Words by Jason Cordner


J.R. Smith isn’t one to not respond back to criticism from the media. J.R. Smith has responded to Stephen A. Smith, after Stephen A. criticized J.R. for wearing a hoodie on the bench, and J.R. is not pleased.

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Here’s what Stephen A. said, arguing that wearing a hoodie in that setting would only serve to remind white people about Trayvon Martin.

This season, Nike replaced Adidas as the NBA’s jersey supplier, and they added hoods to the warmup jackets that teams use before and during games. They stand far beyond just the viral Hoodie Melo memes — dozens and dozens of players are wearing the hoods during warmups and sometimes during games.

It’s a strange take from Stephen A., and J.R. is certainly in his right to respond.  J.R. Smith is right to defend himself, but he may need to worry about his game on the court. Smith has started just two games for the Cavaliers on the season. He is averaging 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.