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Febuary21st2011
11-22-2011, 11:43 AM
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/22/content_14141904.htm


When Zhejiang Golden Bulls signed NBA free agent JR Smith in September, they were notified he used to be a troublemaker.

JR Smith rests in a courtside seat after getting injured during a game between Guangdong Hongyuan and Zhejiang Chouzhou in the first round of Chinese basketball Association league on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]
They just did not expect the trouble to come so quickly.
In his debut game for the Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association league on Sunday, JR Smith contributed 20 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 78-111 road loss to Guangdong Hongyuan, a not-so-impressive outcome considering his reportedly $3 million salary with the team, which is the highest in CBA. What was worse, he suffered a knee injury with 5:25 remaining. The video clip showed he twisted his knee in a penetration play, and then limped off the court in agony.
The hapless star, appearing to be in a discontented mood, covered his head with a towel at a courtside seat and declined medical attention from the team. After the game, he left with his sister, back to the hotel.
On Monday morning, he updated his Twitter and Weibo, saying he was on his way to Beijing to see a doctor, which triggered a spat with the team's manager Zhao Bing.
An irate Zhao posted a warning to Smith on Weibo Monday afternoon about his reckless leave, saying that the club wanted him back as soon as possible, or "he will face the consequences."
Smith, on the other end, responded 40 minutes later, saying the purpose of his leave is to get healthy, and suggested Zhao "pick another profession" if he could not understand that.
He also denied that he was taking advantage of the injury to leave China, saying his goal is not to leave but to win, and health is one of the conditions of winning.
According to a Sina report, Smith underwent an MRI on his knee Tuesday morning in Beijing and will later fly back to Yiwu city in Zhejiang to meet the team to prepare for a home opener tonight.
Smith communicated with the team Monday night and reiterated his willingness to stay, says the report, but it will be based on his condition and he will negotiate with the team after his return.
An insider from the Golden Bulls reveals that the team was planning to waive Smith, who has been too demanding.
According to Zhao Bing, the club had provided Smith with a presidential suite at a cost of 6,880 yuan per day, arranged a special chef and spent 700,000 yuan in insurance as he requested. However, he wanted another villa in Shanghai or Hangzhou with a chauffeured car to commute for training in Yiwu.
Ding Wei, the team's head coach, also disclosed that Smith has missed training three times with illness excuses. And the team discovered that once he was actually shopping in Shanghai.


not the chicago bulls, but the golden bulls, its funny, they said they caught him shopping instead of going to practice. this is the kind of player who i dont think should get a ton of money in NBA freeagency

Chi StateOfMind
11-22-2011, 12:01 PM
In b4 close.

gwrighter
11-22-2011, 12:20 PM
JR smith > life itself

looks like he's too used to the NBA lifestyle lol.

Febuary21st2011
11-22-2011, 12:21 PM
JR smith > life itself

looks like he's too used to the NBA lifestyle lol.

i cant believe he was shopping instead of practicing, think of the potential he has if he decided to dedicate himself to the nba, he could be an allstar

he would be like joe johnson or someting

sep11ie
11-22-2011, 12:37 PM
In b4 close.

Why would this be closed?

Febuary21st2011
11-22-2011, 12:38 PM
Why would this be closed?

because im a knicks fan i guess, idk

baigelboy
11-22-2011, 12:41 PM
Hate to see any players get hurt in these meaningless games. sad.

Febuary21st2011
11-22-2011, 12:44 PM
Hate to see any players get hurt in these meaningless games. sad.
we shld sign him and chandler with the MLE

YoungOne
11-22-2011, 12:44 PM
Hate to see any players get hurt in these meaningless games. sad.

why is a regular season game meaningless?

sep11ie
11-22-2011, 12:48 PM
we shld sign him and chandler with the MLE

Lol, do you know the rules?

Hellcrooner
11-22-2011, 01:00 PM
Hate to see any players get hurt in these meaningless games. sad.

they are not meaningless for the chinese people.

You shoudl respect that.

KingPosey
11-22-2011, 01:13 PM
There is literally not one guy in the nba that can destroy a team if they get it going in a quarter like JR Smith can. Its insane when he gets hot, ridiculous. But all the bull **** really costs him.

king4day
11-22-2011, 01:18 PM
I'm starting to think the injury is BS then.
Maybe he was told by friends in the states that there's a good chance the season will happen sooner than later.

DaBUU
11-22-2011, 01:25 PM
BS flags just went off. He was planning that to get back to the states. I'm not surprised he didnt research the country of China much before deciding to sign there. All these guys need to get back here and start playing, AK-47 messed up his face bad also in a recent game. This lockout is re-got-dang-diculous.

Da Knicks
11-22-2011, 01:48 PM
Lol, do you know the rules?

Yes he does, he is reke havok the guy who hates the knicks and will do anything to make them look bad.:facepalm: dude needs a life but for now a ban will do.:)

daleja424
11-22-2011, 01:51 PM
did anyone actually read the article? b/c no where in it does it say that JR is going to be released... :facepalm: