Jun 21, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT
J.R. Smith’s time in China during the NBA lockout did not exactly go smoothly. There was the knee injury where he and the team disputed severity and treatment, there were the missed practices that he disputes, there was a pretty severe culture clash, and there was his sister getting into multiple fights with fans in the stands.
But the man wants to be paid.
His team in china withheld some of his salary and Smith wants his money, reports the New York Post.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith is disputing he missed 80 practices with his Chinese team — virtually all of them — in a lawsuit filed with FIBA to recoup the $1,078,500 withheld from his salary.
In the complaint obtained by The Post, a four-page list of other alleged transgressions depict a player who had blatant disregard for the Zhejiang Chouzhou rules during his short tenure. Smith did not attend a series of pregame team meetings and took trips to Shanghai, Beijing and the United Kingdom during practice days without telling the club.
The best part is this same guy was not near the biggest distraction on the Knicks last season.
- LaMarcus Aldridge has chosen to sign with Spurs 65
- Who should Clippers get to replace DeAndre Jordan? How about Blake Griffin. 42
- Report: Tobias Harris reaches four-year, $64 million extension to stay with Orlando 25
- Report: Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year, $9.5 million deal with Sacramento Kings 47
- Report: DeAndre Jordan agrees to four-year, $80 million deal to join Dallas Mavericks 56
- Report: Kings signing Marco Belinelli to three-year, $19 million contract 19
- Report: Knicks to sign Robin Lopez to four-year, $54 million contract (unless DeAndre Jordan changes his mind) 12
- PBT Extra: Free agent signings we didn’t love 6