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J.R. Smith, wife Shirley buy mother’s day flowers for every mom of child in Cleveland Clinic NICU

J.R. Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith looks up to the scoreboard during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)


The Cavalier’s J.R. Smith’s wife Shirley is a nurse in one of the most heart-wrenching places on the planet — the neonatal intensive care unit of a major hospital. It’s where babies at risk of imminent death go as doctors and nurses work to save them, and where new parents are understandably emotionally distraught. It takes a special kind of person to work there.

Smith wanted to brighten a Mother’s Day for new moms spending it in a hospital, so he and his wife teamed to buy every mom flowers, as reported by Fox 8 in Cleveland. Shirley wrote about it in her blog.

My husband came up with the brilliant idea of getting all of the mothers in the NICU flowers today so we did just that. When the flowers arrived I pushed the cart and Demi placed an arrangement of flowers in every was super special and we both enjoyed it.


It was a thoughtful, generous gesture to brighten the day of people he did not personally know. J.R. Smith is not just a guy who rides a hoverboard around the arena drinking a beer after a big loss, or who hates shirts, he’s far more complex than that.

Hat tip to Reddit NBA.