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Impressive: JR Smith Fined Over $1 Million in China

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According to a report published by NetEase, Smith had US $1.06 million deducted from his salary over the course of the season for missing practices. Most of the missed practices came during pre-season while his team, Zhejiang Chouzhou, was getting ready for the start of the regular season. The sum was deducted from his salary, a final number that represented about one-third of his total salary. Zhejiang Chouzhou general manager, Zhao Bing, said that the team was simply enforcing a clause in Smith's signed contract and that the team gave him ample warning throughout. "This was the arrangement when he came to the team," said Zhao. "And he'd always get back to us with, 'Whatever. If you're going to take it, then just take it.'" It's a little bizarre to think that he voluntarily lost one-third of his salary in a job that seemed valuable primarily for the money involved. By Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie

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