J.R. Smith was disappointed about the lack of communication from Tyronn Lue regarding his benching.
Prior to the Cavaliers’ game against the Suns on Tuesday, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue made the decision to have Kyle Korver start the game in favor of Smith, who has struggled this season. Smith appeared to take the move itself in stride. However, he said he wished there was more communication between himself and Lue about the move.
“We didn’t talk,” Smith told ESPN. “He sent me a text, and I told him, ‘No problem.’ I didn’t know that it was a ‘talk.'”
“That’s all right, though,” Smith continued. “I’m not upset about it. I just wish there would have been more dialogue, I guess.”
Lue’s decision comes on the heels of two consecutive losses by the Cavaliers. Perhaps a matchup with the Suns on Tuesday was just what Cleveland needed to end their losing streak. Korver enjoyed an excellent shooting night, while Smith played well off the bench.
For Smith, this is just another twist in what has been a frustrating season for the veteran. He was benched earlier in the season in favor of Dwyane Wade. There was also his infamous soup-throwing incident that involved assistant coach Damon Jones.
The mystery of The Great Soup-Throwing Incident of 2018 is slowly beginning to unravel.
A day after it was revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers suspended guard JR Smith one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, Cavs beat writer Jason Lloyd of The Athletic disclosed a key development on Saturday: Smith’s soup of choice is [drum roll please] … chicken tortilla!
Answers to life's most burning questions: J.R. Smith's soup of choice? Chicken tortilla
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) March 3, 2018
Granted, it is still unclear if chicken tortilla was actually the soup that Smith threw — the former Sixth Man of the Year told reporters that he could not remember those particular specifics, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
JR said he doesn't remember what kind of soup he threw at Damon Jones
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) March 3, 2018
Nevertheless, chicken tortilla has the potential to be devastating if effectively weaponized as a projectile — the cheese can be scalding and those soggy tortilla strips are all too perfect for creating a real hot mess.
Jokes aside though, others in the NBA community found the incident just as amusing as the rest of us, so it may be a while before JR lives this one down.
J.R. Smith’s soup-throwing incident certainly has caused some chuckles in the NBA world.
If you’re just catching up, Smith was suspended for a game after reportedly throwing a bowl of soup at Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Damon Jones. The nature of the incident — particularly the choice of food — was the source of a lot of amusement after the story broke.
Enter Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who critiqued Smith’s tactics.
“I would have chosen a more hearty entree,” Kerr said, via Anthony Slater of the Athletic. “Would have had a better sort of chance to create whatever the idea was.”
We never did find out just how effective Smith’s soup toss was. Successful or not, Kerr probably has a point here. If not done properly, the soup might have a hard time reaching its target.
JR Smith was suspended for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers for what Tyronn Lue called “insubordination,” but it sounds like that was a huge understatement from the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Smith earned the suspension by throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones during an argument this week. Smith is expected to return to practice on Friday and assume his role as Cleveland’s starting shooting guard against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Jones is a former journeyman who played for the Cavs for a few seasons, and he has been with the team in a coaching capacity since 2014.
Previous reports indicated that Smith was upset when he learned Rodney Hood would be taking his starting position in the lineup. The veteran swingman was said to have gone AWOL, but it sounds like a lot happened before his disappearance.
Smith is averaging just 8.3 points per game this season and is shooting below 40 percent from the field, but he has still started 56 games.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was suspended by the team for Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and now more details are beginning to emerge about what led to the punishment.
Veteran ESPN commentator Alvaro Martin reported that the former Sixth Man of the Year was upset to learn that Rodney Hood would take his position in the starting lineup and proceeded to go AWOL from a team function.
ESPN: @Cavs suspend @TheRealJRSmith for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. JR found out @RodneyHood would take his spot in the starting lineup and he went AWOL from a team activity. The stunt will cost him $94,897.
— Alvaro Martin (@AlvaroNBAMartin) March 2, 2018
TNT’s Marv Albert also mentioned during the national broadcast of the Cavs-Sixers game that Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue had revealed that Smith was suspended for “insubordination.” In addition, the incident in question was said to be team-related and not having to do with anything off the court.
The 32-year-old Smith has struggled this season with 8.3 points per game on sub-40 percent shooting but has still made 56 starts for the Cavs. With a more versatile and productive option on the wing now in Hood though, it’s hard to blame the team for wanting to try something new, in spite of Smith’s protests.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is offering a few details on guard JR Smith’s team-imposed suspension.
The Cavs announced on Thursday that Smith will be suspended for one game due to “detrimental conduct.” He will be serving it during Thursday evening’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Addressing reporters after the news broke, Lue said that a post-shootaround incident led to Smith’s suspension, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Tyronn Lue said “something happened after shootaround” today that led to JR Smith’s one-game suspension. Lue said Smith will be back at practice Friday and be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. Rodney Hood will start tonight.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 1, 2018
McMenamin also reports that the ban was “from a team-related issue [and] nothing off the court,” citing a team source.
Smith, 32, is having one of the worst years of his career with 8.3 points per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. He has still managed to start 56 of a possible 60 games for the Cavs so far this season however.
The veteran guard was nursing some ill will earlier in the year as well, and now this just adds to what has been a challenging 2017-18 campaign for him.
Dan Gilbert is said to be running the Cleveland Cavaliers now, and he appears to be doing everything he can to dismantle the team as we know it.
Not only is he at odds with LeBron James and making plans for the future rather than trying to win it all now, but he is also trying to get rid of some of the contracts handed out to LeBron’s friends.
USA Today’s Sam Amick said in a chat published on Monday that Cavs GM Koby Altman (who is viewed as being controlled by Gilbert) is trying to trade Tristan Thompson and JR Smith. From Amick:
Cavs general manager Koby Altman is trying hard to shed the contracts of Tristan Thompson (two years, $36 million remaining) and J.R. Smith ($14.7 million next season, team option worth $15.6 million in 2019-20 with $3.8 million guaranteed), two players who were re-signed in large part because of LeBron’s omnipresent influence.
Amick further reported that the Cavaliers offered the Clippers Thompson, Smith and the Cavaliers’ first-round pick for DeAndre Jordan. That makes plenty of sense considering a previous report said the Cavs had offered the Clippers a similar package for Jordan, with Iman Shumpert included instead of Smith.
Jordan is among the players the Cavs reportedly have been targeting in a trade. George Hill is another, but that deal reportedly stalled over a buyout issue.
The Cavs are running out of time to improve this year’s squad.