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The Apparent MVP



JR Smith was drafted as the 18th pick in the 2004 NBA draft; he has played for four different NBA teams and has spent most of his career coming off the bench. Throughout his career he has averaged 13.2 points, 2.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds. In 2013 while playing for the New York Knicks he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers he has become a full-time starter. His play has helped lead his team to the NBA Finals for back to back seasons and now in 2016 he has become an NBA champion.

I know, after reading a short summary of JR Smith's basketball career thus far you're most likely saying yourself those aren't MVP numbers. Guess what you're absolutely correct, JR Smith's play on the court has not earned him MVP honors. Nevertheless it was obviously apparent during his post-game press conference the night Smith became a world champion who Smith handed the MVP award over to, his parents. The MVP in JR Smith's life are his parents (MVP). And evidently that’s a relevant message to all parents, children and to the entire world. It’s a gesture that demonstrated to parents that no matter what never give up and be there for your children, a message to children in all that you accomplish honor your parents and finally a message to the entire world above all the value of a supportive family is priceless.


Fathers Do Matter

"The evidence is in and it is clear that fathers do matter for the lives of children. Hundreds of studies over the past two decades have consistently demonstrated that fathers have a measurable impact on children. Studies show that infants are positively affected by the interactions and care given by their fathers. Research has also established the importance of fathers for older children's well-being. Good studies have found that the quality of parenting exhibited by the father as well as the resources fathers bring or don't bring to their families predict children's behavior problems, depression, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction. The reach of fathers has been shown to extend to adolescents and young adults, as research shows adolescents function best when their fathers are engaged and involved in their lives. Finally, there is good evidence that fathers play an important role in helping their children make the transition to adulthood".

If studies and research doesn't convince you of the immeasurable significance that fathers bring to the lives of their children, I encourage you to ask the children themselves. In the case of NBA Champion JR Smith it is apparently evident that Fathers and Family Do Matter.


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