Cleveland Cavaliers plant trees with their three-pointers

Trees for Threes will plant 433 trees in 2016
Posted at 10:19 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 22:19:11-04

Everytime a Cavalier sinks a three, Cleveland gets a baby tree.

It's part of the NBA's "Trees for Threes" program, started down in Dallas with the Mavericks in 2010.

Three years ago, PriceWaterhouseCooper teamed up with the Cavs to turn the Forest City a little greener.

In 2015, they planted 422 trees, split between Anton Grdina, an elementary school on Cleveland's east side, and down in Akron.

Unfortunately, they only count 3s made at home during the regular season, so the Cavs' record-breaking game against the Atlanta Hawks doesn't count.

Despite that, the tree planting is at a record high for 2016 -- 433 will go into the ground this fall.

The majority of those, courtesy of J.R. Smith.

"So he's going to have 200 trees with his name attached to them," said Kerry Bubolz, president of business operations for the Cavaliers.

It's especially crucial with Cleveland's tree canopy so low these days, at just 19 percent.

The city even launched a 25-year planting plan to get the Forest City to live up to its name again.

So next time you a see a swish -- just know the wine and gold is also going green.