JR Smith has a weird conspiracy theory about the NBA

September 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Former NBA player JR Smith watches from the 3rd hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

JR Smith has a Charlie Kelly conspiracy theory he wants to publicize.

In an interview this week with Complex Sports, former Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Smith said he thought he was blackballed by the NBA.

“One hundred percent [I feel like I was blackballed]”, Smith said. “Anyone can sit here and tell you that’s a fact. You’ve got these 30 [NBA] teams. [Take] the first three people from each [of the] 30 team[s] and exclude them. Give me the fourth to the fifteenth man. Just the four to 15. Name one who is better than me.

“I’m sitting here like, bro, like I worked with these guys,” he added. “I saw their GM come up to me and say, like, ‘Why aren’t you playing?’ You know why I don’t play.

Smith also said he believes other former NBA players like Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Nick Young and Isaiah Thomas were also blackballed.

Here are Smith’s full comments on it.

Obviously, there are a few holes in Smith’s logic here. Johnson (with the Boston Celtics) and Thomas (with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets) were actually on NBA rosters last season. Although none of the aforementioned players are currently signed, there are very good reasons for this – they are all elderly (players named by Smith are between 33 and 42 years old), ineffective and one-dimensional goalscorers, and could not stay in front of a Roomba on defense these days.

These guys could still be absolute threats on the pickup court or in pro-am games. But they probably aren’t cutting it in the NBA anymore, Smith included.

As for Smith’s point of around four to 15, Norman Powell (LA Clippers), Robert Williams (Boston Celtics), Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors), Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns) and Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans Pelicans) are just some examples. of players who might not be one of the top three in their respective teams. But all of them are unquestionably better than Smith right now.

Smith, who is on the verge of turning 37 himself, had a stellar 16-year career in the NBA. He also won a Sixth Man of the Year award and two championships for his troubles. Eventually, the juice runs out. Still, Smith isn’t the only player to believe he’s currently being blackballed by the league.

Sharon D. Cole