No Home for Non-Shooters

May, 4, 2009
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Hoopinion points us to a classic little tale of a point guard, a coach, and a bad 3-point shooter. Sekou Smith of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes:

Mike Bibby's best shot of the entire first round of the playoffs came before halftime of Sunday in Game 7 and it had nothing to do with his 3-point stroke.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson roasted him for passing the ball to [playoff 14%, career 27% 3-point shooter Josh] Smith in the corner on in the final seconds. As Smith's 24-footer bounced off the rim with 10.9 seconds left, Woodson jumped Bibby's case for making the pass.

The surprise was Bibby's response. He jumped Woodson right back, much to the delight of those of us sitting close enough to hear the entire exchange.

"If you don't want me to throw to him put him somewhere else," Bibby shouted. "He's wide [@*&$%] open. Wide open. What do you want me to do? If you don't want him shooting that then put him somewhere else. You tell him."

After getting it back as good as he gave it, Woodson crossed his arms, did a pirouette and smiled at everyone watching as he strolled back toward the Hawks' bench.

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