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J.R. Smith says former Cavs swingman was only teammate he couldn’t ‘stand’ in entire NBA career
- Updated: October 26, 2020
Smith recently appeared on the “All Things Covered” podcast and explained to co-hosts Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson why Dekker got under his skin.
Throughout his 16-year career, J.R. Smith has had only 1 teammate that he really didn't like.
That teammate: Sam Dekker
— Eric (@E_DeBerardinis) October 21, 2020
“Throughout my whole career, there’s only one teammate I really don’t like, and he knows that,” Smith said. “Everybody else I’m just cool with.”
The hosts then asked Smith who the player was.
“Sam Dekker, dawg,” he said. “I can’t stand him. He did some bulls— on the bus one day. He was talking some [Donald] Trump s— and I just wasn’t having it.”
Smith then explained that it was his perception of Dekker as someone lacking empathy toward others that Smith found disrespectful.
“He’s a person who’s just very aware of somebody else’s circumstances and wants to keep them there as opposed to try help them elevate up,” he said. “I don’t respect anything about that.”
Smith and Dekker were only teammates for a few months before Smith.
Dekker angering Smith so quickly may help explain why he played with four different NBA teams from 2015 to 2019, and why he’s now playing overseas.
After being out of the NBA since his release by the Cavaliers, Smith was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers and was part of their NBA title run, giving him his second championship ring.