Earl Joseph ‘J.R.’ Smith was a gun basketball player.
He only took up playing the game when he was 15, and was so naturally brilliant that he became a first round draft pick into NBA straight out of high school.
In 2009 he ran second in the 6th Man of the Year Award, finished third in the All-Star Slam Dunk competition, and nailed 11 threes and 45 points in the Denver Nuggets last game of the regular season, and won them both the Northwest Conference and a home court advantage in the first round of the playoff series.
A few seasons later he came off the bench three games in a row and hit 30 plus points – the first player in 23 years to do it – and later that season went one better than before and won the 6th Man Award, putting him in pretty rare air considering that the previous winners included James Harden, Lamar Crawford, Jason Terry, Manu Ginobili, Lamar Odok, John Starks, Bobby Jackson, Anthony Mason, Toni Kukoc, Detlef Schrempf. Bill Walton and Kevin McHale.
In 2016 he hit 65 threes in the post-season playoffs and won the ring, when the Cavs carved up Golden State, in the year that King Lebron took Steph Curry to town, amd stamped his name in history by becoming the only man ever to lead the playoff series in every stat that matters – points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks.
J.R. retired last year, and was having a good time all round until someone decided to smash his car windows in the US riots yesterday.
Silly, silly billy.
I bet he’s feeling it today.
I don’t condone violence as a general rule, but sometimes it’s necessary.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
I wouldn’t mind J.R. next to me in the trench, would you?