NORTH RANDALL, Ohio – The party continues for Cleveland Cavaliers fans and players.
Hundreds of people lined up early and waited several hours in North Randall at Beckham’s B&M BBQ to see J.R. Smith.
And when Smith didn’t arrive at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled some became worried.
“I got nervous,” said RJ Haddad, from Parma, “I didn’t think he was gonna come.”
But number 5 arrived about an hour and half later with a police escort.
The Cavs forward and guard was clearly tired and admitted he was running on fumes but said he wanted to be here and was still riding high on Sunday’s win and the huge parade Wednesday with tons of people in attendance.
“Can’t believe it so many people just embraced us,” said Smith.
Smith, who’s been sans shirt since Sunday’s NBA Championship win over the Warriors, was a crowd favorite at the parade, but arrived wearing one Friday night and with good reason.
President Barack Obama joked about the shirt situation during a phone call with Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue.
“It was great,” said Smith, “He’s got great sense of humor. I just want to go see him before he gets out of there.”
Many fans are wondering if Smith will be staying for next season. When asked Friday by Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford Smith simply said, “We’ll see.”
The event charged $20 per signature or photograph with proceeds benefitting the JR Smith Foundation, TeamSwish.com.