By Jeff Case
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith marches to the beat of his own drummer (or, if it’s during The Finals, to the beat of his own Phunkeeduck). The preseason is seemingly right up Smith’s alley with games often held in non-NBA arenas so fans outside of the teams cities can get a gander at their local team a little closer to home.
Such was the case last night for the Cavs preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies, held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Ohio State’s campus. Memphis won the game and sent Cleveland to 0-3 in the preseason, but Smith may have won the night. Smith sat out the game due to hamstring soreness but, during the first half of the game, flagged down a cotton candy vendor in the lower bowl.
Smith, dressed in his Cavs warm-ups, flagged down a cotton candy vendor who was working the lower bowl at the Schottenstein Center in order to snag a treat.
The transaction was captured by FanSided.com’s Jared Mueller.
The outlandish activity was initially chalked up by observers as Smith being Smith and showing the eccentric side that has followed him like a shadow during his 12-year career. Also, it was only a preseason game, after all. His in-game snack only illustrated just how inconsequential the preseason schedule really is.
A Cavs team official said that Smith was purchasing the cotton candy for the son of professional golfer Jason Day, who was seated by the Cavs bench. Day’s wife, Ellie, is from Lucas, Ohio, and is a Cleveland sports fan. The couple sat courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals in June.
After finishing the Presidents Cup on Sunday, Day flew from South Korea back to Ohio to catch the Cavs game Monday. Smith, an avid golfer in his free time, has befriended Day since he was traded to Cleveland from New York last season.
While the cotton candy might have been ultimately intended for Day’s son, Dash, Smith munched on some of it during the game as well.
To corroborate McMenamin’s account, we’ve got some additional Twitter pictures of the transaction …