JR Smith Believes He Was Blackballed By The NBA 100%

JR Smith believes he is being kept out of the NBA on purpose two years after the Los Angeles Lakers and him both won the NBA title.

Smith claimed “100%” in an interview with Complex Sports’ Pierce Simpson that he was being blacklisted from the NBA.

Anyone sitting here can affirm it to be true, he continued

Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Nick Young, and Isaiah Thomas were also added by Smith to the list of players that were suspended.

Crawford officially retired in March, thus he cannot be blacklisted. Thomas, a free agent who has spent the past several seasons moving around the league, concluded the 2021–22 campaign with the Charlotte Hornets.

Johnson is the second-oldest active player in the NBA, after Udonis Haslem, at 41 years old (42). After being signed to a 10-day deal with the Boston Celtics under the hardship exception, he did play in one game with them last season.

Young, 37, spent the majority of his career as a journeyman, and he hasn’t competed in the NBA since the 2018–19 campaign.

Smith loudly criticized the Cleveland Cavaliers for not striving to win when LeBron James left as a free agency during his final season with the team in 2018–19, presumably forcing his way out of the organization.

Smith feels winning is not everything

According to Smith, “I don’t think the purpose is to win,” Jason Lloyd of The Athletic asked. “Going out and trying to win as many games as you can is not the objective. To develop and lose, in my opinion, in order to get lottery picks. That, in my opinion, was always the plan.”

Smith was up for trade, but the Cavaliers waited out for a partner to come along, thus they eventually waived him in July 2019. Prior to joining the Lakers in Orlando for the start of the 2020 season, he was still a free agent.

Between the regular season and the playoffs, Smith participated in 16 games for the Lakers. In his 10 regular-season outings, the 36-year-old scored 2.8 points on 31.8 percent shooting on average.

Smith played for five different clubs over the course of 16 seasons, scoring 12.4 points on average. With the Cavaliers in 2015–16, he won his first NBA championship.

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