The Hawks may have traded Joe Johnson to the Nets, but longtime forward Josh Smith is excited about the direction of the team, writes SI’s Sam Amick. Smith noted the abundance of shooters and think the run-and-gun Hawks could surprise some teams this season, especially if the team acquires Magic center Dwight Howard. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
AMICK: Rejuvenated in Atlanta, Smith holding out hope for Dwight Howard

The Hawks may have traded Joe Johnson to the Nets, but longtime forward Josh Smith is excited about the direction of the team, writes SI’s Sam Amick. Smith noted the abundance of shooters and think the run-and-gun Hawks could surprise some teams this season, especially if the team acquires Magic center Dwight Howard. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

AMICKRejuvenated in Atlanta, Smith holding out hope for Dwight Howard

Larry Bird backs Dominique Wilkins into the post during Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bird scored 34 points, 20 in the fourth-quarter, while Wilkins poured in 47 in a losing effort as Boston advanced to play Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Are the Celtics and Hawks heading to another memorable Game 7? The Hawks survived on Tuesday with a 87-86 victory to force a Game 6 on Thursday. (Manny Millan/SI)
TROCCHI: Horford fuels Hawks to victory GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird 

Larry Bird backs Dominique Wilkins into the post during Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bird scored 34 points, 20 in the fourth-quarter, while Wilkins poured in 47 in a losing effort as Boston advanced to play Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Are the Celtics and Hawks heading to another memorable Game 7? The Hawks survived on Tuesday with a 87-86 victory to force a Game 6 on Thursday. (Manny Millan/SI)

TROCCHI: Horford fuels Hawks to victory 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird 

Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan  as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest WinnersROUNDTABLE: Discussing NBA’s labor feudAMICK: Agent blasts Stern for labor talksLOWE: NBA’s action won’t help union’s case

Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winners
ROUNDTABLE: Discussing NBA’s labor feud
AMICK: Agent blasts Stern for labor talks
LOWE: NBA’s action won’t help union’s case