J.R. Smith made a guest appearance All Things Covered Podcast, where he talked about multiple things from his career and specifically this season in which he once again won an NBA championship. Smith has been in the league for 15 seasons, in which he played for multiple teams and shared a locker room with a lot of players. He talked about his relationship with all those he met during his career and said there was only one he didn’t like.
J.R. Smith and former NBA player Sam Dekker played together on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it was only for a few weeks before Dekker got traded to the Washington Wizards. That was his last stint with an NBA team, and he is now playing in Europe. Even though they were teammates for such a short period, it was enough for J.R. to form a negative opinion about Dekker.
Throughout my whole career, it’s only one teammate I really don’t like. And he knows that. And everybody else, I’m just cool with.J.R.Smith ,via All Things Covered
This dude Sam Dekker, dog. I can’t – this dude. He did some bulls— on the bus one day, talking some Trump s—, and I just wasn’t having it.
According to J.R., Dekker said things related to politics and, more specifically, Donald Trump that he didn’t appreciate. Dekker used his voice to provide a different view on a particular matter, and J.R didn’t approve of that at all, saying Dekker is privileged and isn’t aware of all the circumstances for a specific group of people.
For what the question he asked, it’s a thought pattern. You’re taught that. It’s not like – it’s the hate you give. And I feel like it’s something you’re taught. It’s not – the privilege he has was taught to him, and he took heed of it and run with it even further than somebody who was not – who was oblivious to what they have and what the life they lived. Because some people just go through their life – not not necessarily knowing, but not aware and privy to somebody else’s circumstances. He’s a person who’s just very aware of somebody else’s circumstances and want to keep them there, as opposed to try to help him elevate up. And I don’t respect anything about that.J.R.Smith ,via All Things Covered
J.R. gave a pretty vague explanation of why he disliked Dekker, but it’s obvious it’s because of different political views. It surprises J.R even spoke about this so publicly because players rarely talk bad about their former teammates despite having had a bad relationship with some of them. In this specific case, it would be great to hear Dekker’s side of the story and what led to J.R.’s situation says he is the only teammate he openly dislikes.