Lakers’ JR Smith reveals he went through depressed state believing his NBA career was over

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JR Smith said he went through a depressed state, as he was thinking his career in the NBA was over.

However, Smith returned to action after signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season.

“Yeah, I went through a very depressed state for a long time. It lasted for a few months. I’m a big gamer, and I didn’t even want to play 2K anymore. I don’t want to hoop. I don’t want to work out. I don’t want to play 2K.

I don’t want to do anything with basketball. It was like a depression because for something that I loved and enjoyed for so long from my aspect of going from playing at the highest level, especially when you feel as though your career is not over and still premature.

It was tough. It was extremely tough, but fortunately, I have a great foundation with my parents. My dad has always been on me about what I accomplished and what I still have left in the tank and stuff like that, so, fortunately, if it wasn’t for them, I would probably still be in that situation,” Smith told reporters, via Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.