Josh Smith, you just got LET GO!

Time is up in Detroit for former 1st round pick Josh Smith. The Pistons cut the forward after signing him to a 4-year, 54 million dollar deal in 2013. After only play for less than two years, Smith still had $26 million left on his contract.

The Pistons cut an aging Smith (29 years old), even with him averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season. Since becoming a Piston, he averaged 15.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists, but did not produce the numbers Detroit had hoped for.

“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” coach and team president Stan Van Gundy said. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future.”

Smith has 48 hour to get claimed by another NBA team. If a team does not claim him, then he can sign with another team as a free agent, to a contract with new terms.

Smith was drafted with the 17th pick in the 2004 draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

Who do you think needs Josh Smith the most?

Would a contender sign him as a role players? Or will a struggling team like the Knicks or Lakers give him another chance to start?

Let us know in the comments #PTP

Marshawn Lynch: Problem or Solution?

After recently being fined $100,000 by the NFL for not speaking to the media after football games, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has begun a new tactic to avoid fines.

Danny McCray, Marshawn Lynch

Lynch for the last two weeks, has stopped to speak to the media, however has been very short with his answers.

Most recently, after the Seahawks dismantled the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix stadium 35-6, Lynch was the subject of his most annoying shenanigan thus far.

As reporters asked Lynch questions about being sick before the game began, in addition to a question about his 79-yard touchdown run in the game, Lynch offered the same answer: “Thanks for asking”.

Check out the link below for the full (60 seconds) of Lynch responding to reporters questions.

Video: Lynch brushes off media 

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Personally as a member of the media, I find it quite annoying that Lynch is unwilling to provide relevant answers in post game interviews. The NFL is Lynch’s employer and in his contract it states that he must speak to media, granted it doesn’t say what he has to say, I feel as if Lynch is being pessimistic and is wasting the time of the media, and his own time.

If you don’t want to speak to the media Lynch, either take the fine, or find a new league to play in. But please stop wasting the media’s time with your antics. You are an amazing football player and the media just wants to know how that makes you feel sometimes.

What do you think? Should Lynch get fined for not speaking to the media? Do you have an issue with his responses?

Let us know in the comments #PTP…..

Magic Formula: Motivation (desire) + Consistency + Discipline = Success

We all love to feel pumped up, we all love to feel inspired, and we all love to feel motivated when going for our goals. But what happens when the motivation is not there, what happens when you don’t feel like pushing any further, and what happens when you feel like quitting? I’m here to tell you today that motivation is good, feeling inspired is great, but you know what is even better than all of those combined??
Self-Discipline.
You see, all of these things get you started in the right direction but they won’t keep you going in the right direction. Self-discipline is what keeps you consistent in your journey. When hard times come, self- discipline will help you stay on course. Without consistency and self-discipline, you won’t grow and you won’t continue pushing forward as soon as things get hard for you. The key is finding a way to stay motivated, especially when things get hard. You must stay disciplined on the path to your dreams and goals.
The key to staying consistent is to get to know who you are. We are all motivated differently and if you can learn how to motivate yourself it will help you continue on the path to achieving your dreams and goals. In order to grow yourself you must know yourself. In order to help you stay consistent here are some personality traits that may help you identify yourself and how you are motivated.
1. Value Finder- if you fit into this group, you are only motivated by what you find value in. If you don’t see the value in it you won’t pursue it. People in this category must stay focused and realize that the small things that they don’t like indeed have value because it is helping you get to your goal.

2. Choice Finder- if you fit this group, you are motivated by being in charge and having your own options. You are not the type of person that will take order from others very well. You are motivated by being the leader. People in this category must be careful not lead to their own destruction but to value others as they may have options that lead to your success.
3. Reward Finder- if you fit this group, you are strictly motivated by the reward and what you can get. This person can achieve goals but only if they can see and achieve a reward for doing so. This group of people must be careful that they are working even if there is no reward. Sometimes there is not a reward just an opportunity to get closer by an opportunity presented that may not have a reward attached to it.

4. Knowledge Finder- if you fit this group, you are motivated simply by growth and learning new things. You are the type of person that continues to learn until you have reached a point of mastery. If you fit into this group you must be careful not to frustrate yourself with being perfect. Instead realize that it takes time to grow and something’s you can’t learn overnight.
Today, learn how to motivate yourself, to stay disciplined, and to take it one day at a time. In order to get to that dream or goal start small and work your way up. Set goals you can achieve to get started and go for bigger ones as you grow. Remember that this is a process and not a race. The key to life is to enjoy the journey and not to be so focused on the destination that you lose your focus for today. So stay motivated, stay consistent, and stay disciplined and watch success unfold before your very eyes.
By Carlos Cody

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