--The invitations won't go out for at least a month or so, but if Hawks forward Marvin Williams gets an offer to participate in the three-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend, he'll gladly accept. After making just one of his 10 three-point attempts a year go, Williams is one of the top 10 three-point shooters in the NBA -- he's tied for ninth at .474, while teammate Mo Evans leads the team and ranks fourth at .500."Without a doubt, I'd accept," Williams said before the Hawks faced the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night. "You go out there and make them all or you miss them all. Either way, that would have to be the experience of a lifetime."
Williams would have the ideal coach if he does make it into the field. He's been working overtime this season with Hawks' shooting consultant Mark Price. They do a drill at the end of practice that is like the three-point shooting contest but without the ball racks.
"Yeah, that's a little different than what we do because those guys (in the three-point shooting contest) look winded after every round," Williams said. "But the practice would get me ready and I'd go out there and give it everything I've got."
--G Mike Bibby will be reunited with his former Sacramento Kings teammate Chris Webber as a studio guest during Thursday night's TNT NBA coverage. Bibby and Webber, now an analyst with the network, played together on powerhouse Kings teams that routinely played deep into the Western Conference playoffs.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It felt good to (dunk the ball). No problems. To be able to get some explosion like I had early on, before I got hurt, felt really good." -- F Josh Smith, on finally being back in the lineup after a 12-game absence.