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JR Smith Talks Shump’s Hair, Telling Kids Not to Pass, No Good Clubs in Cleveland

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

JR Smith has found himself a home in "The Land," but upon being traded to the Cavs, the shooting guard thought and expected the worse.

During a hilarious sitdown with GQ Magazine, Smith dished in on Iman Shumpert’s hair, his idea of always being open and the fear that Cleveland wouldn’t have any viable nightclubs.

Here are a few of the highlight quotes:

On the initial trade to Cleveland:

"Oh man, I have to live in Cleveland?”

“Honestly?” he said, piloting his German spacecar through a desolate web of interstates. “I was petrified. Seriously. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought: The weather is gonna be horrible. There’s going to be nowhere to go out to eat. There’s going to be nowhere to party.”

On any pointers he’d give a young kid learning to shoot:

“Wait, when you’re playing do you ever pass it?” And the kid says yes. And J.R. says, “Man, don’t pass it. Shoot! Every time you get it, shoot.”

On accidentally revealing that he still smokes weed:

What do you think about Ohio not passing that marijuana-legalization initiative? 

“Man, if you’d passed it, I wouldn’t have to leave in the off-season!”

On Iman Shumpert’s hair, Smith was the funniest:

What about Shump’s hair? I ask a little later, about his teammate Iman Shumpert, who wears a kind of retro flattop. What do you think of that? Do you think he looks like Grace Jones? Are you pro Shump’s hair?

“No,” he says, laughing. “No, I’m not” a fan of Shumpert’s hair.

Smith went on to reveal that Cleveland and “Utah” were the two cities that NBA players dreaded playing in, with Jazz fans being the most racist.

-- Glenn Erby

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