After winning two championships in the now-defunct American Basketball League, Smith has spent the rest of her career in the WNBA, playing the better part of seven seasons with the Minnesota Lynx before winning two titles with the Detroit Shock. More than three months after 5-foot-11 guard announced her intention to retire, Smith is comfortable with the decision, even if she never seemed to go out of her way to make it well-known. Rather than a tearful press conference or even any sort of public announcement, Smith simply replied to an innocuous tweet from a friend , nonchalantly slipping in that she playing her last season. “That’s just kind of my personality,” Smith says. “Press releases or big to-dos, that’s just not really in my M.O.” Of course the online forum also made the announcement easier than having to say the words for the first time at a press conference. “Part of it too, initially, is that you’re a little nervous to say it because saying it makes it true,” Smith says. “‘Oh yeah, this is really happening.'” Regardless of the low-key manner of the announcement, word still spread: The player with 7,872 career points, more than any other professional women’s basketball player — she’s second in WNBA history with 6,439 points — would finally be walking off from the court. She’s not going far though, at least if she has her way. Smith wants to coach now that her playing career is ending, a transition she has prepared for during her final seasons. In addition to sharing her veteran knowledge with her WNBA teammates, Smith has also spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant with her alma mater, Ohio State. “As you get older, it’s just not about you so much,” Smith says. “It’s always been about the game, and I’m looking forward to be able to try to impart and try to make another basketball player’s journey better by something I can say to them or show them or teach them.” But as the baseball notion holds, “The best hitters often make the worst hitting coaches,” so too must Smith learn to handle that what came so naturally to her on the basketball court may take more instruction for others to master. She’ll also have to accept that even great coaches cannot directly affect games as much as they would like, especially when the coach is used to being the go-to player with the game on the line.
Yet Will Smith looked as fit as he’s ever been as he walked a film set on Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana. Will was in the Big Easy to shoot scenes for his upcoming film Focus, which follows a con man (Smith) who falls for a rookie (Margot Robbie) right as he’s planning an elaborate theft. In his best athletic gear! Will Smith walks the sunny set of Focus in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday The actor looked athletic as he wore a sleeveless black shirt, matching athletic shorts and a pair of bright blue running shoes on set. The tank top revealed Will’s thick arms, which look like they’ve been toned through dedicated workouts. Will also appeared to be sipping on a drink as he strolled across a sun-drenched parking lot. On Focus, Will stars opposite Rodrigo Santoro, who plays a powerful auto racing team owner who wants Robbie’s affections for himself. Write caption here But Focus isn’t the only project Will’s set to begin work on – he has a slew of confirmed and rumoured projects in the horizon, including some big-budget sequels. Will has been confirmed for the title role of Hancock 2, which follows a ne’er-do-well superhero who walks the line between savior and destroyer. He is also rumoured to reprise previous roles for sci-fi thriller I, Robot 2 and buddy-cop action pic Bad Boys 3. Flopping? His last film, After Earth, was the worst domestic summer box-office opening for Will in 20 years Will no doubt wants redemption in the aftermath of summer domestic box-office flop After Earth, in which he starred alongside son Jaden. Though the film fared much better on the international stage, its $27 million on the first weekend was the worst opening for a summer event film in two decades for Will, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Pulling out the big guns! Will Smith bares his strong arms as he strolls around the set of his new movie Focus in New Orleans
Scoring is what he does. But according to ESPN, Smith ranked 87th in the NBA last season in points per shot. So if all he gives the Knicks is scoring, shouldn’t he generate points a bit more efficiently? And remember, the 2012-13 season was arguably Smith’s most productive. If the best he can do as a pure scorer is 87th in the league, the Knicks are eventually going to realize that his best isn’t enough. Of course, New York traded for Andrea Bargnani over the summer as well, so maybe it’s not all that concerned with offensive efficiency. Granted, there’s some intangible value in the ability to create shots when the clock is winding down or the offense has otherwise stalled. Bad field-goal attempts are better than shot clock violations. With Smith, though, his penchant for wasting perfectly good possessions by stopping the ball and firing off ill-advised flings pretty much cancels out his value as a desperation option. And that’s really the problem with Smith: Too often, he acts as thoughallof his touches require some kind of heroic heave. USA TODAY Sports Skipping town? Because the Knicks used their Early Bird rights on Smith, they can’t trade him until Jan. 15, 2014, per Schuhmann . A number of factorsSmith’s knee, his ability to stay out of the news cycle and the team’s overall performance, just to name a fewwill inform the Knicks’ decision on what to do with their headache of a shooting guard. If the team starts out well and Smith stays out of trouble, there’s a good chance that he’ll stick around in New York all year.
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(CBSNewYork/AP) Four fourth-quarter possessions for the New York Jets. Three of them ended when one of Geno Smiths passes ended up in a New England Patriots hands. Trailing by three points and needing only a field goal to tie it, Smith was picked off at the New England 11-yard line, at the Patriots 31 and, finally, at the Jets 46 with under a minute left. The Patriots (2-0) held on in a torrential downpour to win 13-10 . During that time in the game, youve got to be more mindful of the situation, Smith said. Ive got to find ways to not put us in those situations. He added: Were right in it, got a chance to kick a field goal, possibly tie the game and I just made a decision that ultimately cost my team. Smith knows things could have turned out differently. We put ourselves in position to win it late, he said. With the costly mistakes, that was completely on me. I take full responsibility for that and I will get better from this. Smith finished with 15 completions on 35 attempts for 214 yards and no touchdowns, taking four sacks. He was 3 for 12 for 55 yards and threw all three of his interceptions in the fourth, when the Jets (1-1) had four chances to tie it or take the lead but came away with nothing. Geno had his moments, Jets coach Rex Ryan said. I dont know how many balls we dropped today, but it was a bunch. Obviously, his numbers would look a lot better.