Close to quitting basketball to change sports, Dennis Smith Jr. he is now an NBA interim starter

From 4 meetings, due to the injuries of LaMelo dance i terry rozierthe starter for the Charlotte Hornets is named Dennis Smith Jr.. A few weeks ago, when they were about to start training, he was without a contract, and now he is doing a solid job. In 4 games he adds 12.3 points to 42.9%, including 37.5% from long range, 4.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 interceptions, in addition to contributing good things in defense.

Following the win over the Warriors, he received man-of-the-match praise from Charlotte, PJ Washington, author of 31 points.

“Their defense has been great for us,” PJ Washington said. “His athleticism, his ability to go to the circle and find guys, he does a good job. I’m glad he’s in Charlotte. »

Lyrics that go straight to DSJ’s heart.

“It means a lot to me. I had to work like crazy this summer,” DSJ said. “A lot of people were saying ‘I shouldn’t be in the league.’ I had to put all that aside and concentrate. To be able to go out and perform against these guys means a lot to me. »

He said he almost quit basketball, without a contract after a complicated, shortened season. He didn’t impress in Portland, where he played 37 games for 5.6 points on 41.8% shooting, including 2.2% from the field, 2.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 17.3 minutes . It was finally cut in February. He seriously considered entering American football to join the NFL.

“I told my old agent, ‘I’m not going overseas,'” DSJ told the New York Daily News. “If it doesn’t work out, I’m going to the NFL.” And I was serious. of weight. I was going to try. I was going to go, I swear to God I would have.”

Let’s see if in Charlotte he has finally found the team where he can flourish, he who is already on his 5th team since his draft in 2017.

“There are guys who come late and some guys who come right away,” he said Steve Clifford. “He’s a talented guy. Even though he’s not the athlete he was with the injuries, he’s still a very good athlete, even for this league. I don’t see anything he’s doing now that he can’t continue to do, frankly. »

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