Josh Smith Says Call Him “Mid-Range Shawty”


Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Media Day with the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Smith wants to be addressed differently.

“You haven’t seen the roster?” Smith turned around a reporter’s question about his long-range shooting plans on a rebuilt Hawks roster. “We’ve got Kyle Korver, Devin Harris, Louis Williams, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Tolliver. Am I missing anyone? Jeff Teague. … So there we go. That answers that question. I didn’t even say my name did I? Call me mid-range shawty.”

“My mindset is making it to the playoffs,” Smith said. “I’m not worrying about any contract discussions. I think the team and I are on the same page. We know what we are going to do. My main concern is making the playoffs and winning basketball games.”

When asked about being only 1 of 5 players to return to the hawks, Mid-Range Shawty had this to say.

“I’m all for change,” Smith said. “I think with the unit we had for the last five years, we just felt ourselves stuck in one place. We couldn’t get out of it, like we were stuck in cement. If you are a new GM coming in and you see the history of what has been happening the last five years, you do applaud us but at the same time you have to wonder how long can this last? [Ferry] came in with the mindset of trying to do things the right way. … I have total faith in him that he is doing the right thing for this organization.”