COLUMBUS, Ohio -- J.R. Smith sat out his second straight preseason game Monday because of a sore left hamstring, but ended up receiving attention for how he spent his time on the bench nonetheless.
During the first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 91-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Smith, dressed in his Cavs warm-ups, flagged down a cotton candy vendor who was working the lower bowl at the Schottenstein Center in order to snag a treat.
The transaction was captured by FanSided.com's Jared Mueller.
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The outlandish activity was initially chalked up by observers as Smith being Smith and showing the eccentric side that has followed him like a shadow during his 12-year career. Also, it was only a preseason game, after all. His in-game snack only illustrated just how inconsequential the preseason schedule really is.
Cavs coach David Blatt didn't even know Smith had purchased the cotton candy as the Cavs shooting guard spent the night at the end of the bench, one of five Cleveland players out for the night because of an injury.
"I wasn't aware of that," Blatt said when asked about Smith's cotton candy fix after the game. "You know, I'm going to use one of those lines that you always use when there's something that happens. The team's immediate response is: We are gathering further information and we will respond accordingly. I'm going to lay my hat on that one, if I may."
Shortly after Blatt's remarks, a Cavs team official said that Smith was purchasing the cotton candy for the son of professional golfer Jason Day, who was seated by the Cavs bench. Day's wife, Ellie, is from Lucas, Ohio, and is a Cleveland sports fan. The couple sat courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals in June.
After finishing the Presidents Cup on Sunday, Day flew from South Korea back to Ohio to catch the Cavs game Monday. Smith, an avid golfer in his free time, has befriended Day since he was traded to Cleveland from New York last season.
While the cotton candy might have been ultimately intended for Day's son, Dash, Smith munched on some of it during the game as well.