Nuggets’ K-Mart, J.R. on speaking terms after prank
Vail, CO Colorado
Nuggets team leader Carmelo Anthony said Monday emotions have subsided between teammates Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith after the duo’s April Fools’ tomfoolery.
“They seem fine to me. Today in practice they were talking, downstairs in the locker room, they were talking. Everything seems fine,” Anthony said after Monday’s workout. “It was an April Fools’ joke. It’s now April 5.”
The stakes are too high in April basketball for the Nuggets to become divided. But Martin did say he refused to accept the apology of Smith’s personal driver, Laquan Johnson, after Johnson filled the interior of Martin’s new car with popcorn during last Thursday’s game. A source had said that Martin played a prank earlier in the day, but his prank was less serious and didn’t cause any damage to anything of Smith’s.
After Thursday’s game, Martin was visibly upset, screaming about the prank.
Asked Monday if he was surprised by Martin’s reaction, Smith said: “No, not really. Everybody knows that Kenyon gets mad. There’s nothing new.”
Asked if there was frustration between the two, Smith said: “I don’t think so. We both realize it was pranks. There’s not frustration.”
The Nuggets are 50-27, the same record as the Suns, Mavericks and Jazz. The Lakers, the No. 1 seed in the West, lead those four teams (2 through 5) by five games.
Martin is sidelined by a knee injury. The Nuggets hope to have him available for the playoffs.