The interplay between Smith and the Philips Arena crowd was lively throughout the night. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball. The catcalls grew louder in the third quarter, after Smith drained a 3-pointer that rattled around the rim several times before dropping in. Smith then shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called timeout. “I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners,” Smith said. “It really doesn’t mean anything to me.”
July 26, 2016 | 10:17 pm EDT Update
Brad Turner: Paul Pierce is planning on returning to the Clippers for the 2016-17 season, his 19th in the NBA, per source.
Dwyane Wade: This guy! Please let’s not forgot how bad of a boy he was! @amareisreal thank you for making us jump out of our seats with vicious dunks like this! You never really know someone until you spend time with them. I can say this past year as your teammate…I got to know the real Amare and there’s not many better. Congrts on your career and going out on your own clock!