Former NBA player J.R. Smith now tees it up for the North Carolina A&T Aggies. Photo: Grant Halverson, Getty Images
BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA | After an 8-over-par 79 that included a couple of bee stings but no birdies in the third round of the Elon Phoenix Invitational golf tournament last Tuesday at Alamance Country Club, J.R. Smith sat on the open tailgate of his black pickup truck and reflected on his first college golf tournament.
After 16 seasons in professional basketball locker rooms, including two seasons that ended in champagne-drenched NBA championships, Smith’s latest locker room had no benches or roof.
His North Carolina A&T men’s golf teammates sat cross-legged on the ground behind his truck, their tournament complete while their 36-year-old freshman teammate sorted through what he had learned over 54 holes with a pencil in his hand.
Wearing navy joggers, a light blue and white striped golf shirt and with a pair of white A&T slides replacing his golf shoes, Smith sighed and settled into his makes...
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