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But Smith denied any bad intent, saying he and Jennings have played together in the summer and had a good relationship. "There's a way to threaten somebody and that's not the way, to publicly threaten somebody," Smith said. NBA.com
Finally, the Pistons are another slow-starting Eastern team, and league-wide speculation is they will try to move the expiring contracts of guard Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva in search of more talent. The Pistons could act soon, sources said. FOXSports Ohio
The NBA is investigating the Twitter feud between New York's J.R. Smith and Detroit's Brandon Jennings over the presence of Smith's brother, Chris, on the Knicks' roster, sources close to the process told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. ESPN.com
The teams meet Tuesday in Detroit, but the league office is expected to rule before then whether anything said between the two can be deemed threatening. ESPN.com
Scott Cacciola: Also, JR said he was looking for Brandon's phone number. "If anybody can get that to me, I'll take it." Just FYI. Twitter @ScottCacciola
Shortly after the Knicks' win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, J.R. Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his "street homies" to Detroit, presumably to confront Jennings. Smith also wrote that he had "no respect" for Jennings. ESPN.com
Brandon Jennings called out Chris Smith on Twitter Wednesday while complimenting friends who play ball overseas, “Wait, wait, wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!” He later deleted the Tweet, thankfully Holly MacKenzie from Sportsnet retweeted it before the fact. beyondthebuzzer.com
J.R. Smith, who was playing against the Hawks at the time of the tweet, must have received word after the game as he sent out a few combative messages, calling Brandon Jennings, without mentioning his name, a “lil kid” for deleting his tweet and also included a line about sending out some “Number street homies” to “put Detroit on smash for a min!” beyondthebuzzer.com
Josh Smith insisted he didn't take an unexpected benching personally Tuesday, and Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks was equally adamant that it wasn't intended as a message. Smith played just 18 minutes and scored two points in a 113-95 loss to the Golden State Warriors. "Not at all," Cheeks said, when asked if benching the Pistons' biggest offseason acquisition in the season's seventh game was a message. "Like I said, we were just trying to change some things up. It wasn't about sending a message." Booth Newspapers
Smith said his only recourse was "to cheer my teammates on." "You can't really focus on the decisions that people make, higher than you," Smith said. "You just have to be able to adjust around it. As long as I've been in this league, that's what I've been willing to do." Booth Newspapers
Asked if he believed Cheeks' decision was intended as a message, whether to him or his teammates, Smith replied, "You never know." "Like I said, you just have to adjust around situations and circumstances," he added. "You can't really let it affect your thought process. You just have to roll with the punches." Booth Newspapers
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