Angel to Steve Smith: Don’t embarrass yourself tonight

Angel, Steve and J.J. shooting stars (AP)

Angel, Steve and J.J. are shooting stars (AP)

Dallas–If you need a reason to watch the lowest-wattage event of All-Star weekend (I mean even that C-list celebrity game had T.O. dunking) then peep the Atlanta contingent in the Shooting Stars contest tonight.

J.J., former Hawks All-Star Steve Smith and current Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry will rep Atlanta. They will compete against three other teams of NBA, WNBA and former NBA players/analysts by shooting from six different spots on the floor and . . . aw, skip it.

Angel already has called out Smith, 40, an NBA TV analyst.

“I’ve been talking to Steve,” she said. “I told him he needs to get his ice, his massage, some Flexall, whatever he needs to do to get ready. He needs this W more than I do. He’s an analyst, and he will get talked about bad (on TV) if he loses.”

Angel was WNBA Rookie of the Year for the Dream last summer. More important to me, because I’m selfish, she’s the greatest player in the history of the women’s program at my alma mater, the Ville. Shoot, she can get in the conversation for most accomplished Cards baller regardless of gender. Respect.

Angel flew in for All-Star weekend from Slovakia, where she’s playing pro ball.

“Everything is good,” she said. “They treat us like NBA players. We play in front of big crowds. The people are nice.”

Angel is set to return to Atlanta in April to prepare for the WNBA season.

“I’m trying to bring a championship to the ‘A’,” she said. “Quote me on that.”

MC

41 comments Add your comment

Suku Duku

February 13th, 2010
6:32 pm

first. but no one cares. JR Rider was a better player than Smith.

BONE

February 13th, 2010
6:43 pm

JR Rider the pothead LOL.

hoho

February 13th, 2010
7:00 pm

Suku- you should have your computer taken away for that comment. Shameful. Steve Smith was a great Hawk, no doubt.

MannyT

February 13th, 2010
7:00 pm

If you are going to be on national TV on a feature night for your league/industry, you should be focused on making a good showing. I have no problem with Angel egging on Steve.

However, the WNBA needs positive exposure MUCH more than any NBA TV analyst.

If I had to guess, his TV ratings are probably better than hers.

Let go ATL!

Blast

February 13th, 2010
7:07 pm

Not sure who they are playing against, but I like our squad, and wanna see if Smitthy still got it!

terrell

February 13th, 2010
7:31 pm

Amare to Cleveland? If so, it’s all over.

Geemack

February 13th, 2010
7:55 pm

terrell

They still won’t beat the Lakers in 7.

Hawk n the Ham

February 13th, 2010
7:57 pm

HORSE was boring last year…..and it’s boring again this year.

Hope JJ, Angel, & Smitty win one for the ATL.

Blast

February 13th, 2010
8:16 pm

The Mavs come up first in raiding the Wizards of players.

Wabe

February 13th, 2010
8:17 pm

The Mavs got a hell of a deal.

Geemack

February 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

Blast & Wabe

You guys think that trade puts them in the class with the Nuggets & Lakers.

I think Haywood gives them a defensive presence in the middle they haven’t had. Dampier was just too inconsistent.

BONE

February 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

Steve looked pissed lol

niremetal

February 13th, 2010
8:40 pm

Smitty ain’t happy he missed all those threes…heh.

BONE

February 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

They lost cuz of the girl. she tried to bank it.

Kurdt Kobain

February 13th, 2010
8:50 pm

Yeesh, Angel was the one who cost them. Smith hit the halfcourt. She took 15 tries to get the first shot.

vava74

February 13th, 2010
8:59 pm

Please, let CLE land Amar’e!!!! Please pleeeeaaaase!

kiki

February 13th, 2010
10:49 pm

This is the worst dunk contest in the history of basketball.

Melvin

February 13th, 2010
10:51 pm

This was one of the worst NBA dunk contest ever….

Melvin

February 13th, 2010
11:09 pm

“The losing situation might motivate Howard, Gooden or Singleton to accept a buy-out at a slightly reduced rate while Ross still has some value on the trade market if Washington wants to go younger. Ross, however, can veto any trade since he signed a qualifying offer over the summer. Mike Miller, Mike James and Fabricio Oberto are three more Wizards who might be candidates for a buyout.” – Hoopsworld

I wouldn’t mind seeing the Hawks persue Mike Miller and/or Drew Gooden if they are bought out…

I MUS WRITE

February 13th, 2010
11:35 pm

Gerald Wallace and Shannon Brown were horrible

cp

February 14th, 2010
12:21 am

They were better off letting some AND 1 guys compete in the dunk contest. The NBDL dunk contest was a lot better. And I love that deal for the Mavs.

newkid

February 14th, 2010
12:28 am

On paper, Dallas just substantially improved its prospects. Can the improvement be transferred to the floor prior to the playoffs? If so, the Lakers’ stroll to the finals may get just a tad bit more interesting. Gosh, wouldn’t you just love to be a fan of a franchise whose owner can afford to ‘make the moves’ required to compete?

Coach D

February 14th, 2010
7:57 am

Umm, Angel from what I understand you were a major factor in the 1:47 second showing.

null

February 14th, 2010
8:41 am

They’re still trying to convince America that chicks playing basketball is ‘entertainment’? Hey Angel, you should probably shut your mouth until you play a sport that has more than 2 fans.

Clyde

February 14th, 2010
9:25 am

bigdave

February 14th, 2010
10:40 am

i dont see why we would be campaigning for Amare in Cleveland.. sure in theory there will be some immediate chemistry issues etc. thats until they figure it out and go on runs like their on now… bottom line is they are acquiring talent and free throw attempts, its no question as to who’s team it is.

as it relates to Hawks v Cavs Z’s size and ability to stretch the floor has always been a problem for us so there’s a plus. however, Amare’s jumper is respectable and he brings youthful legs. im sure Z feels betrayed after all those years with Cleveland. could we pick him up? Hickson’s game has taken strides and he will be a better player than i initially thought next to Nash. like ours, at times Cleveland’s offense stalls. Hawks are a decent at defending iso’s (probably b/c they see it so much in practice). with Amare i think we’ll see a lot less short clocks against them b/c they can play much faster with more ball movement, which is when the queen is at his best. please someone tell me how you defend an Amare/ queen pick and roll…?

ILL-logical

February 14th, 2010
10:42 am

With Stern reporting that the NBA lost $400 million last year, what does that mean for the Hawk’s ownership? How much did they lose and what is their finanial standing going forward?

MannyT

February 14th, 2010
11:52 am

What does it say when the highlight of NBA Saturday might be a middle aged Canadian who out skilled a bunch of young guys after going from NBA to Olympics opening ceremony to NBA All Star Saturday?

Good for Nash, not so good for the other competitors.

MannyT

February 14th, 2010
11:59 am

@ILL-logical it means that the Spirit are not alone in having fiscal challenges. I also read that the Bobcats are likely to be sold in the next 60 days.

If the NBA actually lost $400 mil, then Forbes is underestimating the fiscal problems.
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/32/basketball-values-09_NBA-Team-Valuations_Income.html

Granted this does not include the financials for the NBA office. I’d suspect Stern is making things sound a little worse than actual for NBAPA negotiations. The players will break before the league, but it might be in the players interest not to rush a deal. If the economy looks better next season, the players won’t get smacked around as much in negotiations.

I wonder what this will mean for coaching contracts (i.e. Woody’s next deal.)

BWAF

Tracy Morgan

February 14th, 2010
1:29 pm

I wub the All Star Game.

I wub it!

Jody

February 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

Word is that if the trade goes through, Big Z would be waived in 30 days and would return to the Cavs. Not looking so good for the Hawks.

Grandad

February 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

Stern’s not gonna let Hawks win anyway. If trade goes through, I’ll be anxious to see the sparks fly between the two supers. Still won’t matter. Stern doesn’t have a basketball (competitor’s) background. He’s an attorney that as far as I can tell never played the game. Therefore, the “Association” is simply an entertainment package. [pro-wrestling]
NBA Finals = Kobe v LbJ !

Dallas made one heck of a deal. I still think Kobe/Gasol trumps Dirk/?.
We really, really, really could have used Haywood.
Maybe now Mr. Sund can find us a young ’superquick’ point guard that can come off the bench play defense and use his quickness to stop penetration, oh!, wait a minute…we already have one of those…
never mind.

ASG [Spirit Group, not All-Star game] is financially strapped as we all know. However, Mr. Sund has been crafty with the resources he inherited.
We were not set up to make a deadline trade unless we traded Joe. Then a whole surplus of opportunities would exist. As much as I wanted Haywood, it takes two teams to make a trade. I doubt They would have given him to us for Bibby+Mo.
Next summer Marv, Bibby, & rights to Childress + draft pick for ???.

Replace Wdsn. with Steve Smith. ‘I mus’ & ‘others’ have queried on this blog who_____ would those of us Clyde, myself, KS, et al, choose to relace the beloved COY candidate? This is just me now, but since SS has been the topic of discussion today, then why not?

ILL-logical

February 14th, 2010
3:32 pm

When there is a coaching change at the Hawks’Head Coach position, coach Larry Drew should/will receive strong consideration because of his familiarity with the organization and ,frankly, his cost.

The triple whammy of the economy, the NBA’s financail condition in general and the Hawks’ specific financial and organizational woes will not allow much in the way of change for the Hawks.Their marketing budget to promote the team and players is limited at best. while their has been an increase in sales, the overall revenue picture is not favorable, especially when factors like trades or free agent signings are considered.The available talent at the Hawks positions of critical need,ie 5, is limited and therefoe expensive. Thus the continuing posture by management that Al is a center. BTW, his selection to the All Star team was as much about the dearth of taent at that position as his regard around the league for playing well albeit out of position.

Woodson has done well considering the circumstances,however the perception that he is not a championship caliber coach-and the corresponding assumption that the Hawks can challenge for a championship- continue to cloud the big picture. The organization has no aspirations to compete for a championship this year: they just want survive finacilly and hopefully win 50 + games in order to meet some of their revenue goals. Remeber last year’s playoff run REDUCED their losses to a less draconian level. They have to do at least as well this year to even maintain the semblence of attracting an increase in their fan base.

Bottomline: enjoy what we have now ’cause the future of the team’s success ain’t guaranteed.

Grandad

February 14th, 2010
4:02 pm

Ill-logical:

Well said.

nique

February 14th, 2010
4:07 pm

if the suns trade stoudemire for big z, etc. and the suns waive big z as espn suggests would happen, any chance the hawks would sign big z to have another live body to foul…i mean guard…howard?

niremetal

February 14th, 2010
4:40 pm

It’s just unfathomable to me that Horford made the All-Star game as a 5 and people still say he’s not a real 5. NBA coaches think there aren’t any better centers in the East besides Shaq. And the West’s slate of centers is just putrid. Kaman and…who? Amare? Wait what’s that? Amare’s the same height as Horford? And the Celtics won a title two years ago with a 6′10 center too?

Amazing.

niremetal

February 14th, 2010
4:40 pm

*besides Howard. Not even Shaq.

ILL-logical

February 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

When there is a coaching change at the Hawks’Head Coach position, coach Larry Drew should/will receive strong consideration because of his familiarity with the organization and ,frankly, his cost.

The triple whammy of the economy, the NBA’s financail condition in general and the Hawks’ specific financial and organizational woes will not allow much in the way of change for the Hawks.Their marketing budget to promote the team and players is limited at best. While there has been an increase in sales, the overall revenue picture is not favorable, especially when factors like trades or free agent signings are considered.The available talent at the Hawks positions of critical need,ie 5, is limited and therefoe expensive. Thus the continuing posture by management that Al is a center. BTW, his selection to the All Star team says as much about the dearth of taent at that position as his regard around the league for playing well albeit out of position.

Woodson has done well considering the circumstances,however the perception that he is not a championship caliber coach-and the corresponding assumption that the Hawks can challenge for a championship- continue to cloud the big picture. The organization has no aspirations to compete for a championship this year: they just want survive finacilly and hopefully win 50 + games in order to meet some of their revenue goals. Remember last year’s playoff run REDUCED their losses to a less draconian level. They have to do at least as well this year to even maintain the semblence of attracting an increase in their fan base.

Bottomline: enjoy what we have now ’cause the future of the team’s success ain’t guaranteed

terrell

February 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

Wizards trying to move Jamison.

Astro Joe

February 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

ILL, is Larry Drew closer to a known championship-level coach than Woody? Seems to me that would be like replacing Flip Saunders with Michael Curry… doing something just for the sake of doing something.

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