Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post J.R. Smith.
J.R. Smith’s stint in the Chinese Basketball Association isn’t going as swimmingly as he’d hoped.
Smith, who starred for the Nuggets the past five seasons, signed a $3 million contract to play for Zhejiang, a Chinese team, during the NBA lockout. He’s the highest-paid player in the CBA, according to reports.
But Smith injured his knee in the season-opening game Sunday. And now he’s in a public spat with the team’s management.
Smith after Sunday’s game, in which he scored 20 points in a loss, said on Twitter: “Headed to the airport! I refuse to put my all into people who don’t do the same for me! Call me selfish but that’s just the way I feel.”
Smith then flew to Beijing to see doctors about his knee.
The team’s manager Zhao Bing warned Smith, saying the team wanted him to report back right away or “he will face the consequences,” according to the English-language China Daily news site.
The site also reported that the team was planning t