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An Open Letter to Josh Smith: The Least Favorite Player on My Favorite Team



Dear Josh Smith,

First of all…it’s not your fault I hated you.

You were just doing what you do. A few people share the blame:

First, I blame myself for letting hope get the best of me.

Hope is the fuel that drives sports. We hope our teams will defy expectations, win it all, and become a dynasty. We attend games hoping to see a highlight for the ages.

I hoped you’d be good in Detroit. Despite common sense and a ten-foot “…OR NAH” sign staring me in the face.

Second, I blame Joe Dumars. For Joe Dumarsing free agency YET AGAIN.

He knew you weren’t a fit for the team. Everyone knew it. But he gave you that money anyway.

Third, I blame the owner of the Pistons. Who cares who it was at the time. For allowing Dumars to spend the money.

But I don’t blame you. I even rooted for you on your draft day, when Jay Bilas kinda thre you under the bus. It’s not your fault you took the money offered. I’d take a four-year, $54 million contract to do almost anything. Seriously.

If someone offered me $54 million to run the CDC…a job I’m WOEFULLY unqualified for…I’d be rich and you’d all have ebola.

While I don’t blame you, I’m also incredibly happy you’re gone. I can’t believe the Pistons were willing to eat the remainder of your contract, and it warms my heart that they did. Truly.

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You were a terrible fit with the roster, and probably the worst player on a terrible team in a depressing stadium when I went to see the Pistons on Black Friday.

Now we get to see the team closer to the image Stan Van Gundy envisioned when he took the reigns. That’s a good thing. If you weren’t a part of the future, it made more sense to get you off the roster in the present.

So good riddance but Godspeed, Josh Smith.

I hear Houston is the leading candidate for you, and that’s as good a fit as any. They love to shoot threes and you love to rebound. Win/win?

Probably a miss.

This is a weird feeling. Usually, the players who help drag my team down are on my permanent Shit List.

Darko Milicic was never Carmelo Anthony. Screw him.

Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Mike Williams. Hated him, he sucked, GTFOH, awful.

All these guys (and many others) were letdowns for my teams. I guess, in my heart of hearts, I knew you weren’t that good.

Well, I should say, you weren’t going to be good for my Pistons.

All the things you do well were already being done by Greg Monroe and/or Andre Drummond. You were redundant the day you signed. And I knew that.

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For now, we’ll see how a 5-23 team rebounds.


Go Pistons.


Joe Sargent

Has a player on any of your teams ever made you feel this way? What would you do for four years and $54 million?

Hit the comments and let me know!


  1. For now, we’ll see how a 5-23 team rebounds.


    Go Pistons.

    it could be worse..you could be the fan of a 5-25 team.

    Yay Knicks.



  2. I’m not a Knicks fan, but I still feel the trade that brought Melo to NY was so bad…smh…they gave up almost an entire starting-five for him and look where they are now. I am a Nets fan and I feel this way with Deron Williams (sigh). I’d oversee the NYC MTA for 4-years/$54 million LOL!

    1. Well if it makes you feel better, they put Deron on the trading block recently. Apparently the Kings are interested.

      Melo goofed man. He could have just waited it out and signed in NY but NOOOOOOO. He did that to himself. Then did it to himself AGAIN when he re-signed in NY, lol.

      At least he got his money.

      1. Funny thing w/ Melo is over the summer, all he said was “I forced my way here, this is home, I believe in PJ, blah blah blah”. It’s always been about the money for Melo and I can’t fault players for taking max money while they still can demand it.

        That being said, my Josh Smith equivalent is w/out a doubt STAT. Had his deal not been so bloated, the Knicks would’ve had cap flexibility to do a lot more the last few years (w/ or w/out Melo)

  3. As an Indianapolis native and Pacer enthusiast, I must say that I smirked throughout this entire letter. Watching the team that is solely responsible for the 8 YEARS of Travis Dieners, Mike Dunleavys, Troy Murphys, and Jim O’Briens on my roster come to their own demise just warms my heart. Good Riddance to Josh Smith; it’s too bad you’ll have to replace he and Monroe after the season.

    Oh yeah and best wishes trying to get rid of Brandon Jennings too. Hahahahaha
    and again I say ha.

    1. Lol, you feel my pain!

      I *think* Monroe has a higher chance of staying now. I’m ok if he leaves honestly. He’s a good, but flawed option. I’d rather have him than lose him for nothing though. If we can sign-and-trade him, that’d work for me.

  4. I hope he goes to Dallas. And for those who think he’s a cancer that no coach can change, Monta Ellis and Coach Rick says hi. As a Pistons fan i want nothing but success for him. I hope we get Okafor; Drummond just doesn’t have the mind to grasp the concept of “post offense”

  5. Josh does some pretty good things, his shot selection is quesionable.Of course his efficiency isn’t all that. But he’ a willig passer, he gets some blocks and he can rebound.He’s highly serviceabe. But he ain’t worth 54mil. I would be Bill O’ Reilly’s Butler for 54 mil for 5 years b lol

    1. Yeah he doesn’t suck, he was just redundant in Detroit. Looks like he’s doing his thing in Houston so far. Wonder how many corner 3’s they let him jack up though. **shudders at the thought**

      And I’d be Bill’s chef for that money, lol.

  6. the problem is with josh smith, he is uncoachable. When he came into the league in 04-05 I was saying to myself give him 2-3 years he will be a top 10 player in the league. He has the skillset: he’ll run, he CAN play D when he wants, he rebounds, and he’s athletic. Unfortunately he bought into his own hype and never achieved his potential and now he’s paid he doesn’t care. This fool thinks he’s reggie miller. Now he’s going to be 30 next year it’s too late for him to change his game and if he’s not careful he’ll be out the league quickly.

    That hawks team from 07-10 should have done some serious damage in the east. Horford, johnson, smith, crawford, pachulia, childress, williams, no reason those teams couldn’t have won 50+ games every year and contended in the east.

    1. I think coaching had as much to do with the middling performance of those Hawks teams. Of course, if you’re saying Smith was uncoachable, that may be an immovable object meeting an unstoppable force, lol.

      He’ll be ok in Houston. He does stuff well, just can’t give him too much rope. Put him in situations to succeed (rebounding, crashing the rim, wing/weakside defense), you’ll get a productive player.


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