J.R. Smith certainly has had a roller-coaster career in the NBA. From winning the Sixth Man of the Year award with the New York Knicks to costing the Cleveland Cavaliers a win in the 2018 NBA Finals with an awful blunder, Smith has had many highs and lows. Looking at some of the lows, though, the NBA actually once fined Smith $25,000 for posting an inappropriate photo on Twitter.
J.R. Smith proved how talented he was on the Nuggets and Knicks
Entering the 2004 NBA draft right out of high school, the New Orleans Hornets ultimately selected J.R. Smith with the 18th overall pick.
He then played for them in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and averaged 9.2 points per game in those seasons. In his next five seasons, though, Smith played for the Denver Nuggets and became a star. He averaged 13 points per game in 2006-07 for the Nuggets, and then after scoring 12.3 points per game in 2007-08, he scored 15.2 points per game for the team in 2008-09.
Smith also helped the Nuggets become an excellent team in 2008-09. The Nuggets went 54-28 that year, which was the most wins for the team since the 1975-76 season. The team then reached the Western Conference Finals that year, and Smith ultimately scored 14.9 points per game in the playoffs overall that season.
Smith played for the Nuggets in the next two seasons after that, but then began playing for the New York Knicks in 2011-12.
After playing in only 35 games in 2011-12, Smith was one of the best players in the league in 2012-13. He averaged 18.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds that season for the Knicks, which were both career-highs. Smith’s play ultimately helped him earn the Sixth Man of the Year award that season.
Smith then played for the Knicks in 2013-14 and part of the 2014-15 season. This was before he ultimately went to the Cleveland Cavaliers during 2014-15.
Winning a title in Cleveland, but also being remembered for a blunder
J.R. Smith helped the Cavaliers have a lot of success from 2014-15 through 2017-18. When the Cavaliers traded for Smith during the 2014-15 season, the Cavaliers were only 19-16. They ultimately went 34-13 throughout the rest of that regular season, though, and then went to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers then went to three more consecutive NBA Finals after that, and Smith was a big reason why they won a championship in 2016.
Despite being so productive in Cleveland, many people remember his time there for his big blunder during the 2018 NBA Finals. With Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors being tied 107-107 with four seconds left, Smith collected a rebound off George Hill’s missed free throw. Then it seemed as if Smith thought that the Cavaliers had the lead as he did not try to give the team an opportunity to take the lead before the buzzer went off.
The Cavaliers then lost in overtime to the Warriors 124-114, and lost the series in four games.
The NBA once fined Smith for posting an inappropriate photo
During the 2012 NBA season, when Smith was playing for the Knicks, the NBA fined him $25,000. This came after he posted a semi-nude photo of a woman on Twitter, according to Sporting News.
“I didn’t know it was going to be as big deal as it is now,” Smith said, according to The Denver Post. “I definitely regret it. It takes away from our team. Anytime I do anything that takes away from our team, I’m definitely going to regret it.”J.R. Smith
The photo, which was ultimately deleted, was of model Tahiry Jose, who is also known for being on Love & Hip Hop: New York in the past. Bleacher Report reported Smith and Jose were dating at the time. The picture then started somewhat of a Twitter beef between him and Jose’s ex at the time, Joe Budden, according to Bleacher Report. It was just not a good look at all.
J.R. Smith, again, has had a lot of really great and a lot of really bad moments in his NBA career. The time he posted the inappropriate photo of Tahiry Jose on Twitter definitely goes down as one of those bad moments.
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