Yeah, I admit, I am one of those guys that have criticized J.R. Smith. For me, it's stemming from his time here in New York as a Knickerbocker, and some of the highly questionable things he's done as a player.
In today's age of social media, snarky comments, cynicism, and "fantasy" sports, we often forget that these players, these athletes, are indeed human. With real feelings and real emotions.
As always, am a huge sucker for redemption and coming-of-age stories, and besides LeBron, I'm very happy for JR Smith. It was a VERY touching press conference with raw emotion, and not the usual wash-rinse-repeat cliches we see from athletes not looking to get "caught" by the media.
My hats off to you, J.R.