NBA to suspend Knicks' guard J.R. Smith

Report: J.R. Smith will get a drug suspension

9/6/13 in NBA   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Enigmatic New York Knicks' guard J.R. Smith will be suspended by the NBA for violating it's substance abuse policy according to a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA is suspending Knicks guard J,R. Smith for violating the league's substance abuse policy, sources tell Yahoo Sports

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 6, 2013

The suspension is expected to be for 5 games, which is the punishment for a 3rd positive test for marijuana, per the New York Daily News. 

J.R. Smith is expected to be suspended five games for violating the drug policy, the Daily News has learned

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 6, 2013

NBA suspends a player five games only after a third positive test for marijuana.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 6, 2013

Smith was New York's second offensive option last season behind Carmelo Anthony and won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. However, Smith struggled mightily in the playoffs, shooting just 33 percent May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) reacts to losing to the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sportsfrom the field as the Knicks were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Indiana Pacers.

In the offseason the Knicks resigned Smith to a three-year, $17.95 million contract. Smith subsequently underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. It is unclear how long that surgery will keep him out.
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