Vivlamore reporting (from vacation, shhhhh).
Here are five questions I asked of Josh Smith as part of the season preview that will appear in Sunday’s print edition of the AJC.
Q. What are your expectations for the team this year and have they changed since the start of training camp?
A. My expectations are the same expectations I set for this ball club every year and that’s to compete for a championship. I think that we have the talent. We have the cohesiveness. All we have to do is be able to figure out a way to play consistently together on the defensive end. I think when we get that down pat, the sky is the limit for this team.
Q. Would that be the biggest challenge with a revamped roster?
A. We were pretty good defensively the last couple of years. We’ve been pretty solid. We might just be a little undersized. We were undersized before but are very undersized now. But that shouldn’t be an issue. I think that we have a lot of feisty and competitive people on this team that hate to lose. I think that will outweigh the so-called decreases that this team has.
Q. The Hawks will be a smaller team, especially at the small forward position this season. What are the issues defending the position?
A. The 3 is, night in and night out, you are playing a beast at that position. It’s definitely going to be a challenging position for us but at the same time we are a team. The 3 is just one position. Last time I checked there are five positions. We have to be able to help everybody out collectively. One guy is not going to get it done.
Q. Are you comfortable playing small forward? Or would you rather play power forward?
A. I’m a versatile player and coach knows whatever position he puts me at I’m comfortable playing that position. I’m willing and always ready to step up to the challenge.
Q. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this team?
A. The strengths are, offensively, we have a lot of weapons. We have a lot of deep threats. We are very unselfish. For us to being together for a little time, we communicate very well.
The weaknesses are get a little tougher and be a little more competitive on the defensive end consistently.
- Chris Vivlamore
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