New York Knicks sharpshooter JR Smith will have to wait even longer than expected to return to action next season after he is fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. On Friday, the NBA announced that Smith has been suspended five games for violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement’s Anti-Drug program.
Smith is expected to miss the start of the regular season with his knee injury, but that won’t allow him to skate around the suspension. The NBA also noted that the five-game ban will begin from the time he is declared healthy enough to play.
Back in May, Rihanna — who Smith was once rumored to have been dating — accused Smith of screwing up in the playoffs because he was hungover from going out partying every night. Last year, he even admitted that there was a time where he spent too much time partying and wasn’t focused enough on basketball.
We can only speculate as to what it was that got Smith busted, but it probably isn’t hard to figure out. Just as it isn’t exactly a surprise to hear that he has been suspended.Google+