By a) Mike Stone

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) The newest Detroit Pistons player is also the city’s newest Detroit Lions fan.

Josh Smith, who grew up in Atlanta and just signed a $54 million deal with the Pistons, is obviously familiar with fellow ATL native Calvin Johnson, but he is also a fan of another Lion.

“I’ll be definitely going to a lot of Detroit Lions games when I can, I’m a huge Matthew Stafford fan, I’m a big George Bulldogs fan,” Smith said, adding, “I would like to congratulate him (on his new contract). I think it was well-deserved. I think they’re going to do some big things, too, this year.”

Smith added  he’s never head anything negative about playing ball in Detroit. “I’ve always wanted to be in a situation … to be a part of an organization like that, an organization that has won championships and knows what it takes to get to that level and winning. That was pretty much everything that I put in front of me and thought about. It was a very attractive and intriguing situation.”

He predicted next season’s Pistons are “going to be an exciting team,” adding he’s excited to have Rasheed Wallace with the organization. “I think it’s good for the young players, good for me as well. He’s been part of successful teams … I think it’s a good decision,” Smith said.

On his reputation for sometimes “lazy play,” Smith said, “Basketball is a game of imperfection, no one has ever played a perfect basketball game … What may be a bad shot to a person is not a bad shot to me … I’m just continuously trying to be successful, not really worried about what people say. I know this is a good move no matter what anybody says. I think we’re going to be really, really good … We just have to keep continuously working hard.”

But is it a playoff team?

“I think we’re a playoff team right now. We have enough pieces to get it done, we just have to make it work,” Smith said.


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