Josh Smith calls Hawks fans 'bandwagoners'

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.”

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Tim MacMahon: Dirk Nowitzki on Kobe Bryant retiring: It’s disappointing. A lot of these warriors that were drafted in the ’90s are slowly fading away. And it’s obviously toward the end for us all. It’s a little sad. But I’m happy for him that he made that decision for himself. It could lift a little weight off his shoulder. To me, he’s probably the greatest player I’ve faced. And I’ve faced some great players with Tim Duncan and Shaq and all these guys. But he was something else, just scoring-wise, the shot-making ability was incredible. I was always a big fan. But it’s disappointing that we’re all getting old.”
Of course, so did the opportunity to play for Sloan to start his career. Williams regrets how that relationship ended, staining his reputation for the rest of his career. “Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me,” Williams said. “You know, some of those days, I wish I could have controlled them, but I was young, hot-headed and just wanted to win. I’m a lot more mellow now, I think sometimes to a fault. The situation in Utah and how the media reacted kind of took my passion away, my fire away a little bit, because it’s like I couldn’t be who I was. I got into it with Coach [Sloan] maybe a couple of times. I’ve seen him get into it with a lot of guys a lot worse, but it happened that he decided to step down after one of our arguments. So of course, it’s my fault. It’s just something that you’ve got to live with, you have to take.”
Carlisle says he admires Williams’ humility and enthusiasm for the situation with the Mavs. However, he doesn’t agree with Williams’ description of himself as mellow to a fault. “Categorically in my mind, he’s an edgy competitor. Look, I can’t speak for what happened in Brooklyn or New Jersey or Utah, but with us, he’s been a terrific competitor and a terrific team guy,” said Carlisle, who considers health the most important issue for the 31-year-old Williams and has appreciated the point guard’s professionalism.

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