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J.R. Smith on LeBron’s receding hairline: ‘You can’t have it all’


J.R. Smith recently sat down with GQ magazine for an in-depth profile. Entitled, “J.R. Smith Is Always Open,” the piece is a compelling read looking into one of the more compelling characters currently playing in the NBA.

One of the myriad topics addressed in the profile is Smith’s relationship with LeBron James. And with some persistence by the writer of the column, Devin Friedman, Smith discussed a topic that has long been a source of fascination and curiosity among NBA fans: James’ receding hairline.

And from Smith’s perspective when it all comes down to it, when a person has almost everything — which is of course the case with James — why worry about a little male pattern baldness?

“I tell him you can’t have everything,” Smith told Friedman. “I tell him all the time: You can’t have it all! You have to give up one thing, and it just so happened it’s your hair. If someone told me I’m gonna give you $600 million but I’m going to take your hair? Take my hair!

There’s little sense in arguing with that sound piece of logic. Even if James’ hairline has been a frequent source of comedic fodder on the Internet (see here and here and here) over the dwindling amount of follicles maintaining residence upon his scalp.

Shoot, even James has mocked himself on occasion over hairline hoopla.

Still, Smith better be careful: Keep talking about LeBron’s receding hairline and he may punch himself a one-way ticket out of Cleveland.