An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
J.R. Smith must really hate practice
Cue the Allen Iverson "Practice" videos.
According to a report by Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knicks guard J.R. Smith missed 80 practices with his Chinese team during his stint in the CBA.
The Post cites a lawsuit filed with FIBA by Smith, demanding his former team, Zhejiang, pay the $1,078,500 they've withheld from his salary.
Zhejiang alleges Smith missed the practices over a period spanning from Oct. 25, 2011-Feb. 15, 2012, according to Berman.
Smith signed a $2.88 million deal with Zhejiang during the NBA lockout. Zhejiang, according to the report, has only paid Smith $1.82 million.
Smith was dominant during his tenure with Zhejiang, averaging 36.4 points per game. He also earned YouTube fame for a 60-point outing -- including 14 3-pointers -- off the bench in one game during the season.
Smith signed with the Knicks following the CBA season and appeared in 35 games, averaging 12.5 points on 40.7 percent from the field. He has a player option for the 2012-13 season, but is expected to test free agency.