"All things end badly, or else they wouldn't end," an ancient philosopher, or perhaps the old bartender from "Cocktail," once said. These words rang true on Wednesday as our nation's collective dream died in Northeast Ohio, for the man known as J.R. Smith succumbed to society's rules and, sadly, put on a shirt.
The 30-year-old swingman had been raging against the machine since his Cleveland Cavaliers upset the defending champion Golden State Warriors in historic fashion, becoming the first team down three games to one to win the NBA Finals. Such achievement is reason for celebration, a cause Smith took to heart by partying sans shirt the past 10 days. A party that included a trip to the driving range:
Smith's madness even caught the eye of President Obama, who invited the Cavaliers to the White House on the caveat that J.R. dresses appropriately.
So yes, Smith in proper attire is a somber sight. Conversely, he did borrow Dustin Johnson's driver and put on a show at the range...
...giving us hope that, while he may no longer be shirtless, J.R. Smith will never stop having a good time.