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JR Smith is still winning in his post-NBA life.
The former basketball player, who won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2020, achieved a 4.0 GPA during his first semester at college. The 36-year-old broke the news in a post on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
“I can’t even describe the feeling, I’m not even going to lie to you. I’m not going to lie,” Smith said in a video. “There’s been a lot of hard work in that— you know? Monday through Friday eight to eleven, sometimes longer, regular homework.”
“I’m happy with this one,” he said at the end of the video.
Smith, a student at North Carolina A&T, is working on a liberal studies degree.
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Not only did he excel in school, but Smith also switched from basketball to golf and joined the college golf team.
“Golf is one of those games that can make you feel really high or bring you to your knees,” said Smith, who joined the NBA after high school in 2004, told WFMY earlier this year.
“I know the whole game is in my hands and I don’t have to worry about which teammates to pass the ball to, I can just play my game and have fun,” he added.
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However, the start of his university career did not go entirely smoothly.
In October, Smith was stung by hornets during the Elon Phoenix Invitational. According to CBS, Smith stepped on a beehive in the first round and received help from the on-site medical team before eventually returning to the tournament.
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Smith told The Associated Press, “Getting stung on a basketball court or in an arena never happens. It’s one of the few things you don’t have to worry about. [in basketball] – other animals. When I got stung, I was like ‘No way.’ “