestyle afterall. Now, did anyone expect him to care?…He’s just another of the 60% of NBA players who are broke 5 years out of the league….

    • minnesota32 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Perfect example of what I’m talking about.

  15. yahmule - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Apparently things got off to a bad start when JR refused to physically intimidate factory workers who were failing to reach their quotas.

    /sent from my iPhone

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