J.R. Smith is right. God is good! Unlike the rest of us.

The January birth of his third daughter, Dakota, is a story that is touching not only him and his wife, Jewel. It is touching millions of us.

Imagine if you will, a baby entering the world after only half the normal time in the womb. Dakota arrived eighteen weeks early and weighed only one pound. The average newborn baby weighs 7.5 pounds.

To show you how small a fetus (baby) is at 21 weeks, doctors compare their size and weight to a carrot. Dakota made her debut at 22 weeks.

After birth, doctors say the first month is the most critical, which might explain why Smith waited to share the situation on Instagram. How difficult that month was for Dakota and them; only those who go through it will know.

Smith was right. God is good. Always and only good.

Part of that goodness is allowing us to live in a place like America, where medical miracles are taking place daily. If little Dakota had been born in all but a handful of countries, she never would have survived. Or, born 20 or 30 years earlier here, she had no chance.

To all of us, Dakota reminds us that basketball is just a game. What matters most is people. Our families. Our neighbors.

To all those who bash our own country, who refuse to stand for the National Anthem, please reconsider.

America is an amazing place. God is good.

SS’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Smiths.