Smith, now with the Magic, played with Anderson in New Orleans. The two became close friends in the face of tragedy. In 2013, Anderson’s girlfriend was pronounced dead after suicide-related trauma. According to NBA.com, Smith was there to help Anderson with many tasks — including help with errands.
"For me, Jason will forever be one of those guys who is a near and dear friend,’’ said Anderson, in the report. "He’s been there for me in the great times and the not-so-great times. He’s just been a great, supportive guy — one of the best teammates that I’ve ever had."
Smith’s recent joking comments were in response to a jab Anderson had made earlier this year, before the Magic faced the Pelicans for the first time this season.
Ryan Anderson on some of his trash talk on the court with good friend and Magic F/C Jason Smith: "His mom makes some of the WORST meals."