Obama Welcomes Cleveland Cavs And J.R. Smith's Shirt To White House

The Cavs guard got special recognition for keeping his clothes on.

Some NBA players strive to be known as the best dressed, but when President Barack Obama welcomed the Cleveland Cavaliers to the White House on Thursday, he was happy that J.R. Smith simply wasn’t undressed. 

“I want to give a special thanks to J.R. Smith’s shirt for showing up,” Obama said on the South Lawn. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to make an appearance today. I’m glad you came. You’re a very nice shirt.”

After the Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship in June, the streaky shooter had a tendency to celebrate topless.

Before LeBron James and company made their title run, none of Cleveland’s major sports teams had brought home a championship since 1964. 

“Give it up for the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers,” Obama said. “That’s right, I said ‘world champion’ and ‘Cleveland’ in the same sentence.”

A beaming and properly attired Smith later posed for a photo with Michelle Obama.  

What a day!

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Check out more photos of the visit from the players and team officials below.


Live from the White House!!!!

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