Greetings Hawks fans!
HB Ando and myself (Big Ray) would like to welcome back all Hawks fans, new and old, to the fan forum, now known as the Hawks Fan Nest. Kick back and chat it up with us, a couple of diehard Hawks fans just like yourselves. Rep your favorite player. Give a shoutout to a favorite snack spot in Phillips Arena. Complain about the seats (and those pesky opposing team fans that take up a whole section). You can do it all here at The Nest, where Hawks fans go to hang out.
It’s been a busy summer for the Atlanta Hawks, with more movement and intrigue than has been seen in these parts for some time now. After a “year off” from the draft, we were right back in the mix, taking Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague with the 19th pick. Expectations among fans have ranged from mild to wild, but there does seem to be one constant. Everybody within the organization seems impressed with the young fella, from ownership to coaching staff, to players, to the front office. If you’re a rookie, you can hardly hope for a better start. While Teague won’t quite have the pressure of the team needing him to make an immediate impact, his debut will be interesting nonetheless.
Also to be noted were the signings of free agents Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams, and Mike Bibby. All three guys had a hand in the unprecedented success of last season, and Marvin figures to be making a comeback of sorts after being out for several games towards the end of the season, and seeing marginal time in the playoffs.
Then of course, there was the free agent signings of big men Jason Collins and Joe Smith, as well as the trade of Speedy Claxton and Acie Law, for Jamal Crawford. All in all, a noteworthy offseason for Hawks fans. Will these changes have a similar positive effect that the additions of Ronald Murray and Maurice Evans did last year? Or will it be even better than that? We’ll begin to find out soon enough, though it seems that the season is a ways off yet. Speaking of which, who do you see making the roster out of training camp? Mario West has made the team the past two years on grit and hustle alone, but is he all out of magic beans? Will Courtney Sims rise from relative obscurity? Does Othello Hunter still have a future in Atlanta? Will Garrett Siler prove to be more than just a big guy? Would Frank Robinson or Mike Wilks help the team? Lots of questions, and we want to hear your replies!
Like last season, we will break down games, before and after, and the performances of players. But if you have something you want spotlighted, shout it out! The more input, the better.
Training camp is literally right around the corner, and the preseason begins in early October. Time to get it cranked back up.
Welcome back…to The Hawks Fan Nest.