The Atlanta Hawks have announced that they will suspend Josh Smith for conduct that was detrimental to the team. Reports indicate that Smith was kicked out of practice on Tuesday after their disappointing loss to the Bulls on Monday where they scored just 58 points.
After being notified of his suspension, Smith said, “Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses. I understand and respect the team’s actions and just want to get back on the court to do whatever is necessary to help my teammates. I apologize for letting them down and apologize to our fans for missing Nets game.”
Hawks head coach, Larry Drew commented, “I’m disappointed that it came to that. After tonight’s game, we will embrace Josh again. My focus right now is on the team and the organization.”
Although the Hawks are a playoff team, they still have some major adjustments that they need to make if they want to get out of the first round of the playoffs. But if GM Danny Ferry is able to convince a team to take on the sizable contract of Joe Johnson, he is more than capable of convincing a team to give him the manageable contract of another.