Like magic, Jameer Nelson suddenly not talking about Hawks

This is what Jameer Nelson looks like when his mouth is open.

This is what Jameer Nelson looks like when his mouth is open.

I’m off for Orlando in the morning. I’ll see if I can find out who stripped Jameer Nelson of his bravado.

A few days ago, we brought you video of the Magic guard whispering to Chicago’s Derrick Rose, “I’ll catch you in the second round,” which was Latin for: “The Hawks won’t be a problem in the first round.”

That didn’t go over well in the Atlanta locker room. Nor apparently did it go over well in Orlando because Nelson suddenly is saying little on the topic. Our Michael Cunningham alerted me to an interview Nelson did with the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN radio. Here’s the excerpt of the interview that you’ll find amusing:

On the first-round matchup with Atlanta:

“They’re a good team; we know they’re a good team. They’ve definitely improved. They’re really well-prepared by their coaching staff and … we have a lot of respect for those guys over there in that locker room. It’s going to be a good series. That’s all I can say. I’m not sure, I’m not making any predictions in terms of number of games or who’s going to win, but obviously I want my team to win and I think we can.”

Wow. That’s a long way from, “I’ll catch you in the second round.”

I passed this along on Twitter Thursday but if you missed it, here was Josh Smith’s response to Nelson’s original comment: “It is what it is. He’s confident in his team and I’m confident we’re going to beat them.”

When I asked Al Horford if he knew of Nelson’s comment, he smiled and said: “Yeah. I mean, you’re not going to see it on everybody’s wall but everybody’s aware of it. I’m all about doing it on the court. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

This series gets more interesting by the day.

By Jeff Schultz

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33 comments Add your comment

MaxxHawk

April 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

Assuming Twin is healthy, I know the Hawks can beat Orlando. Their problem all year has been effort, and I belive they will be on a mission to get revenge against the team that blew them out in historic fashion last year

Max

April 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

JChikara

April 15th, 2011
3:15 pm

The second Dwight Howard begins to give a crap this series is all but over. Which will probably happen two minutes into the first quarter of Game 1.

Brad

April 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Anyone notice during the 4th quarter of the Heat-Hawks game, when game was tight and Heat were about in-bound the ball. Bibby was standing beside Hawks bench and J.J. and Smoove were giving him a hard-time about something. They were laughing, but looked like Bibby was getting a little annoyed. He looked at ref and pointed to the bench as if he was saying, “please make them quit picking on me”. Was pretty funny.

Tee

April 15th, 2011
3:26 pm

The Hawks record against the Magic is deceiving. One of the victories occurred when the Magic received all of the newly acquired players. Van Gundy was quoted saying “The Hawks have been together for six years. We’ve been together for six hours.” Another victory happened when half the team had the flu.

Hopefully Twin is at full strength, and we use all of the bigs’ fouls to limit Howard. Go Hawks!

merbertmoover

April 15th, 2011
3:26 pm

man, the hawks gonna own this series and everyone’s gonna be like “whaaaat?”, where these hawks come from? trust me, i got a good feeling about this one, mmmmmhmmmmm!

merbertmoover

April 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

cmon hawks! dont listen to all these fools who are all negative and hatin on you! the true fans know you can do this! cmon baby! give the ATL something to be proud of, merbert knows you can do this! you be squashin the magic like a preacher squashes pumpkins, you know what im sayin?

Stinger2

April 15th, 2011
3:51 pm

Jeff: I was only teasing you yesterday when I commented that you must have been in the doghouse with your boss for having to write two articles the same day about the Hawks. I was not being mean…please belive me.
Now that you are going to Orlando, maybe its not a bad assignment. Hope you have fun and don`t work too hard.
Please do anything you can to help the Hawks. They will need it.

Wink

April 15th, 2011
3:59 pm

Speaking for myself, we are all we’ve got in this room,” J.J. said. “So we can care less what anybody else thinks about us. We are going to move forward. We know we are a pretty good team. We have just got to show it.”

Put up or shut up time $120 million dollar man!!!

falcon1

April 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

Majic wins in 5. Don’t forget we still have that bum Joe Johnson who couldn’t lead a tee ball team.
Nuff said !!!!!

redandpewter55

April 15th, 2011
4:31 pm

Talk about making a big deal out of nothing. Do the Hawks not remember last year?

SPORTSGIRL

April 15th, 2011
4:34 pm

I hope all these people who have nothing negative things to say about the hawks don’t bother about watching the series. Go watch your BELOVED BRAVES and GOLDEN BOY MATT RYAN not even win one playoff series #thatisall

SPORTSGIRL

April 15th, 2011
4:35 pm

I meant if you have nothing but negative things to say about the hawks.

redandpewter55

April 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

I’ll be watching, but it will be to watch the Magic dominate again. The entire Hawks organization is a joke.

GTT

April 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

Geez, Merb, stereotype much?

ag

April 15th, 2011
5:00 pm

An insidious belief is for the Hawks to win the series because they have all the talent to easily defeat the Magic. Yet, realistically, the way they have performed all year suggest that we will duplicate the effort from last season’s drubbing. I truly as a fan hope they play well and defeat the Magic. If the Hawks can win one game, I am confident they will win the series.

stevie zero

April 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

of course nelson is going to say “see you in the second round” hes confident and hopefull. im a hawks fan and i dont find that at all a slap in the face to the hawks. this crap gets so blown up its upsurd. if it helps the hawks motivation, which they could use, then great, but to take that personally is retarded

EW

April 15th, 2011
5:28 pm

I have an issue with sportswriters who make stories out of non-story material. I mean seriously, all Nelson was saying was “Hey D Rose, good game, I plan on seeing you in the second round because I play for a good team that has been to the finals and we plan on getting back there” He didn’t say , hey d rose, after we beat this fake @ss excuse for a team in the hawks we will be playing you in the second round. Get out of here with this NON bulletin board material

True Balla

April 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

As a Hawks Fan for the past six years the hawks went down hill when they traded for Jamal Crawford. 1st year he balled because he was the only guy on the bench who could score. Now when i look at the hawks Joe Johnson dont like when JC has the ball. If the hawks kept Flip Murray and put Marvin more into the rotation he would have probably lived up to his potential. Josh is our best post player and Horford is best pick and roll or pick and pop. Start Teague let him live up to his potential and especially since its the Playoffs his confidence will shoot up. Make Hinrich your bench player. I miss Woody even though he coached no offense. But I was more confident with him as our coach than L:D. But starting Teague JJ MW Horford and Collins for this series bringing J-Smoove Hinrich Crawford Powell and Zaza off the bench would be the perfect line-up. But it’ll never happen so i’ll keep wishing. P.S. Josh Smith this is ur team act like it.

Jeff Schultz

April 15th, 2011
7:57 pm

Stinger2 — Hah, no biggie. I seriously think Hawks can win this series but they’ve been such a fickle team all year that it’s impossible to predict.

LakeDawg

April 15th, 2011
11:02 pm

Magic in four. Hope I’m wrong. I need something to watch.

wally M.

April 15th, 2011
11:11 pm

Hey Hawk fans! Greetings from a former season ticket holder. Good luck trying to beat the Magic.
Too many wannabe’s and mediocre overpaid players. Face the facts, and tell the people the truth, the Hawks have no chance in Hell winning against the Magic. Not now, not ever. How hard this must be for Mr. Wilkins having to watch this every night:-).Lol.I’m sure he could have picked better players if given the chance, even coaching, he could have done a better job, even without any coaching experience. When the Boston Celtics chose Bill Russell to be the player coach or other players like
Cowens and KC Jones they had no experience but were great players in a great system.Experience? Look @ LD all those years as the asst. Look @ Woodie, Look @ Fratello,experience be Dam. Get somebody with balls that knows how to pick talent period. Maybe, the DA writers should pick and coach the team, they profess to know it all:-).Lol.

wally M.

April 16th, 2011
2:47 am

Have you heard the Barber shop CHATTER? All negative stuff. The big money all have the Magic to win 4 straight. So do I. This no talent Mf’s with no balls and no mgt. leaders. I hope Sir Charles has the fishing gear ready. Should be hung above every Hawks locker:-). The hawks should get ready to offer Dwight Howard the Maximum $$$$$ for next season. That’s the only way Atlanta will become winners.

magicman

April 16th, 2011
9:07 am

This is quite a non story, next Schultz will have a “Mascot Rumor Mill” segment. 2 teams enter and in the end 1 will leave….how about we just let them play! Good luck Hawks I feel a long battle this 1st round!

J-Smoove

April 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Zaza and Twin are going to pound on Dwight and get him frustrated. I know Dwight had to sit out against Chicago the other day because of technical fouls… does that carry over to the playoffs? I can see Zaza really getting in his like he does with KG, Amare, Big Z, etc.

J-Smoove

April 16th, 2011
9:39 am

….getting in his head like he does with KG, Amare, Big Z, etc.

Ted M

April 16th, 2011
10:06 am

What Nelson originally said was such a non-issue….. even if the Hawks were any good.

lombardi

April 16th, 2011
12:22 pm

The Game Has Changed

April 16th, 2011
1:59 pm

@Falcon1-Did you forget about that game a couple of years ago when Joe sent Wade home in game 7. If Wade can afford to not show up then Joe deserves the forgiveness. Not to mention he has lead us to the playoffs 4 straight years. We had a terrible season and still had a better record that 17 other teams. Joe is still a top 6 point guard

joey1

April 16th, 2011
3:14 pm

what nelson said was a big deal hes already overlooking the hawks to the secound round, when the hawks beat them 3of 4 this years, the hawks can make this series real interesting with their new way of playing d howard one on one and if joe johnson plays with some heart and goes off the magic will lose this series,…bc we havent seen joe johnson go off since the boston series 3years back… hawks in 6 games

Hawks73

April 16th, 2011
4:12 pm

This is really stupid and childish. If the Hawks need extra motivation to get up for a post season matchup, then that speaks for itself. The reality is this team plays and shows up when it wants to, and rarely do they have the desire to match an equal or better opponent in intensity. Orlando is going to come at the Hawks with everything they got in the first quarter of tonights game, if the Hawks wilt early and get down by double digits, this game and the rest of the series will be a foregone conclusion. My prediction, Hawks get blown in this game and will lay down the rest of this series.

BoricuaHawk

April 16th, 2011
10:45 pm

Jeff: Thought you’d enjoy this interview regarding ‘the comment’ from the Orlando Sentinel:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/videobeta/2b08fb07-747b-414e-a288-5304608c1604/Sports/Jameer-Nelson-defends-remark-to-Derrick-Rose

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