NBA Champ J.R. Smith’s Teary Tribute to Dad Will Have You Bawling, Too
The long-suffering people of Cleveland are over the moon after the Cavaliers ended the city’s 52-year title drought. But no one may be more emotional than the Cavs’ J.R. Smith.
Following Cleveland’s memorable Game 7 win on the road at Golden State to win the franchise’s first-ever NBA title, in which the Cavaliers became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals, the guard-forward, who’s had a slew of off-court problems, gave an impassioned speech thanking his dad during the postgame press conference.
The timing could not have been more perfect — Smith, 30, is a newly-minted champion speaking glowingly of his dad on Father’s Day with the eyes of the sports world on him. And then he gave his pop a hug. It was like something out of the end of Jerry Maguire.
His words were so moving that the press corps in attendance gave him a round of applause when he finished. That’s no easy task, considering the objective stance the media is supposed to take.
J.R. Smith sobs when discussing his family, and hugs his dad afterward.https://t.co/4Bf05uBtnn
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) June 20, 2016