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Josh Smith: 'harder' On Family With Lower Salary

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Josh Smith: 'Harder' on family with lower salary

David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel (TNS) 5:27 p.m. EDT July 23, 2015

It's time to pass the hat, please, for Josh Smith.

At an introductory news conference with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the former Detroit Pistons free agent bust pointed out how the next year is going to be a financial challenge.

"At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," he said. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know."

At the end of the day, I wish I knew.

Smith signed a free agent contract for $1.5 million, but he will get another $5.4 million from his deal with the Pistons. If my math is correct, that's $6.9 million.

Sure, L.A. real estate is crazy. But shouldn't that salary allow him to at least rent a condo in Santa Monica and maybe spring for HBO when the cable guy shows up?

Sitting on stage with Smith on Tuesday was DeAndre Jordan, who caused the biggest stink of the NBA summer when he backed out of his commitment to Dallas and returned to the Clippers.

"I made a decision for me and my family," he explained.

Ah, yes, the family.

That's the human shield athletes routinely hold up to stave off accusations that they might be a tad greedy. Or in Smith's case, that he might be forced to get a second job at Home Depot in order to make ends meet.

I'm all for hardworking Americans like Smith chasing the as big of a pay day a possible. But for the millionth time, could we ban jocks from using the tired take-care-of-my-family shtick?

No rant like this would be complete without a nod to the Patron Saint of Needy Families, Latrell Sprewell.

He once termed a three-year, $30-million offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves "insulting."

"I have a lot of risk here," he explained. "I got a family to feed."

Josh Smith hears you, Spree.

He's got a wife and three kids who must like to eat a lot. Then again, he has banked about $91 million in salary since joining the NBA.

I don't know about you, but if I'd made about $8.3 million per year the past 11 years, I'd like to think I'd have enough in my savings account to feed my family for a few months, if not forever.

Then again, I guess you have to be in Smith's financial position to really appreciate the strain he is facing. So please, if you have a dollar or two to spare, send it to Josh Smith, c/o the L.A. Clippers.

With your help, maybe he can push through.

Video of the Clippers' presser (Smith's comments start around the 14-minute mark):
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understandable. went from making a lot to comparatively a little. been living a very expensive life.

He didn't. Detroit is still gonna be paying him big cash yearly thanks to the stretch provision.

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If these stars would just spend a small fraction of their income on a financial advisor...

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He didn't. Detroit is still gonna be paying him big cash yearly thanks to the stretch provision.

Ah yeah that's true.

Also, seems that the quote was misinterpreted. He was talking about how he's had to move his family around so much and they won't be coming with him to LA since he's only on a one year deal. Hence wanting to do something long term after this year. At the press conference, he says that it wasn't about the money because of the detroit situation that you mentioned.

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Come on guys, with $5 dollars, you can sponsor an NBA player. With ten dollars you can sponsor an NBA and MLB player. Finally, a discount of 17 dollars a month then you can sponsor one player in every sport. Please make sure these milionares (sp) and families do not starve.

Sad music playing the whole time.

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This kind of stuff just makes me absolutely sick. I really wish professional athletes realized just how great they've got it. Really? It's going to be a struggle to live on $6.9M? I'd give my left arm to have $6.9M. I'd never lift another finger and be set for the rest of my life!

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What the he11 has he been spending his money on?? It's just plain stupid not to invest some of that damm money. I don't feel sorry for him 6.9 million and he doesn't know how he is going to make it!!!

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Josh Smith Net Worth


How much is Josh Smith Worth?
in Richest AthletesNBA Players







Josh Smith net worth:

$23 Million






Josh Smith Net Worth: Josh Smith is an American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $23 million.


http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-athletes/nba/josh-smith-net-worth/



I think he is just fine!!




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Come on guys, with $5 dollars, you can sponsor an NBA player. With ten dollars you can sponsor an NBA and MLB player. Finally, a discount of 17 dollars a month then you can sponsor one player in every sport. Please make sure these milionares (sp) and families do not starve.

Sad music playing the whole time.

I want to sponsor a soccer player. Please have Alex Morgan DM me and let her know I've got room for her at my place.

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please read this. They didn't publish the full quote and the media is trying to make him look bad. Sure I don't like his play and other things about him, but this is ridiculous that the media is portraying him like this. Reading these comments is harsh.

http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/7/24/9036075/josh-smith-is-not-complaining-about-his-salary

That's foul. That's like someone saying he's upset about how many Americans live in poverty and the press saying that he hates poor people. Accurate? Maybe; everyone deserves a decent quality of life. In context? H*ll no.

They should be ashamed.

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please read this. They didn't publish the full quote and the media is trying to make him look bad. Sure I don't like his play and other things about him, but this is ridiculous that the media is portraying him like this. Reading these comments is harsh.

http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/7/24/9036075/josh-smith-is-not-complaining-about-his-salary

So the media took an excerpt of a quote out of context to suit there own narrative? Say it aint so.

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I find it interesting that he is leaving his family in Detroit instead of LA or Atlanta. Does that mean he actually wants to live in Detroit after his career is finished? WHY? ohmy.png

I'm not a Josh Smith fan but his statement was nicely mangled to make him look bad. Best of luck to him (except when playing the Hawks).

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