Greg Smith Thrilled to Stun Lakers
Greg Smith’s career in professional basketball started in about as unconventional way as you will find. He was playing in Mexico when the NBA Developmental League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers found him. Playing for the Vipers helped him get the attention of the Houston Rockets, who had him bounce back and forth between the D-League and the NBA throughout last season. This season Smith has been more of a mainstay with the Rockets, appearing in 12 of their 17 games, but it wasn’t until he was up against what should have been his toughest opponent – Howard – that he put on his best show.
“It feels wonderful,” Smith told HOOPSWORLD after he scored a career-high 21 points in helping the Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. “I’m from California, so that was one of the teams I watched when I was growing up. It feels good to get that win, to go out there and play against Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, two of the best players in this league, and be able to showcase my talents and my skills, it feels good right now.”