HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors


April 23, 2015 Updates

ESPN: Josh Smith will be a free agent after the season, how open are you to wanting to bring him back? Morey: We’re pretty focused on now, but obviously pretty much everyone on this team, we’re going to be focused on trying to bring them back. We got quite a few free agents, Josh Smith is one, we're going to address in the offseason. We feel if our team can keep executing, we feel like we can keep getting better with the group that we have here. ESPN.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

On a night when Harden could never get his rhythm, Howard was a monster with 28 points and 12 rebounds and Smith was his running partner with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. These were the good old days, resurrected with the Rockets. Josh Smith will be a free agent this summer, but he doesn't want to leave here – nor does Rockets general manager Daryl Morey want to lose him. Yahoo! Sports

They had run him out of Atlanta and Detroit, and now Josh Smith had run the Dallas Mavericks out of Houston with a 2-0 series lead, with a deeper regret for failing to sign him in January. "This is why I came here," Smith told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

"I don't need to be, but it does give people the opportunity to be reminded how versatile I can be," Smith told Yahoo Sports. "People tend to always point out the negatives in situations. Everybody has flaws. People try to magnify them [with me] more than other players. And I don't know why. "But I stay positive. And I keep positive energy around me." Yahoo! Sports

April 18, 2015 Updates

The Rockets have four players - Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Clint Capela and Joey Dorsey - who shoot below 60 percent from the free-throw line. As the Rockets prepare to play the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night, they know the hacking strategy might be in play. "We definitely understand and know they are going to throw every curveball possible that they have at us to throw us off our game plan, but we are mentally strong and mentally prepared," Smith said. "Guys have been coming in, getting extra shots in, extra free throws to be focused for those moments. Hopefully if it comes, we can make them pay and knock them down." Houston Chronicle

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March 7, 2015 Updates

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

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