J.R. Smith says Sam Dekker only teammate he disliked: ‘Talking some Trump s—'
J.R. Smith and Sam Dekker spent just a few weeks playing together on the Cavaliers in 2018. Dekker got injured then traded to the Wizards, who were the last NBA team to take a flier on the former first-rounder out of Wisconsin. Smith got long-term deactivated by Cleveland (then eventually joined the Lakers this season).
But Smith spent enough time with Dekker to form an opinion.
Smith, via “All Things Covered":
This is pretty vague. Did Dekker merely support Donald Trump (whom millions of Americans support for a wide variety of reasons)? Or is Smith using “talking some Trump s—" as shorthand for racism, hatred, divisiveness or any other attributes commonly associated with Trump?
Of course, this is also only Smith’s side. Dekker might have a different perspective on the interaction.
But whatever was said, it clearly really bothered Smith. Players rarely speak so directly publicly about former teammates like this.