For anyone who’s a Josh Smith fan, these comments are music to your ears:
Hawks beat Wizards
Josh Smith won’t hide his ambitions this year.
He wants to be an All-Star. But he’d gladly settle for a spot on the All-Defensive team, an honor that’s eluded him his first five seasons despite his shot-blocking prowess.
The difference between the aspirations Smith had earlier in his career and now center on his understanding that the team’s success comes first and the residual benefits usually follow in the form of individual honors.
“After all the goals we have as a team — and we have lots of them — those are definitely my goals,” Smith said before the Hawks‘ 113-95 preseason win over Washington Monday night at Philips Arena. “And I don’t think they are too far fetched. I’m six years into my career and I’ve tasted some success. I want more of that, for my team and myself, in that order.”
As Josh [who is still just 23 years of age!] goes this season, so too will the fortunes of the Hawks.