J.R. Smith said on Thursday night that he didn’t mean to threaten Jennings with his tweet.
“Threaten? No. There’s a way to threaten somebody, and that’s not the way to publicly threaten somebody,” Smith said before tipoff of the Knicks-Rockets game Thursday night.
He added that he and Jennings are friendly and have played basketball together during the offseason in Los Angeles.
I’d say this was harmless banter, but in a league highly protective of its image — and is particularly sensitive to anything you might attach the label “thug” to — it could mean a fine is coming for Smith.
Smith has been back three games from an offseason that saw knee surgery (which he didn’t get until after he signed a new three-year deal with the Knicks) followed by a five-game drug suspension to start the season. He is shooting just 25.7 percent so far as he tries to find the groove that led him to the Sixth Man of the Year award last year.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week … with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars.
According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her.
In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that’s when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face.
At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine’s neck and elbowed her in the face — knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body.
A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a “vicious and unprovoked attack” And says Cousins’ initial blow was a “blindside punch.”
The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for “serious injuries.”
It’s important to remember there’s no burden of proof for filing a lawsuit. This is not an indication of Barnes’ and Cousins’ liability or guilt. As of last update, police are still investigating, and Barnes’ attorney has said his client was cooperating.