- J.R. Smith was celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers championship with his short off before the final buzzer sounded.
- Smith went viral in 2016 for celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers championship shirtless.
- Smith went un-signed for most of the 2019-20 season before signing with the Lakers before the bubble.
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J.R. Smith celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship the only way he knows how: without his shirt.
Smith, who went viral in 2016 for celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship without a shirt on, had his shirt off on the sidelines for the final moments of Game 6. ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy even remarked that Smith “already shirtless.”
When the final buzzer sounded, Smith ran onto the court with his teammates and celebrated.
Jr Smith shirt was off before the final buzzer sounded pic.twitter.com/Wo6zVW4Aaq
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) October 12, 2020
Smith broadcasted the Lakers celebration in the locker room on Instagram:
JR Smith pouring beer on Rob Pelinka. https://t.co/ZZmvea9lC5
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 12, 2020
It’s been a unique journey for Smith, who requested a trade from the Cavaliers in 2018, was sent home, then never traded. He was then bought-out of his contract, but didn’t land with a team until the Lakers signed him for depth upon entering the bubble
Smith didn’t play huge minutes in the postseason, averaging just 7.5 minutes per game across 10 games, but he is nonetheless a two-time champion.
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