CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – J.R. Smith has a message for anyone claiming a return in three weeks is possible: “Don’t rush my process.”
It’s not like the Cavaliers couldn’t use the services of the sharp-shooting shooting guard — especially given Tuesday’s news that All-Star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss six weeks following knee surgery — but Smith insinuated that reports of an early return from the thumb surgery he underwent in December were not accurate, indicating there was still “a long way to go.”
“This is my process,” Smith said in a video released on UNINTERRUPTED’s official twitter account. “It has nothing to do with you. Just because you write for whoever, it doesn’t mean you can just sit up there and say whatever you want.”
Following Smith’s thumb injury and eventual surgery, the initial prognosis estimated a timetable that would have Cleveland’s starting two-guard returning in late March or early April.
ESPN.com recently reported that sources indicated Smith could return in as soon as three weeks.
You can watch Smith’s entire response to those reports here: