It was quite an emotional night in Oakland as the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship after an intense Game 7, and J.R. Smith was in tears as he spoke at a post-game press conference. Watch his touching tribute to his parents, particularly his dad, after his big win on Father’s Day here!
J.R. Smith, 30, was an emotional wreck after his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, epically won the 2016 NBA Championship on June 19, which also happened to be Father’s Day. Since his dad is the guy who put a basketball in his hands, J.R. dedicated his press conference time to gushing about his old man, while tears streamed down his face. Check it out here.
“My parents, my family, that’s the biggest inspiration in my life. I’ve been in a lot of dark spots in my life and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to get out of it,” he told reporters. “But they are who they are, they fall with me. They yelled at me, they screamed at me, they loved me, they hugged me, they cried with me and they always stuck by my side, right or wrong. I know a lot of people don’t have their parents in their life, their mother or their father, but I got the best two, I swear.”
As his dad proudly watched on from the back of the room, J.R.’s emotions kept building up, and he continuously got choked up throughout the interview.
“My dad is easily one of my biggest inspirations to play this game and to hear people talk bad about me, it hurts me, because I know it hurts him and that’s not who I am,” he continued. “I know he raised better and I know I want to do better and everything I do is for my parents and my family. The car is nice, the house is nice, but none of this matters without them”
The Cavs were originally down in the series 3-1, but had a brilliant comeback, winning three games in a row to become the 2016 NBA Champions. The game in Oakland was a nail biter down to the last second, but the Cavs came out on top in a 93-89 victory, making this their first title in franchise history. Congrats!
HollywoodLifers, were you shocked to see J.R. break down like this?