On Monday, the New York Knicks sent point guard dennis smith jr. to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for veteran guard Derrick Rose. The move gives Smith a new change in scenery and an opportunity to grow. In his first night in Detroit, Smith took the time to watch the Bad Boys documentary series, which delighted Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas.
Smith has only been a member of the Pistons for four days now, but it looks as if he is ready to continue to build on winning traditions.
In his first night in Detroit, Smith explained that he took the opportunity to watch the Bad Boy Pistons documentary to learn about the history.
Let it be known @Dennis1SmithJr #BadBoys https://t.co/GSFpJQW8U5
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) February 11, 2021
The Documentary is based around the Isiah Thomas-led Pistons, who were championship contenders throughout the 1980s. Thomas reacted to Smith discussing the documentary via Twitter, to show his appreciation. Smith explained his reasoning for watching the documentary for the 10th time was to better understand the culture of Detroit.
Smith has had his ups and downs throughout his NBA journey, preceding his arrival in Detroit as a new member of the Pistons. In 2019, he was traded to the Knicks from the Dallas Mavericks, as he was excited for his opportunity in the big apple. Unfortunately, due to injuries and not playing well, Smith’s time in New York became a nightmare. Up until the trade, he was preparing for the 2021 G League season with the Westchester Knicks.
Smith now has an opportunity to contribute to making Detroit a winning franchise again. He will pair alongside Jerami Grant and Blake Griffin to lead the way for the Pistons. With a fresh, new start that’s in front of him, Smith will approach his new tenure in Detroit with a different mentality.