J.R. Smith didn’t ladle out many details, but he did admit Saturday he was amused by the social media reaction to his one-game ban for throwing soup at Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones.
“Some of them were actually pretty funny,” Smith, who was banned for the Cavaliers’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, said of the “bisque-it ball” and “souperteam” cracks.
The Cavs had said only that he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, but details of the incident after Thursday morning’s shootaround soon leaked out.
“I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it, that’s just part of the day and age we live in,” Smith said at shootaround on Saturday in preparation for the Cavs’ game against the Denver Nuggets.
“If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It’s just part of the game.”
Smith said declined to say whether he agreed with the team’s decision to have him sit out one game.
“It’s not really my call,” he said. “More than anything, I talked to my teammates about it, everybody seemed cool. We moved on from it as a team, so whether it warranted a suspension or not, that’s not my job. I’m just here to play basketball.”
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday that Smith would be back in his starting spot on Saturday. Smith said he wouldn’t go into the game feeling he has something to prove.
“My state of proving myself to whoever is pretty much over with for me,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better for my teammates and try to play Cavs basketball the way we’ve been playing.”
Superstar teammate LeBron James had no comment on the whole affair.
“Ain’t got nothing to do with me,” James said. “Momma told me a long time ago to mind your business.” (Agence France-Presse)