If you want a roundup of the latest lockout news, check out NBA.com Steve Aschburner’s summary of recent negotiations with the goal of starting the season on Christmas Day.
Rather than weigh in on that convoluted mess, I offer you some Hawks holiday tidbits . . .
Caught up with J.J., Teague and Damien at Louis Williams’ charity game at Atlanta Metropolitan College. Smoove was a no-show. Dwight was there to support his hometown guys but he didn’t play: “I don’t like to play five-on-five in the offseason.”
J.J. looked noticeably sleeker and quicker while checking the likes of Teague, Jarret Jack and Anthony Morrow. Remember that time J.J. harassed D-Rose and forced a turnover to beat the Bulls? He pretty much looked like that all game, which really stood out since no one else was really playing D.
OK, it wasn’t a real game, but the point is J.J. looked to be in great shape and he said he’s feeling “great” after extended time off following his injury-riddled season. He said