Apparently, J.R. Smith's ability to make mind-numbing decisions isn't restricted by the borders of the United States.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports says the signing of Smith—or the "clown prince of basketball," as he calls him—was almost immediately seen as a mistake. From skipping practice for shopping trips to making "unreasonable demands" about his mode of transportation, his overseas stay was no different from the one he's had stateside—a series of moronic events.
But one particularly cruel knife twist that Woj describes stands above the rest:
Perhaps his greatest excess of idiocy had been a weekend of running a room service bill into the proximity of $3,000, a source with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports. He kept ordering food, stacking piles of trays upon trays – "just to see if they would keep bringing it to the room," the source said.
All uneaten, all on the franchise's tab – all a window into a fool.
It's disrespectful. It's wasteful. It's incomprehensible.
In other words, it's everything we've unfortunately come to expect from Smith.
"These kinds of jerks don’t last in pro sports as long as they think they will," Larry Brown of Larry Brown Sports wrote. "Smith probably won’t make it in the NBA beyond 30."
Woj described Smith's stay in China as "a relentless pattern of insubordination." Sounds a little familiar, doesn't it? A lot like the "recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct" that just hit Smith's wallet for $50,000, no?
Maybe that's the saving grace in all this. That his transgressions aren't going unpunished. That people are taking notice of just exactly what type of person he is.
Maybe someone should remind him that working in his field is a privilege, not a right. And it's a privilege that can be revoked at any time.
It isn't going to take too many more stories like this to move Smith to the unemployment line. It's not like he has the kind of on-court production to make these off-court blunders worthwhile.
How does a scoring specialist have just a 34.8 field-goal percentage to his name?
Then again, how—or why—does Smith do any of the things that he does? Chances are not even he could answer that question.