The Cleveland Cavaliers’ first NBA Finals victory meant something more for JR Smith.
During the game that brought the Cavs to a 93-89 win against The Golden State Warriors, Smith made 12 points and nabbed four rebounds, but all throughout the time in the court, more so after, he could only think about one thing: his family.
“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. 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 be able to sit here in front of you as a world champion,” Smith told the press.
After a couple of setbacks in life, Smith considers his family as his biggest inspiration in life. What made this triumph even more special for Smith is that it happened in the evening of Father’s Day.
“My dad is easily one of my biggest inspirations to play this game. To hear people talk bad about me, it hurt me because I know it hurts him, and that’s not who I am. I know he raised better, and I know I want to do better,” Smith said during the same interview.
“Today is special to me. It’s Father’s Day. My dad put the ball in my crib.”
After the interview, Smith ran into the crowd and gave his father a hug.