A scroll on social media often makes J.R. Smith and you’ll see memes a ton of memes about Cleveland Cavaliers forward, J.R. Smith.
Jokes about drug use, partying, drinking and lack of game preparation are usually the theme and this was way before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
“I think people got it confused about the hanging out and the partying,” J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris told me on Scoop B Radio.
J.R. Smith, a native of New Jersey enjoyed his time both on and off the court when he was a member of the New York Knicks, a few years back. Some criticized Smith for partying a little too much and not focusing on the game of basketball, something his brother, Chris refutes. “It’s evident in New York everybody hangs out and parties,” he said.
“It’s just the level and the platform of the people that you hang out with. Pictures are being taken and stuff like that so everybody is going to think that you’re always out and if the media portrays you in one way people will take it and run with it so that only leaves people who are not in your life to believe that they are in your life.”
Smith turned himself into NYPD police custody last month after an incident that occurred near a New York nightclub in which Smith allegedly threw someone’s phone into a construction site.
Smith, 33, is entering a contract year and with LeBron James departing Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavs could use Smith’s scoring mixed with Kevin Love’s scoring.
“I hope what we see this year is a J.R. Smith that’s hellbent on proving something and shows up in shape,” former Cavs GM, David Griffin said on the Wine & Gold Podcast last week.
“And if he does that and he doesn’t get injured, I think he’s still capable of playing high-level basketball.”
J.R. Smith also has positive things going on. This summer, he released a children’s book called “HoopSmiths.” The book was inspired by he and Chris’ journey on and off the court. along with his brother’s own journey in basketball.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the JR Smith Youth Foundation, which is geared towards serving underprivileged youth.