Retired NBA star JR Smith makes college golf debut, gets attacked by bees

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Retired NBA star JR Smith makes college golf debut, gets attacked by bees
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Giving up one sport for another can sting — but not often literally.

J. R. Smith, a former NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, made his golf debut Monday, playing for North Carolina in the Elon Phoenix Invitational. On the competition's first day, Smith shot 83-78 and beat a pair of La Salle golfers in his college golf debut, according to CBS Sports. Smith made two birdies and two doubles in his first five holes of play.

While his performance for the remaining 31 holes was less than stellar, his mistakes were overshadowed by an unexpected encounter with Mother Nature — the following day, Smith accidentally stepped on a beehive while retrieving one of his golf balls.

Smith required medical attention afterward and let other players continue while he was being checked. He eventually returned to the competition, according to the outlet.

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Smith joined the NBA in 2004, where he played for multiple teams, including the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he won an NBA Championship in 2016.

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The Lakers shared a supportive message of Smith's change in sports, encouraging him to continue "doing [his] thing."

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