Before heading to Las Vegas to celebrate with the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith got emotional post game. In his post game press conference, Smith teared up while talking about his parents:
Here is Smith's full quote about his Dad:
My dad is easily one of my biggest inspirations to play this game. To hear people talk bad about me, it hurts me because I know it hurts him, and that's not who I am. And I know he raised me better, and I know I want to do better. Just everything I do is for my parents and my family. The cars are nice, the houses are nice, but none of this matters without them. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here. I don't know where I would be, honestly. If it wasn't for them, if it wasn't for the structure and the backbone that I have, I wouldn't be able to mess up and keep coming back and being able to sit in front of you as a world champion.
This wasn't your typically cliche-filled response. This was honest and upfront and emotional. Bravo, J.R.