Revisiting JR Smith's Falling Out With Cavs, Including the Time He Threw Soup at Damon Jones

J.R. Smith had a rocky tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
J.R. Smith had a rocky tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers always had trouble surrounding LeBron James with talent during his 11 years with the team. Adding J.R. Smith in 2015 was a popular move at the time and he was easily one of the most loved players on the 2016 championship squad that ended the city's title drought.

Smith began the following season holding out for a new contract and the relationship only soured from there. He signed a four-year, $57 million deal and his most famous act that that point on ended up as a meme.

The Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals in overtime. Smith had secured a key rebound with the score tied late in regulation, yet he had a total breakdown and had no idea what he was doing. He dribbled away from the hoop and just let time run out despite the team still having a timeout remaining. That was the final straw for his time in Cleveland.

Perhaps the next wildest moment of Smith's tenure came earlier in 2018 when he was suspended for one game late in the regular season. The official reasoning for the suspension? He threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.

Throwing soup at a coach is up there as one of the most bizarre sports dramas in history.

Smith's time in Cleveland came to a disappointing end in the summer of 2019 when he was waived by the team after basically being told to stay home for the entire season. He appeared in 11 games in 2018-2019 before Ty Lue was fired and never stepped on the court again.

While most of his time spent with the team was worthless, his contributions during the Cavs' lone championship season will forever be remembered.