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J.R. Smith says he’d go back and play in China… really?

Jul 14, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — J.R. Smith’s time playing in China during the lockout was… eventful. We’ll be kind and call it eventful.

There were millions dollars in fines, him suing his team, family members fighting with fans and an early end to the entire experiment. He said he didn’t learn any of the language.

So, sure, he’d go back. He was at NBA Summer League Saturday and talked about it his time in China.

“It was a humbling experience, Smith said. “It was definitely a culture shock, even basketball is different over there. But it was an interesting time, it was fun.

“Hopefully I’ll do it again some time, maybe at the end of my career.”

Okay. We’ll see if he is invited back.

  1. dysraw1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    is he kidding the chinese here want to jump him

  2. willcoop62 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Bye, hit the road!

  3. muhangis - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    He is still a very valuable player…

  4. themajorleagueblog - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    I really hope J.R. Smith is saying that to appease the Chinese because he really botched that “Chinese connection”. Seriously, bad puns aside, Smith should end his career in the NBA

  5. themajorleagueblog - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    I really hope J.R. Smith is saying that to appease the Chinese because he really botched that “Chinese connection”. Seriously, bad puns aside, Smith should end his career in the NBA

  6. badintent - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Memo to J.R. You need a visa to visit China, you need a work visa to work(play a child’s game) in China. You have as much a chance of getting another work visa there as I do being the hedge fund manager of Blackstone. At the end of the day, if you step foot in there, the Chinese police will throw your butt in jail. They execute about 5000 inmates a year( amnesty International’s numbers) because they can. Gotta be the rice.Tell mama to go to China Town for Dim Sum.

  7. knightrider1755 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    The question to be asked is “Would China have him back”?

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