Hello, my name is Axhfan. I'm a recovering Josh Smith fan.
At first I was caught up in the excitement of it all. The blocked shots, the stat stuffing, it all seemed so glamorous. Then I saw the flip side. The unenergetic lows, arguments with coaches and refs, and then... jump shots.
At first I ignored it, made excuses. People told me I should trade him away and I never listened. I knew he would mature. I knew he would grow into a consistent 20-10 combo forward. They didn't understand that he's still getting better.
Every time I was ready to give up hope Josh would do something spectacular, erasing any doubt. People told me he shouldn't take 3-pointers, then he took it out of his game completely. When he started shooting them again the following season, I said he had improved his J and now he was a deep threat.
Then the 3s stopped falling.
The 3s stopped falling, the long 2s stopped falling, and the post game dried up.
I'm finally ready to call it quits. I'm ready to give up on "Smoove". No longer will I suffer the hectic nature of a Josh Smith season. I'll leave that for the fantasy owners. It's time to trade him in for a better man. It's time for the steady relationship an Emeka Okafor would bring. Sure, he's not flashy, but he'd be enough for me.
But it has become clear. It's time to trade Josh Smith.