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Smith wants to go by given name

Updated: November 11, 2009, 1:02 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Suspended for the season's first seven games, Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith returned Tuesday with a new outlook and a different name.

He wants to go by his given name, Earl Smith III.

Smith said there are "a lot of personal reasons" that "I can't really explain at this time" for the switch. He went with J.R. because he was often called "Junior," but now he's going back to his given name as part of an effort to fix an image that's taken some hits over the years because ...

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