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Two years after winning the NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, J.R. Smith believes he is being intentionally kept out of the league.

In an interview with Complex Sports’ Pierce Simpson, Smith said “100 percent” that he was disqualified from the NBA.

“Anyone can sit here and tell you this is real,” he added.

Smith has also added Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Nick Young and Isaiah Thomas to the list of players to be blackballed.

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JR Smith says he and Jamal Crawford, Isaiah Thomas, Nick Young and Joe Johnson have been disqualified from the NBA.

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Crawford can’t be black because it’s official retired و in March. Thomas is a free agent and has bounced a lot around the league in recent years; He finished the 2021-22 season with the Charlotte Hornets.

Johnson is 41 years old, making him the second oldest active player in the NBA, behind Odonis Haslam (42). He appeared in one game with the Boston Celtics last season after signing a 10-day contract using a hardship exemption.

Young, 37, has been a pioneer for most of his career and hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2018-2019 season.

During his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018-19, Smith appeared to have made his way by publicly accusing the team of not trying to win in the wake of LeBron James’ departure as a free agent.

“I don’t think the goal is to win,” Smith told Athletic’s Jason Lloyd. “The goal is not to go out and try to make as many wins as possible. I think the goal is to grow and lose to get lottery picks. I think that’s always been the plan.”

The Cavs tried to find a business partner for Smith, but when no deal materialized, they stopped him before ceding him in July 2019. He remained a free agent before signing with the Lakers in the bubble in Orlando to resume the 2020 season.

Smith appeared in 16 games for the Lakers between the regular season and the playoff games. The 36-year-old averaged 2.8 points per game on 31.8 percent of shots in his 10 regular season games.

In 16 seasons, Smith played for five different teams and averaged 12.4 points per game. His first NBA title came with Cleveland in 2015-16.

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