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J.R. Smith is a very talented player, but he's also a bit of a knucklehead. If you need proof, I refer you to the copious silly fouls he commits, including needless technicals, flagrants and personal fouls on three-point shots.
He's the little girl with the curl. When he is good, he is very good indeed, but when he is bad, he is horrid.
Despite it all, he is always entertaining. He frequently stays up all night engaging in flirtatious and volatile exchanges on Twitter. Or sometimes he just invites fans to go for a 2:30 a.m. bike ride.
And Smith is no stranger to Twitter controversies. Back in 2009, he was sending tweets using spelling that emulated gang members (per Denver Post), which led to him shutting down his account. Briefly.
In March of this year, Smith tweeted out a photo from his Milwaukee hotel room. It showed a young woman in a thong with a, shall we say, especially large posterior. Deadspin did a commendable job of chronicling the larger context of the back-and-forth on Twitter, including the young lady's indignation and Smith's boasting about it to her ex-boyfriend, rapper Joe Budden.
That incident earned him a $25,000 fine from the league.
In September, Smith spent some time flirting via Twitter with singer K. Michelle. The gossip website Bossip has created a slideshow of the exchange if you're interested for some reason.
In November, following the Knicks' first loss of the season, he called the Memphis Grizzlies "fake tuff guys," though they actually seem really tough.
And through all this, Smith's larger-than-life online persona has caused much consternation to a poor chap who is not a fan of basketball, but has the misfortune of also being named J.R. Smith.
So much collateral damage. So many tweets.
Note: Some links and clauses in the Drew Gooden, Andray Blatche and Royce White slides have been reprinted from my previous article, "Breakout Twitter and Instagram Stars of the NBA."
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