Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Smith's work with Rasheed
By Nick Borges
Josh Smith is close to starting his first training camp with the Detroit Pistons and after receiving a $54 million contract from the team he has spent a lot of time in the gym improving his game. In fact, he's getting a lot of guidance from new assistant coach and former player Rasheed Wallace.
“I’m just trying to polish up on things,” Smith tells the Detroit Free Press. “I’m trying to be more consistent on my mid-range and long-range jumper. I’ve been working on it hard each and every day here. Rasheed has been teaching me some things that I need to know on the block; some veteran leadership from him."
Fans in Atlanta seemed to have a love-hate relationship with Smith as he often preferred to shoot three-point shots instead of attacking the basket with his athleticism. The Pistons will need Smith to consistently knock down jump shots as he will be the starting small forward, with Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center. The trio should form a solid unit defensively, but to make a run at the playoffs they need them to produce efficiently on offense.