*Thanks to Rihanna, there was a lot going on off the court – during, and after Game 1 of the NBA Finals, all of which culminated with RiRi inexplicably screaming “LeBron!” outside of the Cavaliers locker room after his team’s OT 108-100 loss to Golden State.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 5, 2015
Rihanna is yelling LeBron’s name in player tunnel right now. Weird
— Ronnie 2K 2K16 (@Ronnie2K) June 5, 2015
Well, this just might have started back in May of 2013, when then New York Knick J.R. Smith was photographed at Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour After Party in NYC – one day after the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Rihanna & JR Smith (he doesn’t look sober) celebrating in NY’s Greenhouse club after Knicks’ win vs the Pacers. pic.twitter.com/cVvTAMO94l
— Sportando (@sportando) May 8, 2013
The Knicks had tied the series at 1-1 and had three days off at the time. But in Indiana, the Pacers won both Games 3 and 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to go up 3-1.
With Game 5 approaching, the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year was not playing well at all, averaging just 14 points in Games 3 and 4. It was at this point that Rihanna ripped him and his entire team a new one on Instagram. Apparently J.R. had tried to holla:
The Knicks went on to lose the series, and Smith had a parting meme for Rihanna the following Monday.
A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on
The meme obviously went after Rihanna’s apparent thirst for LeBron James, who played for the Miami Heat at the time.
And this brings us back to last night, and her reportedly screaming LeBron’s name outside of the Cavs locker room – possibly as a slap in the face to J.R., since he and LeBron are now both on the same team?
In any case, J.R.’s shooting was horrible last night, and Twitter wasted no time blaming RiRi.
J.R trynna show out in front of Rihanna
— Warriors in 6 (@Twnty4kGold) June 5, 2015
Rihanna at the game right?! J.R playing under pressure.
— Count Mackula (@MartyaLaMode) June 5, 2015
J.R. Smith cant score with Rihanna starring at him
— Landon (@landon_lombardi) June 5, 2015