J.R. Smith pulls a Marshawn Lynch discussing 3-point contest slight
J.R. Smith stole a page from Marshawn Lynch’s playbook while bemoaning how he’s been excluded from next Saturday’s 2016 Foot Locker 3-point contest during NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.
When asked why he wouldn’t go into great detail to suggest the possible reasons why has been omitted despite having the beyond-the-arc pedigree that arguably warrants his inclusion, Smith relied upon a quote made famous by the Seattle Seahawks running back during last year’s Super Bowl Week.
“So I don’t get fined,” Smith said after Cleveland Cavaliers shootaround Friday morning. “I got a lot to say about it but I’m not going to say anything because it’s not going to help it.”
Smith apparently really wanted the opportunity to shine in the annual three-point-shooting showcase and it’s being suggested — at least by Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon — that Smith perhaps believes his reputation as a troublemaker prompted him being passed up … although Smith certainly didn’t want to say it, as evidenced by his Lynch-ian response.
The field for Saturday’s beyond-the-arc showdown boasts two Golden State Warriors sharpshooters in Stephen Curry, last year’s champion, and Klay Thompson. The rest of the field is rounded about by J.J. Redick, Khris Middleton, James Harden, Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry and Devin Booker.
While all of the above players arguably merit inclusion, the case can be made for Smith as well. But of those named to the field, while Curry, Thompson, Redick, Lowry and Harden have converted more three-pointers this season than Smith (109), the other three have not.
Even LeBron James spoke up for his arguably slighted teammate, but admitted, “It is what it is. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Smith, meanwhile, seems to have accepted his fate despite his misgivings, politics or what have you aside.
“At the end of the day, it’s not my decision,” he said. “I really can’t be mad, I guess. Well, I can, but I try to not let that bother me.
“We’re in first place in our division, so at the end of the day, this is about wins and losses for us, not about who is going to All-Star weekend.”