Basketball: Knicks' Smith fined for untying rivals' shoes
NEW YORK (AFP) - Repeatedly trying to unknot the shoelaces of rival players during National Basketball Association (NBA) games has cost New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith US$50,000 (S$63,500).
The league imposed the punishment upon the 28-year-old American on Wednesday after he attempted to untie an opposing player's shoes on Tuesday during New York's 89-85 home victory over Detroit.
The NBA had already issued Smith a warning about such moves after he untied the left shoelace of Dallas forward Shawn Marion during a second quarter free throw attempt last Sunday when the Knicks beat the visiting Mavericks 92-80.
Smith was standing next to Marion awaiting a potential rebound when he reached down to make his move.