Poor thing! NBA star says it’s hard after pay cut but he’ll ‘push through’ on only $6.9 million

josh_smith_benchedSome professional athletes must be on another planet — one where it’s hard to feed a family on $7 million a year.

Former National Basketball Association all-star Josh Smith seems to think he’s going to have to strip to the bare necessities after taking a $1.9 million pay cut this season.

Smith announced at a Tuesday press conference that he had signed with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent for the $1.5 million NBA veteran’s minimum, the Detroit Free Press reported.

His former team, the Detroit Pistons, cut him last December but still has to pay him his $5.4 million salary, bringing his total compensation to $6.9 million.

In the previous 10 years of his NBA career, Smith earned an average of $8.8 million, so this year hands him a 21 percent salary chop.

“At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family,” he said. “So, it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know.”

Pushing through on $6.9 million may be a struggle that most Americans will never know (but wish they could).

Perhaps Smith was channeling NBA temper-tantrum champion Latrell Sprewell, who famously called a three-year, $30 million offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves “insulting,” adding, “I got a family to feed.”

Twitter users responded to Smith’s desperate situation using hashtag #PrayForJoshSmith.


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