J.R. Smith won’t have to reach out for lucrative NBA deal…his offensive skills (on display in China) will demand it.
NBA players are in a mad scramble to get in top condition for the upcoming season, but one player that should be rett-ta-go right now is J.R. SMITH. The Denver Nuggets‘ free agent guard that never met a shot he didn’t like is finishing up his time in China with this 46-point performance vs. Jiangsu on Wednesday…
Playing in for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls has allowed J.R. the freedom to be the offensive powerhouse he has the ability to be…and the singular focus on offense as well.
Word has it that Smith and NY Knicks guard Wilson Chandler are having a difficult time getting out of their China contracts as they prepare to head back to the States and the NBA. One report states that Chinese Basketball Association officials may demand that Smith and Chandler return all their earnings from balling in China, including agent fees and an additional $1 million. And Smith signed a lucrative CBA deal.
As much as Smith must love playing in China and being the man, he has to be eager to get back to the NBA. As a free agent, he stands to cop a hefty pay raise with his next contract, more than enough to buyout his CBA deal.
He’ll won’t likely “be the man” on his next NBA team, but he’ll still “be the man” in terms of his wallet!
JR Smith won’t be in the NBA this season but that isn’t stopping him from finding his groove in China. His team Zhejiang Chouzhou is currently on a 5-game winning streak and JR added the explanation point to the most recent victory with a 46-points-10 rebounds performance.
and then there’s this:
Beijing 101, Zhejiang 98: Both JR Smith and his Zhejiang squad came into this game about as hot as it gets. Smith? He’s scored 98 points in his last two outings. The team? They’ve won five in a row. Despite 43 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists from JR, their win streak came to an end on their own floor at the hands of the undefeated (9-0) Beijing Ducks.
Kosta Koufos may yet be done growing.
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Or broader. Koufos, a three-year veteran, said this morning that his wingspan is now 7-7.
It may all be extremely relevant to the...
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J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are still in China. In fact, Smith dropped 46 points the other night (via nba247365.com). Which on the surface is what they should have expected — from the start the proud Chinese Basketball Association said it was not going to allow teams to rent NBA players during the lockout. The…
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John Hollinger has written profiles of every NBA player. On the Nuggets page (Insider), he has this to say about Arron Afflalo:
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Zhejiang 104, Jiangsu 99: I only caught the second half, but that sample alone makes this my favorite CBA game of the year thus far. This game was wild down the stretch… I’m talking JR Smith repeatedly dunking on people in crunch time and Dan Gadzuric getting fouled a on three-pointer with 13 seconds to go. See for yourself…
Jiangsu trailed by five by the time Gadzuric...
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