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Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 11:30 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliverj-r-smith

The Far East is starting to look more and more basketball's version of the Wild, Wild West.

As we've noted recently, Denver Nuggets free agent guard J.R. Smith suffered an apparent knee injury while playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association over the weekend. Smith underwent medical testing, including an MRI, which came back negative, but he exchanged some words publicly because Smith wanted to undergo his own testing independent of the team's doctors. 

That spat has grown into a full-fledged public beef. Niubball.com reports that Zhao Bing, Zhejiang's general manager, used China's version of Twitter to call out Smith for leaving the team to pursue medical treatment and then later called a press conference to suggest that he was exaggerating the severity of the injury in the first place. 

“We already know the results of J.R. Smith’s medical examination,” Zhao said to reporters earlier today. “He’s coming back this afternoon to Yiwu to meet with the team. Tonight we will call the owner, head coach and high level people from the front office for a face-to-face meeting with Smith to discuss the situation. Afterwards, we will come up with a punishment for his unauthorized departure.”

“We don’t have a problem with him worrying about his health, but he should obey the arrangements the club made for him. We set up an medical exam for him, but he refused the one we provided for him. I have no idea why. It’s not like the team doesn’t have proper medical equipment, you can get an MRI on your knee anywhere. For an injured player, we will certainly make sure the player is properly cared for. But, Smith didn’t obey the club’s arrangements.”

Zhao even went to far as to suggest that Smith was faking his injury in a possible attempt to go home.

“Everyone saw the pain on Smith’s face after he got hurt. Compare that to the results of his exam. We’re all intelligent people, we should all know what’s going on here. When you compare his performance on the court with the game’s final result, you’ll realize. When he was injured, would he have had that big of a reaction [if the score was closer]?”

That's a brutal crossing of the line that you would not often see in the NBA, where private health information is legally protected and discretion is a way of life. Occasionally, you'll hear a player bag on his teammate for being out of shape or slow to recover. Rarely, you'll hear a coach imply that a player didn't show up to camp in condition or that he fails to bring sufficient energy on a regular basis. 

But a GM calling a press conference to accuse his star player of faking an injury and to wonder aloud why he might seek independent medical testing, something that is not uncommon in the NBA, especially when it comes to knee injuries. That's unheard of. An NBA player's body is his livelihood and no culture gap or language barrier should get in the way of that. 

Smith's coach is later quoted by Niubball.com saying that Smith has regularly skipped practices, which would be an obvious underlying motivation for the team's frustration. It's more than reasonable for the club to expect Smith to show up on time and to use its medical services for routine issues. But to call him out so egregiously on a sensitive issue serves no purpose except to further anger an already volatile personality. Those are kerosene on the fire type words that almost guarantee this Mr. Smith Goes To China experiment will explode.

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

And stop playing the race card man.... give us all a break.  It never even crossed my mind what colour he was until you brought it up...


I know you could care less, but I really do not believe that you did not know what color JR Smith was when you posted!  Also please find another word than "race card" to show your uneasiness with the mention of racacial bais.

If he doesn't like living and playing ball in China, it's a great way to get out of his contract and be allowed to come back home and quite possibly get some money out of it as well. 


Please give me a break!  If that was the case he would have flown home to get a second medical opinion and stayed there. Irregardles of him passing a medical examine in the US it could still be used as leverage to lowball him on future negotiations.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:34 am
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

What do you expect the boy to do, for you are living in his world.  He is working for the man and he wants some respect.  See it here all the time and hear about it all the time.  IT IS REALLY FUNNY.




Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

The only racist comments here are yours.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  You are showing yourself to be the true racist here.



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

The only racist comments here are yours.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  You are showing yourself to be the true racist here.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:24 am
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

he's tryin to get cut so he can be released from his contract. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

What could he possibly gain from faking an injury?  That sounds really stupid.  He is a FA and in line for a good contract.  Why cast doubt on the  of his knee?  Some posters are so racist that they throw all common sense to the wind.  Its common for players to seek their own medical advise in the U.S.  My guess is that if it would have been a white player everyone would be defending him for being "prudent" in getting a seperate medical opinion.  It really doesnt matter if he is a knucklehead.  In this case no one should really have anything bad to say.  Of course the Chinese (in general) seem to think black people are monkeys.  Maybe they dont like their animals telling them what they are and are not going to do.

What does he gain from faking an injury?  Tons !!  If he doesn't like living and playing ball in China, it's a great way to get out of his contract and be allowed to come back home and quite possibly get some money out of it as well.  Remember China's rules are much different then some other countries overseas.  The contracts NBA players are signing obligate them to finish the season overseas, even if the NBA comes to an agreement with the union.   Second of all, nobody in the NBA will worry about what happened in China until he can't pass a physical and other tests run by NBA teams.  If he gets out of his deal in China and passes all tests in the NBA, nobody is going to hold it against him.

And stop playing the race card man.... give us all a break.  It never even crossed my mind what colour he was until you brought it up...

 



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

What could he possibly gain from faking an injury?  That sounds really stupid.  He is a FA and in line for a good contract.  Why cast doubt on the health of his knee?  Some posters are so racist that they throw all common sense to the wind.  Its common for players to seek their own medical advise in the U.S.  My guess is that if it would have been a white player everyone would be defending him for being "prudent" in getting a seperate medical opinion.  It really doesnt matter if he is a knucklehead.  In this case no one should really have anything bad to say.  Of course the Chinese (in general) seem to think black people are monkeys.  Maybe they dont like their animals telling them what they are and are not going to do.


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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:07 am
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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:33 am
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

He signed for the team to play in what is becoming a farce of a lockout and loss of a season and a hint that a season could happen Smith does this.

Maybe I'm being harsh in my judgment but something tells me the money at home is talking more than ACTUALLY playing the game he professes to love.

If he was as injured as much as he said he would still have tried to play on until it was not physically possible to move, Greed is what I think but maybe the MRI showed something that the Chinese medical staff and officials could be hiding. 



Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Zhejiang GM: J.R. Smith faked knee injury

spot on



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