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J.R. Smith is basically driving a tank around Manhattan

Aug 19, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

gurkha f5

Hey, it’s late August, what do you really want? Another update on Dwyane Wade’s knee recovery? A bunch more Lakers speculation?

That car to the right is the Gurkha F5 built by Terradyne Armored Vehicles for military use. You may recognize it as the one The Rock drove in “Fast Five.” Of course, if you’re wealthy enough and want one, you can have one for street use.

Meet J.R. Smith.

The Knicks swingman and Sixth Man of the Year just signed a three-year, $17 million contract where he got a big chunk of that money up front. If you wonder what he did with that money, we bring you this from the New York Post.

Smith, who’s recovering after surgery on his left knee in the off-season, rolled up to Meatpacking District restaurant Catch on Thursday night in a Gurkha F5, which is made by Toronto-based Terradyne Armored Vehicles and used by police and the military. Smith parked the oversize truck, worth about $450,000, on the street while he dined inside.

If I were going to spend nearly half a million on a car to stroke my ego (and if you spend that much on a car, that’s a big part of the point) this would not be my choice. But I am not, so to each his own.

But good call on Catch, I want to try Hung Huynh’s food.

  1. eboneseagles - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    He wants em to feel protected as he lays down the pipe.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      maybe he got it from Hertz, I hope he got the extra Insurance.
      where di he park that, in two lanes?
      WTF, that thing looks bad ass.

  2. supremekingz - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Hey, at least it’s better than spending half a mil on a 2 seater with no cargo space. Maybe he’s prepping for the zombie apocalypse

    • bigtymeusa - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You might be joking, BUT JR and his Illuminati azz KNOWS what’s coming when the dollar collapses…wish I had one myself

  3. mp4philly - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Glad to see he’s spending wisely.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      On the article about Smith signing the contract, the author suggested that getting a lot of money up front was a good idea because Smith could invest that right away and make even more money.

      To which I laughed, because we all knew investing was exactly what JR was thinking.

  4. scottychicago - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    if he had one of these a few years ago his friend would still be alive. sorry JR

  5. weaselpuppy - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Antoine Walker 2.0. Dude will be homeless in 4.5 years.

  6. knowmewell85 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Can you post date bankruptcy? Lets set it for 8/19/2015

    • legend30 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM


  7. chiadam - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    A fool and his money something something.

  8. justbhouse2 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    The revolution will be on Youtube

  9. fatsack1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    here come the internet accountants…….

    dude will pay more taxes than you in 1 year…than the average joe pays in his whole life….so let him do as he pleases….

    get out of that mans pockets.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM


    • legend30 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Well, in a few years he will be asking me for some spare change.

      • chiadam - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM


      • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Yeah because he knows you, right?

    • circuscivics - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      But this is the same guy, whose father explicitly stated that, prior to this recent contract, that JR was in financial trouble and suggested he take a mid-level exception if one was offered because he needed the money. No one needs to be an accountant to know that this was a frivolous purchase by someone who has a poor record of handling his finances. Therefore, it is conjecture for someone to say that he is setting himself on the path to financial ruin.

      • circuscivics - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        *Correction* “…it is not conjecture…”

  10. abchome - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Carpe diem!

  11. jamesk2465 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Why is everyone so concerned about what’s in another man’s pockets ?

  12. marcusfitzhugh - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    None of us have access to JR’s books, so it’s all speculative. However, in an effort to generate publicity (that they hope will generate sales), many manufacturers loan celebrities vehicles to be seen in. You’ll note the article did list the name of this vehicle manufacturer. Until I read the article, I’d never heard of them before. Sounds to me like it’s working. JR’s agent is supposed to get him swag – thats why he’s paid.

    As for being broke, even an “average” financial planner could make JR money in this economy. Here are some funds – if JR parked $5M in PSSPX, he’d currently have $6.267M. In PMFPX, he’d currently have $6.1M. In PABVX, he’d currently have $6.13M. In PPMPX, he’d have $6.5M. In PPLARX, he’d have $6.737M. That’s what those funds (not individual stocks) have done this year as of close of business last Friday If “I” know about the market, surely JR’s financial planner knows he can earn 20% just for parking a year’s salary.

    When ballplayers end up broke, it’s typically because they don’t listen to, or have – a qualified financial planner. If they don’t have a ton of free gear, it’s because their agent isn’t doing their job. BTW, many times the agent supplies the planner – one stop shopping

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      It’s not really speculative. He went broke in 2012.

      • andyhr17 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        This is the internet! No bringing silly things like “facts” to an argument!

      • norcal031 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        I think he knows he is going to be broke at some point soon so he bought it to live in.

  13. shanelsweet - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Calm down, folks. He didn’t buy it. When you’re in NY, you’re surrounded by extremely wealthy fans who will gladly share their toys with you.

  14. fmlizard - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    If it is one of his 2 or 3 cars, then no big deal. He can afford it. It’s the guys with 20 cars that wind up broke.

    And that is even “if” he owns it.

  15. stayhigh_247 - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I bet that thing gets like 1 mpg.

  16. tcclark - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Wow didn’t expect this. I saw the word “tank” and assumed this was an article about the Sixers

    • mydoghasfleez - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM


  17. louhudson23 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    It has a retail price of around 450,000.00 It is not worth remotely that on the extremely limited,virtually non existent used market….

    • brewdogg - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Ha!!! What does KBB have that thing listed at?

  18. yuwannano - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    $450,000 for a truck to drive around Manhatten? Whatever brah…

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