J.R. Smith Will sign up for the los angeles Lakers for the rest of the Season

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J.R. Smith and LeBron James hope to continue the postseason success they’ve had together.

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J.R. Smith Will Join the Los Angeles Lakers for the Rest of the Season

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The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.
The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.

J.R. Smith is the patron saint of the basketball internet. A Hennessey-chugging, pipe-laying, soup-throwing administrator of street justice, he’s become one of the most beloved role players in NBA history. At his best, he’s a former Sixth Man of the Year who’s made more three-pointers in the Finals than Michael Jordan, Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant; at his worst, his brain farts are galactically smelly and loud. Now, after spending the bulk of the last two years out of the NBA, he’s the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, finalizing a deal to join the team for the season’s restart in Orlando.

Like all things related to J.R. Smith, his deal with the Lakers straddles meme and common sense. Since Avery Bradley is sitting out the rest of the season to protect his family, the Lakers need J.R. Smith on a very basic level. Without Bradley — who started 44 games and provided the mix of shooting and persistent, if slightly overrated, defense — the Lakers have a sizable hole in their wing rotation that Smith hypothetically fills. In Cleveland, Smith was a dependable sidekick to LeBron James, offering a jolt of scoring dynamism and gamely trying on defense; for the Lakers, the hope is that Smith continues his excellent shooting and has enough positional size and versatility that he can hold his own on defense. What’s more, Smith, a close friend of James’s, is a more natural fit with the Lakers than any other free agent on the market.

J.R. Smith Will Join the Los Angeles Lakers for the Rest of the Season

But also: he’s J.R. Smith. Besides the ever-dependable Danny Green, the Lakers’ wing rotation now consists of Dion Waiters (who overdosed on edibles on a Miami Heat team flight last fall), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (who is the only player in NBA history to have worn a legally mandated ankle monitor during games) and J.R. Smith (who is J.R. Smith). Beyond the potential that the Lakers’ entire cadre of shooting guard might skip a game to watch the Emperor’s New Groove together, it’s an open-ended question whether Smith is still actually any good; in his last full season in 2017-2018, Smith was probably already a liability —a nd that was before amassing 20 months of rust. While adding Smith might not have been the smartest choice, it’s by far the most fun one. And, in a sense, aren’t the real championships the friends we make along the way?

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