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How JR Smith’s view on money changed after winning a title: "We got the money. We don't have the mindset. We'd rather go throw $60,000 in a strip club"

JR Smith has new values that drive his decisions in regards to money

JR Smith has new values that drive his decisions in regards to money

Winning a championship is life-changing for any player, and it did wonders for JR Smith. After winning his first title in 2016, Smith's view on money and life, in general, changed for the better.

Smith's view on money after the championship

The 16-year veteran is a 2-time champion, but his first title remains the most memorable and life-changing. Smith made a guest appearance on "I am Athlete" podcast and shared why his views on money changed drastically.

"We got the money. We don't have the mindset. We'd rather go throw $60,000 in a club, in a strip club. Go throw $60,000 than go feed 2,500 people in the hood.Think about it, I can't sit here and be like, I'm a hypocrite, I've done this myself. I've thrown money in the club literally mindlessly, aimlessly drunk at a bar. Now, I sit back and I'm like, I'm a stupid a** 'n****'. I could have fed my community 10 times over with the money I was just... Cuz I was so wrapped into me, I got that Eurocentric mindset. I need this designer jacket, I need these jeans, I need this bookbag, I need to be looking like this cuz the vets got this, they got pushin' this car... Why? Who am I impressing, I'm not even fulfilled with me."

When asked by Brandon Marshall what happened or when his views changed, Smith revealed it was after winning his first title.

"It clicked for me, probably the year after we won the chip. The year after we won the chip, I felt like I had everything, and I still wasn't whole with me cuz I know something was missing. And for a long time, I went through a bad depression because I couldn't figure out what it was. Like, I've always had this mission because my parents have instilled in me to help my community, to help my people, help people around me, help people who look like me."

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