NBA TRADE RUMORS: CLIPPERS’ SMITH OUT-SHINED BY TEAMMATE PIERCE IN L.A.; WILL HE BE ON THE TRADING PLATE?
Josh Smith who has now become a shadow of his former Atlanta Hawks superstar identity is generating a whole heap of criticism in his present team which is the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 30-year-old power forward who is now in his 11th year in the NBA was brought in by the Clippers at the offseason stage to beef-up the Los Angeles’ squad’s bench. However, things are not falling into place for the once NBA Slam Dunk Champion as reported by Morning News USA, who has relatively been given few minutes off the bench.
“Oh, I don’t know. I don’t call it a doghouse, anyway. We’re trying to win games. And I’m just going to keep playing guys I think are best right now to win games for us,” Doc Rivers explained Smith’s six minutes of playing time in the last two outings for the Clippers.
In team sports lingo, the term doghouse signifies an athlete reduced to being a bench warmer. Ironically, the streak-shooting Smith was a contributing force for the Houston Rockets in the Clippers’ infamous semi-finals downfall last season. In his stint with the Rockets, Smith more or less provided 12 points per game, grabbed 6.0 boards, and dished-out 2.6 assists. Now still on a bench role in a new team, the Georgia native has been reduced to a paltry 5.7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in the last 29 outings for the Clippers.
With perennial All-Star Blake Griffin sidelined due to a partially injured quad for the next two weeks, Smith could have capitalized on the vacuum provided by Griffin’s absence. Instead, CBS Sports reported that the coaching staff voted for a much experienced leadership and strength with another Clipper journeyman, 2008 NBA Champion Paul Pierce to fill the void completely.
Pierce didn’t miss any beat during the Clippers match with the Utah Jazz in their 109-104 victory. “The Truth” reputable for his clutch shooting delivered a pointer in the dying seconds as he posted a season-high 20 points coming in for the second half.
With all this put into consideration, Smith may never have a renaissance of his career in the City of Angels and could only serve as another dish on the plate for a possible trade.
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