J.R. Smith Joked About His Gaff In Game 1 Of The Finals, So It's A Good Thing Cavaliers' Fans Are Already Dead Inside
I'll tell you what, I'm glad that J.R. Smith made this joke when he did. I'd argue it's still a bit too soon to make light of an inexcusable act of stupidity that will somehow reign supreme over all his other inexcusable acts of stupidity in becoming synonymous with his illustriously tumultuous career. That said, this is really the best timing anyone could expect out of someone whose mind somehow wandered over the river and through the woods during the waning seconds of a tied NBA Finals game.
More importantly, those most prone to having their heart wrenched by this reminder already had it ripped out of their chest a little over a week ago. Like, is there any actual harm in twisting the knife in a zombie? Now that LeBron left, Cavaliers' fans are basically The Walking Dead if the undead just walked lifelessly among us as opposed to relentlessly trying to eat our innards. Can't really get too upset about a 51 point effort that went to more waste than J.R. Smith's brain as he literally sprinted away from a shot for the first time (and worst time) in his life when the person that dropped those 51 points already took his frustrations to a place where the weather can help ease them.
The castle was bound to crumble as soon as the King left it. I don't know that those who remained needed the court jester to use a shamelessly adorable prop to force self-deprecating jokes on them amongst the rubble, but it's not like the situation can possibly be made worse at this point. The town scapegoat that couldn't even cough without being lambasted as a spreader of locker room cancer for the last 4 years is now the heir apparent by which any semblance of the Cavaliers' respectability is to retained, so I have a hard time believing that their fans still have feelings to be hurt.
Basketball season is now just a time of year in which to watch 'The Block' on loop until their eyes bleed. That's a much better fate than re-suffering the anxiety of the following play over and over again, which is what they might feel inclined to do if they still had hope, faith, competitive spirit, or even interest...