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Atlanta Hawks suspend Josh Smith for Wednesday night

Jan 16, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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Hawks coach Larry Drew said he was going to shake things up with his slumping team, but nobody saw this coming.

The Atlanta Hawks have suspended Josh Smith for their home game Wednesday against the streaking Brooklyn Nets, the team announced. He also was fined for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

“I’m disappointed that it came to that,” Drew said, via the Hawks official twitter account. “After tonight’s game, we will embrace Josh again. My focus right now is on the team and the organization.”

No details were given, but according to a tweet from Chris Viviamore with the Atlanta Journal Constitution Smith had been kicked out of Hawks practice on Tuesday.

Smith texted a statement to Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today who tweeted it out:

“Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses. I understand and respect the team’s actions and just want to get back on the court to do whatever is necessary to help my teammates. I apologize for letting them down and apologize to our fans” for missing Nets game.”

Sure, that’s exactly what Smith said. His agent or PR person didn’t write that. Why would you think so?

Zaza Pachulia will get the start in Smith’s place.

The Hawks are 3-7 in their last 10 with their defense having been dreadful and them on Monday night they scored just 58 points in an ugly loss to the Bulls. Smith has been part of the problem at both ends, but this has been a real team effort of embarrassment.

Drew was promising to change things, and if nothing else this sends a message.

  1. louhudson23 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Wow…Josh Smith? Man….Josh Smith? damn…..Josh Smith……hmmmm

  2. wwttww - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Ferry has to trade him before the deadline…it’s just time to move on without him…9 years is enough.

  3. progress2011 - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    9 Years is WAAAAAY to long !

    His game has never developed beyond a dunker:

    1. No real back to the basket game
    2. No real ability to take a defender of the dribble
    3. Average mid range game
    4. Jacking up 3’s has always been detrimental to the team because he’s not good at that either

    I commend Ferry for getting rid of that obnoxious Joe Johnson contract because that dude makes more than LBJ, Durant, Wade, CP3 and many others……that was ABSURD !!!

    Now, if Ferry can continue his work of cleansing this team, maybe they can start fresh. They will have a truck load of money to attract a true super-star caliber player.

    • badintent - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      The Maya Calender says J.not so Smooth is Doomed

  4. lucaslatronico - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    the real problem of the hawks was not have draft CP3 in 2005. i still can believe that they chose Marvin Williams.

  5. fruitcovejag - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    D. Wade for J. Smith straight up. One malcontent for another. Both teams get better.

  6. bucs24 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Go get Pau LOl. Or wait for Howard

    • zxrated - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    i was just thinking that josh smith plays like a boss every time he plays my team. and then i considered that my team is the bobcats and that every player plays like a boss against my team. so ignore that point. okay, good talk.

    • badintent - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Can you imagine how much better the Bobcats would be if the NBA had a rule that each team could have the exculsive rights to a local state university for their first 2 draft picks.? So the Cats would have NC State and U to pick great players.It would build great fan support quickly or strengthen the existing base. Someone get Herr Stern on the phone. “Hello .No ! I don’t wanna talk to Stu, tell him to go back to sleep.Can Stern take 2 seconds from counting his $$$ ?”

  8. lakerchuy - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Don’t be so surprised that Smith may have come up with that text on his own. Not everybody has as hard of a time putting letters and words together to make sentences, like you Kurt!

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