Atlanta Hawks’ president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ferry announced Wednesday morning that the team has suspended forward Josh Smith for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for conduct detrimental to the team.
The nine-year veteran in Smith started all 35 contests this season and is averaging team highs in scoring (16.5 points) and blocked shots (2.3) while adding 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game.
“Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action,” said Ferry. “We are confident that he will respond positively, learn from this experience and come back with a renewed sense of purpose to the team moving forward.”
The 6-foot-9 forward will serve his suspension tonight against the Brooklyn Nets.
“Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses,” said Smith in a released statement. “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.”