Josh Smith goes off on Doc Rivers in NSFW rant: 'I finally get why your wife almost left you'

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By , Audacy Sports

It was a night to celebrate for Atlanta locals, Hawks fans and former members of the organization. A No. 5 seed upsetting a No. 1 seed in relatively convincing fashion doesn't happen every day, and for a team that couldn't get more than 30 wins in any of the past three seasons, an Eastern Conference Finals appearance is pretty darn exciting. As expected, many familiar faces reveled in the victory, and team legends were no exception.

Fellow Hawks great Josh Smith took an alternate approach to celebrating. Though not a "great" in the same sense that Wilkins was a great, Smith still appeared on six Atlanta playoff rosters and averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game across nine seasons. His contributions were enough to put him at No. 12 all-time in terms of win shares (47.6) earned by a Hawks player, right behind former Hawks guard and current 76ers coach Doc Rivers at No. 11 (52.0).

Coincidentally, it was Rivers who suffered as a result of Smith's celebration — a personal, expletive-filled, offensive rant that Smith posted to his Instagram story and that went viral on Twitter. (WARNING: NSFW content).

"Yea, Doc Rivers. You talked all that sh-- about Paul George and how Tyronn Lue was gonna have the same offense for that n----. Shut yo bum-ass up, man. You no-in-game-adjustments-havin' ass man," Smith said. "Start giving n-----s their real credit, man, that's why your b---- ass got that karma on your ass and you can't get past the second round, man. You done did all these real n-----s wrong, man. Look in the mirror, n----, and confess your motherf------- truths or you won't ever make it out of the second round.

"...I finally get why your wife almost left you, man. You don't know how to make in-game adjustments... and don't nobody really like your cap ass. You're losing your power."

If you check Smith's story now on his Instagram account, you'll see that several of the videos are still up, though the clip with the reference to Rivers and his wife has been taken down. There are other messages though, including a screen with the text, "Nah, fr (for real) for all of the coaches out there that believed in Doc y'all don't feel a little stupid for not seeing sh-- with your own two eyes? Lol," and some memes/graphics celebrating the Hawks.

This morning, Smith posted a follow up video that seemed like it was leading to an apology before it took a different turn.

"Good morning, y'all man. Just woke up, looked at my story, and saw that I was wilin'," Smith said, before pausing and laughing. "But I don't give a damn. In all honesty, I'll put this in perspective. Nate McMillan didn't even have his coaching staff and he's in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"Nate McMillan doesn't have his coaching staff and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals."

Smith spent 32 games under Rivers' guidance in 2016 with the Los Angeles Clippers, playing a small-ish bench role at age 30. Halfway through the year, the Clippers traded him to the Houston Rockets, where he had helped to end Rivers' and the Clippers' playoff run the season prior. When Rivers lost in the 2020 Playoffs after the Nuggets rallied back from down 3-1 and sent Los Angeles home in Game 7, Smith took to Instagram to personally call out the head coach in his caption.

We're not sure what the exact nature of the beef is, but it's not too difficult to see that there's some serious hostility going on.

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