J.R. Smith has served his one-game suspension by the Cleveland Cavaliers after he reportedly threw a bowl of soup at an assistant coach and former Miami Heat player Damon Jones.
Smith was absent in the Cavaliers 108-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has been 6-4 in the last 10 games and stands at third in the Eastern Division behind the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics. However, they are eight games behind the second-ranked Celtics.
The official line was that his conduct was “detrimental to the team.”
The 32-year-old was already cleared to play by Friday. Coach Tyronn Lue did not provide reporters with the details of the soup bowl-throwing incident only to say that he already talked to the shooting guard about his behavior.
The scant details revealed that incident occurred after the shootaround or two hours before the tip-off against the Sixers.
The mercurial shooting guard numbers are down this year. At 29.3 minutes per game, he’s only producing 8.3 points on 39% shooting from the field and 36.3% from rainbow country. He’s also grabbing 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
It’s the lowest he averages as a professional since the 2005-2006 season when he played for the New Orleans Hornets and scoring 7.7 points per game.
Smith has been known for his bizarre on-court antics, particularly his penchant to untie other basketball players’ shoes on game time while still playing for the New York Knicks. In fact, back in 2014, he was fined $50,000 by the league to curb his behavior.
Throughout his career, Smith has been suspended several times for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, flagrant fouls, pleading guilty for reckless driving which killed his passenger in the process, assaulting a man in a bar fight.
In 2006, Smith and the Cavs agree on a 4-year contract worth $57 million. He has been a subject of several trade rumors.