J.R. Smith Gets Emotional Discussing Family After Cavaliers Win 2016 NBA Finals

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIJune 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after winning Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Outside of LeBron James, perhaps no Cleveland Cavaliers player showed as much emotion as J.R. Smith did after the franchise won its first NBA title Sunday.

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:

Afterward, the press applauded Smith, which Zach Harper of CBS Sports said was unprecedented:

SLAM Magazine captured an image of Smith sharing the moment with his father on Father's Day:

"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."

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