Saturday, March 21, 2009


This article just put a stake in any lingering confidence I may have had that the Woodson/Smith relationship was going to ever work out for the good of this franchise.

In a nutshell, anything that ends with - we just agree to disagree sounds like 'sure, we can work together', but it certainly doesn't read 'yes, we are going to win championships together.' The fact that Boris Diaw, Anthony Johnson, and Salim Stoudamire had problems with respecting Mike Woodson - it just reinforces the thought that no matter who is right and who is wrong - it's easier to get rid of the coach than the talent. And Mike Woodson doesn't possess some significant coaching acumen that necessitates that you sacrifice talent and immense potential in order to keep the coach around. In this league, it's MUCH easier to find a coach than it is to find someone with Josh's physical tools.

This is not to absolve Josh Smith of the fact that he needs to grow up, but if you can't convince him after 5 years that dribbling too much, shooting jumpers from 12 ft and out, or simply not bringing your A game every night, then it's hard to come up with a way to see how this ends with IMPROVEMENT. Not just co-existence, but actually working together for the good of the franchise. And that's what 'we just agree to disagree' means. That we're ok with co-exising. The Hawks deserve better.

Click here for the entire article.

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