J.R. Smith suspended by NBA
New reports released Friday say that JR Smith will be suspended for violating the NBA's drug policy.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: It was probably weed, and it might cost him and the Knicks a few games, but in the end it hopefully won't be that much of an issue.
J.R. Smith had a great regular season for the Knicks, after averaging over 18 points and 5 rebounds a game. By doing so, he earned himself the honor of being named the NBA's 6th Man of the Year.
But the postseason and subsequent summer that is now just about over hasn't been much to write home about for the Knicks star guard. Smith, who I'm a big fan of, saw his production drop slightly in the playoffs amidst numerous reports he was partying too hard in between games. His point production in the playoffs dropped (he averaged just over 14 ppg) and the Knicks got bounced by the Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He then had knee surgery in July (that will likely have him miss a handful of games at the beginning of the '13-14 season) and now has just been suspended 5 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
Smith will serve his 5-game suspension starting from the day he is physically cleared to play, according to NBA officials. With his knee rehabilitation still underway, there is still some uncertainty as to when he'll be ready.
The Knicks recently signed Smith to a 3-year deal worth $18 million. The 5-game suspension based on that number will cost him about $252,000 after taxes.
But the reality is that life for us all, athlete or not, is a series of struggles and celebrations. My guess is J.R. Smith will get through this just fine and be back on the court in no time doing what he does best.
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