Tag:Josh Smith
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:37 am

Josh Smith thinks LMU are "straight bums"

By Jeff Borzello

Not only did UCLA lose by double digits at home to Loyola Marymount last night, Bruins center Josh Smith apparently thinks the Lions are not very good at basketball.

Following UCLA’s 69-58 defeat, Smith tweeted: “Just lost to some straight bums lol…” The tweet has since been taken down, but Rob Duaster at Ballin’ is a Habit made sure to save it.

Last year, Loyola Marymount struggled through an injury-plagued season, going just 11-21 overall and 2-12 in West Coast Conference play. However, with most of their players healthy – Drew Viney didn’t play – the Lions were able to knock down 67 percent of their 3-point attempts en route to the victory.

Smith, who has problems with his weight and consistency in the past, came off the bench to rack up five points, four rebounds and three fouls in 16 minutes. Considering he was supposedly playing against “straight bums,” it looks like Smith hasn’t matured much from last season.

UCLA has a fairly young team this year, and Smith was expected to take a big step from last season. When healthy and in shape, Smith is one of the most talented big men in the country. However, that hasn’t happened too often before.

Smith finished last season with a bang, but bringing it every night was an ongoing issue. He picked up three fouls in 23 of 33 games last season, and only averaged 21.7 minutes due to conditioning.

If Smith wants UCLA to make a run to the NCAA tournament this season, he needs to mature on and off the court.

The Bruins face Middle Tennessee State next; I wonder what Smith thinks of them. 

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:37 am
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UCLA's Smith still battling weight issues

By Gary Parrish

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger has received lots of attention for dropping weight and reshaping his body this offseason, and he seems positioned to dominate college basketball as a sophomore even more so than he did as a freshman. Big Ten, consider yourself warned. But Sullinger wasn't the only heralded big man facing weight issues last season. Another was UCLA's Josh Smith, whom I asked Bruins coach Ben Howland about over the weekend.

"Right now he's about 10 pounds over where he was last season," Howland said matter-of-factly.

That's not what I wanted to hear.

Smith is among the nation's most interesting prospects because he's a big dude with unusually soft hands. Problem is, he's just too big for his own good. The Washington native was listed at 6-foot-10, 305 pounds last season, and those numbers are probably generous. I was hoping to hear that Smith had spent this offseason losing 20 pounds. Instead, I'm told, he's gained 10.

The guess here is that he'll drop the 10 when preseason practices officially begin because most players shed weight during October and November. So Smith will be effective as a college sophomore, I'm certain. But it appears his struggles with his weight just won't allow him to be as effective as he could be, and that really is a shame because what he could be is a lottery pick and, by extension, a very wealthy big dude with unusually soft hands.
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