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.”
February 9, 2016 | 9:04 am EST Update
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Teammate Jared Sullinger, another former Buckeye, committed to attending the ceremony as soon as he discovered the plans to honor Turner’s memorable three-year career. The two grew close during Turner’s days at Ohio State, when he became an honorary member of the Sullinger clan. “That’s like a brother to me,” Sullinger said. “When he first got to Ohio State he really didn’t have, like, a family to lean on in Columbus. And my family took him in like a brother. So it’s awesome. I want to support something that’s beautiful like that. He deserves every bit of it.”
February 9, 2016 | 7:35 am EST Update
The Knicks have a real chance to sell Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in 2017 – New York and Porzingis have his attention, yes – and Jackson ought to start constructing an elite coaching staff to begin that process with Westbrook and with free agents beyond him.