The NBA gave J.R. Smith a warning — and then a $50,000 fine when he ignored it.
The league penalized the New York Knicks guard again Wednesday, this time for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” after he tried to untie an opponent’s sneaker for a second time in two games.
Smith untied Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s shoe while they were standing next to each other during a free-throw attempt at Dallas on Sunday and was warned not to repeat the act by the league office.
Coach Mike Woodson had said before Tuesday’s home game against Detroit that Smith shouldn’t be doing things like that, but the reserve guard then tried it again on Greg Monroe during a free-throw attempt — with league disciplinarian Rod Thorn in attendance.
“I’ve always said I don’t condone things that I know you shouldn’t do and no, I’m not happy about this, because again, he was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake and it’s not right,” Woodson said during a radio interview with ESPN New York.
“I’m going to address it tomorrow when he comes in here for work, because it’s unacceptable, I mean it really is. I mean, it’s unprofessional. That’s the only word I can use, or two words. It’s just, you can’t do that. You just cannot do that.”
BUDINGER ACTIVATED — The Minnesota Timberwolves have activated forward Chase Budinger for the first time this season.
Budinger missed the first 34 games of the season after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee before the preseason.
CLIPPERS ADD GUARD — The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract two days after waiving him. The 6-foot-2 former Villanova player didn’t appear in a game this season, missing the first 33 contests with a torn left meniscus.
Wayns appeared in six games with the Clippers last season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.2 assists.
The Clippers lost All-Star guard Chris Paul with a separated right shoulder.