J.R. Smith’s empathic message to Kyrie Irving amidst COVID-19 vaccine drama

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The Brooklyn Nets officially put the hammer down on star Kyrie Irving by stating he will not be with the team since he hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

Irving, who defended his stance during a recent Instagram Live, drew praise from former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith.

Smith, 36, played on the Cavaliers for parts of five seasons. He was released by the team in 2019.

Of course, the highlight of his tenure with the Cavs was when he won a title in 2016. The Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the star-studded Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals.

Irving hit a huge shot at the end of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Warriors to help put the Cavs over the hump. The iconic shot elevated Irving’s status in the league.

However, the 29-year-old is now being castigated by many sports figures for his controversial take on the COVID-19 vaccine. He holds career averages of 22.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.8 boards per game.

As for Smith, he is playing golf at the collegiate level. The sharpshooter last played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-20 campaign.

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