J.R. Smith has alot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. His career and personal life are at all time highs as he is part of the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and got married during the off season and his expecting a child with his wife. This is all a far cry from his time with the Knicks and before when he seemed all over the place mentally. Many people talked down on him but for this Thanksgiving he is thankful for the power of forgiveness to not only forgive those who talked about him but to also finally forgive himself for his role in a car crash that took the life of his best friend, Andre Bell.


As J.R. said, he was driving the car that crashed and took Bell’s life. Since he was directly involved, it’s been very hard to forgive himself despite Bell’s family forgiving him and still having love for him.

Feeling guilt for the loss of a friend is something many of us have experienced. From a personal standpoint I lost my brother more than 10 years ago and I still wonder what could I have done if I was there the night he passed. I’m happy J.R. has been able to come to grips with that and get that added pressure off of him. He deserves to be happy and I’m sure Andre is looking down on him 24/7.

The Uninterrupted