J.R. Smith Rumors
Lue said he made the decision a couple days ago and that Smith was fine with the plan. “Tested it out. It’s really been hard since LeBron’s been out, just something we’re going to do to start the season and we’ll see how it works,” Lue said.
Asked how Smith took the news, Lue said, “He was fine. It’s tough, you’ve been in a position where you went to three straight Finals and you’ve been the starting 2 guard. It’s about sacrifice. And if you want to win … J.R. was great about it. He’ll have a different role right now and we’ll see how it works.”
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith stood a few feet behind his teammates for the national anthem prior to the team’s scrimmage Monday night at The Q. The reason, he said, was because “I don’t feel like the flag represents what it’s supposed to at this point.
“We obviously didn’t discuss what we were going to do as a team, and I definitely, I don’t feel, it’s not an easy situation for me with the national anthem,” Smith said Friday, following the Cavs’ morning shootaround. “Especially coming from where I come from, it’s just not. I don’t feel like it’s represented the right way, obviously it’s a tough conversation for everybody, and it still needs to be, I wouldn’t say talked about, because there’s been a lot of conversations about it, it’s time to start doing. What efforts are we going to put towards it?”