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Plain Dealer May 19, 2016
The evolution of J.R. Smith: From New York castoff and emergency shotmaker to Cleveland Cavaliers 'best defensive player'

The evolution of J.R. Smith: From New York castoff and emergency shotmaker to Cleveland Cavaliers 'best defensive player'

J.R. Smith appears to have found his NBA home, away from the busy nightlife that also earned him the rep as a notorious partygoer. The Cavs believed in him when the Knicks had enough.
News-Herald May 17, 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers notes: J.R. Smith embraces role as defender

Cleveland Cavaliers notes: J.R. Smith embraces role as defender

J.R. Smith has been called many things in his 12 NBA seasons."JR Swish," the nickname tied to his uncanny knack for streak shooting, is the most clever and kind of the labels affixed to the Cavaliers shooting guard.A couple of Smith's former coaches, most notably George Karl from their shared seasons in Denver, called him other things when they grew frustrated with his sometimes selfish, enigmatic play.
Plain Dealer May 17, 2016

LeBron James, J.R. Smith talk having the Cavaliers, city in championship contention again

LeBron James and J.R. Smith discussed the vibe in the city with the Cavaliers just eight wins from Cleveland's first major pro sports championship since 1964.
Plain Dealer May 17, 2016

LeBron James previews Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 and talks about staying sharp during layoff (video)

A stoic LeBron James met with the media for the final time before beginning the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
Akron Beacon Journal May 16, 2016

Grateful for LeBron James’ faith in him, Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith cherishes special friendship

INDEPENDENCE: It seemed as if LeBron James put his neck on the line in January 2015 when he approved the Cavaliers’ three-team trade that brought J.R. Smith to Cleveland.The other piece in the deal, Iman Shumpert, was a no-brainer, a defensive specialist sorely needed in the struggling Cavs’ playoff push. But Smith brought risk. His questionable decision-making on and off the court had resulted in suspensions, arrests and a bad reputation around the league.But James, now 31, had known Smith, now 30, since Smith played high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., and...
New York Post May 11, 2016

J.R. Smith makes wonderful sell for Knicks, even if he’s bitter

J.R. Smith was furious with the Knicks over the early 2015 trade that shipped him to Cleveland and separated him from the teammate he calls his “all-time favorite person.” He also may be the Knicks’ most effective free-agent pitchman. “Every person that’s in the NBA should experience playing in New York at least once in...
New York Post May 10, 2016

Why Carmelo approves of Blatt, despite LeBron friction

Though his buddy LeBron James couldn’t stand him, Carmelo Anthony likes the idea of hiring former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, according to a person familiar with his thinking. Blatt interviewed with the Knicks two weeks ago and is being considered for the position, despite erroneous reports it served only as a courtesy interview. The source...

Lakers news: Anthony Brown starts offseason workouts

More of the team's young players are headed back to the gym. Los Angeles Lakers' rookie Anthony Brown's debut season was a mixed bag. After the team selected him with the 34th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, most projected the Southern California native as having prototypical "three-and-D" wing player potential. With those players becoming more valuable and expensive with each passing year, if Brown panned out it would be a heck of a return on a second round pick. Brown fulfilled the "D" half of that equation, but excelled less at the "three" part. The rookie has already flashed...
Plain Dealer May 9, 2016
J.R. Smith unsure if he'll join LeBron James on Space Jam 2

J.R. Smith unsure if he'll join LeBron James on Space Jam 2

J.R. Smith said the biggest issue for him doing Space Jam 2 would be if LeBron says he wants his friend Smith to do the film.
Fear The Sword May 8, 2016

J.R. Smith might be in 'Space Jam 2'

J.R. Smith might star alongside LeBron James in 'Space Jam 2'. With 'Space Jam 2' having found a director and LeBron James reportedly set to star despite a deal not being in place yet, another Cleveland Cavalier may join the cast. According to TMZ Sports, J.R. Smith is in talks to join the cast. Per TMZ, Smith's representative Daniel Hazan said that their is 'mutual interest'. J.R. Smith -- Tapped for 'Space Jam 2' Role ... Let's Get Animated! https://t.co/0mEsUIKDJF — TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) May 8, 2016 Per the report, Smith might voice an animated character, meaning he might...
Chronicle-Telegram May 8, 2016

Commentary: J.R. Smith is a gunner’s gunner, and he’s a perfect fit for the Cavaliers

With the Cavs binging on 3-point field goals in the playoffs, their most important player might be Earl Smith III. That’s because the aptly named Earl Smith III (better known as J.R.) specializes in 3-point field goals. Actually “specializes” doesn’t quite cover it. Earl Smith III has a doctorate in making 3-point field goals. It’s Read More... The post Commentary: J.R. Smith is a gunner’s gunner, and he’s a perfect fit for the Cavaliers appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.
Fear The Sword May 6, 2016

J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and unlocking the full potential of the Cavs

The Cavaliers' two shooting guards are key to unlock their full potential. The Cavs are clicking right now. And that goes beyond their relatively impressive sweep of a surprisingly capable Detroit Pistons team with a bright future, and the three-point showcase they used to dismantle the Hawks with in Game 2. The ball has moved, they’ve weathered storms, teammates have been on the same page, and, most importantly, LeBron hasn’t shot laser stares into the back of his teammates skulls out of frustration. The Cavs have hit another gear, and it has been mostly what you’ve seen from the...
Fear The Sword May 5, 2016

LeBron James says J.R. Smith is the only Cav with the 'ultra-green light'

LeBron James says J.R. Smith is the only Cavs player with the 'ultra-green light' to shoot from anywhere on the floor. Yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers set a new record by making 25 three-pointers in their Game 2 win against the Atlanta Hawks. J.R. Smith was a big part of that, as he made seven of the Cavs' threes of 15 attempts. Several them, in typical Smith fashion, were also contested. After the game, Smith and LeBron James were the two Cavs at the podium taking questions. A reporter asked LeBron what it would be like to play like Smith for a game. His answer, after laughing a bit,...
Plain Dealer May 5, 2016

LeBron James said J.R. Smith has 'ultra-green light' to shoot 3s, but don't label the Cavaliers that way

J.R. Smith, LeBron James, and the Cavaliers bombed away from 3-point range in Game 2 against the Hawks. That's Smith every night, but James says the team is balanced.
Plain Dealer May 5, 2016

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith leading NBA playoffs in 3-pointers made per game (video)

NBA Playoffs 2016: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith moves up as playoff leader in 3-point field goals made (video)

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