J. R. Smith
American basketball player
J. R. Smith
Earl Smith III, known as J. R. Smith, is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks.
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Trade talk: Best deadline deals for Cavs, Bulls, Bucks, Pacers, Pistons
ABC News - 5 days
What can the Cavs do to satisfy LeBron and compete for another title? Should the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler? Is Paul George a trade candidate? Our NBA Insiders answer the big questions for the five Central Division teams heading into the trade deadline. Cleveland Cavaliers We've heard LeBron's views. What are your views on what the Cavs should do at the trade deadline? Amin Elhassan, ESPN Insider:?The Cavs are in a tough spot; even before the injuries to Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cleveland needed to bolster its PG depth and its rotation of bigs. LeBron is not incorrect when he says the Cavs need help, as their success in June will depend heavily on how healthy and how fresh they are. The problem lies in the assets they have available at their disposal to acquire talent. The Cavs have two trade exceptions in the $4 million-plus range which.. ...
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NBA Star Shares Emotional Moment He Held His Preemie For The First Time
Huffington Post - 15 days
In January, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel “Shirley” Harris Smith, shared some difficult news about their family. The couple welcomed their baby daughter, Dakota, five months early.  Since then, Dakota has been fighting to survive in the NICU. On Tuesday, J.R. posted a photo of one milestone moment on Instagram. Today is one of the greatest days of my life. Today I get to hold my youngest for the first time! GOD is GREAT! #DakotaStrong A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:10am PST “Today is one of the greatest days of my life,” he wrote in the caption. “Today I get to hold my youngest for the first time! GOD is GREAT! #DakotaStrong” The Smiths have been documenting Dakota’s time in the NICU on social media. When Dakota was just over a week old, J.R. posted a photo of his older daughter Demi gazing at her baby sister in an incubator. My loves... #KotaBear #SlimDem A photo posted by ...
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NBA star holds premature baby for first time
CNN - 16 days
Cleveland Cavaliers player J.R. Smith shared a touching Instagram photo of his first opportunity to hold his daughter since her premature birth.
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LeBron James rips Charles Barkley: You're the NBA bad boy, not me
ABC News - 22 days
DALLAS -- After years of being fodder for Charles Barkley to comment on in his role as an analyst on TNT's "Inside the NBA,"? LeBron James has heard enough. "He's a hater," James told ESPN of Barkley following the? Cleveland Cavaliers'? 104-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. "What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?" James had been stewing the past couple of days after Barkley took James to task for the four-time MVP calling out the Cavs for needing to fortify the roster with another playmaker to have a realistic shot at a repeat title. "Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above," Barkley said of James last week. "The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [ Iman] Shumpert?last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world....
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J.R. Smith and wife announce daughter's premature birth
CNN - about 1 month
Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith spoke directly to his fans via video on Saturday to share some "very important news."
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Cavs guard Smith reveals premature birth of daughter
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith's wife has given birth to the family's third daughter, Dakota, five months before she was due, the couple revealed on Saturday. Dakota Smith is five days old and weighs one pound (0.45 kg), Smith and Jewel Harris said on Uninterrupted -- the online video platform for athletes that was created Smith's teammate LeBron James. The Smiths announced on Uninterrupted in October that they were expecting.
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Brilliance by design: LeBron James' bounce pass to nowhere - ESPN
Google News - about 2 months
ESPN Brilliance by design: LeBron James' bounce pass to nowhere ESPN LeBron James is on the baseline when he bounces a great pass that goes by two defenders to Mike Dunleavy, who knocks down a 3-pointer. (0:20). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. Jan 3, 2017. Dave McMenaminESPN ... LeBron James on Michael Jordan comparisons: 'There's no similarities in our game'Yahoo Sports NBA PM: LeBron James Flying Under Radar?Basketball Insiders The Cavs are coping without J.R. Smith -- here's howcleveland.com USA TODAY -Bleacher Report -Chicago Tribune -ABC News all 381 news articles »
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Sports 2016: The Year of Living Shirtlessly
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
From J.R. Smith to Tiger Woods to the Tongan Olympic flag bearer, bare torsos became a bizarre trend in sports in 2016.
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Cavs' J.R. Smith out 3 Months With Thumb, Blow to NBA Champs
ABC News - 2 months
Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least 3 months following surgery to fix a "complex fracture" of his right thumb
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Cavaliers post convincing win over Bucks
Yahoo News - 2 months
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in as many days, and this time, they didn't need overtime to do it. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points and handed out a career-high 13 assists and LeBron James scored 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 113-102 victory over the Bucks in Cleveland. The victory came a day after the Cavaliers needed overtime to edge the Bucks 114-108 in Milwaukee and it came with Kevin Love again sidelined by a sore knee and guard J.R. Smith sidelined by a broken thumb that saw him exit Tuesday's contest.
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Cavs' Smith to have surgery on broken thumb
Yahoo News - 2 months
Cleveland Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will have surgery on the broken right thumb he suffered in Tuesday's overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the team said Wednesday. A rehabilitation program and timeline for Smith's return will be established after the operation, the team said. Smith left the game in Milwaukee late in the second quarter of the 114-108 win.
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No Irving, no problem as Cavs maul Grizzlies
Yahoo News - 2 months
Kevin Love scored 29 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers shrugged off the absence of Kyrie Irving to demolish the Memphis Grizzlies 103-86. Irving was given the night off after complaining of tiredness in his legs after last weekend's victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Love also contributed 13 rebounds, while J.R. Smith filled the void left by Irving to weigh in with a 23-point haul which included six three-pointers.
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Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue says he met with J.R. Smith about 'embarrassing moment' during Tuesday's game
LATimes - 3 months
J.R. Smith might want to pick a better time to say hello to a buddy next time. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard left the floor while play was in progress Tuesday night to share a handshake and hug with Milwaukee’s Jason Terry, who was on the Bucks' bench. Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue said the incident...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of J. R. Smith
  • 2016
    Age 30
    During the celebrations after the 2016 NBA Finals victory, Smith was spotted multiple times without a T-shirt.
    More Details Hide Details During President Barack Obama's congratulatory call to head coach Tyron Lue, Obama made a reference to Smith's lack of shirt. As a result of this fame around being shirtless, Smith commissioned a T-shirt of his torso. Smith has two daughters, Demi and Peyton. Former teammates Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are their godfathers. Smith's younger brother Chris is also a professional basketball player; the two were teammates on the Knicks during the 2013–14 NBA season.
    The Cavaliers went on to win the 2016 NBA championship, despite going down 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 loss, as Smith won his first NBA title.
    More Details Hide Details On February 2, 2007, Smith and teammate Carmelo Anthony were involved in a car accident. Neither player was injured in the collision. The only detail released by the team was that the car Smith was driving belonged to Anthony. On June 9, 2007, Smith and two passengers were injured in a car accident on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, New Jersey, when the SUV he was driving collided with another car. Smith and a passenger, Andre Bell, were ejected from the vehicle at around 5:30 p.m. Smith's vehicle went through a stop sign and collided with the other car. Smith was taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital. Bell suffered serious head injuries before being pronounced dead on the night of June 11. Neither Smith nor the second passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. Smith and Bell were not wearing seatbelts at the time. In October 2008, a grand jury in Monmouth County, New Jersey declined to indict Smith on a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from the accident.
    On January 2, 2016, in another win over the Magic, Smith hit one three-pointer which moved him past Nick Van Exel (1,528) for 22nd place on the all-time three-pointers made list.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, he scored 24 points on eight three-pointers in a 122–100 win over the Toronto Raptors. On January 8, he scored a season-high 27 points in a 125–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He matched his season high of 27 points on April 3 in a 112–103 win over the Charlotte Hornets. In Game 2 of the Cavaliers' first round playoff series match-up with the Detroit Pistons, Smith scored 21 points and made seven of Cleveland's NBA playoff record-tying 20 three-pointers in a 107–90 win. After sweeping Detroit, they moved on to the second round, where in Game 2 of their series against the Atlanta Hawks, Smith hit seven of the Cavaliers' NBA record 25 three-pointers (the most in any regular season or playoff game) to help Cleveland take a 2–0 series lead over the Hawks. The Cavaliers went on to sweep the Hawks, and then defeated the Toronto Raptors 4–2 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2016 NBA Finals. In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, with the Cavaliers down 2–0 to the Golden State Warriors, Smith scored 20 points in a 120–90 win to help the Cavaliers cut the deficit to 2–1.
    Smith won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 29
    On November 23, 2015, he scored a then season-high 26 points in a 117–103 win over the Orlando Magic.
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    On September 2, 2015, Smith re-signed with the Cavaliers.
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    On April 27, 2015, Smith was suspended for the first two games of the Eastern Conference semi-finals after he swung his arm and made contact with the head of Celtics forward Jae Crowder in Game 4 of their first-round series against Boston.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks on May 20, Smith set a Cavaliers franchise playoff record with eight three-pointers as he finished the game with 28 points off the bench to help lead the Cavs to a 97–89 win. Smith helped the Cavaliers sweep the Hawks and reach the NBA Finals for just the second time in franchise history. The Cavaliers faced the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals, but they lost the series in six games.
    Cleveland received Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks and a first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft from the Thunder, while Cleveland sent Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City and Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk, and a second-round pick in the 2019 NBA draft to the Knicks, and the Thunder sent Lance Thomas to the Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, he made his debut for the Cavaliers in a loss to the Houston Rockets.
    On January 5, 2015, Smith was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade that also involved the Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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  • 2014
    Age 28
    On April 6, 2014, Smith recorded an NBA record 22 three-point attempts in a 102–91 loss to the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details He also recorded a new Knicks' record with 10 made three-pointers. Smith was 11-for-28 from the floor, 10-for-22 from beyond the arc, and took 10 threes in the fourth quarter alone. The single-game mark was previously held by Damon Stoudamire, who attempted 21 threes on April 15, 2005. Smith finished the game with 32 points.
    On January 8, 2014, Smith was fined $50,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after repeated instances in which he attempted to untie the shoelaces of his opponents.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    On September 6, 2013, Smith was suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.
    More Details Hide Details The suspension was without pay and did not start until he was fit to play after knee surgery.
    Smith underwent surgery on July 15, 2013 to repair a patellar tendon and a torn meniscus, both in his left knee.
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    On July 11, 2013, Smith re-signed with the Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details The contract was reported to be worth $17.95 million over three years.
    On April 27, 2013, Smith was suspended for Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs after elbowing the Celtics' Jason Terry in the chin.
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    Smith was awarded the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first Knick to win the award since John Starks, who did it in the 1996–97 season. He averaged a career high 18.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game in 33.5 minutes per game during the 2012–13 season. He played 80 games during the season.
    On March 7, 2013, Smith scored 36 points in a losing effort, 95-94, to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    More Details Hide Details In an April 7 rematch, Smith scored 22 points, five of which came in the closing minutes to put the game out of reach for the Thunder and give the Knicks their 50th win of the season for the first time since 2000. On March 26, Smith scored 32 points against the Boston Celtics as the Knicks routed the Celtics 100–85 at TD Garden. On April 12, Smith scored 31 points on 13-for-16 shooting (81%) to lead the Knicks to a 101–91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    In similar fashion, on December 26, 2012 with one second remaining in regulation, Smith connected on a shot that gave the Knicks a 99–97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
    More Details Hide Details Smith scored 27 points as the Knicks won without Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton.
    On December 5, 2012, Smith hit the game-winning, fadeaway jump shot in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats as time expired for a 100-98 win.
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    In 2012, after playing in China due to the lockout, Smith signed with the New York Knicks under the bi-annual exception worth $2.4 million.
    More Details Hide Details Smith made his Knicks debut against the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 15 points and drained three three-pointers in the first quarter in a Knicks win. After struggling most of the season to shoot the three-pointer, the Knicks greatly improved because of Smith and the emergence of Steve Novak. Smith became a fan favorite, gaining comparisons to John Starks. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a career high 1.5 steals per game with the Knicks that season. The Knicks faced the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, but lost 4–1. Smith averaged 12.2 points but only shot 31.6% from the field and 17.9% from three-point range. On July 11, the Knicks and Smith agreed to a $2.8 million contract with a player option. The Knicks were allowed to give Smith a 20% increase on his salary. Smith said he had larger offers from other teams, but chose to remain with New York because he wanted to stay close to home and have a chance at a championship.
    Individual accolades notwithstanding, Smith was unable to lead Zhejiang into the 2012 CBA Playoffs, with the squad eliminated from contention as of February 12.
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    During his time with the Golden Bulls, Smith won a Foreign Player of the Week award, and was selected as a starter for the Southern Division All-Stars in the 2012 CBA All-Star Game, but did not play due to "personal reasons."
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    On February 1, 2012, Smith scored a CBA career-high 60 points and 14 three-pointers in 18 attempts off the bench, during a 122–110 victory over the Qingdao Eagles.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, he netted 41 points off the bench in a narrow 119–115 triumph over the Shandong Lions.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    Because he did not secure an opt-out clause, he could not return to the NBA until the end of the 2011–12 CBA season.
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    During the 2011 NBA lockout, Smith signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    He finished the 2009–10 season with the second most three-pointers in the league off the bench.
    More Details Hide Details Smith also averaged 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. The Nuggets, however, once again exited the playoffs early. The 2010–11 season was a season of change for the Nuggets, who traded Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. Smith played his familiar sixth man role and averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
    For the 2009–10 season, Smith and teammate Chauncey Billups agreed to change jersey numbers.
    More Details Hide Details Smith changed to the No. 5 jersey, in order to accommodate Billups' request to wear No. 1, the same number Billups wore with the Detroit Pistons. On December 23, Smith scored 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks which included 10 three-pointers, one shy of his record. Smith shot 10-of-17 from 3-point range.
    On April 13, 2009, Smith scored an NBA career-high 45 points on 13-of-22 shooting, as part of a 118–98 home win over the Sacramento Kings.
    More Details Hide Details He made a franchise-record 11 three-pointers during the game, which was one shy of tying the NBA record. On his third trip to the playoffs, Smith averaged 14.9 points per game on 45.4% shooting. He helped the Nuggets make the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers.
    On February 10, 2009, Smith was chosen to replace the injured Rudy Gay in the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    On July 25, 2008, Smith was added to the Team USA Basketball select team to help the senior team prepare for the Olympics.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    The Nuggets suspended him for the first three regular season games of 2007–08 for his role in the incident.
    More Details Hide Details During the season, Smith averaged 12.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. In Smith's second trip to the playoffs, during a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, he played 27. minutes, averaging 18.3 points per game on 53.5% shooting. He also had a 31.8% three-point shooting percentage; however, the Nuggets were swept in the series.
    On October 13, 2007, Smith was involved in an incident at a Denver nightclub.
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    Smith's first trip to the playoffs during the 2006–07 season proved disappointing.
    More Details Hide Details Smith, a 39% three-point shooter during the regular season, failed to connect on any three-point shots in the first four games and was criticized for poor decision-making by coach George Karl. After game four, Karl informed reporters of his plan to bench Smith for all of game 5. Karl said, "He's done", and explained his frustrations over Smith's poor judgment in shooting a three late in the game, "I have no idea what planet that came from." Karl told the Associated Press that he had drawn up the play to give the ball to either Allen Iverson or Carmelo Anthony. Karl continued, "And then, of course the one with eight seconds to go, from 50 feet, I just love the dignity of the game being insulted right in front of me."
    On December 16, 2006, Smith was involved in the Knicks–Nuggets brawl.
    More Details Hide Details The brawl began when Mardy Collins flagrantly fouled Smith on a fast break. Smith was suspended for 10 games. On February 20, 2007, Smith suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee which required surgery; he missed several weeks. Smith averaged 13 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in his first season with the Nuggets.
    On July 14, 2006, the Hornets traded Smith and forward–center P. J. Brown to the Chicago Bulls for center Tyson Chandler.
    More Details Hide Details On July 20, Smith was traded again, this time to the Denver Nuggets for guard Howard Eisley and two 2007 second-round draft picks.
  • 2005
    Age 19
    Smith was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month three consecutive times in 2005: in January, February and March.
    More Details Hide Details In his second season in New Orleans, Smith's numbers declined across the board, averaging 7.7 points, 2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The Hornets spent part of the season in Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina. The Hornets finished 38–44, helped by the playmaking ability of rookie Chris Paul; despite the 20-game improvement, they again missed the playoffs.
    Smith participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in 2005, finishing behind Amar'e Stoudemire and the eventual winner, Josh Smith.
    More Details Hide Details The Hornets finished the season at 18–64 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    He was selected eighteenth overall, in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft, by the New Orleans Hornets—one of nine players who were drafted that year out of high school.
    More Details Hide Details In his rookie season with the Hornets, Smith averaged 10.3 points, 2. rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
    In April 2004, following a 25-point performance at the McDonald's All-American Game (in which he was named game co-MVP with Dwight Howard), Smith decided to forgo college and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    In the fall of 2003, Smith signed a letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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  • 1999
    Age 13
    Smith grew up in the Clarksburg section of Millstone Township, New Jersey, where he attended Millstone Middle School and graduated in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details From there, he moved on to Steinert High School and McCorristin Catholic High School before transferring to Lakewood High School. Smith played high school basketball for the first time at Lakewood High School. He later transferred to Saint Benedict's Preparatory School and played basketball there as well. During his career there, he averaged over 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • 1985
    Born on September 9, 1985.
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