Josh Smith knows that he is at the crossroads of his career in the NBA and 12 years have been a testament to it. But for an unsigned free agent, Smith is still optimistic that he would be granted a second chance to play for a team in the coming season.
The Vertical reports that Smith has dug deep inside himself of the things that need adjustment. Smith stated that he knows changes needed, especially from his disposition, to make it back again. He explains that he is retracing his steps to the point of even doing yoga to better himself.
“I have a lot left to give to this game,” Smith said. “I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason.”
Smith posted his best playing season with the Atlanta Hawks back in the 2011-2012 season wherein he noted a career high 18.8 points per game. Aside from that, he made it to the NBA All-Defensive Second team as he set a record of 1,000 blocked shots. He was just 24 years old at that time making him the youngest player to reach such moment in his career.
But there were questions that lingered when the team cut ties with him. Smith would try to revive his career when he signed with the Pistons, however, the team waived him in 2014. He tried his best when he signed with the Rockets and yet fell short again.
Title contenders sought his services including the Warriors and the Cavaliers but Smith chose to go with the Clippers. It was there that Smith would see less playing time as he was backing up for DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. The Clippers sent Smith back to the Rockets during the midseason trade but opportunities were still limited.
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There was an opportunity to play overseas as a team in the Chinese Basketball Association wanted to get his services. Smith turned it down for a simple reason that he built and prepared himself for the NBA and no other league. He narrated that going overseas would be an act of desperation, which is not his style.
“I’m not a guy who feels like I have to start or play 30 minutes a night anymore. I wish for an opportunity to give, be a positive guy around the locker room. It has missed me. I feel I have something to give the NBA, period,” Smith added.
Smith knows that patience will be his main arsenal if he wants to get back in the NBA. Once given the second chance, Smith promises to prove that he could be an asset to a team. With the right attitude and positive disposition, Smith believes his NBA career is not yet over.
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