Tuesday , Jun , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets’ Smith released from hospital

Neptune, NJ (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets forward J.R. Smith was released
from the hospital on Tuesday, three days after being involved in a car
accident that claimed his friend’s life.

The Nuggets issued a statement, which read: “Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith
has been released from the hospital.

“J.R. is devastated by the loss of his good friend. He and his family have
asked that we respect their privacy during this difficult time. They also ask
that we continue to keep those involved in this accident and their families in
our thoughts and prayers.”

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Smith and his passenger were both
ejected from Smith’s SUV after colliding with another car on Saturday. Both
men were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

The driver of the second vehicle along with a second passenger in Smith’s SUV
also received minor injuries during the crash.

Smith averaged 13 points and 2.3 rebounds in 63 games with Denver last
season.

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