Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith smiles after a 115-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith takes 'real offense' to benching from Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons aren’t exactly bad – sitting in second place in the Central division. However, at 14-18 things aren’t going smoothly either.

That has lead to head coach Mo Cheeks calling out the effort of some players, star forward Josh Smith particularly who was benched for by Cheeks for ‘not playing hard’ during Saturday’s game:

This time, Smith suggested Cheeks called him out for not playing hard, and that he took “real offense” to the accusation.

Smith also was benched the second half of a Nov. 12 game at Golden State.

“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?”

This isn’t the first time Cheeks has sat Smith down for what he perceived to be a lack of hustle and effort, though Smith doesn’t seem in agreement with Cheeks’ decision.

Smith did say that the situation is ‘over’ though did give a parting shot to his head coach, suggesting that some people ‘hold grudges’ longer than others.

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