For those who couldn’t see the full video here’s what UCLA coach Ben Howland said regarding Josh Smith.
To put it in context, Howland was asked how Josh Smith has been coming along and said Smith has had a couple good practices. Howland then was asked if Smith has continued to get in better shape. Howland responded with the following:
“I think he’s got a long way to go where we want him to ideally be. We’re less than two months from opening up our regular practice so there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. But I think this trip will be good and a barometer to where he is in his conditioning and where he needs to be because he’s going to play a lot.”
We caught a glimpse of practice after Howland’s press conference. I saw Smith but I can’t tell whether he’s lost any weight just based on the fact I’ve never covered this team. I asked a seasoned beat writer and he thought Smith actually put on some weight since the last time he saw Smith.