As former NBA champion J.R. Smith gives college a try and attempts to play amateur golf at North Carolina A&T, he’s getting a unique college experience.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Smith revealed that he recently joined an African-American Studies course online. But his classmates didn’t seem to believe that the J.R. Smith in their class was the same one who played over 15 NBA seasons.
“Joined a study group for my African American Studies class on #groupie an my classmates don’t think it’s me,” Smith said, adding a set of laughing emojis.
Granted there are likely to be several people named J.R. Smith around the United States. So it’s very possible Smith’s classmates didn’t try to put two and two together there.
Even so, it’s a pretty fun story and thousands of fans on Twitter love Smith’s story.
Joined a study group for my African American Studies class on #groupie an my classmates don’t think it’s me 😂😂😂😂
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2021
J.R. Smith never played college basketball, foregoing college to enter the 2004 NBA Draft. He went 18th overall to New Orleans and was a solid shooting guards for nearly a decade before winding up on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Smith was a member of the Cavs for each of their four trips to the NBA Finals, winning a ring in 2016. He was waived after the 2018-19 season. But he rejoined the NBA with the Lakers in the 2019-20 season, winning another ring with LeBron James.
Now retired, Smith is planning a second career in professional golf. But he can kill two birds with one stone, getting his degree at North Carolina A&T while playing for their golf team.
Hopefully we get more stories like this from J.R. Smith. We’re sure some of them are going to be as funny as this one.
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