Posts Tagged ‘J.R. Smith’

J.R. Smith buys, eats cotton candy on bench during preseason game

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.’s Dave McMenamin recounts the tale from there

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’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 …

J.R. Smith hits $30,000 shot for military member

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you needed an NBA player to make a halfcourt shot with high stakes, J.R. Smith would be a good option, considering his ability to make shots from anywhere on the court. And last night in Cleveland, at the Cavaliers’ Wine and Gold scrimmage, J.R. Smith had the chance to take a halfcourt shot worth $30,000 for a military member. So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that J.R. calmly stepped up and drained the jumper from halfcourt…

The Cleveland Cavaliers really liked this picture of them working out

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You don’t have to be a detective to figure out that several members of the Cleveland Cavaliers gathered in Miami this weekend to get in a workout together. How do we know? They all posted the same picture on Instagram. Either there was a glitch in the matrix or they all really liked this photo…

Missing a couple but not forgotten. We on a mission! #TheLand #StriveForGreatness

A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on


A photo posted by Kyrie Irving (@k1irving) on

Good day at the office #questforaring #togetheron3familyon6

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A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

The All Ball 2015 NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here on the All Ball blog, we try to take a big picture look at the NBA, which means we spend as much (or more) time looking at off-court stuff as we do at the on-court. With that established, we thought we would preview the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers by looking at some of the things that makes each franchise so special…

Their 2015 Finals Hype Video

VIDEO: Cavaliers Finals Hype

ICYMI from 2014-15 — Five All Ball posts worth checking out…

Not quite 30 for 30: LeBron’s Headband

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with JR Smith

The Cavs celebrate Kyrie Irving’s big night

Playing hashtags with the Cavs

Three accounts to follow on Twitter

Iman Shumpert

LeBron James

Matthew Dellavedova

One player to follow on Instagram

JR Smith


A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

Three writers/media people to follow for the Cavaliers

Dave McMenamin

Chris Haynes

Jason Lloyd

Horry Scale: Rose gives Cavs a thorn

VIDEO: Derrick Rose opens the bank as three-pointer at buzzer gives Bulls victory.

Is it OK to say this was the sweetest moment for Derrick Rose since 2011? Yes, it appears so, because what could be more uplifting to a player who’s been to injury hell and back (three times) than sending a sucker punch to LeBron James and the Cavs here in what could be a tightly-contest second-round playoff series?

Over the last few years it has become customary, even tired, to proclaim “He’s Back!” whenever Rose did anything that remotely resembled his MVP season. To be honest, Rose will never be “back” until he displays the consistency of that season, but let’s put that aside for a moment. On this very play, with this very shot, he was “back” for a fleeting microsecond, even if the three-point buzzer beater than put the Bulls up 2-1 in the series required a kiss from the basketball Gods to bank off the glass.

As it is, Rose is being celebrated today in the same city that heckled him during his clumsy comeback from knee surgery a few years ago. Good for him, because if anyone needed a lift from a crazed crowd and a game-winning shot, it’s Rose.


Well, when you’re running to your right and need to shoot over a defender who has the wingspan of a prehistoric bird, then yeah, this shot was a bit tricky to pull off.

Rose took an in-bounds pass with three seconds left and after shaking free of Iman Shumpert, found Tristan Thompson flying in his grill. Of course, with time of the essence, there really wasn’t any time to think. And maybe that was a good thing. Three times on the Bulls’ previous four possessions, Rose missed one of two free throws and went 0-for-2 on isolation plays. This time, Rose simply launched it and didn’t call bank.


Before Rose’s game winner, the Bulls were stunned by a desperate three-pointer by J.R. Smith just seconds earlier. In a bit of bad decision-making by the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls refused to foul Smith while leading by three. In that situation, it’s better to send a player to the free throw line than risk having him tie the game, and the Bulls lost that gamble.

With Pau Gasol on the bench dealing with an injured hamstring, the Bulls couldn’t afford to play into overtime, not against LeBron. Speaking of whom, he poked the ball away from Rose on the very next play. Lucky for LeBron, he wasn’t called for a foul. And lucky for Rose, the ball went out of bounds, giving the Bulls another shot with three seconds left.


Bulls are up 2-1 in the best of seven. And the next game’s at the United Center on Sunday. C’mon.


Rose was rather subdued, as though he knew a 30-foot bank shot was going in all the way. Anyway, he was immediately lifted into the air by Joakim Noah, who sprinted off the bench, and soon mobbed by teammates. Of course, the UC went nuts, as it should, given that all of Chicago has been waiting to see something like this from Rose for nearly four years. Wish granted. If the Bulls win this series, don’t you think this shot will be raised as one of the reasons why?


Five Horrys, because of the circumstances: Rose’s continued comeback from injuries, it was a playoff game, LeBron was on the floor, and the ball was banked in. Yes, this is the max number of Horrys, but just the same, this isn’t some game in February. Please, after all he’s been through, don’t you think Rose should get lots of Horry love?


J.R. Smith works on videobomb skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Miami Heat were racking up titles the last few seasons, almost every postgame interview featured some new form of a videobomb. LeBron James may be in Cleveland now, but last night after the Cavs clinched the Central Division, the videobombs returned. Check out J.R. Smith doing several different videobombs last night…

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with J.R. Smith

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At a recent Cleveland Cavaliers game, one lucky fan won a contest that involved throwing chickens (rubber, presumably) at a target on the court. His prize? A dinner with Cavs guard J.R. Smith. Luckily for us, cameras were brought along to capture their dining experience. I really love this video because the time they share seems to be pretty boring and normal and low-key. But more than anything, it’s normal.

NBA players may be huge superstars, but in this video, these dudes talk about the weather, they chat about golf, they talk a bit about basketball, and of course there are also some awkward silences while they eat. In short, it’s a totally normal meal between a few people who don’t know each other very well but are trying to make the best of it.

VIDEO: Dinner with J.R.

Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…

VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…

VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…

VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…

NBA ode to Christmas Day

VIDEO: NBA TV narrates the season through Christmas lens

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Garden
Ticket holders asked: “Why can’t we just take James Harden?”
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes that one day a real team would be there;

Across town the Nets were nestled all snug in their beds,
Visions of D-Will’s 40 percent shooting torturing their heads;
And Sam Presti in his kerchief and Chris Wallace in his wrap,
Had just settled down to brush up on the salary cap.

When out on Seventh Avenue there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a flash,
Tore open the shutters, ready to do something rash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Seemed as far away as the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Spike
and his pals on the high-priced front row,
When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a stretch limousine pulled by eight tiny reindeer,
With a tall, slow driver who’d long lost his quicks,
They knew in a moment he must be from the Knicks.

More rapid than a 20-second timeout his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
“Now Gasol! Now Monroe! Now DeAndre! up above,
“On, K.D.! On LaMarcus and Butler! On Kawhi and Love!
To the top of the scoreboard!  To the top of the wall!
Come with me now to save New York basketball.”

As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky,
Over in Brooklyn, Queen B’s land with Jay-Z,
Lionel’s team was still driving him crazy.

So up to the house top the coursers they flew,
The limo filled with millions, and James Dolan, too.
And then in a twinkling, on Presti and Wallace’s roofs
Was the prancing and pawing of designer hoofs.

As they drew in their heads and were turning around,
Down the chimney came Zen Master came with a bound.
He wore a green suit of Benjamins, sewn out of cash,
Ready to recruit his own Brothers of Splash.

A bundle of promises he was ready to dangle,
At anyone not named J.R., who could grasp a triangle.
His eyes — how they twinkled!  Not the face of a meanie;
Of course, the fall-back plan was still the beach with Jeanie.

His droll little scheme, turn around a team soft as a cushion,
And do it all faster than Brooklyn’s rich Russian.
He piled stacks of cash from their feet to their teeth,
And blew smoke till it encircled their heads like a wreath.

He had a wise, knowing face, hardly hint of a belly,
Not at all like Charles Barkley’s each night on the telly;
He was as haughty and sure as a blackmailer with pictures,
Even though his team’s record was down with the Sixers.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Was supposed to give the entire NBA something to dread.
He had played in the glory years with Reed, Frazier and Bradley,
Now these days in his sack just a hollow team playing badly.

He’d spoken all the right words, said he’d soon make them perk,
But without Jordan and Shaq, this might be too much like work.
And laying a finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprung to his limo, to his team gave some whistles,
Nothing he couldn’t clean up with one or two missiles.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he soared over walls of adobe:
“By this time next Christmas, I’ll even settle for old Kobe.”

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with John Leguizamo

Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. Today we check in with the multihyphenate (writer-actor, producer-director, and on and on) John Leguizamo. Though he was born in Colombia, Leguizamo’s family moved to New York soon after, and a lifelong love affair with basketball and the New York Knicks began. His latest project is the loosely-autobiographical film Fugly!, out now on demand and on iTunes.

ME: I’ve seen you at lots of Knicks games through the years. Did being a fan of the Knicks start as soon you and your family moved to New York?

LEGUIZAMO: Yeah, definitely. I love basketball — that’s what I played growing up. You know, the sport you play is the sport you end up loving to watch. Somehow, it’s reliving the childhood and the life you never had. So yeah, I was a big Knicks fan back in the day — Clyde and up to Patrick Ewing, Sprewell, Starks, LJ, and up to now, the triangle offense, I’m here.

ME: Even these days, when the franchise is rebuilding, are you still fully invested?

LEGUIZAMO: It’s tough. The triangle offense is a tough thing to figure out. I mean, I guess it worked for Phil Jackson in Chicago and L.A., but how is it going to work on these cats who’ve played so differently all their lives, man? I don’t know, it’s a tough thing to watch. It’s like…(laughing) sending troops into war without weapons. I don’t know. It’s like, “Try and use your fist this time instead of a bayonet!”

ME: Also, to be fair, Phil had Jordan and Pippen in Chicago and Shaq and Kobe in L.A. So there may be a bit of a personnel issue with this Knicks team.

LEGUIZAMO: You mean you don’t think Carmelo is Kobe Bryant? (laughs) I mean, who was Michael Jordan anyway? No athlete will ever equal the excellence of that cat, but Kobe was pretty close, man.


ME: Let’s get your predictions for the Christmas Day games. First up is your Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards.

LEGUIZAMO: Aw man. I mean, the Knicks will surprise you out of nowhere man, and maybe this is the time they’ll all come together — J.R. Smith and Shumpert — and maybe they’ll still come together for that. So I’ll give it to the Knicks. I mean, they come out of nowhere sometimes and they figure it out, and somehow the triangle offense comes together and somehow they’re loose and free. Or they get totally shut down, I don’t know.

ME: Right, sometimes it’s more like the Bermuda Triangle offense.

LEGUIZAMO: (laughs) Definitely the Bermuda Triangle. I think the Aztecs used The Triangle when they fought the Conquistadores. And what happened to the that empire?

ME: Yeah, didn’t work out so well. What do you do on Christmas Day? Will you watch games, or what’s your plan?

LEGUIZAMO: Well, we travel far. Our families are gypsies, so last year we went to Peru, and this year I’m going to be in Africa on a safari, not a shooting safari but shooting with my camera.

ME: Sounds amazing. OK, next up is the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LEGUIZAMO: Thunder didn’t show up the other night. I mean, Kevin Durant is back, but I’m gonna go Spurs.

ME: Yeah, it’s hard to pick against them. Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat.

LEGUIZAMO: Aaahhhhhh! Oh dear, that’s gonna be wild. I love LeBron now that he went to the Cavs; somehow he regained my respect and love. But that’s gonna be tough, Look at Dwyane who came in the other day with crazy points. I don’t know, I’m gonna go with the Heat.

ME: Two more. Lakers at the Bulls.

LEGUIZAMO: Bulls. Derrick Rose. That’s all I gotta say, two words: Derrick Rose.

ME: Last one, Los Angeles Clippers at maybe the surprise team of the season, the Golden State Warriors.

LEGUIZAMO: Wow, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love the Clippers, man, I love CP3, and after all they went through, I’m going to do the emotional choice instead of the smart choice (laughing), I’m going to go Clippers.