Josh Smith trolls Hawks fans, calls them ‘very fickle and bandwagoners’ (vid)
Not only did Josh Smith spend his first nine years in the NBA as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, he is also a Georgia native, so it was a homecoming on multiple fronts when the forward returned along with his Houston Rockets teammates to the ATL for a Tuesday night showdown with the Atlanta Hawks. And he wasn’t given a warm reception.
Smith was booed throughout the game by Hawks fans but had at least one moment when he he was able to taunt and troll them in response.
Late in the third quarter, Smith put up a three from the corner that at first clanked high off the rim and the top of the backboard — much to the delight of Hawks fans — but somehow the ball inexplicably fell through the hoop. This prompted Smith to raise his finger to his lips to shush the crowd.
Josh Smith hits 3-pointer then tells Atlanta crowd to shut up https://t.co/gY71dcbPHD
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And Smith wasn’t done with his dealings with Hawks fans, either. After the game, he ripped the fan base when asked about the frigid reception to his return.
“It’s not emotional to hear that,” he said, via Ultimate Rockets. “You expect a better outcome. I was here for nine years, and all I did was positive things in the community and with the team.
“I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners,” he continued. “It really doesn’t mean anything to me.”
Smith did not, however, have anything bad to say about the organization or the players.
“It was fun to see my old teammates and congratulate them on their season,” Smith added. “It was fun to come in and play against a great opponent.”
Unfortunately for Smith and the James Harden-less Rockets, the hometown Hawks proved to be too formidable a challenge, as Atlanta won its fifth-straight game by a score of 104-96.
But at least Smith got to shush all the haters.
At least one time.