J.R. Smith on Fred Couples’ ‘Humbling’ Praise of His Golf Game: ‘Thank You so Much’

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J.R. Smith on Fred Couples’ ‘Humbling’ Praise of His Golf Game: ‘Thank You so Much’

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Former NBA guard J.R. Smith received
praise from longtime PGA Tour star Fred Couples for the development
of his golf game.

Smith, who plays college golf for North
Carolina A&T, represented Team USA in the Icons Series, a match-play event featuring athletes from around the world. Couples was the
Americans’ captain.

The two-time NBA champion responded Saturday on Twitter to
a clip where Couples singled him out as the biggest surprise of the
week:

JR Smith @TheRealJRSmith

🤦🏾‍♂️ Man talking about humbling. Extremely excited about this man’s words! Thank you so much sir! I really had a ball and learned from you! Thank you thank you https://t.co/C0xaOVrWLS

Couples, the 1992 Masters winner,
guided the U.S. to a victory over Team ROTW (Rest of the World),
which was captained by four-time major champion Ernie Els at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

Smith recently finished his freshman
season with the Aggies’ golf team, and he was named one of the
school’s Academic Athletes of the Year after achieving a perfect 4.0
GPA.

LeBron James, who played alongside
Smith with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers,
shouted him out Saturday for the continued success away from
basketball:

LeBron James @KingJames

That’s so dope Swish!! So damn happy and proud of you more and more each day!! https://t.co/XMPY8i2iCl

Smith, 36, last played in the NBA with
the Lakers during the 2019-20 season before shifting his focus to
other endeavors.

Along with golf, he signed with
Complexity, an esports gaming organization, in November.

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