Mistakenly called Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith gives J.R. Smith response


Kyrie Irving was on everyone’s mind yesterday. The guard made his season debut in the Cavaliers’ win over the 76ers, a huge step in Cleveland’s championship pursuit.

So, it’s understandable Fox Sports Ohio sideline reporter Allie Clifton slipped in her halftime interview with J.R. Smith. After she asked Smith about Irving, here was the exchange:

  • Clifton: “Kyrie – er, excuse me, J.R., I appreciate your time.”
  • Smith: “I’ll be Kyrie. Let me get paid like Kyrie, too.”

For the record, Smith makes $5 million after a botched free agency. Irving makes $16,407,500 in the first year of his max contract extension.