NBA 2K17 MT Coins — Anyone who thinks J.R. Smith is one of those NBA players whose
idea of defense is taking the ball out of the net after his opponent scores hasn't
been paying attention.
That might have been Smith's reputation earlier in his career. But that's not how
he has approached his craft for at least several ... uh, months? Weeks?
"I used to be a guy who, my pride in my work was pretty much on how I shot the
ball," the Cleveland Cavaliers' shooting guard said. "I try not to be that person
anymore. Not let, whether I make a shot or miss a shot, define what I can do on a
court. I try to start energy and then bring everything else on the defensive side
and let my defense turn into transition offense."
Smith, 30, is wrapping up his 12th NBA season, so this most definitely falls into
the old dog/new trick category. The obvious question, then, was: Why now?
"My daughter, actually," Smith said, referring to 7-year-old Demi Smith, around
whose little finger pop apparently is wrapped.
"I was having a conversation with my daughter earlier this year about her
sacrificing her toys, because she wants new toys," Smith said. "I was like, 'Baby,
if you want more toys, you're going to have to sacrifice and give these other toys
away to people who can't afford them or maybe are less fortunate.' She was like,
'Well, daddy, what are you going to sacrifice?'
"I sat there and honestly thought about it. And one thing that I can control is my
defense. How I come in and impact the game. I talked to her about it, and even
though she doesn't understand exactly from a basketball term, she understands..."
So yes, 12 years in, it was a conversation with his child about toys that persuaded
a guy who already has been paid upwards of $40 million in his career to get serious
about something that represents one half of how he logs his time.
OK, so. Smith's defense has been a welcome new facet to his game and has come in
handy for the Cavaliers in this postseason, most notably against Atlanta's Kyle
Korver in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He was more attentive at that end,
too, in the first round against the likes of Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and
in the East finals when matched with Toronto's DeMar DeRozan.
GameTime: Adjustments For Cavaliers
The GameTime crew discusses some of the adjustments that the Cavaliers can make
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