After a long and enjoyable weekend where everyone got sunburned and ate various grilled meats, the NBA Finals start tonight in Miami. And just like us normal people, NBA dudes are flocking to South Beach to watch some basketball while also enjoying midnight sandwiches and parties on rooftops.
But between Memorial Day weekend and the break between the conference finals and the NBA Finals, there is a lot of time for people to get in trouble. One of those people who broke some rules was J.R. Smith, who managed to get busted for the most hilarious offense. From TMZ:
J.R. Smith is not going to gain any street cred from this arrest — he was popped in Miami this weekend for operating a scooter without a valid driver’s license.
It is probably to early to tell considering there is no picture of Smith being pulled over by a cop while on his scooter, but this might top Ron Artest’s race car escapade as the most bizarre vehicular malfeasance in recent NBA history, mostly because it means J.R. Smith was planning on spending the weekend scootering about Miami. It just cracks me up that that was his preferred mode of transportation. That’s the sort of thing JaVale McGee would do.
However, it’s not all grits and gravy for J.R. Smith and his scooter. Smith didn’t have a valid license, which is a pretty common occurrence for him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d had it suspended recently. For a guy who has spent time in jail for a motor vehicle accident that killed his friend and was subsequently suspended by the NBA for his poor driving record, that’s scary. J.R. Smith’s had a lot of problems that stem from motor vehicles, so getting arrested again without a license could mean more trouble, both with the law and the league. In a summer where he’s a free agent, that’s not good.
That being said, J.R. Smith was definitely riding a scooter on purpose, like he’s in a really weird version of a Ruff Ryders video. That’s funny, even if all the things surrounding it aren’t the best in the world.