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Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon on Josh Smith:"1st of all I was surprised that he was released(laughs),was a shock.I was very happy he didn't hesitate. He wanted to come to Houston right away. I think he came to the right spot. There's no question on his impact & help for the team. He's really (making)a huge contribution for the success of the team." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

March 6, 2015 Updates

Smith will be facing his former team tonight for the second time since the Pistons shocked the NBA by releasing their highest-paid player Dec. 21 with about $36 million remaining on his contract. The Rockets have already faced the Pistons once since then - Smith had seven points and was booed often in a 114-101 loss Jan. 31 at The Palace - so tonight's game isn't that big a deal as far as he's concerned. "It's water under the bridge," Smith said after this morning's shoot around at the Toyota Center. "We're focusing on something big here and I just want to be able to focus on ... continuing to gradually incline in the standings and not necessarily focus on who the opponent is." Booth Newspapers

March 4, 2015 Updates

The interplay between Smith and the Philips Arena crowd was lively throughout the night. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball. The catcalls grew louder in the third quarter, after Smith drained a 3-pointer that rattled around the rim several times before dropping in. Smith then shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called timeout. "I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners," Smith said. "It really doesn't mean anything to me." ESPN.com

“There were a lot of questionable calls down the stretch that dictated the outcome of the game, but we have been in situations where we had to fight through adversity before and you know, we just fell short tonight,” Smith said. Houston Chronicle

“It was chippy and that was what really got us going,” DeMarre Carroll said. “If they were quiet and just did what they did, they wouldn’t have woke up Jeff Teague, they wouldn’t have woke up myself, they wouldn’t have woke up Paul (Millsap). I think that’s when it got chippy and Josh Smith was doing all this.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 3, 2015 Updates
February 28, 2015 Updates

Rockets forward Josh Smith has decided there is no other choice for the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor than his teammate, guard James Harden Another MVP candidate, LeBron James of the Cavaliers, comes to town Sunday, but Smith is adamant Harden deserves the award. "What frustrates me the most - I wasn't here the whole season, but I watch the NBA and follow it closely and they always bring up new MVP candidates, but this is a guy that has been doing it since the beginning of the year, not just one or two months," Smith said. "He has done it consistently at a high level since the season started. It's ridiculous to hear them try to put names in front of his. This guy has been a notch up on other MVP candidates all year." Houston Chronicle

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 1, 2015 Updates

Smith considers himself misunderstood. “Maybe because I really don’t talk as much as people want me to or I’m not a social media junkie,” Smith said. “I kind of stay to myself and stay reserved to regular things in life like family and concerning myself with the people I love and surround myself with.” Said Harden, “He’s done a great job. He’s been a leader. Obviously he has a different role and that’s coming off the bench. He’s very vocal. He’s playing well. All he wants to do is win, everybody on this team has that same mind-set. It kind of makes it easier for each other.” Boston Globe

Smith said before the game he had no ill will toward his former team, which went on a seven-game winning streak immediately after cutting him. "I still have friends on this team, where we hung out and we had fun times and fun memories together," Smith said. "I have no hard feelings. When they went on that winning streak, I knew the process and the hard work that we had to put in right after Labor Day weekend, all the way into training camp — it was finally kind of paying off." USA Today Sports

January 31, 2015 Updates

Smith returns to play the Pistons in Auburn Hills tonight, and he's playing his best basketball in years. The Rockets haven't imploded with Smith. They've thrived with him. The idea of a contract extension this summer appeals to him, because the roster is talented and deep, his role's increasingly defined and most of all: "I'm comfortable here," Smith told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

With three years and $27 million left on his contract, Smith confesses now: "I was shocked." He knew Detroit had discussed trades, knew that that frontline of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond was unworkable, but Josh Smith never expected to shake Van Gundy's hand and leave the gymnasium a free agent that morning. Yahoo! Sports

His family was incensed and Josh understood it. His family has forever taken the criticism harder than him. Better than everyone else, they know him. They watch and listen to everything about him, the way loved ones do, and his father, Pete, warned Josh: "You're going to get scrutinized … It's going to make you look bad," and with the world barking louder and louder, trashing his character and dismissing his considerable talent, Josh Smith told his father simply: "I don’t care." Yahoo! Sports

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