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spreadeagle
11-23-2011, 09:47 AM
Somewhere, George Karl is just nodding along silently. Not his problem anymore.

J.R. Smith was back on the floor with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team he inked a $3 million deal to play for through the full season into next March.

But he is getting much more than just that salary, there are a host of perks ó and itís still not enough, reports China Daily (via Ball Donít Lie). His attitude and demands have the team ready to waive him, to just pay him to go away.

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 teamís 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.

They havenít yet, he was on the floor with them Tuesday after his scary knee injury. But everything is not going smoothly in China, and Nuggets front office types feel a kinship with their brethren of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.


http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/11/22/j-r-smiths-demands-have-chinese-team-frustrated/

Slimsim
11-23-2011, 10:28 AM
good old JR

JDMVP
11-23-2011, 11:04 AM
JR smith, hahahaha, not a surprise

NYtilIdie
11-23-2011, 11:19 AM
Oh, Earl.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
11-23-2011, 11:21 AM
money whore:mad:

GodsSon
11-23-2011, 11:43 AM
Shame the knee injury wasn't something more serious. Not career ending, but enough to shelf him for a year.

I wonder if that would still even change his attitude.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
11-23-2011, 12:31 PM
He;s a beast.

sep11ie
11-23-2011, 12:34 PM
Shame the knee injury wasn't something more serious. Not career ending, but enough to shelf him for a year.

I wonder if that would still even change his attitude.

It would just help his Crip walk.

IBleedPurple
11-23-2011, 06:33 PM
This is absolutely shocking. When this type of stuff happened a few yrs ago, I thought he may grow up. Now we all know he's just an idiot

KnicksorBust
11-23-2011, 06:46 PM
You know the news is getting slow when JR Smith has two threads.

The Ooh Child
11-23-2011, 06:54 PM
What a badass

AndyfromNeptune
11-23-2011, 07:18 PM
Oh, Earl.

this.

AndyfromNeptune
11-23-2011, 07:22 PM
I've talked to JR Smith a number of times over the course of his career, as we both are from the same town/area, and sure he isn't the most mature player, but believe it or not, he is actually a great guy.

He helped me work on my jumpshot and held free basektball camps for me and all my friends.

I really hope he comes to New York/Brooklyn (even though I am a Knicks fan) beacuse I feel like that's where he'll play best.

It will be a while before he finally "gets it" , but I think he is a prime example of a star high school player that really could have used two years of college when it was available to him: for learning and to work on his game.

I remember back in the day going to his games, and sometimes he wasn't even the best player on his high school team. I don't care how talented players like Kobe, JR, KG, etc. etc. are. Everyone can use two years of college/a year of professional basektball experience.

Sevilla91
11-23-2011, 07:51 PM
Dont blame smith, blame his parents

dodie53
11-23-2011, 07:59 PM
Dont blame smith, blame his parents

mr and mrs smith
hehe

Byronicle
11-23-2011, 08:14 PM
lol he's gonna fake an illness and go out in public? what is he thinking? of course someone is gonna recognize them especially a very tall african american playing for a basketball team where basketball is pretty popular in China.

what an idiot.

Confusious
11-24-2011, 03:00 AM
Afflalo's better.

John Walls Era
11-24-2011, 05:55 PM
Must be great to have a lot of talent, but no work ethic.

MackShock
11-24-2011, 06:12 PM
It's only been a few months, and yet J.R. Smith's brief time as a member of the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls has already provided enough drama to fill up some entire careers. After Smith went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury last weekend, various employees of the franchise, including general manager Zhao Bing, started to talk about how difficult J.R. has been to work with. It's natural to wonder why a player would want a second residence when the team had already paid for a suite and personal chef, but it's also fine to call Zhejiang out for not knowing who they were dealing with. Anyone who's followed the NBA in recent years knows that
Smith isn't the most reasonable person in the world.

Once Smith's MRI results showed he was fine, his situation with the club became even more complicated. Because, as all professional people do, Zhao Bing decided it was time to question if Smith was ever injured at all. From Jon Pastuszek at NiuBBall.com (via EOB):

After the game, Smith, who was unable to walk on his own, refused to be taken to a nearby hospital in DongGuan, insisting that he instead be taken back to the team hotel. According to a Sina Sports report, once back in the hotel, the club agreed with Smith that he would have an MRI done in Yiwu, the city where the Golden Bulls are based out of, and scheduled him to fly back with the team the next day accordingly. If results showed that there was a major injury, then Smith would be allowed to fly back to the United States to undergo the next step in the recovery process.

But early yesterday morning, team general manager, Zhao Bing, received a surprising bit of news: Smith was not going back with the team to Yiwu visit with team doctors like he had originally agreed to. Instead, he had already boarded a plane to Beijing.

The change in itinerary went directly in the face of the Zhao, who told him under no circumstances was he allowed to get on a plane out of Yiwu. Smith had made up his mind, however, and once word got back to Zhao that Smith had landed in the capital, he went on Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) to publicly warn Smith of the potential consequences for his actions.

"The club has looked into the situation and we have agreed to warn J.R. about his trip to Beijing," Zhao tweeted. "We hope he can come back to the team as soon as possible, otherwise he will have to face the consequences."

Soon after seeing Zhao's comments, Smith responded on his own Sina Weibo, tweeting "My main goal is to get healthy! If you can't understand that then maybe you should pick another profession!"

Wow, what a great working relationship for everyone involved! As you can probably tell from the fact that the parties involved were indirectly tweeting at each other like children, their employment agreement was near its breaking point.

Then, thankfully, a magical angel swooped in to make everything better. His name is Starbury, although he's known in some circles as Stephon Marbury(notes). Here's Pastuszek again, this time at SheridanHoops.com (via PBT):

The club was exasperated. A document to terminate the contract was in preparation. Although the contract is guaranteed, if Smith broke the rules more than twice, the team has the right to end the contract without any compensation. [...]

At that moment, Smith realized the danger of the situation. He needed help badly, and Stephon Marbury gave him a hand.

Marbury joined the CBA in 2010, and became the most popular player in short time. He loves China and has made many friends here. Smith learned that one of Marbury's friends is very close to the Zhejiang club, so he asked for help.

Marbury and his Chinese friend said yes to his request. At first, the club was tough and insisted it would terminate Smith. Then, they agreed to give him another chance, but he had to apologize for his behavior and promise to improve.

Smith did in fact apologize, which means he'll now live in standard hotel rooms with his teammates instead of opulent suites. I hope J.R. is still OK with that when he learns his room service just got downgraded significantly.

As ridiculous as this story is -- fake knee injuries, beef on Chinese Twitter, Stephon Marbury as savior, J.R. Smith doing anything, etc. -- it's also a nice lesson that the world of foreign hoops is much more different than what NBA players are used to in America. Teams expect a lot of imports, both in terms of on-court performance and leadership qualities among their teammates and the community at large. One of the reasons Marbury served so well as a peacemaker here is because he has embraced that role fully.

On the other hand, Marbury also views China as the next step in his career rather than a brief fling. For someone like Smith, it's very difficult to view the China Basketball Association as a serious venture when the plan has always been to hop back to America as soon as the lockout ends. Some level of respect is needed, clearly. But it's also hard for a foreign player to assume so many responsibilities when he has so little at stake.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Chinese-GM-accuses-J-R-Smith-of-faking-injury-;_ylt=Aq.taKUcDNYpUKI.zscIANi8vLYF?urn=nba-wp10971

MackShock
11-24-2011, 06:13 PM
I wonder if this is true...seems like J.R. is trying to pull a fast one

TheNumber37
11-24-2011, 06:20 PM
Assuming that there is still an NBA season, all of these Shanghai Nuggets will be steals come finalizing playoff rosters.

MJ-BULLS
11-24-2011, 06:30 PM
Good old smart jr.

John Walls Era
11-24-2011, 06:43 PM
This is officially the JR Smith Forum.

I'll be honest, if I was JR I would do the same (I'd probably still show up to practice, but don't expect me to run) Hes living the life right now: Presidential suite at a cost of 6,880 yuan per day (thats about 1000 dollars US using converter), own chef and living like a king. Did I mention that he also gets paid 3 Million?

Basketball is fun, but JR Smith having no work ethic would probably rather live the life than play bball. Bball is probably too grueling a job for him.

nickdymez
11-24-2011, 07:23 PM
It's only been a few months, and yet J.R. Smith's(notes) brief time as a member of the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls has already provided enough drama to fill up some entire careers. After Smith went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury last weekend, various employees of the franchise, including general manager Zhao Bing, started to talk about how difficult J.R. has been to work with. It's natural to wonder why a player would want a second residence when the team had already paid for a suite and personal chef, but it's also fine to call Zhejiang out for not knowing who they were dealing with. Anyone who's followed the NBA in recent years knows that Smith isn't the most reasonable person in the world.

Once Smith's MRI results showed he was fine, his situation with the club became even more complicated. Because, as all professional people do, Zhao Bing decided it was time to question if Smith was ever injured at all. From Jon Pastuszek at NiuBBall.com (via EOB):

After the game, Smith, who was unable to walk on his own, refused to be taken to a nearby hospital in DongGuan, insisting that he instead be taken back to the team hotel. According to a Sina Sports report, once back in the hotel, the club agreed with Smith that he would have an MRI done in Yiwu, the city where the Golden Bulls are based out of, and scheduled him to fly back with the team the next day accordingly. If results showed that there was a major injury, then Smith would be allowed to fly back to the United States to undergo the next step in the recovery process.

But early yesterday morning, team general manager, Zhao Bing, received a surprising bit of news: Smith was not going back with the team to Yiwu visit with team doctors like he had originally agreed to. Instead, he had already boarded a plane to Beijing.

The change in itinerary went directly in the face of the Zhao, who told him under no circumstances was he allowed to get on a plane out of Yiwu. Smith had made up his mind, however, and once word got back to Zhao that Smith had landed in the capital, he went on Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) to publicly warn Smith of the potential consequences for his actions.

"The club has looked into the situation and we have agreed to warn J.R. about his trip to Beijing," Zhao tweeted. "We hope he can come back to the team as soon as possible, otherwise he will have to face the consequences."

Soon after seeing Zhao's comments, Smith responded on his own Sina Weibo, tweeting "My main goal is to get healthy! If you can't understand that then maybe you should pick another profession!"

Wow, what a great working relationship for everyone involved! As you can probably tell from the fact that the parties involved were indirectly tweeting at each other like children, their employment agreement was near its breaking point.
Dont know if this was posted

MackShock
11-24-2011, 07:35 PM
Honestly, I think JR went to China to try and dominate, and show what he's capable of, then hopefully wait for a big payday when he comes back.

C-Dub
11-24-2011, 07:37 PM
Good thing Starbury saved him, for his sake anyway

JermanJaysFan
11-24-2011, 07:44 PM
How does Marbury play into this?

jrm2054
11-24-2011, 07:52 PM
How does Marbury play into this?

thats what i wanna know

smith&wesson
11-24-2011, 07:58 PM
looks like the golden bulls should have done some research on who they were signing. I still think he is one of the most exciting playrs to watch. 360 allyoop in mid air are you kidding me ?

GiantsSwaGG
11-24-2011, 09:08 PM
JR is a cancer

Chronz
11-24-2011, 09:36 PM
Marbury being the guy to keep things cool is funny to imagine.

Evolution23
11-24-2011, 10:22 PM
Marbury being the guy to keep things cool is funny to imagine.

He's gona eat Patrolium Jelly and get all calm and drop 50

theheatles
11-24-2011, 10:31 PM
it does seem like j.r. is faking it to go back to the states for a few weeks

LA_Raiders
11-24-2011, 10:49 PM
Making a reputation name for the NBA players... lol