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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.

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