The summer of 2021 will forever be etched in our fan memories. Why ? Because the flirtation between July and August will have offered us almost at the same time the NBA Finals, the Free Agency, the Olympic Games, the Draft and the Summer League. Are you serious? Oh yeah. The scars of this crazy period are still there, a year later, so much so that we decided, over a few days, to remind you of some of these still present memories. 2021 intravenously. Today ? Back to a day far too important in the history of humanity not to remind you of it every year, starting from this one.
Sunday, August 15, 2021. After weeks of delay due to the pandemic, the baccalaureate correction is finally over. On the morning of the results, an earthquake of magnitude 8.7 hits the family home. The stairs leading to our room are shaking, the daronne climbs them like a buffalo. The door opens so hard that the handle pierces a wallpaper with the image of Killian Hayes. Eyes open, we then try to decipher the slightest emotion on the face of the one who already knows our mention, perhaps our failure. “So I got it?! ». The kindergarten’s interrupted enthusiasm betrays the source of her excitement: she didn’t come up with the power of Clarence Seedorf to announce the results to us. “Nah, who cares, son, JR Smith is taking up golf. Get down, your father is already down there! ». The whole family posed in front of the special edition of Bruce Toussaint, we say to ourselves that nothing will be like before. The greatest of the greatest has hung up his shoes and embarked on a sport dominated by a guy who has a mammalian name. It’s both sad and intriguing, especially when the media begins to give voice to JR Smith, and the latter does not hesitate to compare basketball with golf.
“For me, I liked to shoot off balance. So I used to lean left, right, forward, backward, on one leg. Left leg, right leg. And in golf, there was the side slope, the down slope, the up slope. There are so many different ways to play moves. For me who knows this environment, it makes things easier. »
And the worst part of this story is that this bastard is going to have a good time since, in parallel with his sports activity, he validates his first semester of study with a GPA of 4.0. North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University is officially his new playground. Repeat again four months later when JR Smith is named 2022 Academic Athlete of the Year on its campus. This one-way friendly relationship that TrashTalk has had with JR Smith for several years – and from which has resulted an offbeat treatment of news – does not prevail over the symbol of this success far from the NBA floors. Just after getting his first semester, moved, in a live Instagram, LeBron’s former teammate confided the extent of the difficulty in achieving this GPA of 4.0 despite his attention disorder. A disability whose symptoms are inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
“I couldn’t even describe how I feel right now, I’m not going to lie. I worked extremely hard to get there. My god, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and sometimes more. Homework when you’re not used to that kind of stuff […]
It’s even more special when you don’t think you can succeed. I heard about my disabilities, that they were going to play out, that they were going to prevent me from thinking, calculating and expressing things the way I wanted. And despite everything, I was able to succeed, and I’m not going to lie to you, it makes me really happy. – JR Smith, on his Instagram account
“I can’t even describe the feeling… especially when you don’t think you can do it… you always hear about your disabilities…”
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 14, 2021
No, we haven’t talked about golf in a golf article, yet most of the information has been covered. The eternal bad student undertook, worked, then triumphed. Given the long-time friend he is for us – and the editorial line of our site, based on NBA news – it was difficult not to highlight this school success to talk only about golf.