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Smith resumes play in China after negative MRI

Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 9:41 am
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By Matt Moore 


J.R. Smith suffered a potentially significant knee injury Sunday for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, and subsequently got into a spat with ownership about his pursuit of consultation. But there's good news. NIUBball.net reports that an MRI for Smith was negative and he rejoined the team Tuesday night, putting in 15-6-4 in a win. That's a huge relief for Smith and his agent, as he's an unrestricted free agent whenever the lockout ends and is in line for a sizeable contract offer considering his age and production. This is the money contract for Smith and he's in line to cash in. A knee injury would jeopardize that.  

But all's not all well that ends well, as NIUBBall.com reports that Smith's pursuit of the MRI in Beijing instead of with team doctors has them investigating what disciplinary measures are at their disposal. It's hard to see the team really wanting to take this to the end of its available measures, considering Smith was just pursuing what he felt was best for his health, not violating team rules out of some entertainment option. 

Players who have played in China had warned NBA players before that the culture is significantly different there, and this might be an example of this. We'll have to see how the situation plays out between Smith and his new team.
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Smith resumes play in China after negative MRI

shibbykaiyai,

Wrong, you are.  Players often go and get ouside opinions on their injuries all the time here in the states. 
The chinese team gave him a MRI and it came back negative.  He wanted an outside opinion on the matter probably because he wanted to be safe and not play through an injury that could of got worse. 
Lets face reality, the Chinese government (and associations) don't have a great reputation for putting people safety over their own agendas.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Smith resumes play in China after negative MRI

culture is significantly different there, and this might be an example of this

Their player gets hurt and they want to diagnose and treat him and he refuses.  I don't see how that differs much from here.  If he pulled this will any NBA team, he would be suspended.

And, is the talent pool in China that pathetic that they are keeping this dope around?  And


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