“Chris was a very strong and active defender at Louisville,” Houston said on NBA.tv. “Coach [Rick] Pitino did a good job of giving him that identity, and I think those are the things that we talk about, continue to work on that and then find yourself.
“This is his first real season playing professional basketball. He’s been out a year. It takes you a while to find your identity no matter what level you’re playing as a young player. Even if you’re a lottery pick you still have to find yourself. It’s no different from a rookie in this case. that’s what he’s going through trying to find out the biggest spots, continue to work on his shooting, work on his mid-range game, but really find an identity defensively, continute to be active and those are the things that we talk about.”
Houston made the comments in Reno, Nev., where Smith went 0-for-3 with one rebound in nine minutes in the Erie Bayhawks’ 97-90 victory over Idaho.
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