Monday , Jan , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Denver Nuggets Will Not Suspend JR Smith

Nuggets guard J.R. Smith will not be suspended for his poor behavior in Saturday’s game, coach George Karl and vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said Monday morning.

Smith participated in the shootaround and will come off the bench in tonight’s game against the Bobcats. Joey Graham will start for the injured Carmelo Anthony, Karl said. Anthony (ankle) is day-to-day.

Smith didn’t stop to speak to the hoards of reporters who were at Monday morning’s shootaround. Instead, Smith whisked off toward the players’ lounge, answering three quick questions during the walk, saying a total of seven words:

Will you be suspended?: "I don’t know."

What happened on the bench on Saturday?: "Just frustration."