Coach Blatt had stated Smith was “clueless at basketball”, with Smith responding to these comment via his Twitter account.
Following the triumph over Panathinaikos, the 59-year-old coach clarified the situation:
“Every time I say something, they put it on twitter and then I hear it from all over the world. Stephen Smith is a really good guy, and I didn’t say anything bad about him.
I just said that I heard that he said that Doncic shouldn’t have been a No 1. pick, while I think he should’ve. But he’s a hell of a guy, so you can put that on twitter!”