Found December 28, 2013 on RealGM:
Josh Smith did not play in the second half of the Detroit Pistons' 106-82 blowout loss against the Washington Wizards, the second time Maurice Cheeks has made that decision this season. Smith took "real offense" to Cheeks calling him out for not playing hard. "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?" Smith said he isn't inclined to have a personal discussion with Cheeks about their disagreement before the next game. "To me, it's over with," Smith said. "But you know, some people hold grudges longer than others. I don't know. I don't know. I'm not saying that he (Cheeks) does. I don't know. "But I'm not the type of person that really likes to g...

Josh Smith Is Offended That Maurice Cheeks Benched Him

Josh Smith and Maurice Cheeks seem to be headed towards a messy divorce, with the coach likely being the one to have to go. Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks has benched Josh Smith for a second time this season, this time Cheeks sat his supposed star small forward for an entire half. Smith, who was awful in Saturday’s 106-82 loss to the Wizards, told the media that he...

Josh Smith calls benching 'unfair'

It seems like the Pistons are unable to get through a season without player-coach drama. And the seemingly annual occurrence is upon us after the Pistons took a 106-82 thumping from the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks benched starting forward Josh Smith for the start of the third quarter for the second time this season and Smith made it clear...

Josh Smith takes ‘real offense’ to Maurice Cheeks benching him

When Maurice Cheeks removed Josh Smith from the starting lineup for missing a practice – called at the last moment, for the day following a back-to-back, after Smith had decided to stay in Atlanta to tend to his ill father – Smith bit his tongue. But now that Cheeks benched Smith for the entire second of the Pistons’ 106-82 loss to the Wizards on Saturday, Smith isn’t remaining...

Josh Smith Offended he was Benched by Maurice Cheeks

I wasn’t a huge fan of Josh Smith coming to the Pistons from the get go for reasons like this. Sure he is extremely talents and is one of the most versatile two-way players in the league. But his shot selection for the most part is horrible and his body language says more than his […]

Wizards-Pistons Preview

The Detroit Pistons have been hampered by a poor defense all season, but it's never been more apparent than during their current slump. A visit from the Washington Wizards would normally appear to be an ideal opportunity to turn things around given Detroit's recent history at home in the series, but perhaps not after the Wizards dealt them a lopsided defeat on Saturday....

Pistons-Wizards Preview

The Detroit Pistons' road success was brought to at least a temporary halt by a sub-par opponent. Visiting a Washington Wizards team likely without Bradley Beal could provide them a good opportunity for a quick recovery. Detroit seeks its eighth road win in 10 tries Saturday night against the Wizards. The Pistons (14-17) had won seven of eight away from home and three in a...
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