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.
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.