Josh Smith Took ‘Real Offense’ to Getting Benched by Maurice Cheeks
Josh Smith didn’t play during the second half of the Detroit Pistons’ 106-82 loss to the Washington Wizards Saturday night, and afterward, he was (not shockingly) none too happy about it. Via MLive.com:
Whatever happened in that locker room Saturday night, the Detroit Pistons left here with their first tangible turmoil of the season. Josh Smith didn’t play the second half of a 106-82 blowout against the Washington Wizards, the second time head coach Maurice Cheeks has made that decision this season.
This time, Smith suggested Cheeks called him out for not playing hard, and that he took “real offense” to the accusation.
[...] “Like I told y’all before when we had this conversation, when you hit adverse times, characters are gonna be tested,” Smith said. ”It’s either that we’re gonna come closer together and make it all one team, or are you gonna use a scapegoat to get away from what’s really at hand?”
[...] What rankled Smith most was what he perceived as Cheeks questioning his effort.”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.