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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 1:05 pm  |  36 responses

Josh Smith Was Reportedly Kicked Out of Practice Prior to Suspension


The Atlanta Hawks announced today that Josh Smith was suspended for tonight’s game. It turns out, according to a report in the AJC, that Smith had an incident at practice, for which he was asked to leave: “According to a person familiar with the situation, Smith was thrown out of practice Tuesday. The Hawks held a lengthy practice one day after losing in franchise-worst fashion in Chicago Monday. Following Wednesday’s shootaround, coach Larry Drew would not confirm he dismissed Smith from practice. However there clearly was an issue during the workout. ‘I will just say that there was an incident in practice,’ Drew said. ‘At that particular point, something had to be done. I met with (general manager) Danny (Ferry) afterward, and the rest of the staff, we actually slept on in. We all came back in agreement that we had to take the measure that we did. That we would do it, that would be our stand. After tonight’s game, again, we will embrace Josh once again. These type things do happen. The team has not been playing very well. We’ve been losing. I understand frustrations. He’s been frustrated. I’ve been frustrated. Other guys in the locker room have been frustrated. The unfortunate thing about this business is those type things do happen. Once they do happen, it’s a matter of handling it and moving on.’ [...] ‘Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses,’ Smith said in a statement released by the team. ‘I understand and respect the team’s actions and just want to get back on the court to do whatever is necessary to help my teammates. I apologize for letting them down and apologize to our fans for not being available for tonight’s game.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Josh Smith needs to get out of Atlanta. Would like to see him on a team that can get past the mediocre stage the Hawks have been at for 6 or 7 seasons. A team that can get to the Conference Finals at least.

  • thetruth

    might as well trade him for Pau then…. Lakers will take him. :)

  • Redd

    genius move congrats GM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Josh Smith will be on Dallas before the trade deadline is over

  • Redd

    It’s a sucky situation, on 1 hand the Hawks are doing decent but the players know it’ll be “decent” all year long & nothing more. They’re stuck in what’s worse than being a bad team, being a in between team like my Bears have been.

    Wish’em luck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    this is what they have been for the last 5 years or so…at least now they have cap flexibility though

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    and it is not as bad being an in between team in the NFL. There is a lot more talent to be found in the later picks in he NFL draft then the NBA draft

  • Redd

    Not when your biggest issue is O line, then the later rounds are trivial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    good point

  • Redd

    Who do u have in mind? He’s good but he is inconsistent with his shots.

  • Junkie

    thats what this season has always been about, whether gm can do anything with all the cap space he freed up from last year

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Mavs and Lakers are two teams that come to mind.

  • Redd

    I don’t think he goes to LA unless Dwight moves and/or Pau leaves.

    Mavs are a pretty realistic spot.

  • Kilo

    I am a Lakers fan living in Atlanta and i sincerely hope that the Lakers don’t trade for Smith

  • TERRY

    once again laker loser always want something for Nothing!

  • marc

    He’s a FA this offseason, why not the rockets?

  • Redd

    The Rockets? Lol.

  • Di11on

    J.S for Boston. Wasted in Atlanta and a perfect piece for Boston

  • jedi420

    Got this guy on my fantasy team this year and have been so frustrated seeing this guys physical abilities only to be dismayed by lack of bball IQ.. Whichever team is trading for him should not think this guy is a top tier player, his free throw shooting, shot selection, passing and ball handling decisions can be atrocious at times.

  • marc

    yeah, he and harden can make a solid core

  • Redd

    Admitted that’d be a better team than Hawks but they’d still not be that scary for contention. He wants to win it all potentially.

  • marc

    Im not one of those that think Lin is a superstar, he’s a very solid starter, asik is a solid starter, and parsons is an underrated starter, they might not look like the upper echelon teams but if goes to the mavs, your line up will be nowitzki at pf and smith at c?

  • Redd

    And Collison at the 1, Marion is nice, and so is that dread dude, there’s some nice pieces on the Mavs.

  • blue

    Lots of o lineman get drafted inn the third round or later and become starters what are you talking about

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    ive seen Dallas’s name floating around… I just don’t see how that would work. Is he going to play the 3? is Dirk going to play Center?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Either or. To be honest though, how long is Dirk really going to be elite? They need to worry about the future, and a core of Josh Smith, Mayo and Dirk for the next couple years is not bad at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    He would put a team over the top if he is the 3rd option

  • Caboose

    I really disagree with you on that one. Collison is middling at best, Marion is gonna be dust soon, Crowder is a typical spark rookie who won’t have a lasting career, Dirk is done, Elton is done, Vince is done, Kaman is a run-of-the-mill center, and Beaubois is losing minutes to Mike James. The lone bright spot is OJ Mayo, who is essentially prime-Jason Terry at this point.

  • Caboose

    I’d love to see Kobe try to manage Dwight and Josh combined. How many dance offs would Kobe have to break up?

  • Caboose

    Somehow the Pacers figured out how to get out of it. Draft high risk-high reward players (George, Hibbert), and sign veterans at discounts who know how to win (West, Hill). Even if some of those risky picks are busts (Hansbrough, Stephenson), they’re worth the gamble.

  • Redd

    I wonder if you stated that whilst knowing I hate the Pacers..damn you.

  • Redd

    Ah…my mortal enemy..blue.

    The best O lineman I know drafted late was Nicks & he was developed well by Kromer. Other than him I see Jahri Evans, but you don’t get a top O lineman after the 1st round typical.

  • Caboose

    Lol I didn’t at the time but it makes sense now…

  • Redd

    Lol na it’s true they did it as such while also having a punk named Granger play decently.

  • jedi420

    I’d agree with that, him as a ‘go to guy’ doesn’t seem realistic to me unless he puts in major work on his shot.

  • Omar

    There goes the All-Star Game…

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