J.R. Smith has spent much of this summer focused on golf, both following the PGA Tour in person by attending events in multiple states, as well as playing the game quite a bit himself.
Smith plays with other NBA players from time to time, of course, and things can get heated out there with some of them, to the point where trash talk creeps into the competition.
Not surprisingly, Chris Paul — one of basketball’s most fiery competitors — takes things seriously when playing against Smith, and isn’t afraid to take personal shots.
B/R: Do you have a usual foursome?
JRS: When I go to L.A., I’ll play with CP [Chris Paul], his brother [C.J.] and his dad [Charles]. We play all the time. In Charlotte, I’ll play with Steph [Stephen Curry]. When I’m around [New York], I’ll play with John [Starks] and Herb [Williams]. And then, of course, I play with my brother [Chris]. He started [golfing] when he was 11 years old. He’s got golf trophies and everything. He doesn’t play as much as me, but when he does, he’s good.
B/R: What are CP and Steph’s golf games like?
JRS: CP is all right. He needs to work on it because he doesn’t play as much as I do. But Steph is unbelievable. Steph and Ray Allen. I haven’t played with Ray yet.
B/R: Is there trash-talking between you guys?
JRS: Not so much with Steph, but CP, hell yeah. CP is like, when I hit a bad shot, “Way to be yourself, shooting bad shots.” If he hits a bad shot, I don’t really say too much because he doesn’t play as much.
Smith, of course, is known as an inefficient shooter who has demonstrated questionable shot selection on a fairly consistent basis — though he’s been known to get hot at times.