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J.R. Smith

Basketball player Earl “J.R.” Smith III was born on September 9, 1985 to parents Ida, a consignment store owner, and Earl Smith, a mason contractor. He was raised in Lakewood, NJ alongside five siblings. His athletic prowess stood out at a young age. He was named co-MVP of the 2004 McDonald’s All-Star Game in high school, a title he shared with Dwight Howard. He was drafted that year in the first round as the 18th overall pick straight out of high school. Smith won the 2016 NBA Championships as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also played for the Hornets, Nuggets, and Knicks, as well as one season in a Chinese league. He was named the 2012-2013 Sixth Man of the Year while on the Knicks. Smith, who goes by the nickname Swish, owns a sneaker store in his hometown called Team Swish. Just days after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend Ashley Weatherspoon, Smith eloped with Jewel “Shirley” Harris, with whom he already shared a daughter, Demi. The couple welcomed a second daughter, Dakota “Kota Bear,” in January 2017 just 21 or 22 weeks into the pregnancy. The baby weighed only 1 pound at birth, but was nursed to health. Smith also has another child, Payton, with an ex.

Cleveland Cavs Have Steak Night Turn Up Before NBA Finals (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavs
Steak Night Turn Up ... Before NBA Finals

LeBron James and the Cavs went big the night before Game 1 of the NBA Finals -- teaming up for a big dinner at a famous S.F. steakhouse ... TMZ Sports has learned.  The team hit up EPIC… READ MORE >

J.R. Smith's First Photo Home After Leaving NICU With Preemie Daughter

J.R. Smith
1st Pic At Home With Preemie Baby

J.R. Smith had a helluva day Tuesday ... taking his baby, Dakota, home and winning a playoff game ... and now we have the first photo of daddy and daughter at home. As we previously reported,… READ MORE >

- 32 days ago
J.R. Smith's Preemie Baby Comes Home From NICU

J.R. Smith
Preemie Baby Comes Home ... Medical Miracle

Huge day for J.R. Smith -- and it has nothing to do with the NBA Playoffs -- his preemie daughter has finally been discharged from the hospital after a miraculous 4 month battle. As we previously… READ MORE >

- 32 days ago
J.R. Smith & Wife Buy Flowers for NICU Moms on Mother's Day

J.R. Smith & Wife
Buy Flowers for NICU Moms ... On Mother's Day

J.R. Smith and his wife, Shirley, spread a little Mother's Day cheer at the Cleveland hospital where their preemie daughter is being treated ... buying flowers for all the moms in the NICU… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
J.R. Smith's Preemie Baby Hits 6 Pounds! (PHOTOS)

J.R. Smith
Micro-Preemie Hits 6 Pounds!

Another huge milestone for J.R. Smith's baby, who just crossed the 6 POUND mark ... after weighing only 1 pound at birth. The NBA star's wife, Shirley, gave birth to little Dakota "Kota Bear"… READ MORE >

- 52 days ago
J.R. Smith's Micro-Preemie Baby Takes First Bottle (PHOTOS)

J.R. Smith
Micro-Preemie Baby Takes First Bottle

Big win for J.R. Smith this weekend -- and it happened BEFORE the Cavs' playoff game! J.R.'s micro-preemie daughter -- born at only 1 pound -- made another huge stride on Friday and had her very… READ MORE >

- 69 days ago
LeBron James & Cavs Stars Hit Miami Nightclub After Ugly Loss to Atlanta Hawks

LeBron James & Cavs Stars
Hit Miami Nightclub ... After Ugly Loss to Hawks

How do you rebound from blowing a 26 point lead in the 4th quarter? If you're LeBron James ... you hit the club!!  Bron -- along with J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson -- hit up LIV nightclub… READ MORE >

- 76 days ago
J.R. Smith's Baby ... The Miracle Continues ... Breathing Tube Removed!

J.R. Smith's Baby
The Miracle Continues Breathing Tube Removed!

Big news for J.R. Smith and his family ... their micro-preemie baby Dakota is thiiiis close to crossing the 3-pound mark and her breathing tube is out!  READ MORE >

- 93 days ago
Cleveland Cavs' Handshake Game Still On Point (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavs
Handshake Game Still On Point

They beat the Bucks Monday night, but LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith still had energy to put on a show AFTER the final buzzer ... with another round of dope handshakes.  The… READ MORE >

- 117 days ago
Ex-Knicks Player Chris Smith Selling 'I'm With Oakley' Shirt (PHOTO)

Ex-Knicks Player
Selling 'I'm With Oakley' Shirt

Ex-NY Knicks player Chris Smith -- the younger brother of J.R. Smith -- has taken Charles Oakley's side in the NBA legend's war with the team ... releasing an "I'm With Oakley" shirt. Chris is a… READ MORE >

- 135 days ago
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