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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

He's never cared much about selling an image, never played into the modern branding game. Perhaps people don't see it, but Smith apologizes for nothing when he declares himself "Old school" for his distaste of the self-serving and self-promoting nature of social media. He has no interest in filling your timeline with news that he's "back on the grind," or shoutouts to half-assed celebrities and jocks with whom he’s supposed to pretend to be friends. “I don't agree with the world knowing my every move, my every step," Smith said. "I don't need to broadcast it. I grew up in poverty. My parents really had to work hard to put food on the table for my sisters and brothers. I don't see the need to take pictures of me on vacation, or with a new car. Kudos to the people who do it, I guess, but there are so many people who are struggling. It's a slap in the face to them. Yahoo! Sports

"I was the first one to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon. But no one would ever know that, because I didn't post a video of him and me working out. I didn't show people how I was working out with Calvin Murphy in Houston early in my career. There was no need for it." Yahoo! Sports

And while the Rockets certainly heard the tales about some of the challenges Smith had in Detroit and prior to that Atlanta, the slate has been wiped clean in Houston. “I wouldn’t necessarily call it a clean slate,” Smith said. “I’m a person that’s always … anybody in this league is always criticized. I really can’t take that into deep thought. I have to go out and just play. I’m with the Houston Rockets now. I’m extremely excited to be in this position. I’m trying to make the most out of my opportunity here instead of always answering questions about the Pistons.” CSNNE.com

And it is that desire to be successful, something he has done little of as a pro, is what’s often overlooked when the narrative of Josh Smith is laid out. When asked if he believes he’s misunderstood, the veteran forward didn’t hesitate to respond in the affirmative. “Oh yeah, for sure,” he said. “I think so. Maybe because I really don’t talk as much as people want me to or I’m not a social media junkie. I kind of stay to myself and I kind of stay reserved to regular things in life as far as just family and concerning myself with the people I love that I surrounded myself with.” CSNNE.com

January 29, 2015 Updates

We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved. Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. HoopsHype

January 22, 2015 Updates

Gores said he gave Smith the golden parachute because he believes in his coach. "Even before Stan came on, we talked about the future and building the future," Gores said. "Stan didn't just call me one day and say, 'This is what we have to do.' We had been talking for a few months about how we were going to get this team into the future. "Josh is a great talent but we had so many other great talents on the team that we really needed the ball being in more hands. So as much as a lot of people think this decision was made overnight, really it was made over a good month and a half. "We weren't delivering. We weren't winning. It was a process." Booth Newspapers

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The Pistons have gone 11-2 since he was let go in the second season of a four-year, $54 million contract, causing some to throw around the phrase "addition by subtraction" when discussing their recent turnaround. "It didn't upset me," Smith said. "People have opinions and talk about things in the media that they don't necessarily personally know anything about. So you really can't let that affect what's going on." USA Today Sports

January 12, 2015 Updates

After four Smith starts, McHale put Motiejunas back in the starting lineup and moved Smith to the second unit. In that role, Smith can get his hands on the ball and try to get better looks for the reserves. He's averaging 23 minutes a game coming off the bench. "I didn't know Josh," McHale said. "He's been great. I've really enjoyed him. He's got a high basketball IQ, from talking to him. He's been good. He's done everything I've asked him to do. I've sat him down and said 'okay, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at? 'Cause this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable. I just sit my big ass over on that bench.'" NBA.com

Surely, though, Smith has seen what the blogosphere and the analytics folk have said about his toxicity. "I really don't pay attention -- I watch Family Guy, I watch Maury Povich," Smith said. "I really don't put my ears and eyes to negative publicity. I know that every player's critiqued in this league, especially by ones that really don't know the individual players. I really can't get mad. It's something to talk about. If they had nothing to talk about on ESPN and other shows, then nobody would watch." NBA.com

"Stan and I, fortunately for both of us, we've had such a great chemistry and communication with each other since he's come on board, really from our first meeting," Gores said. "Stan is a very thorough guy ... for me, what was comfortable was knowing Stan is such a good coach, and with him, if we're 5-23, which we were, something's not right. "It's not just making a rotation change. I know he was working as hard as possible ... it was very collaborative with each other, like I would do with a CEO. I really challenged Stan to think creatively." NBA.com

"I think it's interesting how intangibles come into play," Gores said. "Our young guys are getting more minutes. We did get Meeks back and that's something you can't ignore, Having Jodie, first of all, he has great energy. Even if he doesn't have a great game he helps the team. He helps KCP (second-year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope). "Meeks has been a big part of us coming back. And, really, letting Stan run the system he wants. Having Josh and Monroe, It just wasn't working. There just wasn't enough room." NBA.com

January 10, 2015 Updates

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