J.R. Smith's High School Yearbook Quote Foreshadows Sixth Man with Mad Game

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterApril 24, 2013

J.R. Smith's yearbook quote is better than your yearbook quote. In fact, it's better than anything you may have ever written, spoken or thought of. 

UPDATE: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:05 p.m. ET

One Redditor found this other high school picture of Smith.


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Terez Owens brings us an image that, while not surprising, is utterly fascinating. It's the alleged yearbook image and quotation from one Mr. Earl J. Smith Jr.

I will give you a moment to bask in the glow of the image as if it were the first rays of summer sunlight, warming hearts frozen by winter. 

The quote, as best we can see, is "Get chicks or die trying," although it gets cut off at "try." I think we know enough of the Knicks star to extrapolate the rest. 

There really couldn't be a better time to unearth such a slice of literary history. Smith is coming off a tremendous Game 2 against the Celtics Tuesday night, scoring 19 points and dropping this first-quarter buzzer beater. 

It's times like these when you have to debate whether the shot or the celebration was the better part of the magical moment. 

As for quotes, you could go one of two ways with high school yearbooks: using words from a dead author so you could seem wise beyond your pimple-infested years, or you could drop something truly epic. 

Smith was going YOLO before Drake (and the Internet) decided to invent the horrible phrase that usually precedes something rather obnoxious and unfortunate. 

The Knicks star may have just won the Sixth Man of the Year, but he is No. 1 in my heart and always will be. 

From posting inappropriate pictures to asking pipe questions, Smith has lived by the credo he decided to write down all those years ago. 

Perhaps I should have thought better of my own high school sendoff, because "Get fat or order seconds" just hasn't worked for me in the same way as this master of the last-second shot. 

Smith is just better at this life thing than we are and, judging by the evidence, always has been. 

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