After playing four seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside LeBron James, J.R.Smith is no longer in the NBA, and it seems there aren’t many teams interested in his services. Smith played 14 seasons in the NBA, and during that tenure, he changed several teams before landing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where his teammate was LeBron James with whom he won a championship.
Despite being one of the most physically gifted guards in the league, Smith often got in trouble off the court, which affected his performance at certain times in his career. In an interview for the Showtime Basketball, Smith talks about the relationship he has with LeBron and the impact he had on his career.
Smith knew LeBron way before they started playing professionally, and from day one, he knew that LeBron is a unique and very talented individual. When they became teammates on the Cavs, their relationship grew stronger, and LeBron helped Smith with some of the insecurities he had playing in the NBA.
“His work ethic and his drive changed my life. I looked at it from a different perspective. Surprisingly I was so insecure about my game I didn’t want people to see it. I didn’t want them to see the insecurities that I have of me missing shots. LeBron helped me by saying there is a reason you are here; there is a reason why we are here. When we get to those moments, we won’t miss those shots. He pounded that s**t in my head so much that every day I was in the gym for 3,4 times a day.”