So apparently, the Atlanta Hawks’ Josh Smith is in trouble with the team. Here’s InsideHoops with the information:
Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry today announced that the team has suspended forward Josh Smith for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for conduct detrimental to the team.
Josh Smith earned a technical foul on their game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. The Bulls embarrassed the Hawks, 97-58, on that contest. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported that Smith was thrown out of practice on Tuesday.
Smith is averaging 16.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 blocks per contest this season. But he’s shooting his worst since the 2006-07 season at .439. He’s also back to his ill-advised shooting of the three-pointer, where he is shooting .325. Worse yet, he’s shooting a career-low .514 from the free throw line. Smith is in the last year of his contract and is a free agent this summer. While the numbers are there, the shooting isn’t.
Here is a statement from Smith about his suspension:
“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 not being available for tonight’s game.”
Funny enough, Smith will not be playing on Wednesday night as a former Hawk makes his return to the Highlight Factory. Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets will be playing them in the first of a home and home series between the two squads. Johnson was traded to the Nets for five players and a couple of picks before this season.
Smith has been the subject of trade rumors himself but the Hawks have insisted repeatedly that they are not dealing him.
Zaza Pachulia will reportedly start for the suspended Josh Smith on Wednesday’s game.