Atlanta Hawks: Woody sticks up for Smoove

Smoove says he wasn't sulking during Game 2. (AP)

Smoove says he wasn't sulking during Game 2. (AP)

Woody said he typically doesn’t listen to broadcasters when reviewing video of games. But he said he heard about Hubie Brown’s critical comments of Josh Smith during Game 2 vs. Orlando on Thursday. Brown, the ex-Hawks coach and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, criticized Smith for failing to hustle back downcourt when he got frustrated by officials’ calls and bad plays.

It’s happened at times this season with Smith, whom Woody said is “still growing as player.” But Woody defended Smith from the outside criticism.

“We see that on tape and we point that out,” he said. “I don’t need Hubie or them guys like that [to do it]. I heard comments today that Hubie was blistering Josh Smith. Well, he can get away with it because he’s coached. But I don’t know if I can let you guys get away with it.

“That is my job as coach to point that out to Smoove and guys like that when they are doing that. And trust me, it don’t go unnoticed. He knows about it at the end of the day. Our tapes are thoroughly broken down and mistakes are pointed out.”

As it turns out, Smoove also watched a replay of the ESPN broadcast. He said he couldn’t sleep when the Hawks returned from Orlando early this morning so he caught the repeat broadcast of the game.

He said he heard some of Brown’s criticisms but shrugged them off.

“I was definitely into it mentally,” he said. “I always speak my peace with the referees. That doesn’t get me out of my game at all. That just makes me play harder to make them call calls.”

Was he sulking when things didn’t go his way?

“Maybe my body language looked different than my [mentality],” he said. “My [mentality] was strong. It was there. I don’t know, maybe I’ve got to lift my shoulders or something?”

Did he allow his frustrations to affect his effort level?

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I am too ahead of the game in my career now where I [would] let little minor things affect me. I think I played a good game yesterday.”

Smith finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists. But he also had five turnovers and took six jump shots from beyond 10 feet with two makes.

Smith’s failure to get back on defense also contributed to Orlando’s success in transition.

“You just teach from the tapes and you hope like hell that they learn from it and when they get in that situation again they get their [butts] back on defense,” Woody said. “Because we were terrible in transition defense. We gave up at least 12, 14 points because we didn’t get back and get matched.”

MC

219 comments Add your comment

ummm

May 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

Marvin Williams

May 7th, 2010
3:55 pm

Hey Guys remember me?

Astro Joe

May 7th, 2010
4:00 pm

Man, Woody and Josh… I just don’t know what to say.

Go Hawks! I guess that’s all that matters.

Clyde

May 7th, 2010
4:00 pm

Clyde

May 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

1/3 OF HUBIE BROWN > WOODY

FIRE WOODY

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
4:05 pm

Man Bulls.hit. Woody just proved he ain’t no coach.

He doesn’t teach anything.

Fire Woody.

glw

May 7th, 2010
4:06 pm

Guess sticking up for Smith is Woodson’s way of motivating Smoove.

steve (Gvegas)

May 7th, 2010
4:08 pm

We have no point guard.

heartofdarkness

May 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

Woody, would you point out to Josh it isn’t how hard you are scowling, or where your shoulders are, it’s when nine players have crossed the half court line and are either trying to get a layup or find their man and stop ball penetration and you are making faces or body gestures at a referee standing in the backcourt, that people begin to question your intensity or mental priorities.

ltdbrave

May 7th, 2010
4:10 pm

Hawks need to get rid of Williams, Bibby, ZaZa and Johnson. Oh, forgot, Woodson also. There is no heart on that team to win. Also, when someone signs a $70 million contract, I expect them to step up in the pressure situations, like the post season, and contribute to the team winning. Shooting 33% doesn’t hack it in my book Joe J.

ya right JS

May 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

Please, save us the lecture on your state of mind, a fact is a fact, and the fact is on at least 2 plays you lethargically strolled back on defense, and points were scored on all of these possessions. By the way, no matter how Josh sees it, he was jumping up and down like my 13 year old sister begging for a call on National T.V. Am not saying it cost the Hawks the game,but it sure did confirm what we thought about J Smooth(picture him in a pink skirt), and its not something an NBA pro just shrugs off.

Woody, a timeout and lashing would have helped, but am sure you know better, the criticsm is about your inability to make in-game changes, I guess thats why you didn not call Time Out as the game was only an 8 point deficit.
I say Woody, you are so gone.

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

If that was Teague, Woody’s punk self woulda been screaming in his face and embarrassing him.

FIRE WOODY

JMar

May 7th, 2010
4:19 pm

These quotes disgust me. “Well, he can get away with it because he’s coached. But I don’t know if I can let you guys get away with it.” Really? It takes a trained eye to see a player pouting instead of playing defense? Or taking jumpers he has no business taking? Or handing the ball over repeatedly in the third quarter? How can such an incompetent coach have such an ego?

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

Woody is a fool.

Where are all the Woody supporters like that punk Samuel???????????????

Matt Freije

May 7th, 2010
4:22 pm

NOW YOU SEE EM, NOW THEY BURNT OFF!!!

Potato Head the clown!

We need you to shave off your eyebrows again for game 3

PMC

May 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

How about you listen to the mans valid criticisms and DON’T DO IT AGAIN!

Sometimes you get called out… because you deserve it.

Smoove plays hard, but he needs to understand that he is not a guard, he should NEVER be bringing the ball up the floor because he’s so easy to steal it from.

Shrugging off criticism is the problem with these guys. They don’t listen, they don’t play as a team…they aren’t focused… and they don’t care enough to play 4 quarters.

Hawks

May 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

ltdbrave: If we got rid of those players, in which case-that’s three starters, how do you suppose we have a team? Johnson is the star on the team. He leads them. He keeps the Hawks in the Game.

Brad

May 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

Man this is frustrating to hear. The Hawks are quickly becoming what so many people hate about the NBA: lack of effort and big ego individuals.

A couple of years ago I thought that the Hawks were on the path to becoming more like the OKC Thunder are now. A young, athletic team that plays together and with energy. Things are quickly going the other way.

JohnnyWalking

May 7th, 2010
4:36 pm

Joe Johnson is worn out. Injured hand, calf and alot of other stuff. Miami New York Chicago and Cleveland would LOVE to have him. One of them will too if the Hawks start BS..ing. I aint mad at him all, he is one the main reasons this team has 53 wins. The thing about Josh is that this is NOT the 1st time. Thats why people on TV are calling you and Woody out. Tired of seeing it. PLAY the game!

robdawg08

May 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

The Hawks played hard for 3 quarters and did nothing in the 4th quarter.

Josh Smith should have been benched for not running back to play defense. He had 3 very bad turnovers and all this happened in the 4th quarter to put the game out of reach. Anybody with eyes and that played backyard basketball knows a player should get back on defense preventing a 5 on 4 advantage for the other team. V.Carter and J.Nelson are who beat the Hawks in the 4th quarter.

Woody is an idiot for saying what he did. So the time to get on a slacking player is AFTER the game ? Pathetic coaching.

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
4:39 pm

How are ya’ll trying to give Joe BALLHOGGIN Johnson a pass? Get him outta here and bring in Rudy Gay or Chris Bosh.

boots

May 7th, 2010
4:41 pm

It isn’t Hubie Brown being down on Smith – it was the fact that both teams were down on the other end playing basketball while Smith WALKED up the court, looking like he was half asleep. Then, on offense, the dude is not aware of his surroundings and is playing like this is the middle of the season and they are up against the Mexican national team or something. SMITH: IT IS THE PLAYOFFS. PLAY BASKETBALL.

rfx

May 7th, 2010
4:42 pm

Man this team just will not play a complete game. A very good team that needs a new coach. One that can get the most out of the guys on the floor and one who doesn’t mind getting in someones a** when they are clearly dogging it.. Woody has taken this group as far as he can. Someone call the wizard because this team needs a heart.

Rock Preston

May 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

Woody is a joke.

Art Vandelay

May 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Josh: Grow up. Shut up. Play the game at 100 percent effort. You can be one of the top players in the league when you want to be, but you don’t seem to have the focus or mental strength to persevere when a few things don’t go your way. This team is completely hopeless if you’re not on your game, and almost unstoppable if you are.

JeJe

May 7th, 2010
4:52 pm

RESIGNING JOE JOHNSON DOES NOT MAKE THE HAWKS ANY CLOSER TO COMPETING WITH ORLANDO OR CLEVELAND FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP. EITHER SHAKE UP THE CORE O S&T JOE FOR DWYANE WADE AND OVERPAY IF U MUST

LEBRON AND DWIGHT AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE

Gilley

May 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

Josh Smith played a decent game….He had moments where we wondered if his head was in the game but of course Hubie Brown comments and any negative comments towards Smith will be sensationalized. The real question everyone should be asking is, Where is Joe Johnson when we need him the most? Everyone is saying Johnson is out of here, but he is not playing well and shouldn’t expect a max contract playing mediocre. I hate when the best players never get the blame when things are bad but get all the glory for the success of the team. Cavs lose, Mo Williams and others need to step up, omg LeBron has no help but Cavs win, oh LeBron is the best player on the planet, he makes everyone around him better, *insert compliment* While LeBron is a great player and deserves his just due, just like Johnson and any other “STAR PLAYER” they should get the same blame when they dont play well or get the best out of their teammates.

cp

May 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

The sad part about the comments are that Woodrow is being serious…. If he was being coached he wouldn’t be doing those things… Woodrow always seems to do things after a game is over never during them.. He talks about what adjustments we should have made after the game is over, he talks about the things he saw in the game he should have done after the game is over, now he gets on a player who was being lazy after the game is over. He does none of this during a game… I truly hope they don’t give this clown a new contract. I can clearly see why guys don’t pay attention to him during timeouts.

SouthFultonMusic.com

May 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

I can’t believe Woody would come out and defend Josh in the media, after the antics Josh pulled last night. I’ve noticed such things about Josh for a while… he is such a selfishly arrogant player, the way he jack’s jumpers with no thought of passing the ball to the TRUE SHOOTERS on the team. His name should be “Big Baby Jr.” because all he does is cry like a little whuss as soon as someone touches him

Steve

May 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

No Point Guard to keep up with Jameer

Horford is good – but can’t match up with Howard

Really, that’s the end of the story – Marvin – 9 pts. 11 boards – 23 yrs, old – I’ll take that every time – not his fault

And something is wrong with JJ – nowhere near himself

Ramon

May 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

You guys can say what you want, but Smoove and Horford have been the best players on the team (once again) during the playoffs. You guys say Smoove had 3 bad turnover. But I would like for one of you to describe to me what a good turnover is. Yea Smoove made some bad plays. But it wasn’t Smoove who was letting Nelson drive into the lane. It wasn’t Smoove who was needing help covering the 3pt line. It wasn’t Smoove who was allowing Vince Carter to go back to his Toronto days in the 4th quarter. I would love to see some of you guys get hit by an elbow from Dwight Howard and see how fast you sprint back down court. If anyone says the Hawks lost either one of these game because of Smoove, than they just proved that they know nothing about basketball. The Hawks lost this game because positions 1-3 are inconsistent on offense and defense against Orlando. Last night, Smoove did a great job boxing out on the boards, just so Joe or Marvin could be free to get the rebound. On the switches, it was Horford who couldn’t stay with the guards not Smoove (even though Al had a great game).

Simply put right now, the Hawks are losing to the Magic’s COACH, not to the team. The Hawks are going against a coach who knows how to put his offensive players in the best position to produce the most productivity. Right now, Van Gundy is beating Mike Woodson. And their backcourt is beating ours in overall production. And this is leaving the front court in a terrible position because they don’t know if they should let the guards go by and save their fouls for Howard, or if they should risk a foul by attempting to challenge the guards who are penetrating.

Art Vandelay

May 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

Woody: Stop begging the team to play defense. Stop begging the team to focus. Start demanding that they play defense and focus. You clearly don’t command respect from them at critical times during the game. Do you think Greg Popovich or Phil Jackson would let Josh Smith stay in the game after one of his numerous tantrums resulted in a 5-on-4 for the opponent, or do you think they’d sit his butt on the bench until he learned how to behave like an adult?

True Fan

May 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

What a load of cr*p! These are not professionals, but over-paid, under-achieving, lazy, self-promoting, complaining prima-donnas. Daddy, how much longer ’til football season?

SouthFultonMusic.com

May 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

Woodson is scared of Josh Smith…any other coach would have pulled his butt off the court… If Hubie brown noticed it, common sense tells me that Woody noticed it too… I even saw Bibby tellin Josh during a time out “dog, you walking up the court”

True Fan

May 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

Ramon…you are right on, sir. I agree with your assessment, and who would you select as our next head coach?

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

And for the millionth time I told u guys:

Josh is just too dumb. He doesn’t get it. He just doesn’t get it. U would think something would click but no. I think if we saw inside Josh’s mind we would see an empty room with a chair and a light bulb in it.

Art Vandelay

May 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

Bring in Patrick Ewing to replace Woody!

Ace111

May 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

“I am too ahead of the game in my career now where I [would] let little minor things affect me. I think I played a good game yesterday.”

This is proof he needs a wake-up call or he’ll never reach his full potential.

Ramon

May 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

@ True, the perfect coach for the Hawks is the one coach they can’t have, and that’s Hubie Brown. He has the fast pace system that they excel in, and he believes in developing the bench. He actually teaches. But if not him, I will say I think Woody is a better coach than Byron Scott, Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, and the AVAILABLE coaches this year.

Ramon

May 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Doug Collins couldn’t win with Michael Jordan! Byron Scott couldn’t win with Paul and West. Avery couldn’t win with an all-star team in Dallas. And each of these team had higher payrolls than the Hawks (except Collins, and he couldn’t win with Grant Hill either).

SouthFultonMusic.com

May 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Ace11, you’re 100% right. That quote is proof…. the guy can’t even dribble or make a lay up with each hand.

Ramon

May 7th, 2010
5:10 pm

Venom, the young man is 24 years old, making over $13 million a year, and is doing it less than 15 miles from where he grew up, and you think he’s dumb? He has YOU taking time out of your busy day to type with strangers you’ve never met, to talk about him. And he’s the dumb one? He graduated with the highest GPA at his school. He’s one of the best defensive players in the league (and it takes a lot of thinking power to be able to play defense at a high level). You never hear anything about off the court issues with him in the media, even with how many ‘traps’ Atlanta has to fall in. I’ve never heard one reporter who conversed with Smoove regularly say that he was dumb.

Sherman

May 7th, 2010
5:10 pm

Josh played like a spoiled brat and embarrassed himself, the team and The City. What a brat! Coach Woodson, grow a pair and you should have benched him. There’s no excuse for what Josh did.

Ben

May 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

Smooove is simply a dumb moronic individual. no other way to explain it. Woodson is a complete idiot too after these comments. Hubie Brown is a way better coach then Woody could ever dream of. Give me a break.

True Fan

May 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

For me, the most difficult thing about watching the Hawks is the terrible waste of talent and the lack of discipline, particularly in the fourth quarter. Teams like Orlando, LA, Phoenix, SA, etc. rise to the challenge, while our Hawks simply wilt, turn the ball over, or make stupid decisions. In my opinion, this is a coaching problem, nut we don’t need to recycle the NBA HC trash. Maybe Bob Knight could get these nuckleheads in line, maybe not. Any ideas?

VenomSpitter

May 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Why would a reporter call a player dumb Ramon? Thats not their job. Apparent u are pretty dumb as well.

LOWNDES COUNTY DAWG

May 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

THIS WHOLE TIME I THOUGHT TONE LOC WAS OUR COACH

Ramon

May 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

Venom, many reporters have said a player was dumb or wouldn’t interview them as often as he gets interviewed.

SouthFultonMusic.com

May 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

“He’s one of the best defensive players in the league (and it takes a lot of thinking power to be able to play defense at a high level).”

……………………..

Not true. Josh is not a defender…he’s a shot blocker, from the weak-side (BIG DIFFERENCE).

Vladimir

May 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

No disrespect meant here, but what do all of you get out of bashing the Hawks each and every time they lose? It doesn’t solve any problems or make anyone feel better. You obviously care about the team (or you are incredibly bored) if you read these articles and post on this blog, so how does insulting the players or team benefit you or anyone else in any way? I can understand a bit of constructive criticism, but what do downright insults achieve here? Nothing. You can’t change or improve the team by putting them down, and honestly I doubt the players or coaches have the time to bother reading comments, when they are busing working on solutions to problems and not just complaining about the problems. Also, I doubt that even if they had time they would really take anything that is said here seriously, since no one appears to have the credibility here to warrant notice of their criticism.