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You Won't Believe The Room Service Tab J.R. Smith Racked Up While Playing In China


Everyone knows about the antics of Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith -- all you need to do is look back at their 2016 championship celebrations where Smith went shirtless for what seemed like an eternity.

However, not many know of Smith's antics back when he played in China during the NBA lockout back in 2011.

J.R. was a problem in the US before the lockout, but the problems only multiplied when he made a move East for the CBA season, even if he was one of the most unstoppable players in the league, averaging 34.4 points and 7.4 rebounds across the season.

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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the signing of Smith was immediately seen as a mistake by the Chinese franchise. J.R. reportedly skipped team practices for unexplained shopping trips and was fussy about the way he got around China, but according to Woj, none of those issues compare to the time Smith racked up an insane tab at the team's expense while staying in a hotel.

"Perhaps his greatest excess of idiocy had been a weekend of running a room service bill into the proximity of $3,000, a source with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports. He kept ordering food, stacking piles of trays upon trays – "just to see if they would keep bringing it to the room," the source said.

All uneaten, all on the franchise's tab – all a window into a fool."

J.R may have lived the life of luxury and greatness while over in China, but it didn't last forever. Smith eventually returned to the U.S once the NBA resumed, and signed a contract with the New York Knicks, and even though Smith actually won the Sixth Man of the Year award while with the team, we all know just how much of a problem he'd become to both the Knicks and the NBA as whole.

Thankfully though, after being traded to Cleveland back in 2015 to join LeBron James on his quest to bring a title to Ohio, J.R managed to straighten out both his behavior and his image, which eventually led to an NBA championship ring for Smith and the Cavs.