An emotional J.R. Smith discussed his family's role in supporting him throughout his career after the Cavaliers' win over the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Smith has been through a lot on and off the court throughout his NBA career. He received a 90-day jail sentence for killing his friend in an auto wreck in 2009, and dealt with multiple suspensions. He expressed how grateful he was to have the support of his family.
“Everything I do is for my parents,” Smith said, “None of this matters without them. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here ... 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 sit in front of you as a world champion.”
Smith hugged his father afterward.