In the minutes following the Hawks’ season-ending playoff loss to the Pacers on Friday, when the cameras were on and media members stood two-deep around his locker, Josh Smith said what he was expected to say.
He stank, his team stank and he hadn’t even had time to think about whether his Hawks’ career was over or impending free agency.
Later, in a quiet moment, Smith reflected on his nine-year tenure with his hometown team that drafted him out of high school with the 17th overall selection in 2004.
“As I walked off the court, everything just sort of hit me,” the Hawks forward told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Just the uncertainty of what the future holds. Just thinking about all of the relationships I’ve had here and the people who’ve crossed my path since I’ve been here. I just … I just don’t know.”
Does he want to come back?
“The only thing I know is I want to be able to experience free agency. I want to explore my options and see what’s out there. I don’t have any certain idea what’s going to happen.”
If Smith has played his final game here, he finished with 10,371 points, eighth most in Hawks history.