Cavaliers’ JR Smith won more than a postseason game in the Eastern Conference finals. The more significant victory: he got to take home his daughter for the first time.
The Cavaliers guard was noticeably absent after the victory over the Celtics last night. According to Kyrie Irving, he “sprinted home” to see his daughter.
Smith seemed to handle the situation well and recently provided gifts on Mother’s Day for others in a similar situation (via TMZ):
J.R. Smith and his wife, Shirley, spread a little Mother’s Day cheer at the Cleveland hospital where their preemie daughter is being treated … buying flowers for all the moms in the NICU ward. The Cavs star’s daughter, Kota, is still battling like a champ at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) … where she was born roughly 5 months premature.
Below are photos of Smith leaving the hospital with his daughter for the first time before the playoff game in Cleveland as well as his first photo with Dakota.