Pistons’ Smith Upset With Benching Over Perceived Lack Of Effort

There’s a little bit of controversy building in Detroit, where coach Maurice Cheeks and star forward Josh Smith have had several disagreements this year. In Saturday’s blowout loss to Washington, Smth was benched for a second-time in the second half. The dispute stemmed from a perceived effort issue on Smith’s part in Cheeks’ eyes, and after the game, the Pistons’ biggest free agent acquisition wasn’t too happy about it.

“It’s an honor for me to play, you know what I’m saying? So when anybody challenges — or anything about the fact that, you know, about me not wanting to play — then I take real offense to it,” Smith said.

“I mean, it’s unfair,” he said. “Like I told you before, I play this game hard, each and every day. I’m gracious for the opportunity just to be able to play my dream. When I was younger, I played this game for free, year-round. This is what I love to do. So why wouldn’t I want to come out here and try to put my best foot forward every time I step out on the court?

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