John Denton on Jameer Nelson
"Jameer isn't doing anything we didn't expect him to do. We saw the progression there," Smith said. "People make a lot out of contracts and contract size, but I'm about people and having those people in the right place. Really, it's all about building around No. 12 (Howard). I'll take the hit for Rashard's deal and Jameer's deal, but I'm the one who considers how they fit into our team.
"I couldn't lose (Jameer) because we were worried about a dollar amount," Smith continued. "To the people who said we gave him too much money, give me 10 (point guards) who are better than him? I think I'm right."
Smith, who rarely misses a game or practice, is as dialed in to his team as any GM in all the NBA. Smith and Nelson make a point of signaling to each other prior to every tipoff and rarely does a practice go by that Nelson isn't in his office afterward for a pep talk or chewing out.
Also, Denton's midseason awards here
Dwight Howard 3rd for MVP (Wade, James)
Dwight Howard #1 Defensive POY
Stan Van Gundy #1 for COY
Jameer Nelson #1 for Most Improved