A tribute was in order for a former Hawk when the Washington Wizards visited Philips Arena Wednesday night. Mike Scott spent his first five seasons in Atlanta with the Hawks where he appeared in 281 games and became one of the more well-liked players by the fan base.
The crowd showed their appreciation for Scott as there were numerous jerseys with Scott’s number 32 on the back throughout the arena, despite Scott being a member of the Wizards, a division rival and the team that eliminated the Hawks from the playoffs last season.
The Hawks also put together a video tribute chronicling Scott’s tenure with the team. The video ironically featured one of Scott’s most memorable moments in which he dunked on current teammate Bradley Beal and another monstrous slam on another current Wizards teammate Ian Mahinmi in the 2014 playoffs.
Scott was then met with a standing ovation to which he responded with appreciation as he acknowledged the crowd with a wave and a pound of his chest.
“That was dope,” Scott said. “I only spent five years here, but it was kind of a long five years. That was great. There was a lot of love from the fans and the coaching staff.”
Scott had Wednesday’s game circled to see his old friends and teammates like Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder, whom he spent most of his five seasons playing with. Scott expected it to be a little emotional and it was. Scott scored six points in the 18 minutes of work Wednesday. With the reunion checked off, Scott expects it to begin to feel normal when he faces the Hawks the next two times this season as the Wizards chase the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
“I thought about it,” Scott said. “I wish we would have won. But that felt good. I think we come back here late January, so I’m glad we got this over with and we can come back in January and just straight hoop.”