Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith suffered a meniscus tear in 2013 while playing for the New York Knicks. He had surgery in July of that year, and he was slated to be out for 3-4 months.
Knee tears are significant injuries, but after his surgery Smith seemed unaware that he needed to come back gradually. In an interview with Bro Bible, NBA strength coach Steve Hess said Smith lifted a surprising amount of weight three weeks after he got out of the operating room.
RELATED: J.R. Smith’s Hilarious Shirtless Celebration Extended To A Cleveland Golf Course
“We had a rotation we were doing, and with the Single-Leg Press—this is the honest to God truth—he’s doing a Single-Leg Press with six 45’s on each side,” Hess said. Including the bar, six 45-pound plates on each side adds up to 585 pounds.
Hess said he didn’t put the weights on the Press for Smith, and he would be fired if he did. Smith said he wanted to test how strong his leg was, prompting a surprised Hess to test how high he could jump.
RELATED: President Obama Tells Cavs’ J.R. Smith To Put A Shirt On
“He takes off, and I’m like, ‘really dude?'” Hess said. “It’s like 40+ inches. 21 days post-surgery. Just a genetic freak. Supremely gifted.”
Smith has always been a high flyer. He participated in the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, coming in third behind Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith and Miami Heat forward Amar’e Stoudemire.
RELATED: The Childhood Games That Made J.R. Smith One Of The Deadliest Shooters In The NBA