J.R. Smith Rumors
“(People say) it’s LeBron and Kyrie hate each other,” Shumpert said. “No, it’s two dudes that need the ball. LeBron needs the ball, Kyrie needs the ball, Kevin (Love) needs the ball. Swish (J.R. Smith) can’t shoot unless he has the ball. Kyle Korver can’t shoot unless he has the ball.” Shumpert, who is a friend to Irving, said the two still talk. He said “it could be awkward for a little bit” between James, Irving, and Love (there has been no mention of any tension between Irving and Love in media reports), but “it ain’t gonna last.”
J.R. Smith took to Instagram to wish his buddy and Cavaliers teammate Kevin Love a very happy 29th birthday. Usually these happy birthday posts are a nice caption or simply a meaningful photo, but Smith went with a nearly minute-long video message that he recorded while he was on his way to the gym.
Echoing that sentiment, J.R. Smith brought up Anthony’s power move to the Knicks over seven years ago, when he forced a trade from Denver to the world’s biggest market. “He does want to stay in New York. He made the effort to get to New York,” Smith said. “Granted, it hasn’t gone as well as he hoped it would. But I’m sure that’s where he wants to be.”
With the Cavs’ final regular season game against the Golden State Warriors nearing on Monday, they are unveiling a new look in the starting lineup heading into Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings: veteran guard Iman Shumpert will start in place of DeAndre Liggins, the 28-year-old, third-year pro who held the position for the past month after J.R. Smith’s mid-December thumb injury required surgery (he’s expected to return in late March or April).
Kevin Love and J.R. Smith both fell to the floor during Monday’s Cavaliers-Suns game. Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson helped up Smith – and left Love. So, Love sat behind the baseline and waited. And waited. And waited. Eventually, all four teammates on the court – including LeBron James – returned to help him up.