J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest during his first college golf tournament — literally.
The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina A&T on the second day of the Elon Phoenix Invitational.
“To get stung on the basketball court or in an arena, never happens,” said Smith, now a freshman walk-on.
“That’s one of the very few things you don’t have to worry about (in basketball) — other animals. When I got stung, I was like ‘No way.’”
The hornets just added to the sting of Smith’s birdie-less round of 8-over-par 79 on the Donald Ross-designed layout. Combined with his two rounds Monday, he finished at 29 over 240 — in 81st place out