Sneaker-Gate: Knicks’ Smith Fined $50K for Shoelace Stunt

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“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.”

But Smith does keep doing things like that in what’s becoming an expensive season for the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.

Smith was suspended without pay for the first five games of the season, costing him about $253,000 of his $5.6 million salary, after violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program. He was then fined $25,000 in November for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account.

Smith is shooting under 35 percent from the field and averaging 11.3 points, a drop of about seven per game from last season.

(AP Photo: New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith reacts after scoring during the first half of an NBA Basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in New York.)

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