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J.R. Smith Cried In A Postgame Tribute To His Father, And You Will Too

No, you weren't chopping onions while watching this.
J.R. Smith made a heart-felt speech honoring his parents after winning the NBA title Sunday.
J.R. Smith made a heart-felt speech honoring his parents after winning the NBA title Sunday.

Some people honored their dads on Father's Day with a card or a fancy brunch. After winning the NBA Finals, J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers did it with his heart. It was Smith's first championship in a 12-year career and he was filled with tears of gratitude.

First, Smith thanked both of his parents.

"They always stuck by my side no matter right or wrong," he said at the post-game press conference.

But the NBA veteran, who had earned a bad-boy image in the league, was just getting started.

"My dad is easily one of the biggest inspirations in my life," Smith said. "To hear people talk bad about me, it hurts me because I know it hurts him, and that's not who I am."

"...Everything I do is for my parents and my family. ... If it wasn't for the structure and the backbone that I have, I wouldn't be able to mess up and keep coming back and being able to sit in front of you as a world champion."

Smith then climbed down from the podium and hugged his pop as the room broke out in applause.

Watch Smith below and make sure there's a hanky handy.

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