INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — JR Smith wouldn’t say if he thought he deserved Thursday’s one-game suspension for throwing a bowl of soup at Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones.
But while the Cavs guard said he couldn’t remember what kind of soup it was, he admitted he found the social media reaction entertaining.
“Some of them were actually pretty funny. I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it,” Smith said, speaking after shootaround for Saturday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets for the first time since the incident. “That’s just part of the day and age we live in. If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It’s just part of the game.”
The altercation happened in the cafeteria at Cleveland Clinic Courts after shootaround for the Cavs’ home game against the Philadelphia 76ers and resulted in Smith sitting out the 108-97 loss. He said he didn’t even watch it.
“When I’m not a part of the game, it’s hard for me to watch and that’s whether I’m watching somebody else or watching my team. I don’t watch basketball in my spare time,” he said.
Asked if he agreed with the suspension, Smith said, “It’s not really my call. 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.”
Smith said he had not spoken to Jones.
Asked if the incident was a build-up of his frustrations from a disappointing season in which he’s averaging the second-fewest points (8.3) of his career, Smith said, “I have an idea of what I want to say, but I’m not going to say it, so I’m going to leave that as it is.”
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said that Smith would regain his starting spot against the Nuggets, but Smith said he didn’t feel like he has anything to prove.