Found November 20, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
ATLANTA -- Josh Smith tried to downplay his return to Atlanta as much as possible.It's one thing to get drafted by a team and play your first nine seasons as a pro there. It's another to be a native of that same city.Some professional athletes can easily detach themselves from their former city. Not Smith. In his return to Atlanta, he found that once the game started on Wednesday that he could detach himself from the criticism that dogged him during his years here in a poor performance as the Hawks prevailed over Smith's Detroit Pistons, 93-85.Smith seemed relieved after the game that it was over."Yeah, yeah, it's over with," Smith said with an exhausted smile after he totaled 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. It's under my belt. We can all move on and focus on everything else that revolves around basketball except for me coming home."Most professional athletes can sell their homes -- if they even owned one in the city in whi...
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