NEWLY-signed Los Angeles forward Josh Smith denied allegations he was ‘greedy’ and clarified his ‘harder for me’ statement when he agreed to play for the Clippers for the veteran minimum pay meant something more personal and not about the money.
“The whole thing about it being ‘harder on me’ comes down to family. It seems obvious to me, but maybe I could have said it more clearly,” Smith said in The Player’s Tribune as he attempted to clear the air on the comment he made when he was introduced as a new Clipper.
“If you know the NBA, you know that moving to a new team is a decision that affects an athlete’s whole family. That’s even more true when you’re signing a one-year deal. With a one-year deal, there’s less stability because you know you might be moving again in a year.”
Smith signed with the Clippers for one year worth US$6.4 million after playing a key role for Houston during the last NBA playoffs which saw the Rockets advance to the Western Conference finals.
During the Clippers press conference, Smith addressed his move from LA to Houston, and said, “It wasn’t about the money because of the Detroit situation, but at the end of the day, I do have a family, so it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it and try to do something long-term after this year.”
Smith stressed he wasn’t pertaining to money when he made the statement.
According to the article titled ‘Facts Only,’ the 12-year veteran explained the move from Detroit to Houston in the middle of the year meant that he had to relocate his entire family and that as a parent, he was concerned how his work would affect his children.
“You want consistency for your kids — consistent teachers, consistent friends, a consistent home. You want some normalcy for them. I wanted to go to the Clippers (that’s a business decision), but I also wanted to be sensitive to how it affected my kids (that’s a personal one). I can tell you that the conversations this offseason between me and my wife were more about where they’d go to school than about finances,” he said.
Smith was vilified following the comment he made which many thought related to him not making enough money, a notion he described as ‘ridiculous.’
“Even the idea of it is kind of ridiculous. Anyone who knows me, or knows how one-year contracts work in the NBA, understood what I was saying. This is my third team in less than a year. I was talking about how moving affects my family. But the headline about greed was the one everyone ran,” Smith said.
He added, “I try not to be too sensitive to any one thing. But it’s funny, because if you look at my whole statement, no one present at the press conference had any issue with it. Everyone seemed to know what I meant. It wasn’t until later that it took on a life of its own.”