Smith jobbed again: Stern picks Rondo for All-Stars

Josh Smith has been a force at both ends of the court this season. (AP photo)

Josh Smith has been a force at both ends of the court this season. (AP photo)

(Updated)

On Monday, NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Rajon Rondo two games for throwing the ball at a referee. On Wednesday, he named him to the All-Star game.

Too bad Rondo didn’t also throw a shoe, or he might’ve clinched the MVP award.

Who gets jobbed again? Josh Smith, of course. On the same day Hawks guard Joe Johnson pulled out of All-Star weekend in Orlando, Stern, who makes the call on replacements, picked Boston guard Rondo over Smith to replace him.

It’s the second time Smith got bypassed as an Eastern Conference reserve. I guess he should just get used to the fact that nobody likes him.

Smith should have been named to the squad two weeks ago. He had a case for playing in his first All-Star game either of the last two seasons, but his exclusion this season was the biggest pratfall of all. This seems to be a case of conferences coaches, who chose the reserves, still having this vision of the immature Smith who has made all of us slap our foreheads over the past several seasons.

But that’s not the Smith we’ve watched most of this season. Whether it has been a belated maturing process, the timeline of free agency — his contract runs through next season — or the work of coach Larry Drew, Smith has been far more consistent and less petulant this year. He has been strong at both ends of the court, and in a season when he has been asked to do more because of the injury to Al Horford.

I would say it didn’t help when Smith vented to our Michael Cunningham two weeks ago about not being selected. (”“You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved. … Once you get that it’s really about politics, then nothing really surprises you. I call it ‘Nothing But Associates,’ NBA. It’s all who you know.”) But considering Stern just tabbed a guy who attacked one of his referees, that should be no worse than a push.

The All-Star game is a marquee event, and Stern clearly has a thing for players from the marquee franchises. This year, it’s Rondo from Boston. Two years ago, he added the New York Knicks’ David Lee as a replacement. I’m sure the fact Lee played in New York had nothing to do with that. (Sarcasm.)

By Jeff Schultz

112 comments Add your comment

DrH

February 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

I’m betting Jeremy Lin gets the spot.

Arnold Ziffel

February 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Subbing the overpaid for the undisciplined is of no consequence.

Bitter and Angry

February 22nd, 2012
1:06 pm

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
1:06 pm

Put the man in so we can have unity again and move on! (This is reason Stern won’t put him in. Let him fester and kill the Hawks chemistry)/

Marvin "Duck" Williams

February 22nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Josh might now regret his comments after getting snubbed, and yet he wonders why no one likes his attitude.

C-low

February 22nd, 2012
1:08 pm

One would think that its a certainty that Josh Smith will be chosen as J.Johnson’s replacement. Obviously he belongs in the game from a numbers standpoint but despite the Hawks recent struggles they are a playoff team and therefore deserve at least one representative. Appreciate the Hawks coverage Mr. Schultz. Go Hawks

Jeff Schultz

February 22nd, 2012
1:33 pm

Going to update blog — Josh jobbed again. Rajon Rondo is picked to replace Joe.

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
1:36 pm

it’s quite obvious you haven’t watched many hawks games this year mr. shultz

Joe Johnson Quit On His Team Because He Know He Sucks

February 22nd, 2012
1:37 pm

does this mean josh will also replace joe in the 3 point contest

Joe Johnson Quit On His Team Because He Know He Sucks

February 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

stern is a joke

blazerdawg

February 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Agree 100% – JS has busted his tail this year. No one can say that the man does not have heart or has not given a great effort.

Maurice

February 22nd, 2012
1:46 pm

Wow. Rondo? Really!?

grip

February 22nd, 2012
1:46 pm

As fans we really did not help out, we should make sure next year that he is at least in contention from a fan stand point, and Paul Pierce has know business on the team,he’s been hurt way too much

SNU

February 22nd, 2012
1:49 pm

Give Marvin a shot he is supposed to be the athletic freak on this team, isn’t that why we drafted him?

grip

February 22nd, 2012
1:49 pm

josh’s play warrants him being included, and paul pierce’s play says he should not be on the team. This one is too easy.

Durrtydogg

February 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

I agree. Josh should have been an All Star. Unfortunately, his past is still haunting him. Plus if you add in the fact that our ownership is the worse in professional sports, our fan base is constantly regarded as the worse in professional sports and the media (local and national) total disrespect and disregard for anything with the Atlanta brand, it is no wonder he didn’t get an invite. Should I be sad for him? Nope.

Nike Man2

February 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

J.S. What have you been smoking. Josh Smith stats are very misleading if this is what you are basing your opinion on. Josh Smith has a zero basketball I.Q. He is the same player he was when he came into the league 8yrs ago. He has no low post game, back to the basket game, no jump shot. One can tell he is not a gym rat!!

Durrtydogg

February 22nd, 2012
1:58 pm

Its crazy how so many stars in the three major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB) have homes here and yet none want to play for our teams. Even Big Ben had a place here and he plays in Pittsburgh. It says alot about what other people think of our franchises. Sure Atlanta is a nice place to party and make it rain, but actually becoming apart of the city……Oh nooooo!!! We are just one big booty call to everyone. They come in for a night or two and then bounce. Even our airport has to get a VD check.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

absolutely, put our other shooting guard in the all star game, josh.

John

February 22nd, 2012
2:00 pm

Rondo has reportedly had a bad attitude for a while (worse than Josh’s) plus he just gets suspended for throwing a ball at a ref and is rewarded by being selected by Stern to be on the All-Star team when there are several equal if not superior options.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
2:00 pm

wow, that was quick from one headline to another.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm

guess the suspension is up by then.

Durrtydogg

February 22nd, 2012
2:05 pm

@John………You are so right. I guess you made my point better than I. This is about our brand as Hawks. Not Josh Smith. Charles Barkley was allowed to say horrible things about us on national TV and not one person from the Hawks called him out. Not one said anything. They just shrugged it off and they continue to prove him right night after night.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
2:05 pm

Enter your comments here

I Now Pronounce You Chunky Larry

February 22nd, 2012
2:11 pm

I think you mean “robbed” again, Mr. Shultz.

Jamaaliver

February 22nd, 2012
2:17 pm

Gotta say Rondo desrves the spot more than Josh Smith. Maybe if Smoove was more consistent, or averaged a double-double, or his team didn’t get spanked every single time they appear on national TV he might have been selected.

But, truth be told, he’s not an All-Star. Not this season. I have no doubt, though, that once he gets traded (please let it be soon) he’ll be given more consideration.

16 ppg and 9 rpg are solid numbers. But not exactly screaming of All-Star. Especially on a team like ATL with no dominant players.

lanier

February 22nd, 2012
2:21 pm

a player from the same position has to be picked I believe Jeff

Devil's Advocate

February 22nd, 2012
2:31 pm

Jamaaliver,

You obviously don’t follow the NBA close enough. How can you say Rondo deserves a spot based on this season over Smith?

Rondo – Boston Celtics (15-16)
14.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 9.5 apg, 1.64 spg, 0.00 bpg, 19.1 PER

Smith – Atlanta Hawks (19-13)
16.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 2.13 bpg, 19.7 PER

Kobie

February 22nd, 2012
2:31 pm

Rondo deserves the spot more than Josh Smith really? A Boston team that is 15-16 deserves to have 2 All Stars.

Let’s look at the numbers: Smith, 16 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 3.7 apg and 1.5 spg.
Rondo, 14.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 9.5 apg, 1.6 spg.

So Rondo is screaming All Star but Josh who is averaging a double double for a 19-13 team is not, really?

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
2:31 pm

303,

Where you at man? Your boy Josh got passed over again! Now what does that tell you and all Josh lovers??? LOL!!!!

Bluestreak

February 22nd, 2012
2:34 pm

Just shows that the NBA and the NHL are ran by two-faced snakes. The NBA puts a suspended player in ahead of an equally skilled and deserving player and the NHL keeps the Phoenix team in place even though it went bankrupt and turned their head (if not encouraged) the move of the Atlanta team.

Makes Bud Selig appear to be a Rhoades scholar.

coachx

February 22nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Stern SUCKS !

K Dizzle

February 22nd, 2012
2:36 pm

Apart from Smoove averaging 18pt, 10rbs, 5 as, 2 stls and 2.5 blks and even hittin 40% from 3 in February and the Celts losin 6 of their last 7(only beating a Rose-less Bulls), and this baby whippin the rock at a ref, yeah, Rondo is a “great pick” Dude averages more turnovers than Jeremy Lin….read that again….Jeremy Lin…

falCANS

February 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

JSmoove for the month

17ppg 10rb 4asst 2blck 1 stl 2 to

44%fg 40% from beyond

clearly the best player on the Hawks. Add another five ppg if he could hit his free throws

zgoldatl

February 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Absolute BS. Stern is a joke

Noneya

February 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

We are discussing the Hawks and other NBA action tonight at 9:00 PM on Blogtalkradio. Call in and tell us what you think.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cpstylin/2012/02/23/just-basketball

The Real JC

February 22nd, 2012
3:11 pm

Might want to update that link headline “NBA: Smith to replace Johnson.” Makes it sound like Smith will replace Johnson.

The Real JC

February 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Sorry, “All-Star: Smith to Replace Johnson”

kramerica

February 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Trade Josh for Gasol

Rklaus

February 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

It is not always political. Joe Johnson is guard, so is Rondo.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
3:17 pm

It shows the state of mind for some Hawks fans when all they can complain about is wheather or not a DUMB athletic player makes the all-star game or not?

How about boycotting Phillips arena until ASG and company actually does something about the train wreck of a B-Ball organization in town.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
3:17 pm

JOSH FOR GASOL…IM ON BOARD!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Rondo deserves to be in the All Star game. I don’t have a problem with him being selected. I do have a problem with Luol Deng and Roy Hibbert being selected in the first place. Josh has clearly outplayed both this year.

Sad Sack

February 22nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Why does anyone waste energy on pro basketball???

BjohnDawg

February 22nd, 2012
3:23 pm

I quite watching the NBA some time ago.
Overpaid
No fundamentals
no defense
dunking fests
and most cannot hit a freethrow if their life depended on it.

kramerica

February 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

I guess they could use this amnesty clause on Marvin but I assume they are waiting to use it on Joe

Jimmy Crack

February 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

The ultimate embarrassment, to be passed by for a player who committed a VIOLENT ACTION against an NBA referee. Way to go, David, you dish pan.

Maybe it is Josh’s “Popeye smirk” look that turns them off. Uck, uck, uck!

kbb

February 22nd, 2012
3:28 pm

Josh needs to grow up. The constant scowling, lugheaded shots, crying and demonstrative attitude coupled with his low bball IQ turns alot of fans, coaches and players off.

PMC

February 22nd, 2012
3:30 pm

WTF has Rondo done this year??? Pray he doesn’t decide to throw ANOTHER ball at a ref.

PMC

February 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Why does anyone waste time on Pro Basketball….. hmm, It’s 79% less corrupt than college sports?