This hasn’t been a great week for the Knicks. From the NBA: “The NBA announced today that J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Smith’s suspension will begin with the first game of the 2013-14 season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”
Now, Seth Rosenthal had the same response I did when he heard about this: Smith is recovering from knee surgery, and was expected to miss some early games anyway. So can the Knicks clear him, say, five games before he’d play anyhow?
The drug is apparently marijuana. Let’s hope we’re talking about something recreational here, and that Smith doesn’t have a larger problem.
His three-year, $18 million contract isn’t off to a fantastic start.