Josh Smith Rumors

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Josh Smith
Position: F
Born: 12/05/85
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $1,499,187
Josh Smith: Let’s just look at what I actually said so we don’t get it twisted. This is the quote people shared: “It wasn’t about the money because of the Detroit situation, but at the end of the day, I do have a family, so it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it and try to do something long-term after this year.” The whole thing about it being “harder on me” comes down to family. It seems obvious to me, but maybe I could have said it more clearly. If you know the NBA, you know that moving to a new team is a decision that affects an athlete’s whole family. That’s even more true when you’re signing a one-year deal. With a one-year deal, there’s less stability because you know you might be moving again in a year.
via The Players' Tribune
Josh Smith: So I’m out there power-walking with the fam. My first response was, OK, who cares how a few people interpreted it? I know everyone on the Internet likes to be judgmental at one point or another. I try not to be too sensitive to any one thing. But it’s funny, because if you look at my whole statement, no one present at the press conference had any issue with it. Everyone seemed to know what I meant. It wasn’t until later that it took on a life of its own.
via The Players' Tribune
Fratello, who coached Rivers for his first seven years as a point guard with the Atlanta Hawks, had his own question regarding Stephenson and Josh Smith, new acquisitions with shaky reputations. “There’s no one in the league who won’t say that they have talent and they have been athletically blessed,” said Fratello, an analyst for TNT. “However, they also come with the word ‘but’ after it, a little like [free-agent guard] J.R. Smith. Which J.R. Smith are you getting? The one who unties guys’ shoes at the foul line or the one who makes eight threes in a game?”
via Los Angeles Times
Stephenson comes with a history of having blown in LeBron James ear’ during a game. He’s also generated whispers about being a bad teammate, leading to more questions from Fratello. “How is he going to fit in with the chemistry of this team and how will he handle the star factor of Chris Paul, of Blake Griffin, of Pierce’s experience and his Hall of Fame background?” Fratello asked. “How is he going to fit in with all that and does he bounce back from having a disappointing year last year? Has he grown up, has he matured, is he going to be a contributor?”
via Los Angeles Times