JR Smith hasn’t played in the NBA since a brief stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019-20 and is seemingly retired. Now, the two-time NBA champion is going back to school, where he wants to be part of the golf team at N.C. A&T, according to John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal.
Smith will begin classes at the HBCU on Aug. 18, and then he must pass through the NCAA clearinghouse in order to become a member of the golf team. He’s excited about becoming an Aggie and is ready to play golf competitively. The 35-year-old became an avid golfer about 12 years ago and is a 5 handicap.
The longtime NBA sharpshooter got some advice from Ray Allen, Chris Paul and others about finally going to college. Smith jumped straight from high school to the NBA way back in 2004. He was the 18th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Smith started his NBA career in New Orleans before moving on to the Denver Nuggets. After five seasons with the Nuggets, the shooting guard then went to the New York Knicks, where he won Sixth Man of the Year in 2013.
Smith was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014-15 season and then played key roles during the Cavs’ runs to the NBA Finals, including their championship run in 2016. After falling out of favor with the Cavs in 2018-19 when LeBron James left for the Lakers, Smith wound up back with LeBron in 2019-20 and got another ring.
Now, he’s ready to succeed out on the golf course. Good luck to JR Smith!