Over the holiday weekend after Thanksgiving, an NBA player from the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a loss in his family. On Sunday, November 26th, J.R. Smith’s cousin sadly passed away.
Smith did not learn about his cousin’s death until Monday morning, November 27th, prior to the team’s workout session, according to Cleveland. It is unclear how old Smith’s cousin was at his time of death and how he died.
CBS Sports reported that Smith missed the Cavaliers’ shootaround Monday morning to spend time with his family. However, the shooting guard is expected to play in Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Smith was a first-round draft pick in the NBA in 2004. He began his career as a professional basketball player straight out of high school.
During his time in the NBA, the now 32-year-old basketball player has had a very successful career—from his debut with New Orleans more than a dozen years ago, to winning the NBA Championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, to averaging almost 8 points per game today.
Currently, little information is known about this story. This article will be updated accordingly if additional details are released to the public.
Please keep J.R. Smith’s family in your prayers today. In other sports news, a former NFL defensive end also passed away recently.