Hey there, BDL readers. Do you love your siblings? WAIT! Before you answer that, let me ask you a second, more pertinent question: Do you love your siblings enough to get their faces tattooed on your back?
If (like me) your answer is "No, I don't," then you (like me) differ from Chris Smith, the younger brother of New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith. He definitely loves J.R. enough to put ink to skin, and if you don't believe him, he will gladly show you:
The younger Smith shared the photo on Instagram on the occasion of Big Bro's 28th birthday, which we're confident J.R. is celebrating responsibly. Here's the note Chris offered up alongside photographic evidence of his brotherly love:
Happy Birthday to my big Brother @teamswish always got my back no matter what facts say what you want I Love my big bro!!! And we gone turn up life is to short #teamswish #the40boiz .... Always got my back
Well, he will definitely always have your back now. Barring, y'know, a freak acid accident or something.
The Knicks invited Chris Smith to Summer League after he went undrafted out of Louisville in the 2012 draft, then later signed him and brought him to training camp. The 6-foot-2 point guard soon suffered a left knee injury, though, and the Knicks waived him after he underwent surgery on his patella tendon. He caught back on with the Knicks' Las Vegas squad this summer, and will reportedly get another look-see at New York's upcoming training camp despite not doing much to distinguish himself during his stay in Sin City. (It's nice to have Big Brother watching your back, isn't it?)
Chris isn't the first person to get a family member's image tattooed on his body, though such tributes often tend to be reserved more for late family members than still-living ones, and while the commemoration might seem a bit to extreme to some of us, it's worth remembering that J.R.'s kind of into tattoos and, as such, may view this as an especially touching display of genuine familial affection. Still, I can't fight the feeling that Chris overshot here — if nothing else, a tattoo's going to be a pretty hard present to top come next Sept. 9. You've got 365 days of brainstorming ahead of you, Chris — better get to work.
Hat-tip to Beyond the Buzzer.