Hope the shoe lace trick was fun, J.R. League comes down hard: $50K.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 8, 2014
The reactions to Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith untying the shoes of Shawn Marion at the free throw line have ranged from laughter, calling it playful and fun to some calling it dangerous with the intent to injure. The NBA and commissioner David Stern may have gotten the last laugh with this, fining Smith $50,000 for the incident.
Clearly, the NBA is sending the message that they want this to be an isolated incident not only for Smith, but for any player. There will definitely be people who claim the punishment was far too harsh, but the NBA seems to want to make sure no one is even remotely tempted to do something along these lines again, assuming they were in the first place. Whether the intent was playful and fun or more malicious, it was an expensive move for Smith and one he is not likely to repeat.