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Commentary, J.R. Smith, Locker Room Talk, Michelle Roberts, NBAPA, Supreme -

Right pew. Wrong church. That was my reaction to J.R. Smith earlier this week when the NBA reminded the Cleveland Cavaliers guard that the league more or less owned his body. Smith turned his body into a billboard last August when he tattooed the logo of an apparel company, Supreme, on the back of his […]

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2018 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA -

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The streets that made the man are wide and smooth, flanked by lush woods, cornfields, spacious lawns and wooden two-beam horse fences. Geese fly in formation overhead. There are no traffic lights. J.R. Smith grew up here with his parents and three siblings. He lives here now with his wife and […]

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Books, Chris Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA -

They call J.R. Smith “Swish” for a reason. But it was a missed shot, what would have been a game-winner in a youth championship game, that is the story in a new children’s book from Smith and his brother Chris. Chris Smith, who plays professionally in Israel after a brief stint with Smith on the […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

OAKLAND, California — And when it comes to the game, I’m willing to play harder / So harder I go, there he go / They chant M-V-P when I shoot a free throw! This is a decade-old bar spit by a still-in-his-prime Lil Wayne. It appeared on 2008’s “Ransom,” one of the first songs from […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, George Hill, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA, Stephon Curry -

OAKLAND, California — Barely a half-hour had passed since the Cleveland Cavaliers fell in head-scratching fashion to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. But you could tell that for the Cavs, the loss had already fully sunk in. When the doors to the visiting locker room opened, a silence […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, Jordan Clarkson, Kevin Love, LeBron James, NBA Playoffs, Rodney Hood, Tristan Thompson -

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — “Are you surprised to be here?” As reporters filed onto the hardwood at Oracle Arena approximately 30 hours before tipoff of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, almost every player donning a Cleveland Cavaliers practice jersey fielded some form of the above question. Implication being: If your name isn’t LeBron James, […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James, NBA Live 18 -

Whether you are a LeBron James hater or supporter, all eyes will be locked on Game 6 as the pressure is on the Cleveland Cavaliers and King James. Will James’ supporting cast show up at home? Will The Chosen One have enough in the tank to force Game 7 against the Boston Celtics? Is this […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Al Horford, J.R. Smith, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James, Sim Life, Stephen A. Smith -

The Boston Celtics return to home sweet home after dropping two in a row on the road in Cleveland, but how do you not expect LeBron James to will his team to win? Can the young Celtics regain their mojo now that the series has switched back to the TD Garden? We turn to NBA […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA -

CLEVELAND — Just seconds after J.R. Smith’s 30-foot jumper late in the third quarter increased his team’s lead to 24 points, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard turned to the crowd as he jogged back on defense. Both arms extended, he flashed the “3” sign with each hand, perhaps an indication of his arrival to the Eastern […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA -

Fridays are normally reserved for thanking God, overpriced happy hours and political news dumps, but the NBA, which has taken over our summers and first weeks of February with franchise-shifting transaction news, would not let this be a normal Friday. On Thursday it was announced that Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith had been suspended for […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Kelly Oubre Jr., NBA, Nike, Style, Supreme, Uniforms, Washington Wizards -

J.R. Smith threw on a crisp T-shirt, tied up his do-rag and slid a beanie on his head. This was after a 106-99 road win on Sunday over the Washington Wizards in which LeBron James made a bold style statement via a special pair of his Nike LeBron 15 “EQUALITY” sneakers. Yet Smith reflected on […]

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Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Markelle Fultz, NBA, Nick Young, Russell Westbrook, Sacramento Kings, Stephen Curry, Style, Tyson Chandler, Zach Collins -

The NBA rookie style quiz Forget your jump shots, newbie. It’s time to get your design game on. By Munehito Sawada and The Undefeated Staff | Illustrations by Kei Meguro Whether you’re a rookie or a vet, a day-one fan, or someone who watches whatever NBA game is on in the background, you’re living the […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James -

He carefully touched her soft hair. His large fingers pushed the fine strands aside. And back again. Her tiny eyes were closed shut. He wondered what color they were. He wanted to see her chest moving up and down. The breath passing from her lungs to his. Just like he’d dreamed. To know it was […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Most Undefeated 2016, NBA, NCF, Ohio State Buckeyes -

It was a late-fall off day a month into the NBA season, and Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James and J.R. Smith looked as good in scarlet and gray as they do in wine and gold. In street clothes, accented with a one-of-a-kind No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes jersey beneath a black team varsity jacket, James made […]

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2016 Elections, Barack Obama, Cleveland Cavaliers, Donald Trump, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA -

As reporters waited for access to various rooms in and around the White House last Thursday, there were certain themes uniting the conversations. What an odd day. Donald Trump and LeBron James at the White House on the same day? You can’t plan irony like this. How will President Barack Obama maneuver such polar opposite […]

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Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, MLB -

Just like that, in the year of the Lord in 2016 — the same year that has given us the most frustrating election in history, took Muhammad Ali and Prince from us, gave us incredible Arthur memes and read Vine its last rites — we now have sports’ newest and most fascinating curse: the 3-1 […]

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All Day, Andre Iguodala, Donald Trump, J.R. Smith, NBA, Russell Westbrook, What Are Those?! -

We got a new podcast popping this week from the squad. This time, Cousin Aaron and JT are talking about sneakers and sports fashion in our latest offering titled “What Are Those?!” Check it out here. Did you know that not all black people live in the inner city? Did you know that not all […]

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J.R. Smith, Lilly King, Michael Phelps, What Had Happened Was, Yasiel Puig -

GAME. BLOUSES. It wasn’t all that long ago that Yasiel Puig looked and felt like the most electrifying player in baseball. Puig got on base his rookie year — as a 22-year old, mind you — at a .391 clip and in his sophomore season in 2014, he smacked 37 doubles and sprinted all over […]

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All Day, Black Lives Matter, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Tamir Rice -

It started with J.R. Smith, then it spread to Kyrie Irving. Next thing we knew, Iman Shumpert was showing off, too. Mo Williams then jumped in on the fun. As the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated with their hometown fans in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, the hyperbole was flying about the rebirth of the city, […]

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Barack Obama, Cleveland Cavaliers, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, J.R. Smith, Tyronn Lue -

There is a strong possibility that Cleveland Cavalier J.R. Smith still may be strutting around town in his shirtlessness. He was shirtless in Vegas after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He stepped off the plane to greet Cleveland fans shirtless. He participated in the Cavaliers championship parade shirtless. President […]

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Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, New York Knicks, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Derrick Rose has played in just 39 percent of the possible games. He is due some $21.3 million this year before he becomes a free agent. He hasn’t played 30 minutes in 10 straight games since the 2011-12 season. And he ranked 81st out of 85 […]

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Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Jim Brown, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

Fresh off of helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA championship in franchise history, LeBron James promised the victory parade would be “the biggest party that Cleveland has ever seen. Ever.” His prediction didn’t disappoint. After patiently waiting 52 years since their city’s last major sports championship, Cleveland fans were busting moves in the […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

*Clears throat* Earl “J.R.” Smith III went from emotional in Oakland, California, to lit in Las Vegas in record time. The shoot first-second-and-third guard went full-fledged Dame Dash — pouring bottles of champagne on people and leaving teammate Richard Jefferson to play peacemaker. Now the 2016 NBA champions are back in their hometown and already […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA, NBA Playoffs -

The Cleveland Cavaliers became league champions Sunday night, winning Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals and bringing home their city’s first championship in over 50 years. By far the most emotional moment of the night – and one that hit home perhaps even more than LeBron James’ tears – came from J.R. Smith. Throughout […]

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Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Stephen Curry -

Fifty-two years is a long time, especially for a sports-crazed, championship-famished city like Cleveland. Before June 19, the last time any of the city’s professional sports teams won a championship was Dec. 27, 1964, when the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts. Jim Brown had 27 carries for 114 yards in a 27-0 Cleveland blowout. What […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Chance The Rapper, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Lil Wayne, NBA -

If the Golden State Warriors have Lil B on their side as official curse curator and run practices at Drake’s house in Calabasas, California, the Cleveland Cavaliers doubled down over the past 24 hours with their own heavyweight musical cosigners. Yesterday, Chance The Rapper, whose Coloring Book has already solidified itself as one of the […]

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