"When I was in Atlanta, man, we went through a little stage when we were tearing guys' shirts off when they weren't looking," said Williams, who played the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Hawks before being traded to Utah last summer. "I was out there talking to Josh (Smith at shootaround) and Zaza came and got me."
Williams joked back with the humorous Georgian.
"I told him my first foul was going to be for him (Wednesday)," he said. "Nah, I'll get him when the time's right, for sure."
When asked about Williams' shredded shirt, Pachulia turned to a Hawks PR representative and jokingly asked: "Is he from the FBI? Utah PD?"
A certain reporter's response: "KGB."
Pachulia smiled and explained his side of the story.
"Marvin, he's my brother. We've been sitting next to each other for seven years in our locker room. I'm a very close friend," the 6-foot-11 center said with his accented English. "I love Marvin and I miss him, so I got green light to make those kind of jokes."
BIRTHDAY BOY: Ex-Jazz point guard Devin Harris hit a half-court shot at the end of the Hawks' shootaround. He joked that it was a birthday present to himself. Harris celebrated his 30th birthday in the city he called home for just over a year from 2011-12. He had 12 points in Atlanta's 102-91 win.
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