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(SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Smith will make his return to The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night when his new team, the Houston Rockets, take on his old team, the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons shocked the NBA when they released the forward on Dec. 22. Smith had two years and almost $26 million left on his contract when the Pistons let him walk. After Smiths release, the Pistons won seven in a row to creep back in the conversation in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Since that streak, Detroit crashed back to Earth a bit with a 5-7 mark, which includes a four- game losing streak. Smith played his first game with the Rockets on Dec. 26 and the team is 12-7 since his acquisition. Im excited, Smith said. Its another opportunity to come out and get another win, especially against an old team. Theyre just friends. I dont have anything to prove. I think Ive proven everything in a body of work of me being in this league. This is my 11th year so I dont really have anything to prove. His old team isnt sure what to expect. I dont know Joshs mindset, said Stan Van Gundy, the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Pistons. Im sure hell want to come back and play well. I think almost everybody does when they come back and play against their old teams. Smiths current team is in much better shape than his old one. The Rockets won their fourth straight Friday night in a 93-87 road victory over the Boston Celtics. In the absence of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas had a career night to keep the Rockets winning streak alive. Motiejunas scored a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Rockets. Howard missed his third straight game with a knee injury. The team revealed earlier in the week that Howard is suffering from edema in the knee caused by fluid build-up in body tissues. Smith deposited 15 points and James Harden added 14 with seven assists and six rebounds for Houston. Detroits postseason chances were hurt when point guard Brandon Jennings went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. During this slide, the Pistons lost three of four on the road. On Wednesday, the Pistons fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-69, which represented a season-low in points by 10. The 79-point display came on opening night. Holding a 6-4 lead, the Sixers went on a 22-4 run to take control. The Pistons missed 12 straight shots during the stretch that resulted in a 28-8 margin. Obviously, it was very difficult. We werent ready to play. I dont think Ive ever coached a game where one teams effort was that much better than my teams effort, Van Gundy said of his teams start. Greg Monroe ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons. Jodie Meeks had 19 points on 4-of-16 shooting against his former team, while Jonas Jerebko was the only other Detroit player in double figures with 10. 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So they rushed to re-sign the first baseman who general manager Ben Cherington described Friday as "a unique player." The World Series champions finalized a $32 million, two-year agreement Thursday with the slugging former catcher who turned into a surprisingly good defender.Twitter: the place media and the public alike turns for news and public sentiment. Its a reflection of what individuals, groups and brands deem important for those with interest. The respective Twitter accounts of the Tampa Buccaneers and Manchester United took different approaches Wednesday upon news of the passing of Malcolm Glazer, 85, owner of NFLs Bucs and patriarch of the Glazers takeover of United. A life celebrated by the Buccaneers, a life unacknowledged by United. @TBBuccaneers told a story of the loss of a beloved owner and friend, with condolences and heartfelt messages pouring in from across the NFL world. Pictures were shared of Glazer hoisting the Lombardi trophy among fitting tributes to a Super Bowl winner and highly regarded franchise owner. There was no mention of Glazers death on Manchester Uniteds Twitter account (@ManUtd). A brief, 75-word mention on Manutd.com was the depth of any tribute. No pictures of Premier League glory. No acknowledgement of what he and his family have done for the club. Silence, which speaks volumes. Instead of paying tribute to the life of Glazer, @ManUtd daily content featured a picture of Sri Lankas cricketers paying a visit to Old Trafford, and condolences of the passing of former player and 1958 FA Cup winner Stan Crowther. It was best for the club to ignore, rather than enrage. The worldwide reaction to Glazers death has brought back a groundswell of negative emotion. The story of the Glazers truly provides a cautionary tale; with ownership does not come entitlement. The Glazers remain controversial, disliked and untrustworthy even nine years after the familys leveraged takeover of Manchester United. Glazer Out and Love United, Hate Glazer remain the popular sentiments among the majority of Manchester Uniteds roughly 660 million supporters worldwide. Five Premier League titles and Champions League glory cannot wash away ill feelings. The issues are as much symbolic as they are fiscal and they run deep. Over £680 million has been spent paying down the debt on the club purchase of approximately £790 million in 2005. Malcolm didnt have the liquidity to purchase the team without incurring incredible debt. Manchester United was purchased on debt, taking the club from once financially secure and debt-free into a new era of massive debt payments and financial unknown. Current club debt sits at £351.7 million despite a growing number of brand partnerships and sponsors and unprecedented popularity. Debt remains a burden and central influence on club direction.dddddddddddd Bankruptcy is not a realistic end game because Manchester United is far too lucrative. The brand itself thrives and continues to grow, with the Glazers squeezing as much revenue as possible from the logo. The brand is Teflon. Thats fine and part of business. Heres where its important to separate the brand from emotion. There is no personal relationship, nor overriding fandom as the driving force in the Glazers interest in United. There never has been. The Glazer ownership seems no more than a stale, unemotional business transaction. Buy, sell, grow, expand, its all about monetary growth. The very essence of the North American sporting culture, rendering a product thats popularity comes from a place of passion to becoming a series of business transactions and a moneymaker. Soulless. There is supposed to be something more substantial as motive towards ownership of a club like United than merely dollars and cents – a level of romanticism, a guardianship from a place of genuine affection. Malcolm never stepped foot in Old Trafford, a stroke in 2006 contributed to the detachment. Sons Avram and Joel are co-chairmen and are heavily involved in the operation of the club. Three of Malcolms other children owning stake have rarely, if ever been seen. Sadly, these individuals will play decisive roles in what happens at United next. Although Malcolm never had anything to do with the day-to-day operation, hell forever been synonymous with the controversial takeover of United. After failing in his attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers over a decade ago, Glazer turned his attention to Old Trafford. Glazer began buying up smaller portfolios of ownership, setting himself up to take advantage of the dispute between manager Sir Alex Ferguson with United shareholders JP McManus and John Magnier over the stud rights of racehorse Rock of Gibraltar. Glazer bought McManus/Magniers shares in 2005, taking control of almost 75 percent of club shares and allowing him to strong-arm the board and remaining shareholders on his way to complete control. Many hands were dirty putting Malcolm on the fast track to ownership, inside and outside of the club. The Premier League stood idle as Manchester United supporters made their disapproving voices heard. League overseers have remained absent in the fight. Those who the team is supposed to represent are true victims of this power play. 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