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Rockets sign Ish Smith, whom DeMarcus Cousins called NBA’s fastest player

Jul 18, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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When he wasn’t expressing his dislike for Chris Paul or calling Rajon Rondo the NBA’s best point guard during his interview with Bill Simmons of Grantland, DeMarcus Cousins discussed the league’s fastest player.

Not John Wall.

Not Russell Westbrook.

Ish Smith, Cousins said.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

With Jeremy Lin traded to the Lakers, second-year Isaiah Canaan was the Rockets’ only point guard behind Patrick Beverley. James Harden could handle more minutes on the ball, but Houston still needs point guard depth.

Smith, who has played for six teams in his four NBA seasons, began his career with the Rockets in 2011. He probably had his best season last year, coming off the bench for the Suns. His speed is a weapon, but he can be a bit careless with the ball.

A playoff team would ideally have better options at backup point guard, but after making such a strong push for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh, Houston isn’t positioned to sign higher-caliber reserves. Given their limited resources, the Rockets did alright here.

  1. coffeeblack95616 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Lol, why is Cousins the expert on speed and Ish?

  2. footballfather - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    DeMarcus Cousins may also believe that black is white, and up is down.

  3. 88heatnation - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Kevin Durant said the same thing, kid must really be fast.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I’ve been to a couple of Suns games and the dude is very fast!

  4. watermelon1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    After reading this article, I was wondering how I missed the news that Cousins got traded to the Rockets.

    After all, the only reason Demarcus Cousins’s opinion on a player would be worth mentioning is if they were on the same team.

    What a random article.

  5. themagicfanguy - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Ish really is super fast though.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Rockets keep signing scrubs. Play defense guys.

  7. campcouch - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    The blog is misleading. I watched the podcast, Cousins explained this Simmons.

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