Smith broke down in tears at the podium after Cleveland's 93-89 Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors.
He discussed the impact his family has had on him after plenty of rough moments throughout his career.
Fox Sports Ohio provided a clip of the former Sixth Man of the Year at the podium:
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Incredibly powerful words from an emotional @TheRealJRSmith describing the impact of his parents #ALLin216 https://t.co/5HkYB7mMGq2016-6-20 04:11:35
Afterward, the press applauded Smith, which Zach Harper of CBS Sports said was unprecedented:
Zach Harper @talkhoops
I think JR Smith is the first guy in NBA history to get an ovation from the press room after a Finals press conference.2016-6-20 04:03:24
SLAM Magazine captured an image of Smith sharing the moment with his father on Father's Day:
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JR Smith shared a touching moment with his father: "My dad's easily one of the biggest inspirations." https://t.co/cnFyT3XliC2016-6-20 04:08:54
"Everything I do is for my parents and for my family," Smith said, per SportsCenter.
He has had many off-court issues throughout his 12-year career, but Smith showed fans a different side of himself Sunday.
He admitted he's messed up but has been fortunate to have the support of his family.
"I've been in a lot of dark spots in my life," Smith said, per Fox Sports Ohio. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be able to get out of them."
Smith has gone from troublemaker to a key contributor on an NBA championship team, and that will never be taken away from him.
"If it wasn't for the structure and the backbone that I have," Smith said, per Fox Sports Ohio, "I wouldn't be able to mess up and keep coming back and being able to sit in front of you as a world champion."