LeBron James was probably his most cheerful and funny during his second stint in Cleveland. The negativity around his move to the Heat had finally subsided, as James went back to his hometown as a hero returning to bring a championship to a city that was starved of one.
LeBron’s supporting cast perfectly meshed around him on the court and off the court. One of those players that LeBron trusted by his side was JR Smith. While he definitely regretted having JR on the court during Game 1 of the 2018 Finals, Smith had come up clutch for the Cavs many times before, playing as the primary floor-spacer for the squad.
In an interview once, LeBron was talking about the fundamental basketball moves he stole from idols like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson before wondering who JR Smith saw to think he should shoot fadeaway threes. Smith clarified that doubt and let everyone know that 2K was his teacher.
“We all take something from somebody. My fadeaway I got from MJ, my no-look pass, I got from Magic. He shoots fadeaway 3s, I don’t know who he gets those from,” James said.
“2K,” JR Smith bluntly responds.
Athletes love playing video games, especially if they feature them on them. Most basketball fans end up playing some 2K version across phones, computers, or consoles. It is widely accessible and most players regularly play the game like DeAndre Ayton.
Smith saw some crazy stuff in 2K and thought it would be perfect for an attempt in the game at least, which is respectable. Smith and LeBron have always had a strong relationship, as Smith came back into the NBA and got a second ring alongside LeBron on the 2020 Lakers despite seeing limited playing time.