J.R. Smith is a gift to the world. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard isn’t just one of the NBA’s best players off the bench; he’s also a walking TMZ report. For those unfamiliar with the legendary Earl Joseph Smith III, we’ll describe him this way: Smith takes a lot of shots, and not all of them are on the court.
Because of his infamous reputation for club-hopping (Greenhouse was pretty much his second home when he played for the Knicks), we feel that all revelers have a thing or two to learn from J.R. Tha Gawd, who never let a stat sheet get in the way of a good time. Here, we take a look at the key lessons that Smith has taught us about working hard (sometimes) and playing hard (always).

Be shameless…


J.R. allegedly had a fling with Rihanna, which is awesome. During his time as a New York Knick (2011-2014), the two reportedly connected at a Manhattan club, according to gossip rag In Touch: “'They were very flirty in the club all night and holding hands,' an eyewitness who was at the hotspot tells In Touch. “She was sitting on his lap and was really into him… He is the team’s most controversial player, so it’s no wonder that Rihanna likes him,' says a source."

RiRi later accused him of being “desert [sic] thirsty” in an epic Instagram takedown, but he took it in stride like only a shameless man can. And all press is good press when Rihanna is involved.

…especially on social media.


Perhaps J.R.’s most-embarrassing moment in New York came when he offered “the pipe” to a then-high school girl who didn’t solicit said pipe. But J.R. is a risk-taker, and he knows that the only way to reach party-god status is to just give absolutely zero f*cks when sliding into DMs with reckless abandon. Then, if you’re caught, spin it into a joke. It’s a can’t-miss strategy for turning up, or becoming a politician.

Money is no object when it comes to having a good time.


Don’t let finances impede your ability to seize the day. Entertaining yourself and your party should be the only goal of your evening (or early) morning—not preserving your savings account. Smith understands this maxim better than anyone. As a member of the Knicks during the 2013-2014 season, he allegedly ran up an astronomical food service bill on the franchise’s dime, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

"Perhaps his greatest excess of idiocy had been a weekend of running a room service bill into the proximity of $3,000, a source with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports. He kept ordering food, stacking piles of trays upon trays – “just to see if they would keep bringing it to the room,” the source said. All uneaten, all on the franchise’s tab."

#SquadGoals, indeed.

Take selfies with more famous people.


Then people will know that you are important.

Be familiar with the latest dance crazes.


What more can I say!! ##JustSaying @k1irving @imanshumpertthe1st @perk_409

A video posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on May 26, 2015 at 8:48pm PDT

J.R. and his Cavs teammates showed Instagram users last night that they are up to date with popular Internet dance crazes. In the post above, they celebrate their victory in the Eastern Conference Finals by performing the “cooking” dance, which is a move that all people should have on deck for all occasions. Lil’ B isn’t happy about it, but if there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that J.R. doesn’t care.

Always drink directly out of the bottle.

Photo: Twitter/@DJMisterDior

Photo: Twitter/@DJMisterDior

Unless they are green and say Gatorade on them, cups are for losers, and they certainly have no place in the VIP section. Instead, claim a bottle for yourself and use it to feed yourself a steady stream of party juice. It exudes cool, and it’ll ensure that you get drunk more quickly—just don’t think about tomorrow. J.R. never does!


Throw your body into it.

Don’t half-ass your partying. Push yourself to the limit, even if that means you have to get physical. We don’t condone violence, but J.R. Smith shows what happens when you throw a little elbow grease into the equation.

Always roll deep and keep your wits about you in case things get dicey.


Photo: The club can be a hellish place. After two NBA players were injured during a physical altercation outside New York’s 1OAK, Smith told ESPN how people can get home from the bar in one piece: ”For me, I feel like a target every time…. So, I try to handle myself with care when I’m out and about. It’s one of those situations when you’re out at 4 in the morning — I’m not saying it’s [Copeland’s] fault by any means — but when you’re out at 4 in the morning, there’s no way you should be walking anywhere. Get in your car and go home or go wherever you’re going. That’s one of my cardinal rules. You don’t just stand outside of the events like that. You just get in and go and keep it moving.”



Know when to quit


Sometimes, partying too much can affect your work. As a Knick, J.R. discovered that spending a ton of time going out isn’t smart (just look at his stats for Sunday games), especially when his career depends on his level of fitness. He admitted to NBA.com that leaving the bright lights of New York City for Cleveland helped him realize when to it was appropriate to stop partying.

"I think this is the best situation for me, ’cause there’s nothing but basketball. There’s nothing you expect but basketball. There’s nothing, there’s no going out, there’s no late nights. There’s video games, basketball and basketball. So it’s a great thing, ’cause I go back to where I came from."

If Cleveland wins the Finals, we’re sure J.R. will rediscover his love of the party and get back to what he does best.