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January 10, 2015 Updates
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Rockets coach Kevin McHale could offer little insight about how he felt with the rotation now that he has Josh Smith coming off the bench, usually checking in for Dwight Howard. That was because McHale said the move was not made based on his preference, but for Smith’s. “The biggest thing is about getting him comfortable,” McHale said before the Rockets faced the Knicks on Thursday, Smith’s ninth game since signing with the Rockets. “You can’t play basketball when you’re thinking and funky. He has to get where he’s comfortable. He felt more comfortable with that second team. “I didn’t know Josh. Really, honestly, he’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed him. He has a high basketball IQ, talking to him. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. I’ve sat him down and said, “Ok, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at, because this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable?’ I just sit … over on that bench. I don’t have to be comfortable.” Houston Chronicle

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Smith scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his Houston debut, which resulted in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He was then given a spot in his new team’s starting lineup, but after producing little there in his last four games, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale sent him back to the bench. After shooting a combined 9-of-31 in his last four contests, Donatas Montiejunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup for Houston’s home contest against the Heat on Saturday. NBCSports.com

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December 28, 2014 Updates

Forward Josh Smith went through his first practice with the Rockets on Saturday in San Antonio after playing Friday within just a few hours of officially signing with the Rockets. There won’t be much practice time ahead with the Rockets likely to practice just once if at all over the next 10 days, though Smith seemed to adjust quickly. “When you’re a professional and you’ve played a lot of years like myself, it’s not that hard especially when you know a lot of the guys in the locker room,” Smith said. “They helped me out when I was kind of lost out there on the floor. They helped me along the way to get me through those situations.” Houston Chronicle

December 27, 2014 Updates

“One of the underrated pickups of the year I think will end up being their deal where they brought in Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved,” Dave Joerger said. “That’s right in their wheelhouse. Corey is a guy from right down the road (Portland, Tenn.) that I love a lot. I think he is going to help them, unfortunately. Alexey Shved is a good playmaker and a perfect fit for that system. I think that is a move that didn’t draw the attention a Josh Smith will and Rajon Rondo and guys like that. Everybody’s trying to load up.” Houston Chronicle

Full Josh Smith highlights from his Houston Rockets debut tonight -- 21 points, 8 boards, 3 assists as the team's new power forward, who had just signed this morning, helped fuel the Rockets to a 117-111 overtime win in Memphis, putting Houston (21-7) in first place in the division. Facebook.com

December 26, 2014 Updates

Smith cleared waivers following his release by the Detroit Pistons, and chose to sign with the Rockets over a number of teams including the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said in an interview with FOX26 Sports. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special. "Playing beside the best two-guard in the game right now in James Harden, what more can you ask for." FOX 26 Sports

December 25, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Rockets are making the rounds on Christmas Eve, offering up anyone in the bottom third of their roster via trade to make room for Josh Smith. Joey Dorsey, Tarik Black, Isaiah Canaan, Nick Johnson, Clint Capela ... Rockets seeking taker on any of the above to make room for Josh Smith. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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