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.”
October 27, 2016 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team signed guard R.J. Hunter. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
John Gonzalez: Some information about how Sixers anthem decision happened last night and who addressed the players today… 1.) Told by league sources Jason Wiley (@jwiley555), VP of Content & Integrated Marketing for Sixers, helped book @sevyn. 2.) Wiley previously worked for Bad Boy & has music industry contacts. 3.) Told Wiley, in concert with other team execs, decided to not have her perform. Team was “worried” that shirt wasn’t only part of protest. 4.) Told Wiley was the VP who addressed the Sixers players today on behalf of organization.