J.R. Smith's golf obsession pays off

Alex Myers discusses how J.R. Smith's golf obsession has helped LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs.

Released on 5/10/2018

Transcript

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making
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another deep playoff run.
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That's good news for JR Smith the basketball player,
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but bad news for JR Smith the golfer.
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You know how the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes
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have a no-golf agreement?
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Well, there's no such pact involving JR and the Cavs,
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and that's a good thing for Cleveland fans.
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In fact, Smith recently credited
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getting back out on the course thank to better weather
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for his better play on the court.
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I hope other teams are listening.
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And just look at how he warmed up
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before game four of the Eastern Conference semis
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against the Raptors.
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Those beautiful practice swings worked,
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because JR went out and shot a perfect
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six-for-six from the field to help finish off the sweep.
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That meant valuable extra time to rest
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for LeBron James before the next series,
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and a whole lot more tee times for JR.
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When asked after by ESPN's Scott Van Pelt
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about the green light JR has to shoot the ball,
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Smith replied, It's very green,
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but not as green as the green I'm gonna hit tomorrow.
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And yes, he was talking about golf.
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Get your heads out of the gutter, people.
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This is a guy who watches Golf Channel
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instead of the NBA playoffs,
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wants to create his own line of golf shoes,
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and hates nothing more than
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bad divot patterns on drive ranges.
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I encountered Smith's love of the game firsthand
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a few years back when I ran into him
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at The Players Championship.
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He was a still a member of my pathetic Knicks then,
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so his season had been over for a month already,
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and he told me he had played golf every day since.
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The man must have a high tolerance for blisters.
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He also told me he was going
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to follow Lee Westwood that day,
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and if that doesn't scream hardcore golf fan, nothing does.
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I'm a freaking golf writer,
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and even I don't want to go out
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and watch Lee Westwood play.
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Well, unless he's playing with Smith.
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That'd be fun.
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Anyway, hit 'em straight, JR.
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Keep shooting them straight, too.
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