Posted by Sekou Smith
MILWAUKEE – When Bulls center Joakim Noah made a few wise cracks about Cleveland, he followed up those comments with one of the best playoff games of his young career.
Hawks forward Josh smith made similar statements about the city of Milwaukee but couldn’t back up his bold words with a performance of the same ilk.
But you couldn’t tell by the way he acted after scoring just seven points in humbling Game 3 loss to the Bucks Saturday night, an affair that included a sellout crowd booing his every move.
“I loved it,” said Smith of the crowd’s reaction. “That’s how you’re supposed to greet somebody when they’re playing on the opposing team. That’s how you’re supposed to ride with your team. They’ve got good fans. I just made a little statement to see what their reaction was and I anticipated what it was going to be.”
Late in the game during a timeout, while Smith and most all of the Hawks’ starters were already on the bench, the fans seated behind them engaged Smith in playful conversation about his derogatory comments about their city.
“Hey Josh, I bet you’ll shut up next time,” one fan yelled.
Another asked Smith for his game shoes.
(With nearly five minutes to play in the game, Smith refused but told the fan to ask him against after Monday’s Game 4.)
Later in the locker room Smith tried to clear up the issue, a little bit.
“This wasn’t anything about the fans,” he said. “It was just a statement about the city. The fans are great and the team’s pretty good and we just have to try to do a better job of holding the crowd down on Monday [in Game 4].”
A word advice to young Mr. Smith, let it be from now on. Even if that’s what you really think, let it be! And in the event that you just can’t help yourself, the least you can do is back it up!