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J.R. Smith untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace before Shawn Marion’s, then reportedly blames Howard for inspiring trick

Jan 8, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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J.R. Smith has some nerve.

He got got caught untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces, talked his way out of a fine and then pretended to pull the same stunt against Greg Monroe (though I can buy the possibility Smith was joking when he reached toward Monroe’s shoe and had no true intention of grabbing the lace).

We don’t know exactly why the NBA didn’t fine Smith, but maybe it’s in part because he shifted blame to everyone’s favorite target: Dwight Howard. Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Smith reportedly told the NBA during his meeting Rockets center Dwight Howard pulled the shoelace stunt on him in Houston on [Friday]. Smith, however, got caught and Howard didn’t.

Smith wouldn’t confirm the Howard incident Tuesday. ‘“I’m not saying that,’’ he said.

Perhaps, Smith’s story got twisted as it was relayed by sources. Maybe Howard’s move was a little different and didn’t come on a free throw. Maybe Howard actually did it to Smith before Friday.

But if Smith told the NBA that Howard inspired the untie-a-shoelace-during-a-free-throw trick during that game, I’m convinced Smith lied or at least misrepresented the truth. Not only did Howard not to do it Smith first, Smith did it to Howard!

Through NBA.com/stats, I watched every non-technical, non-Howard free throw before Smith untied Howard’s shoelaces (because if Howard tried to pull the trick during those foul shots…) while both were in the game. Every instance provided a view that allows me to conclude Howard didn’t try to untie Smith’s shoes first, though Howard retaliated later:

(hat tip for the second video: Kenny Ducey)

But for Smith to shift focus onto Howard would be completely misleading.

Now, I wonder how long has Smith been pulling this trick and what did he pull on the league office?

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    This dude is fugaze.

    • basketballhooper1 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      “Fugaizi, fugazi, It’s a wasie, its a wuzzi, its a *whistles* fairy dust.”

      Wolf of Wall Street

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        maybe you corny people never heard of a prank.
        you guys are losers, your life must really suck if this
        is what worries you.

  2. indrathegod - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Wow….if he spent half as much time getting back to his level of play than coming up with stupid pranks, he would be a lot better off.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      maybe if he was 100% after knee surgery he would be a lot better off.
      you don’t know anything about the knickerbockers but you running ya mouth!

      • heat256 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        We know they are terrible for their supposed talent and salary positions, a dysfunctional mess, and the toast of loudmouth New Yawkers everywhere. That about sum it up?

      • nikedunks13 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Jr is TURRIBLE

  3. shanferg - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Who cares!!! Why is this worth writing about???

  4. moseskkim - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    thats just stupid. if i were a victim of that crap, i would go straight to the ref and say either gimme time to tie my shoe before i go for a potential rebound/go back on offense, or give him a tech/warning. that crap has no place in the game

  5. svupper - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    It doesnt matter who did it first, how do you not get fined for a stunt, that might injure another player at worst..

  6. indrathegod - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I don’t care if he’s not healthy or not. It’s all fun and games until he unties someone’s shoes and they get injured. Be real.

  7. indrathegod - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Oh and I could care less about the Knicks, they’re horrible and not even a .500 team.

  8. roarfrom384 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Just double knot. End of JR Smiths best weapon this year.

  9. stoudemelo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I hate JR Smith. He’s an idiot.

  10. topdawg4ever - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I can actually believe Howard did it first. lame brain.

  11. indrathegod - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    “Just double knot. End of JR Smiths best weapon this year.”

    Lol.

  12. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Maybe JR is just acting out since that whole thing about his kid brother getting dumped?

  13. peterjohnjoseph - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’m assuming since JR couldn’t tie his own shoes until age 14 that he just is angry and now takes out the rage on others to make up for it. A shoelace You should see what he does to magazines and books in peoples lockers… not being able to “read real good” still gets to him.

  14. gm - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    VELCRO

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