Former Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith opens up on why he decided to choose the LA Clippers over the Rockets.
Smith was a good fit with the Rockets last season as he was one of the reasons why Houston were able to go deep in the playoffs. Smith was also responsible for the shocking upset over the LA Clippers during game 6 of their 2 nd round match-up.
So, what made Smith choose the Clippers over the Rockets? Doc Rivers said he knows why the forward preferred them over his former team and GM Dave Wohl has a lot to do on that.
“I give Dave credit,” Rivers said via NBA.com . “He didn’t stop. He called every single day, like 21 days in a row. He kept calling, and Josh called Dave and said, ‘I’m coming.’ Then Dave called me. That’s how we got the news. I just think the opportunity, he looked at our team and what we had, and I think that’s what sold him.”
Josh Smith even admitted that he loved how much attention he got from the Clippers and the feeling of being wanted more made him decide to jump ship.
“They were the first people to call when free agency hit, so that sticks with a player,” Smith said. “Having genuine feelings on who really wants you as a player, that’s what you want, especially at this stage of my career.”
“This was the direction I wanted to go,” Smith said. “I felt like the Clippers will suit me more. They wanted me more.”
Doc Rivers also said that since Smith joined the team, he showed good qualities of a leader.
“He’s been really good,” Rivers said. “He’s really a good leader.”