Smith, who won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award last
season for his play off the bench, was fined after he attempted
to untie the shoelace of the Detroit Pistons' Greg Malone at the
free throw line on Tuesday.
He had been warned by league officials to refrain from similar
conduct after he untied the shoelace of Dallas Mavericks'
forward Shawn Marion during a free throw attempt in New York's
92-80 road win on Saturday.
Smith has a history of rules infractions, including a doping
violation during the offseason that landed him a five-game ban
to start the current campaign.
He was also fined $25,000 in November for a "hostile" tweet
directed at an opponent who questioned the NBA credentials of
J.R.'s younger brother, Chris Smith, who has since been waived
by the Knicks.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Gene Cherry)
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