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J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: November 21, 2011 11:00 am
 
By Matt Moore 


J.R. Smith suffered a knee injury this weekend for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China, his first game in the Chinese Basketball Association. But it's after that when things got weird. The Wall Street Journal reports that Smith declined to receive medical attention from the team, despite strict team rules, and instead sought out his own care in Beijing. The team did not like that too much: 
It’s unclear how severe Mr. Smith’s injury is. Zhao Bing, the Golden Bulls’ general manager, said the player repeatedly declined medical treatment from the team and arranged his own treatment in Beijing instead. “We warned him that he’s not allowed to go to Beijing without a proper medical check,” Mr. Zhao said, expressing his displeasure at Mr. Smith’s disobedience. “He just wouldn’t listen.”

Mr. Smith is “an experienced basketball player and a big name in NBA,” Mr. Zhao said. But “I think he should have been aware that CBA is not an easy game to play either.”
via J.R. Smith Limps into Spat as Locked-Out NBAers Get Going in China - China Real Time Report - WSJ.

But wait, it gets better: 
“We would like to improve ourselves through learning from the NBA players,” Zhejiang’s Mr. Zhao said of his star player’s refusal to heed the team’s medical protocols. “That was just the first game of the season. He really didn’t have to behave like this.”

Mr. Zhao posted a warning to Mr. Smith on Sina Weibo on Monday afternoon, saying the player should return to team as soon as possible “or face the consequences.” Mr. Smith responded in English less than an hour later, “My main goal is to get healthy! If you can’t understand that then maybe you should pick another profession!”
via J.R. Smith Limps into Spat as Locked-Out NBAers Get Going in China - China Real Time Report - WSJ.

One game. It took J.R. Smith one game to get into a dispute with his team in China. That is simultaneously the most predictable and incredible thing in the past week. Smith's got a lot to be concerned about, considering he's an unrestricted free agent looking for his biggest contract to date whenever the NBA picks its schedule back up, if it ever picks its schedule back up.

It's also not uncommon for players to pursue their own treatment. Andrew Bynum notoriously has shaken off the Lakers' medical staff through his various knee injuries to seek out advice and treatment on his own. But the Chinese culture has been said by players who have played there to be very different, and this could spark quite a bit of tension between Smith and the club.

Wilson Chandler, meanwhile, scored 43 points for the Zhejiang Lions (there are a lot of Zhejiang teams). Kenyon Martin has yet to play for the Zhejiang Tigers and Aaron Brooks should play his first game shortly. 

But Smith's injury definitely is serving as a warning to players who are not under contract considering playing overseas during the lockout. There are risks along with the rewards. We'll have to see about the severity of the injury and how his conflict with the team plays out.
Comments

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:10 am
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

Mr. Smith responded in English less than an hour later, “My main goal is to get healthy! If you can’t understand that then maybe you should pick another profession!”

Are you kidding me?  What an idiotic egomaniac.  J.R. obviously has no clue about the Chinese or their culture.  He is about to learn that the rest of the world doesn't care that he's a "basketball star".  To the team owners, he's an entertainer.  He's hired to play basketball to entertain people.  He's the equivalent to a clown at the circus.  He doesn't have any "rights" or "privileges" except to do his job and play when and where they tell him to play.  If this knee injury is serious, it would be an ironic end to the career of this spoiled child.  I honestly can't say I feel sorry for him.  He brought it all on himself.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:56 am
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

I don't understand the problem - Smith is worth a "bazillion" dollars and we / they simply need to give him teh $$$  beCAUSE he is an NBA player, right ????

Yes, I should tell MY employer something similar ...............................



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:18 am
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

This is China we are talking about.. If Smith doesnt plan to cooperate, he better have a really quick private way of getting out of the country. You do not offend certain countries. If Smith went "missing" I would not be suprised one bit. This is not about $$ this is much bigger than that. An idiotic move by someone who apparently never left his back yard in the past. This has serious potential danger. 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:37 am
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

Would Smith do this to the Nuggets medical staff?  I hate to say it, but the Chinese officals have a point.  I would pay him for the one game he played, then put his arse on a plane back to the states where he can "get healthy."

No one has ever doubted this guys talent.  Too bad he is a mental midget with a Napolean complex.  If he would pull his head out of his arse, he has max deal talent, but no one will pay him that.  



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:05 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

Just a sign of things to come, wait till the real egos get over seas and decide to do what they want. A ball player was just kidnapped in Venezuala and I can see that happening when these big names go to these countries and act like asses and flaunt there stuff. Dont these idiots read the small print on their contracts when they sign them or are they only looking at the zeros!!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:57 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

@Benjamiller, you are very right about CBS. They wao't do a thing to the Racist here because of $$$$$$$$$$$. Most if not All these guys profiles should be shut down and they should be LockedOut. Anyway, Very nice Post...... But as far as J.R., he has to do what's best for him. But that was also the issue with playing else where.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:51 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

I see there could be a beheading in JR's future. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:29 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

If he is playing for this Chinese team out of the goodness of his heart then he should tell them to pound sand. However, I think we all know he is getting PAID by this team. Sooooooooo, what is the problem Mr. Smith? Trying to collect another unearned paycheck? Typical of this dude.....glad to see he won't be balling in NBA anytime soon, and hopefully not with the Nuggets ever again. Too much prima Donna and not worth the ulcers.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:17 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

Don't see the problem with him getting his own care. Not like he need's to be their playing for that league. I am sure he could go to another country and play if they give him shit.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:50 pm
 

J.R. Smith and Zhejiang in spat after injury

I think JR knows about how the Chinese treat their own people let alone a foreigner. They would spit on it and say it's ok type of thing and tell him go play! Did you see that poor little girl get ran over a couple of times in the street and people just kept walking by her like so what? Thats what you get in China. China pollutes their own air like no tomorrow they don't care the effect on it's citizens Hope some OWS people go to China and find out how really lucky they have it in America.


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