Video: Lakers’ JR Smith speaks out to his haters during IG Live with Anthony Davis
Los Angeles Lakers guard JR Smith has heard all of the outside noise surrounding his contributions, or lack thereof, to the Lakers winning their 17th championship in franchise history.
As so, he decided to address those haters on his Instagram Live:
“I’ve been hearing a lot of sh*t. ‘You ain’t even do nothing.’ Sh*t man, let me tell you something. Them mf things they call chips. Them sh*ts is earned, they ain’t ever given. Them sh*t’s is always earned.”
– JR Smith with a message to the haters on his IG Live 😤 pic.twitter.com/opMchObYG1
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 16, 2020
At one point during the live stream, Lakers star Anthony Davis chimed in with his own short response in the comment section, stating “2x” in a reference to Smith’s first championship as well that he won with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Davis then joined Smith on the IG Live from his bedroom:
The two Lakers had a good laugh and reflected on winning the championship. Fun times had by all.
As for Smith’s contributions, it’s true that he didn’t play much this season. After signing with the Lakers late in the season, he appeared in six games and saw only 13.2 minutes per game. Those minutes decreased to 7.2 per game during the postseason. Smith was primarily brought aboard along with Dion Waiters in the absence of guard Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. After Rondo returned from his fractured right thumb injury, Smith’s demand on the court took a significant dip.
While fans can say all they want about Smith’s lack of playing time during this run, he’s not going to let that take away from his championship vibe. Even though he didn’t play much, he was a key player on the bench in terms of keeping spirits high and making sure chemistry stayed strong. His celebrations certainly brought plenty of joy to Anthony Davis and Co.
Smith is set to become a free agent this offseason, with no clear answer to what path he’ll take. After winning his second championship, the former Sixth Man of the Year may officially call it quits after a colorful career.