*He also provided a moment of gallows humor when Law got chewed out by both teammates and head coach after screwing up a defensive possession by (gasp) fighting through a ball-screen rather than passively switching.
Today's paper* paints a surprisingly different picture. These are, to me, revealing quotes. I would not go so far as to speculate that the Mike Woodson-Acie Law IV relationship cannot be salvaged but I think it's fair to conclude that, right now, that relationship consists of two frustrated men.
*One further caveat, I don't know if the story's focus is a result of those quoted just answering the questions they were asked or that the quotes on this subject were simply the best quotes Sekou Smith received.
"It’s frustrating. You don’t play the whole year and people tell you to be patient and to keep working hard and wait your turn, and then the one chance you get, the Clippers come out and hit every shot they throw up. I mean, they don’t miss. Joe [Johnson] is sick, Al [Horford] is coming off a long layoff from his injury. The team’s not at full strength, and it’s a bad showing. So you’re sitting here now wondering, ‘Where do we go from here?'"Mike Woodson:
"Listen, I came into this season and I told everybody that nobody’s minutes are guaranteed. What minutes you get, you make the most of them. But you better be ready to play because you just never know when you’re going to be called upon. And that’s any team, I don’t care who it is. You just can’t play 12 guys consistently. In Acie’s defense, he hasn’t played and he’s not running the first team on a regular basis. But I can’t start two point guards. So at the end of the day, there really is no excuse. Acie was rusty. It happens. The bottom line is he has to be ready."Law is frustrated he isn't playing more. Law is frustrated the team wasn't more successful when he got a chance to play Saturday night. Woodson is frustrated that Law didn't play better. Neither party seems ready to take responsibility for his role in Law's lack of development/production to this point of his professional career. Right now, I would wager that, were the Hawks to make a trade before February 19th, it would be one which exchanges what some team might still consider a promising young point guard prospect for a player that Rick Sund believes his head coach would trust enough to play regularly.