Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat: Josh Smith to team: My bad

L.D. , as I suspected, didn’t see (or didn’t want to see) any of Josh’s antics at the end of the bench during last night’s game.

He ignored Josh when he scowled and yelled as he came off the court after L.D. yanked him. He didn’t pay attention to Smoove’s griping to teammates or staying away from the timeout huddles.

“I was coaching the game,” L.D. said.

Lots of other people saw Josh’s behavior, though, and it wasn’t a good look for one of Atlanta’s captains. They’ve seen this before but my sense was that this was worse because Smoove has been playing so well and for the most part had kept his emotions under check.

What we didn’t see,m though, is what happened in the Atlanta locker room after the game.

“First thing he did after the game, I came in to address the team and he said, ‘Hey, coach, I just want to apologize to everyone for how I handled the situation,’” L.D. said. “He didn’t have to do that but he did. I think he knows in his heart he didn’t handle that the right way, especially if I am looking at him being one of my captains.

“He was man enough to address it after the game. Even before I could address the team, he apologized to everyone. As far as I am concerned, it is water under the bridge. We move forward.”

So L.D. said there will be no fines or any other kind of discipline for what L.D. described as a “father-son spat.”

And if Smoove or anyone else is going to get mad because they get pulled from a game, then they might just have to be mad.

“It was coach’s decision on who was playing well at that time,” Drew said. “I am going to put the guys out there who gives us the chance to win.”

Wilkins active

Damien Wilkins is active and could play despite signing just yesterday.

“He seems to pick things up pretty fast,” L.D. said.

“I am going to have to learn on the fly,” Wilkins said.

His first assignment out of the gate could be checking LeBron or D-Wade.

“My mindset is the same as against anyone else,” he said. “Be aggressive as you legally can without sending them to the free-throw line. You try your best to challenge their shots, keep a body on them. And you can’t let them rest when they are on the defensive end. You have to be active offensively. That is not to say you are in position to get the ball to be iso’d or anything like that. Just move, set screens, make sure they are running into screens, and then it takes away their energy on the offensive end.”

As Wilkins was about to put on his No. 3 Hawks jersey, he looked to be genuinely excited.

“Looking at this jersey, any time I looked at a Hawks jersey and saw ‘Wilkins’ on the back it was my uncle,” he said. “Now looking at it and seeing my name it is a dream come true. I am ecstatic. I am super excited and I can’t wait to get started. Can’t wait to get this game started because my stomach is about to jump out of my body.”

Nervous? But you’ve played in 390 career games?

“This is different, though,” he said.

By the way, he picked No. 3 because it’s two plus one.

“My uncle is not going to let anyone have his number,” he said. “He wouldn’t let my grandmother have that number.”

MC

488 comments Add your comment

Grandad

December 4th, 2010
7:30 pm

Could it be?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:31 pm

Very surprised to see LD not going with the big lineup. We all know Al can’t match up with Big Z at center.

Grandad

December 4th, 2010
7:31 pm

Well how do you like that?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:31 pm

Game hasn’t even started and Nique already said nimbers.

William Sevidal

December 4th, 2010
7:36 pm

Nice to see Smoove own up to his mistakes. It was disappointing to see how Josh was acting all game long, even on the tv. I even saw Kenny Gattison talking(maybe scolding?) to Josh Smith when he was on the bench. I’m just glad that the whole situation didn’t get blown out of proportion.

By the way, I’m excited to see Damien tonight!

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Section 303

December 4th, 2010
7:36 pm

I’m not about to pat Josh Smith on the back. He was a complete idiot last night. And, you know d@mn well he will do something like that again this year. He should have his captain label taken away until he earns it back.

Najeh, ‘Nique has no command of the English language. He is an awful analyst.

K.W.

December 4th, 2010
7:39 pm

It’s good to see Josh own up to his behavior.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

I didnt even see what Josh did….was it that bad?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

LMAO… the Hawks-Sixers game last night had more people in the seats at tipoff than this Hawks-Heat game does.

If the Hawks had LeBron and Wade, Philips would be full every night.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

“Najeh, ‘Nique has no command of the English language. He is an awful analyst.”

I agree that he is a bad analyst, but Charles Barkley can’t really speak English either, and more often than not he is right.

Melvin

December 4th, 2010
7:45 pm

Nice to see Josh man up to his mistakes. If his apology was good enough for LD then it’s good enough for me…

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:45 pm

Great defense on the first possession, and a nice box out by Horford.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

charles barkley “that was turrible”

CCC 6-14

December 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

J.J.M. ..Yes, is was that bad…

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

2 bricks by Smoove already. The 2nd one was open; the first one was forced.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:47 pm

wow did lebron pause take one dribble then shoot

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:47 pm

6′9″ Marvin blocked by 6′4″ Wade.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

Nice play by Bibby to force the contact and draw the foul.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:49 pm

of course the ref charge the foul to horford

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:50 pm

Defensively the Hawks have been pretty good. Offensively they are way out of sync. They almost look like they are scared to take it inside at Ilgauskas.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

get u a post up game Al.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

horford waits to long to make a move

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

Horford looking timid. Get the man matched up on Bosh. Horford owns him.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:52 pm

wow this is just horrible

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

They look scared to have their passes picked off by LeBron and Wade too. Way too much hesitation on their passes.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

D Wade will have to score on us a couple times with his back to the basket b/4 i start running doubles @ him..

Barton

December 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

Gotta agree with 303.. Being a mature man isn’t just about recognizing your mistakes and apologizing.. it’s about learning from them and not making them again.. that’s when I’ll know Josh has grown up.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

Steven A.

December 4th, 2010
7:54 pm

A. C. Law IV just got waived, we could bring him back, if anyone cares. Another Hawks’ wasted 1st
round pick.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
7:55 pm

I dont even think the hawks have a player that drives the ball…maybe jamal but other than him I cant think of anyone else

northcyde

December 4th, 2010
7:56 pm

We just have bad matchups all over the place. It’ll be interesting to see if Drew goes to Damien Wilkins early to guard Wade.

Ron

December 4th, 2010
7:56 pm

Can we run some pick and roll with Horford an Bibby? It boggles the mind why we don’t run that more often, considering we almost always get something good out of it. I don’t like the shot distribution so far. The team needs to get Al more involved on the offensive end, but Miami’s perimeter defense is pretty much shutting the perimeter guys down. Also, Josh’s attempts so far have been terrible.

northcyde

December 4th, 2010
7:57 pm

LOL . . as soon as I pushed submit . . speak of the damn devil.

And Smith hits a 3.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:57 pm

u have to admire Josh’s work..

Al watching rebs.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:57 pm

Nice setup by Teague to Smoove for the 3, although ideally he should be setting up someone else.

Jody

December 4th, 2010
7:58 pm

The Hawks are tooo small.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
7:58 pm

Damien Wilkins is screwing up the defensive rotations. The Hawks don’t switch any more, dude.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:58 pm

smove! hahhaa

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
7:59 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
8:00 pm

It still boggles the mind why LD hasn’t gone with a bigger lineup. A big reason Horford has been ineffective so far is because he is matched up on Z. Get Collins in there and move Horford to PF for a while so he can get going.

Ron

December 4th, 2010
8:00 pm

Even if Josh is hitting those threes, I really don’t like his shot selection. Luckily, those two threes went in, but if they hadn’t have, Josh would be digging the Hawks into a hole right now.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
8:00 pm

Needless to say, Smoove for 3 is not a sustainable offensive strategy.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
8:01 pm

if Al can come close to the improvement of Josh’s shot on his block game, id be pleased..

northcyde

December 4th, 2010
8:01 pm

LOL @ Josh. Dropping another 3. I guess this means he won’t even try to go inside tonight, and will shoot 4 more threes. Maybe he’ll fo 4 – 6 from 3 tonight.

And Drew needs to adjust that lineup. Get Bibby out the game and go strictly defensive with Teague and Damien.

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
8:01 pm

as long as he hitting.. im not tripping..

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
8:02 pm

that would have been a foul called on wade or lebron

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
8:03 pm

Nice play by Crawford to draw the 2nd foul on Big Z. As much hype as the Big 3 get, Z is the biggest mismatch the Heat have against the Hawks.

J.J.M.

December 4th, 2010
8:04 pm

zaza has got to make that shot

bigdave

December 4th, 2010
8:04 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

December 4th, 2010
8:04 pm

Fantastic defense by Damien Wilkins. That is EXACTLY the aggression with which a bench player should play.