Josh Smith kicked out of Hawks practice and suspended

Jan 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) reacts against the Utah Jazz during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Mere days after one of the most embarassing performances in franchise history, the Atlana Hawks have now suspended the team’s leading scorer Josh Smith for Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Josh Smith was kicked out of Tuesday’s practice by head coach Larry Drew, for what the team describe as ”conduct detrimental to the team.”

Josh Smith had this to say regarding his one-game suspension, according to NBA.com:

“Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses,” Smith said in a statement released by the team. “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 not being available for tonight’s game.”

Smith is in the last year of his contract, and suspensions like this certainly won’t help his case when it comes to contract negotiations. While he should always act professionally, it is understandable where his frustration comes from.

The Atlanta Hawks started the season extremely well, but have seemingly hit a brick wall, going 1-6 in their last 7 games.

To top it all off, the Hawks scored an abysmal 58 points, in their 58-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls, breaking several futility records.

The Hawks were held to 20 points in the first half, shooting 2/20 from the field in the second quarter, good for 5 points.

The heat is rising in Atlanta, so stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track the latest on this brewing situation.

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Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Josh Smith

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