JR Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • J.R. Smith challenges LeBron James ahead of Game 4 against Celtics

    Sportress of Blogitude "LeBron James arguably had one of the worst postseason performances in his storied career during Sunday’s 111-108 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And one of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers teammates is challenging him to rise above his disappointing performance and..." May 23

  • JR Smith, Richard Jefferson Respond to Bradley Beal Saying Cavs Didn’t Want to See Wizards

    Black Sports Online "It’s an actual fact, but Bradley Beal shouldn’t be the one delivering the message. NBA logic suggest that the Washington Wizards would have matched up better with the Cleveland Cavaliers, on the strength of their dynamic backcourt, and Beal harped on that point when making these comments...." May 20

  • J.R. Smith won't be guarding Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas at start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Before the postseason began Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue challenged J.R. Smith. In Round One, he asked Smith to matchup defensively against Paul George, Indiana's best player and lone All-Star. Smith then got the DeMar DeRozan assignment in the conference semifinals. Known as a..." May 16

  • J.R. Smith owed Tyronn Lue $100 because he bit on DeMar DeRozan pump fake

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavs coach Tyronn Lue fined J.R. Smith $100 for biting on a DeMar DeRozan pump fake in Game 4 Sunday, and collected in the locker room after the win. As part of Lue's challenge to Smith to guard DeRozan, the Raptors' top scorer who looks to draw fouls, Smith owed his coach $100 every time he..." May 08

  • JR Smith to start Game 3 for Cavaliers

    ESPN "When JR Smith walked out of the arena after not playing in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 117-111 Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday because of a hamstring injury, he vowed to play in Game 3 as long as the Cavs would let him. Smith got his wish Thursday after getting..." April 20

  • J.R. Smith's Baby: The Miracle Continues Breathing Tube Removed!

    TMZ "Big news for J.R. Smith and his family ... their micro-preemie baby Dakota is thiiiis close to crossing the 3-pound mark and her breathing tube is out! As we previously reported, Smith's wife, Jewel, gave birth to "Kota Bear" in early January almost 5 months before her due date. Dakota only..." March 24

  • Shumpert felt bad for ex-Knicks teammates after trade: Cavs 'grabbed me out of hell'

    CBS Sports "It feels like piling on to share this on the same day that Matt Moore chronicled all of the New York Knicks’ misery since the millennium on this website, but here goes: In an interview with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert said he felt bad for his former..." March 15

  • J.R. Smith's impending return gives him chance to overcome 'toughest year'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "After finally receiving the contract he always imagined, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith was probably thinking it was the just the beginning of another special year. On the same day he excitedly announced his return to the champs in a heartfelt video talking about the numerous ups and..." March 09

  • J.R. Smith Cleared To Return From Thumb Injury

    Real GM Basketball "J.R. Smith has been cleared to resume full practice activity and is listed as questionable versus the Detroit Pistons. Smith fractured his right thumb in late December and was expected to miss three months." March 08

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith has to be restrained at end of loss to Heat

    CBS Sports "At the end of the Miami Heat’s 120-92 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, a bit of a brouhaha ensued. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, inactive because of a thumb injury, took exception to Heat guard Rodney McGruder dunking on and shoving Cleveland big man Channing Frye with the game..." March 05

  • JR Smith ‘a couple weeks’ away from returning from thumb injury

    Larry Brown Sports "JR Smith appears to be nearing a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith has been out since undergoing thumb surgery in late December. He was initially projected to miss 12-14 weeks, which set him for a return in mid-to-late March. It sounds like he’s still on target for such a return..." February 28

  • JR Smith shoots down report about return from thumb injury

    Larry Brown Sports "J.R. Smith has some bad news for those who think he’ll be returning to action in a few weeks. ESPN reported on Monday that Smith is doing well in his rehab from the thumb surgery he underwent in December and is expected back by the middle of March. Smith responded to the report on Twitter later..." February 14

  • J.R. Smith took the Larry O’Brien Trophy with him to McDonalds

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you win the NBA title, you get to spend a day hanging on to the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Most players invite family and friends around to bask in the glow and remember a championship run. J.R. Smith took the trophy to McDonald’s. Because he’s J.R. Smith, that’s why. Just be happy he’s..." February 14

  • J.R. Smith could return in as little as three weeks

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith suffered a complex fracture on his right thumb back in December that required surgery. He was originally scheduled to be out 12-14 weeks, which projected him for a March or early April return. Reportedly, that timeline has been moved..." February 13

  • JR Smith thinks Charles Barkley is jealous of LeBron James

    Uproxx "The feud between Charles Barkley and LeBron James has become one of the NBA’s biggest stories because it’s the rare time when a current player has really fired back at the criticisms of a former NBA legend. James went after Barkley as both a player and a person in his response to Barkley’s..." February 03

  • J.R. Smith's daughter born 5 months premature

    SLAM Online "J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, shared heartbreaking news on Uninterrupted. Smith’s daughter, Dakota, was born five months premature and weighs just one pound. Smith had been out of action after suffering a fractured right thumb, but obviously this development puts matters in a new..." January 08

  • Cavaliers' J.R. Smith out until mid-to-late March after thumb surgery

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without guard J.R. Smith until mid-to-late March, the team announced on Friday. Smith had surgery to repair a fractured right thumb in the morning, and he is expected to be out of the lineup for 12 to 14 weeks. In the meantime, the Cavaliers' depth will be..." December 23

  • George Karl: J.R. Smith Had 'Distracting Posse', 'Sense Of Entitlement'

    Real GM Basketball "George Karl wrote critically of J.R. Smith in his new book while also referencing his "posse." Karl coached Smith for several seasons with the Denver Nuggets. Karl wrote Smith had "a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really..." December 22

  • Sources: Cavs fear J.R. Smith has broken right thumb

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith exited the first half of Tuesday's 114-108 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks with a right thumb injury, and sources tell ESPN.com the team fears the thumb might be broken. Initial X-rays taken at the arena were inconclusive, according to the Cavs. Smith..." December 21

  • J.R. Smith needs thumb surgery, will miss extended period

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Bad news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. J.R. Smith needs surgery on his thumb, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The shooting guard will be out for an extended period of time. Smith hurt his right thumb near the end of the first half of Tuesday night’s game against the Bucks. He did not..." December 21

  • JR Smith day-to-day after MRI on knee comes back clean

    Larry Brown Sports "JR Smith is day-to-day for the Cleveland Cavaliers after the MRI on his injured knee came back clean, according to a report. Smith injured his knee during the Cavaliers’ game against their Eastern Conference rivals Toronto Monday, leading him to play just 10 minutes in the game. But The..." December 06

  • Struggling J.R. Smith battling a sore left knee, doesn't want MRI

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "J.R. Smith is battling a sore left knee, he told cleveland.com after a 113-94 Cavs loss to the Los Angees Clippers Thursday night. Smith, who scored just three points on 1-of-3 shooting, sat in his locker after the game with his left knee heavily wrapped in ice. He also limped across the court..." December 02

  • Tyronn Lue calls J.R. Smith's behavior 'embarrassing,' Smith was trying not to be boring

    Akron Beacon Journal "J.R. Smith addressed his mental lapse Tuesday night and his postgame response to it with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who called it an “embarrassing moment” and said Smith did not handle it the right way. Smith blundered mentally in the second quarter of Tuesday’s blowout loss at the Milwaukee Bucks..." November 30