J.R. Smith, for better or for worse, has always found himself in the spotlight. On the court, J.R. Smith is one of the deadliest long-range shooters in league history as he recently passed Eddie Jones to rank 20th all-time in made three-point field goals. Off the court, J.R. Smith is one of the most notorious partiers in NBA history.
Although Smith has calmed down considerably since landing in Cleveland, Ohio, Smith believes that his reputation will keep him from “The 6” this February for the NBA’s All-Star festivities, specifically the three-point contest. “You know they don’t want me there,” Smith said (last) week. “You know they don’t want me part of All-Star festivities.”
The NBA’s biggest ambassador and Smith’s teammate, LeBron James, came to the defense of J.R. and wants to know exactly why he hasn’t been invited to shoot it out with the best among the league. “The fact that he’s second when you look at how many (instances of) eight or more 3s he’s made in a game, he’s second behind Steph now. He’s never been invited,” James said. “I think I might need to start making that petition. Us being the No. 1 team in the East, him shooting the ball the way he’s been shooting it, we need to try to get as many guys to All-Star as possible. Guys know in the league he’s an unbelievable 3-point shooter and he deserves an invite.”
Throughout Smith’s career, he has been suspended for at least 29 games and fined more than $100,000 in his career. The Akron-Beacon Journal is proposing a #PipeTheNorth hashtag to get J.R. in some festivities, which selfishly speaking, we are all absolutely here for.
Smith is averaging 12 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.
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