HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

November 20, 2014 Updates

Smith acknowledged his is struggling "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said. "I've been in this game a long time, so all I've got to do is go back to the film and watch it, and see what I need to do to make myself the most effective as possible for this team." Booth Newspapers

November 8, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith knows that his shooting slump is hurting the Detroit Pistons. Friday, he found other ways to help them win. Smith, who is 7-of-31 shooting in the last two games, had key plays on both ends in the final 20 seconds, allowing the Pistons to escape with a 98-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm struggling to put the ball in the basket, but winning isn't only about making shots," he said. "I know that I've still got intangibles that I can bring to the floor." ESPN.com

November 6, 2014 Updates
November 5, 2014 Updates

Head coach Stan Van Gundy went with Smith at small forward primarily to account for the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony. "Josh will play real hard," Van Gundy said. "I think he's got good size on him and the whole thing. But there's nobody who shuts the guy (Anthony) down. You need a lot of help, your team defense has got to be good, you want to be really disciplined against him, and you hope he misses some shots." Booth Newspapers

October 31, 2014 Updates

Walking off the floor after the Nuggets' 89-79 win in Denver on opening night Wednesday with 22 points and 17 rebounds to his name, Faried mouthed off about Smith's evening. "Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting," Faried said on the team's website after the game. "And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Detroit News

Smith, who started off hitting six of his first 10 shots but made just three of his final 12, heard of Faried's comments Thursday afternoon from a friend, and fired back in kind before the Pistons played the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I don't respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball," Smith said, referring to Faried's hairdo. "He's a clown, quote me on that." Detroit News

"He fears me," Smith said. "He's scared of me, so, of course, he'll talk about me in the paper. He won't do it to me in my face. If you have to hide behind a microphone or smartphone, so be it. I don't mind." Detroit News

October 30, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy still isn't sure how often Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith will be on the floor at the same time this season. He is sure that he might need the lineup against some teams. "We just haven't had enough of a sample size," Van Gundy said after Monday's practice. "The big lineup has been competitive. … In three games, really, they've been competitive. They got us off to good starts. "So is that the way we start and really rebound the ball and pound it inside early and try to draw some fouls and then play quicker, or do we go the other way and start smaller and go to that if we need it? I don't know." Detroit Free Press

I want to be clear the Pistons are not shopping Josh. In fact they are hoping to get a more efficient Josh this season. Basketball Insiders

October 16, 2014 Updates

One thing not on the list is three-pointers. He doesn't need to shoot many this season. "I think Josh has a very good understanding of the shots he needs to shoot that are not only best for him, but best for our team,'' Van Gundy said. "He's one of the elite guys in the league around the basket. Last year, stuff inside, right at the rim, in two straight years, he has been 71% and 77%. There's very few guys at that level. So he needs to get more of those. He knows that. He also understands he really doesn't need to shoot threes for this team. "Will he get some? The other night, late in the shot clock, throw it back … you have to take that shot. He's going to shoot some. It's not a matter of number, one a game, less than one a game. It's when are you shooting them? There might a game where he might take three.'' Detroit Free Press

October 11, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons could be down two key players for Sunday's preseason game at Washington after Josh Smith sat out today's practice here. The team traveled after practice to play the Wizards in a 1 p.m. game, with Smith's status in question after he missed practice with a groin strain. Booth Newspapers

October 6, 2014 Updates

One could essentially drive him, while Smith would have to ignore the latter if he will indeed take on a positive leadership role this season. Smith doesn't know if the rumors were true that teammate Greg Monroe threatened to sign a qualifying offer this summer if Smith weren't traded, and from all accounts, it seems way out of character for Monroe. "You can't really concern yourself with it," Smith said. "But that was my first time dealing with it. Even in Atlanta, nothing like that ever came up in free agency from anybody's camp." Detroit News

Neither side knows from where surfaced the rumors, which can certainly get away from the business of becoming a better basketball team. It appears the two haven't spoken directly about the rumors, although Monroe said he had a conversation with Stan Van Gundy, insisting he was willing to reach out to clear the air. "I think if things aren't true, I think the other person who people are kinda throwing under the bus, as a teammate and a man, should come to that individual and let him know that had nothing to do with him," Smith said. Detroit News

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