Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Not All Of Josh's Fault.

This post is specifically for Drew, Brett, Larry and Jason (the four people who read my blog). So I know at least two of you were actually at the Cleveland game and you didn't get to see all of the fun videos ESPN decided to run in between Doris Burke giggling about how great it was to be a "witness". Anyway, for whatever reason they decided to let Mike Bibby be the voice of the team and there was one video where they asked him what makes Josh Smith so special or something like that. He gushed about Josh maybe being the most athletic player in the league and he also said and he can hit the three. I couldn't find (didn't look for) the video, but it just proves what I've been telling y'all for months..... His teammates share his delusion that he can shoot jump shots.
Perhaps that explains why they give him the ball on the wing. I told y'all we needed to put some of that blame on them.

6 comments:

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

Well, I think I've been pretty clear that I believe this to be a coaching / leadership problem. Josh Smith is not the first person in NBA history to believe in his 'abilities' more than logic would suggest them to be. So, I think if you read my blog entries - I've placed much more blame on Coach Woodson and the lack of player leadership. Coach Woodson b/c he hasn't provided a role for Josh that is defined as 'inside 12 ft, no dribbling up court, rebounding/blocking beast' and the players for not having a real conversation and following through with letting Josh know that he can't shoot. I recall days on the playground when I have told and have been told - what the limitations are. I believe in peer pressure and to hear the POINT GUARD say that Josh can shoot even a long two is muy disapointante...

As I keep saying, we'll get better when we get better leaders on this team. I guess we couldn't use Joe Smith or any other free agent this season for that purpose. I can't lie - I would be for even signing Robert Horry at this stage. Having him on the bench and in the locker room would be better than anything that Randolph Morris or Mario West are gonna bring to the table. But I digress...

CoCo said...

Well we all know the coaching problems have been well documented by most if not all Hawks fans. I don't know that there is anything Woody can say to get through to Josh because I am not convinced Josh gives a damn what Woody thinks. I think there is clearly a lack of respect there and when they signed Woody to that two year extension in my mind that was just as bad as signing him to a one year contract. I truly think Josh knows he will/should outlast Woody so he doesn't necessarily have to listen to him.
I think a lot of the blame goes to the guards. They believe in him, maybe they just believe in him as a teammate or maybe they do believe that he is capable of hitting the three since every once in a while he does. I don't know, but a lot of players do things that they are not very good at so I'm not surprised Josh doesn't "self check" himself. It is up to the coach and his guards to put him in advantageous situations. They don't. The fact that this team doesn't run more is evidence that we don't always take advantage of advantageous situations, but that's another story for another day.

Jason Walker said...

I laughed out loud---LOL to be succinct---when I heard Bibby say that---it's like Smoove's J is a bad hairdo that his teammates are telling him is tight because they know how important it is to him and they don't want to hurt his feelings.

CoCo said...

Ha! You did see it! I just screamed told ya so to no one in particular since I was home alone. But, in reality I was talking to you guys. I knew that was the case, I'm just glad someone actually confirmed it! I love nothing more than being right. :)

Drew Ditzel said...

i was too busy attending the hawks games yelling at josh smith to stop shooting jumpers.

i kid, i kid....sort of.

Josh is enigma. He could be so good, is so good, and sometimes plays so, so bad.

When that is the case, there is usually plenty of blame to throw around.

So for the next few hours, i am fine with sticking it to Bibby.

CoCo said...

I can't help but notice none of you outright acknowledged my genius. Come on, it's really not that hard.