NBA: J.R. Smith no longer in the soup but #SoupGate still bubbling over

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has remained quiet over his soup-throwing incident.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has remained quiet over his soup-throwing incident.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(REUTERS) - No soup details for you. At least, that was the strategy Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith used on Saturday (March 3) when he spoke with media members about his one-game suspension for reportedly throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.

What specifics could Smith offer about the incident?

"Nothing," he said. What kind of soup did he throw? "Uh, honestly I don't even remember," he said.

Smith sat out Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers and returned in the 117-126 loss against the Denver Nuggets.

The incident prompted jokes on social media and provided fodder for sports-talk radio hosts across the country.

"Some of them were actually pretty funny," said Smith, who is averaging 8.3 points per game this season but is shooting only 39.2 per cent from the field.

"I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it. That's just part of the day and age we live in. If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It's just part of the game."

Smith said he spoke with his team-mates about his actions. He has not spoken with Jones specifically about the incident but said he was focused on moving forward and helping the Cavaliers make another championship push.

LeBron James said the Cavaliers needed Smith to be at his best.

"Well, I think he knows how important he is to our ball club," James told reporters.

"Both offensively and defensively since he got here... We know it's been a challenging year for him, but we expect for him to be there when we need him.