JR Smith learned a lot about nightlife during his tenure with the New York Knicks. In fact, most fans and people within the team thought he was spending too much time poppin’ bottles and running around the city than focusing on his career. Perhaps the change in location was a wake up call cause JR has been the JR of old (in a good way) since joining Lebron in Cleveland. Since we know he does enjoy the nightlife his rules for going out for celebs and athletes actually makes sense so you can avoid scary situations like what happened at 1oak with Chris Copeland. JR even compliments the club itself.


For me, I feel like a target every time,” Smith said after Cavs shootaround Friday in advance of their game with the Boston Celtics. “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.”

“I’ve never seen anything like that at all,” Smith said. “You hear about stuff like that all the time, but seeing it firsthand? I’ve never seen it.”

He had nothing but positive things to say about 1Oak, in fact.

“It’s a great place to be if you want to have a good time,” Smith said. “It was one of my favorite places when I was there. You get to see people: The Leonardo DiCaprios, the Rihannas, the Jay Zs, Beyonces and people of that sort. So, if you don’t get a chance to go to concerts and stuff like that, it’s a good chance. It’s where you see people and it’s a good vibe.”

“We fly in late all the time, so then we go out [late],” Smith said. “Guys like to have a good time. Just like the average college student. It just so happens that we got a lot of money, we’re young and famous, and people want to want to see us and we like to be seen.

“It just comes with the territory.”

Smith told NBA.com’s David Aldridge in January that Cleveland was “the best situation for me” in part because, “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.”