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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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Tristan Thompson Trolled By J.R. Smith: You Buyin' Fur Coats For Your Baby??

Tristan Thompson
Trolled By J.R. Smith: Buyin' Fur Coats For Your Baby??

Tristan Thompson got totally roasted by his teammates during a fan event Sunday night ... when he was asked if he's already gone fur coat shopping for his baby with Khloe Kardashian. TMZ broke… READ MORE >

J.R. Smith on LeBron's Future: 'He'll Be Wherever the F**k He Wants'

J.R. Smith
On LeBron's Future: 'He'll Be Wherever the F**k He Wants'

J.R. Smith was asked about LeBron James ditching the Cavs ... and went COMPLETELY NUCLEAR -- telling the guy who brought it up to get the "f*ck outta here!" It all went down… READ MORE >

- 25 days ago
LeBron James: Conor McGregor's 'Tough as a Motherf**ker'

LeBron on Conor:
'Tough as a Motherf**ker' ... You Got My Respect!!

LeBron James says Conor McGregor was "tough as a motherf**ker" during the Mayweather fight -- and joked there's no way in hell he coulda gone 10 rounds with TBE.  TMZ Sports was right… READ MORE >

- 50 days ago
J.R. Smith's Preemie Daughter: I Can Fly ... Private!

J.R. Smith's Preemie Daughter:
I Can Fly ... Private!

Another great day for J.R. Smith's miracle baby -- who took her first trip to Miami this week ... ON A PRIVATE JET!  Baby Kota joined her NBA star dad, J.R., and mom, Jewel, on a family… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago
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 >

- 138 days ago
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 >

- 146 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 >

- 147 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 >

- 156 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 >

- 166 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 >

- 184 days ago
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