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J.R. Smith and Twitter: Kenyon Martin's probably not typing "LMAO" about that tweet

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J.R. Smith and Twitter -- not always the perfect combination.

Last August, the Denver Post's Woody Paige knocked Smith's tweets as immature, while a separate article implied that his use of the letter "K" as a substitute for "C" recalled spelling used by members of the Bloods street gang. Then, in February, Smith used a tweet to call out Kobe Bryant prior to a Nuggets-Lakers game -- never the best idea.

The latest? According to ESPN, Smith's driver, former Nuggets ballboy Laquan Johnson, filled Kenyon Martin's Range Rover with buttered popcorn as an April Fools joke, prompting K-Mart to lose his shit. So how did Smith react? By retweeting the ESPN article along with the comment "LMAO."

For those of you born prior to the 1950s, that stands for "Laughing My Ass Off" -- which probably didn't strike Martin as too amusing under the circumstances.

Smith brings a childlike delight to playing ball, and that can be a good thing. But "childlike" can curdle into "childish" pretty quickly, and the latter is the last thing the Nuggets need at this point of the season, when George Karl isn't on the bench and each loss could result in a serious playoff-seeding slip.

Martin's absence has undoubtedly contributed to the team's ultra-erratic performances off late. And with his availability for the playoffs in doubt, he's probably in a surlier-than-usual mood, which Johnson apparently misread. No confusing what K-Mart said afterward, however. ESPN quoted him as declaring, "That ain't no [expletive] joke. I'm going to find out who did it ... put my [expletive] hands on one of y'all. I'm going to put my hands on whoever did it. You better believe that. It's [expletive] personal. You better believe it." He also said, "How 'bout if I don't play in the playoffs until somebody tells me who did it" on more than one occasion, ESPN reported.

That's the opposite of LMAO.

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