While Smith still has a lot of acclimating to do in Dallas, there’s at least one familiar face: Mavericks assistant coach God Shammgod, who has been mentoring and training the young point guard for nearly five years. Shammgod and Smith first met at the Under Armour Elite 24 Camp, where Shammgod put him through some on-court work. “I met him when he was in 10th grade,” Shammgod said. “He’s always been amazing. He’s a special kid, on and off the court. Early on, [our relationship consisted] of a lot of mentoring and some on-court work. Now, there’s obviously a lot more live work. He’s like a brother to me.”
October 22, 2017 | 9:34 pm EDT Update
X-rays on Sunday revealed nothing serious, Schroder said, and he will aim to be back on the floor later this week, possibly for Thursday’s game at Chicago, the final road game of a five-game swing to open the season. The Hawks home opener is Friday against Denver.
“That’s my plan [to return Thursday], I don’t know how it works out,” Schroder told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the locker room after he iced his left ankle and spoke to Hawks’ medical personnel. “Let the team try to win the game in Miami and then we going to see day-by-day.”He added: “They told me just now about the X-ray, it was nothing serious.”