Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am  |  16 responses

Josh Smith: Captain

Larry Drew, Atlanta’s new head coach, named Smoove one of the co-captains on the Hawks, because Smith promised to behave going forward (following a little pep talk … with himself). The AJC reports: “The erratic, emotional forward prone to  demonstrative outbursts when things don’t go his way? The first Hawks player who came to mind when you heard about the league instructing officials to crack down on expressions of displeasure? The player who sometimes gives up on plays when he’s frustrated by officials? Josh Smith as captain? ‘That was something that was concern of mine, as well, then I was thinking about it,’ L.D. said. ‘I had a conversation with him about that. He told me, ‘Look, Coach, I spent time this summer talking to myself about that. I know I have to do a better job in that.’ I’m hoping that with this responsibility that he will look at things a little differently. It puts him in a different light. Some of those behaviors that he has had on the floor, you just can’t do that anymore. I am hoping that giving him more of a responsibility will steer his thinking in a whole different direction.’ If you are looking for some early specifics about the difference in approach between L.D. and [Mike Woodson], this is a big one. In my time on the beat, Woody never publicly rebuked Smoove for his outbursts. His style was to instead handle such matters internally during film sessions and in private talks. When public criticism of Josh reached a pitch after Hubie Brown’s comments about Josh during the Orlando series, Woody vehemently defended Josh. By naming Josh captain and saying he needs to change his on-court demeanor, L.D. is putting very public expectations on him. Smoove said he’s ready for the responsibility. ‘I have to take a different approach to this season,’ he said. ‘I definitely have to carry myself in a whole different fashion because when you are captain you have to be more of a leader. I have to lead by example. I am an emotional player, obviously. Everybody knows that. But [I] just kind of have to hold my emotions together and just play basketball and stay positive throughout the game, no matter what happens.’”

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  • JMac

    love J-Smoove’s game. hope he turns into a downright superstar in the league this year

  • RobbieJay

    Good for him…but whos the other co captain.?

  • Jer Boi

    They did admit that captains will have more Leeway when it comes to techs so maybe this is a way to avoid some lol

  • JTaylor21

    Ain’t that a B*tch but at long as they other cap is not Joe “I will shoot difficult fade-aways like MJ but miss like Minor” Johnson, it’s all good.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Does this mean Mike Bibby can’t complain about Smoove touching him during time-outs anymore?

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Does this mean Mike Bibby can’t complain about Smoove touching him during time-outs anymore?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I like this move, Josh Smith is a great talent but the thing stopping him being a superstar is his playing the PF; he’s undersized for the position and his athleticism would enable him to SFs and play the 3 easily enough.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    That have him at PF because he has no handle or jumpshot.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He is one of the most exciting players in the L, but I still question his maturity, especially compared to other guys on the team- Bibby, Johnson..

  • http://google c_cantrell

    good to hear.. one of the most physically gifted players any of us will see for sure.. hope he silences alot of ppl with his play this year

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I reemember that ish hursty!! Crickey

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ZaZa Pachulia must be the other captain then…

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  • JoeMaMa

    Al Horford is a two time NCAA champ and a double double machine. He’s a proven winner with winning principles. The only way he isn’t a captain is if he turned it down.

  • lazaruz

    capt smoove

  • Joosh

    josh is the boss. hope he dunks on kobe’s head