HoopsHype Joe Smith rumors

June 9, 2014 Updates

Ex-NBA star Joe Smith -- the #1 overall pick in the '95 draft -- is spittin' a new rap verse directed right at Justin Bieber ... calling out the pop star over the racist song he recorded when he was 15 ... and only TMZ Sports has it. In the new verse, Smith -- who goes by the rap name "Joe Beast" -- says Justin shouldn't get a pass just because he was young when he recorded a disgusting N-word filled version of his hit "One Less Lonely Girl." TMZ.com

May 16, 2014 Updates

Ex-NBA star Joe Smith -- the #1 overall pick in the '95 Draft -- is spittin' hot fire at Donald Sterling ... hitting the disgraced Clippers owner with a brand new rap verse ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Ever since Smith called it quits from the NBA in 2011, he's been focusing on pursuing a rap career -- and even started his own label, Nova Unit Records. He's also got a rap name, "Joe Beast." TMZ.com

November 30, 2011 Updates

It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise." Los Angeles Times

October 27, 2011 Updates

Don’t ask me. I don’t know what is happening here. I’m not the one who decided to sit Joe Smith down for a one-on-one with an angry pumpkin. That’s on Joe and the pumpkin. Take it up with them. The Score

October 23, 2011 Updates

Darren Rovell: Why the NBA owners will get a deal: hearing a home owned by Joe Smith, who has made $61M, is in pre-foreclosure. There's a lot more of that. Twitter

May 21, 2011 Updates

So you have missed getting some rest during the regular season. Gasol: Maybe I did. There could have been a little more depth, especially if Joe Smith was able contribute to the team. The Theo Ratliff issue was difficult because of his health and where his career is at, but that's another thing. It would have been good for us to have a four-man rotation instead of three, but that's something I don't want to talk about because I don't want to argue with a guy that has been pretty successful - our coach. google.com

May 15, 2011 Updates

With a jump shot that glides out of his hands and a demeanor that has ushered in an era of unassuming superstars, Kevin Durant makes everything he does look smooth. It is no surprise he approaches his venture into the music industry the same way. "Music and basketball parallel so much," said Durant. "I was fascinated with how they made music and of course I listen to it before games so it gets me hyped. I was mainly just curious on how everything works and after that I started to go a little forward and it's been something I've been doing ever since." Durant says a former teammate helped him get started. "Joe Smith ... he played with us my second year in the NBA, and he got me into it and we started to make some tracks together. Just kind of play around with it a little bit and just decided I wanted to try to make beats and been getting better ever since then," he says. "Kevin was one of the guys that almost every day he was at my door, ringing the doorbell," says Smith, now a reserve forward with the Lakers. "Before you know it, he had [recording equipment] at his house and we were alternating homes when I was [in Oklahoma City]." NBA.com

Smith prefers to stay in front of the microphone, writing and performing his own material, while collaborating with producers for the beats. He releases songs through his label Nova Unit and is currently featured on teammate Ron Artest's new mixtape. He says his ultimate goal is "to independently release my own music. Try to get a publishing and distribution deal and do everything else myself." Durant says that he would be interested in working with NBA counterparts, but feels he still has room to grow before he seeks out collaborations. "I got to get better at it," he says, "I'm not as good as I want to be and I'm not at the level as some of the big time artists that some other NBA guys help out with. I'm just trying to get my sound a little better and hopefully I get some time to do that." NBA.com

May 10, 2011 Updates
April 5, 2011 Updates

Playing for Phil Jackson. Teaming with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher and the rest. Sitting on the bench for the two-time defending champs, an insurance policy for the team's bigs that the Lakers hope they never need. Enjoying every sandwich. "Anytime you last this long in this league -- I've seen a lot of people come and go -- it's a blessing," Smith said. "That's the way I look at it. It's been a blessing to be able to play for different teams, for different coaches, and stick around this long. I've enjoyed my run and hopefully it'll continue. Hopefully we can do something special this year to make it even better." NBA.com

Smith's longest stay? Three full seasons with Milwaukee from 2003-06. His shortest? He played four games for the Nets before they threw him into the three-team, Sasha Vujacic-Terrence Williams deal with the Lakers and Houston on Dec. 15. "Time flies," Odom said. "I can remember, just the other day when I was watching Maryland ... he was one of the first people I saw swish-dunk. I was making fun of him the other day when he swished-dunk. They forgot that Joe Smith was one of the first people to do it. He had a great flair for the game and great feel. Seemed like yesterday." NBA.com

March 14, 2011 Updates

When did you stop buying and start renting? Joe Smith: The last home I purchased was in Milwaukee [in 2003]. I stopped purchasing houses and started renting. We found a place in Arizona and that’s where my family got established there. It made it easier for me to uproot my stuff than having to uproot wife and kids and everybody. I rent everything. I rented in Denver, Chicago, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Atlanta, New Jersey and rent here. Los Angeles Times

March 12, 2011 Updates

The Nevada Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that allowed professional basketball player Joe Smith to reduce his child support payments from $10,339 a month to $968 a month. The court said Clark County District Judge Lisa M. Kent adopted a “faulty approach” by failing to require Smith to show whether there were changed circumstances and if the best interest of the child warranted modification. Smith and Brenda L. Thompson had a son in 1996. Smith, who has played for 11 NBA teams and is now with the New Jersey Nets, earned $413,045 per month and had a net worth in 2008 of $7.5 million, according to court documents. Las Vegas Sun

February 3, 2011 Updates
January 3, 2011 Updates

When the forward checked in for the Lakers with 4:36 remaining in their 104-85 loss to Memphis at the Staples Center, it marked the 12th NBA team for which he has logged time. That tied him with three other men for the NBA record and tied him with two additional men for the all-sports mark of most teams for which having played. "Oh, really, I didn't know that,'' Smith, acquired Dec. 15 from New Jersey, had told FanHouse previously when informed he would tie a record when he first steps on the floor for the Lakers. "I got to learn this offense. That will be the last thing on my mind.'' Smith laughed when asked if he would be sending his uniform to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. "I'm going to keep everything,'' said Smith, who went scoreless in five minutes but had a block in his Lakers debut. FanHouse.com

December 17, 2010 Updates

The closest he has come to a championship was with the Cavaliers when they lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston in 2008. It was only natural he thought that the shot to win might have passed him by … until the trade. "I did. But I was still hopeful that something could happen that I could end up in a place like this," said Smith, who played only four games for the New Jersey Nets this season. "I was excited when I got the phone call. Kind of sad and excited. "It's kind of a two-way street. You are leaving a young group of guys you've grown close to. But at the same time you have to look at a bigger picture, especially at this point in my career." Los Angeles Times

December 16, 2010 Updates

Mike Trudell: Joe Smith on being a Laker: "At this point in my career it's a great move. I want to bring whatever I can to help them repeat." Twitter

The Lakers received more than just veteran forward Joe Smith and about $8 million in salary and luxury-tax relief after sending Sasha Vujacic and a 2001 first-rounder to New Jersey. They also received Golden State's second-round selection in 2011 and Chicago's second-round selection in 2012, both via New Jersey. The Warriors' pick next June might be only a handful of spots lower than the first-rounder the Lakers gave up. Los Angeles Times

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