Hawking the point at draft time

The draft lottery is likely to be one of the last things on the minds of the average Atlanta Hawks fan these days. Then again, there is not a whole lot else going on besides speculating about various coaching candidates. The Hawks will have an even lower pick (#24 overall, I think) than they did last year, wherein they selected former Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague at #19. Yet, might the draft lottery affect the hawks in some other way?

Coming to the Point

What do we as Hawks fans want to see addressed first in regard to the roster? Some call for the rugged big man who can spell Al Horford at center for at least twenty minutes per game. Others look for an upgrade in scoring from the small forward position. Many are calling for some stability at the point guard position, and I’m inclined to lean more in that direction than any other, at this point. Why? Well, we don’t know what will happen with Joe Johnson, but whether he stays or goes, we need a guy to run the team who can let the scorers be what they are – scorers.

It seems that the Hawks have yet to escape the vicious cycle. In need of a steady starter at the point since Billy Knight took over, a flood of names have come through. The results hardly varied. The veterans brought in were all past the point of consistent, meaningful contribution in one way or another. The young guys brought in either weren’t ready and couldn’t develop in time, or were outright unable. Then came a trade for then-Sacramento Kings point guard Mike Bibby, and it was thought that the problem was finally solved. After roughly a year and a half of meaningful play, Bibby’s affect and ability took a steeper decline than was likely expected. Where does that leave the Hawks? Staring at another veteran who really no longer can get the job done, and another young guy (Teague) who may not be ready to do the job.  So do the Hawks need to add another guy to the mix? I think so, but what do YOU think?

What does this have to do with the lottery? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. The Washington Wizards ended up winning the lottery, with the Philadelphia Sixers taking second place. Okay, so who gets heralded Kentucky point guard John Wall? Whoever does will likely be looking to move their current starting point guard, while keeping an a least somewhat capable backup/option. Might the Hawks capitalize on this, or should they go another route? Let’s look at a few far-fetched scenarios I’ve cooked up while trying to think of a worthwhile blog topic (yes, I admit it, but this is proof that even non-writers like myself can suffer writer’s block).

SCENARIO #1 

 The Wizards are not guaranteed to pick John Wall, and the fact is that Ohio State’s Evan Turner will also be on the board. Does he fit better? Is he a safer pick? The Wiz may not even be thinking about that. What they might be thinking is, “How can we repair the image that Agent Zero destroyed, and get a good point guard at the same time?” Wall helps there, but then what of guys like Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, and Shaun Livingston? The Wiz may not find any takers on Agent Zero and his Villainous Contract of Utter Doom, and the Hawks would be best off not even looking in his direction. What about Foye? Can he run the point full time, or is he just another journeyman combo guard in the Flip Murray mold? Did I just insult him or praise him? I can’t tell. And what of Shaun Livingston? Is he worth a look, or is he about to enter the Earl Boykins Zone ( the place where all journeymen point guards go to do, though don’t tell Kevin Ollie that).  Should the Hawks even look this far north for another point guard option? Slim pickin’, I think. But who cares what I think. What do YOU think?

 

SCENARIO #2

The Philadelphia 76ers watch the Wizards snatch up Evan Turner, letting Wall fall right into their eager laps. Wait, that might not have sounded right. Nevermind, let’s keep moving along. So the Sixers see Wall and can’t imagine life without him. Wait, don’t they already have Louis Williams and Jrue Holiday? What are they trying to do, be this year’s Minnesota Timberwolves?! Hey, nobody looks a gift horse in the mouth, and the Sixers won’t either, so they take him. Something tells me that Louis Williams goes nowhere….but if he does, would he welcome a return to the Atlanta area? Wait, is this guy really a point guard, and does he fit this team? Maybe the 6′4″ Holiday is a more likely prospect to get the shove. After all, Williams is capable of playing off the ball (even though he’s undersized), and Holiday appears to be all point guard, and nothing else (as if that were a bad thing….it’s not). Would the Hawks be wise to try and pry Holiday away from the Sixers? How could it be done?

 

SCENARIO #3

Here’s the one you’ve probably already heard, so I’ll be brief. Nets decide that Wall is going to in the top two picks and they either trade up to get him, or something else happens. What would that something else be? I don’t know, but if Larry Brown betrays Michael Jordan (which might be a good thing for Michael) and manages to latch onto the Sixers once again, who knows. But let’s not think about that, and say the Nets manage to secure Wall. Do they keep Devin Harris, or is he now a goner? He might make a somewhat effective 2 guard, and with Wall, it would be a fast backcourt. However, something tells me (and Nets management) that this is NOT a good idea. So out with Harris, and maybe the Hawks come calling. This is probably the longest shot, but hey, I did say this stuff was far-fetched, did I not? Is this something the Hawks should pursue?

 

Well, do any of those scenarios make even the slightest of sense, or pose the smallest ounce of interest? Do you have a scenario of your own to share? There are a number of point guards out there, but which ones are available? Perhaps it’s a little early to be thinking about it, but doesn’t Rick Sund have to at least think about it? After hearing what part owner Michael Gearon had to say about Jeff Teague’s playing time, I’m inclined to think the Hawks would like to see if they can hand him the reins next season. That makes Mike Bibby the backup if he’s not included in some sort of trade (however likely or unlikely that may be). But shouldn’t they grab another guy to push Teague or possibly take the job from him if he proves not to be ready? The Hawks MUST have a steady point guard, whether Joe Johnson stays or goes. Somebody has to run this offense and keep it from doing what it’s done for the last couple of years. Right now, there is little more than question marks, particularly with no head coach in place.

Speaking of which, it’s beginning to look like the interview process might need to move a little quicker than Sund would like. We shall see. Stay tuned….Summer of Sund continues….

271 comments Add your comment

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
10:09 pm

Good stuff Ray.

I think we have to take the summer in phases. 1st priority is the draft. We have to determine what areas we are going to try to fill in the draft. I would like to see us draft a Wing or PF player. 2nd priority is FA. 1st we need to re-sign Joe then resolve the Chills debacle and possible look at trades and signing other FAs to fill out the roster.

BIG GAY

May 18th, 2010
10:11 pm

THIS BLOG SUCKS

Big Ray

May 18th, 2010
10:14 pm

Melvin ,

I’m curious as to whether the Childress situation even gets resolved, and what resolutions would we find acceptable? We came out ahead (or so I feel) with the David Andersen situation. But the situation with Childress is something different. Does it really have an impact at this point?

O'Brien

May 18th, 2010
10:17 pm

Ray,

All these good PGs in the league (Nash, deron, CP3, collison, rose, Parker, Steph curry, Jennings, tyreke Evans, kidd, john wall, around the corner), and here we are again. Hawks still needing a long term solution at PG. When will it end?

If NJ had gotten #1 pick, I would have been in favor of bibby and filler for Devin Harris.

If we keep JJ, I like the suggestion of Crawford for hinrich, although. I don’t think bulls would go for that.

I like collison in N.O. too, but I don’t know what kind of deal it would take to get him (we would probably need to take one of their bad contracts).

What about Monta Ellis in golden state? Do they keep him to play with Steph curry?

Maxx

May 18th, 2010
10:21 pm

Hawks don’t have a glaring need at PG like the glaring need they have at Center. I don’t see the Hawks making deals to get any guards from any of these teams, unless we lose JJ and Philly takes Turner, then we might look at Iguodala. Hawks need a 7ft Center pronto

O'Brien

May 18th, 2010
10:22 pm

How did I forget rondo and Nelson.

We need to bring chills back, or S&T him. Otherwise he is a wasted asset. And hawks can’t afford to be wasting assets.

Reggie

May 18th, 2010
10:29 pm

Get Shaun Livingston. He showed this season that he’s back from that terrible injury. If you look at his April stats. He averaged 15ppg & 6 assist per game. He is the kind of floor general that we need. He still has alot of upside. I think the Hawks need to take a shot on him. It could pay off

Big Ray

May 18th, 2010
10:33 pm

Maxx ,

I think the need at center is nowhere near glaring, certainly not like our pg position.

And ask around about 7-foot centers. Indiana has one in 7′2″ Roy Hibbert. Al Horford put up the following against him: 24 pts/16 rbs, 25 pts/19 rbs, 18 pts/12 rbs. 7 footer does not = guaranteed, bonafide starting center who can compete in this league.

If it did, we’d have kept John Edwards and let him take over when Priest Lauderdale retired as a Hawk. Just sayin’….

O’brien ,

I don’t care how it ends, as long as it ends. Maybe the combination of a summer of hard work for Teague and a new coach will do the trick. Maybe not. But something’s gotta give…

Big Ray

May 18th, 2010
10:34 pm

Reggie,

Livingston’s back, that’s for sure. But is he back for good, or will he prove to be injury prone? Talk about a toss of the dice.

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
10:35 pm

Ray,

I think the Hawks have to either resign Chills or S&T him for an asset (another rotational player) in order for this team to take it to the next level. We may be stuck with Bibby contract, so either Marvin and ZaZa step up or we utilize every asset we have to get better…

Oh, let me revise my priority list. First we need to hire a coach then concentrate on the draft…

Reggie

May 18th, 2010
10:42 pm

If I was the Hawks I would roll the dice, & get Shawn Livigston. If it works out you could have a very good point guard & also dont forget about Tony Parker. He could be on the trading block as well. He would be a great get for the hawks, if they can find a way to pull a trade like that off.

Astro Joe

May 18th, 2010
10:45 pm

Would y’all trade Josh Smith for Chauncey Billups? Would you do it if Joe returned?

I don;t think that I would, but I had to think about it for a while before making arriving at that decision. A backcourt of Joe and Billups for the next 2 seasons is intriguing, but I think that I would pass on that trade.

niremetal

May 18th, 2010
11:00 pm

Astro,

Would y’all trade Josh Smith for Chauncey Billups? Would you do it if Joe returned?

Absolutely not if Joe returned. Maybe if Joe didn’t, since that would give us an expiring contract going into next summer. I’m pretty sure Billups has the right to veto trades, though, and I can’t imagine him accepting a trade to a rebuilding Hawks team.

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:01 pm

Astro,

Simple for me, No Way, No How… I think we have a nice frontcourt with Josh/AL. I would rather we add players with length and bulk that would compliment those guys….

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:11 pm

It’s funny how (not really) SVG choose to play Howard the entire game against the Hawks but would play him less against taller teams. Had he sub Gotart for Howard, Horford would have ate Gotart for lunch like he did in game 2 when Howard got into foul trouble. Yep, the NBA is a game of matchups…

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:33 pm

Vince choked….

doc

May 18th, 2010
11:35 pm

melvin, i think your follow up post got your priority right. got to get the right coach, then fill the same ole thing, starting point guard and the never ending chase for beef that can play. what is it about glen davis we cant get out of a solo or rand mo? second rounder holding his own against superman.

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:39 pm

Vince Carter choked like Nick Anderson….

vava74

May 18th, 2010
11:39 pm

How do you spell master choker?

V-I-N-C-E C-A-R-T-E-R

Bring back the Turk.

Orlando’s game is shallow without him. That or the Hawks are the worst poison around!

Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:44 pm

Do yall believe in Boston now… And just wait to KG go out to La, La Land and renew acquaintance with Odom and Gasol. He punk those two guys his whole career…

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Melvin

May 18th, 2010
11:53 pm

Many folks complain about Teague jumpshot but please tell me how many jumpshots do Rondo shoot and make? He continously score 20+ pts in the playoffs but without relying on shooting jumpshots… So explain why a PG have a great jumpshot to be effective again????

i_am_soulstar

May 18th, 2010
11:56 pm

What of our second round draft pick last year, Mr. Sergei Gladyr? Last I heard, he was a more-than-capable SG who was very interested in coming to the states to play for the Hawks, but something about his paperwork didn’t clear in order for him to participate in training camp. I hope he’s in camp this year.

Regarding the draft, I’d hope the Hawks just go after the best of what’s leftover regardless of position and end up with a steal.

I hope to see Childress back as well, but I think that depends on a number of things that only Chilldress himself could outline, although I’m sure money’s in there somewhere.

Also, regarding the Hawks getting the PG situation right, I think the right coach will be able to develop Teague. Avery Johnson would definitely be able to develop Teague if he could develop Devin Harris, and also once raw PG . Shaun Livingston did well once he was finally healthy, but it WAS on a lottery team. Also, I get skittish when the Hawks talk about signing injury-prone guys. Take it from another injury prone guy, it’s probably not a good move.

i_am_soulstar

May 19th, 2010
12:05 am

Teague just has tremendous upside. A few years of experience and he’ll be a beast with the right coach/mentor. We just have to let the kid play.

doc

May 19th, 2010
12:25 am

nice post ray, the combinations are unfathomable at this time. amazed you even took a shot at it.

what will sund do? WWSD

niremetal

May 19th, 2010
12:37 am

Melvin,

Rondo’s jumper isn’t great, but it’s leaps and bounds better than Teague’s is. Granted, Teague could work on his like Rondo did and get there, but everyone and their mother has commented on how much Rondo’s jumper has improved each of the past couple years.

Oh yeah – and Rondo’s court vision and passing instincts were LIGHT YEARS better than Teague’s were at the same time. Teague really doesn’t seem to have a good sense of where his teammates are when he drives, which is a tough thing to teach.

In any case, I’m still not convinced Rondo would be much better than a guy like TJ Ford offensively (in fact, I think he’d be slightly worse) but for the presence of three Hall of Famers who are much bigger scoring threats.

niremetal

May 19th, 2010
12:41 am

I honestly think that Teague is a SG in a PG’s body. Maybe he’s still adjusting to the pace of the NBA game, but he just doesn’t seem to have the court vision that most PGs do. I’m not ready to give up on him, but I’m no longer confident that he has the toolkit to be more than a marginal PG.

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
12:56 am

Nire,

I agree that Rondo’s game has improve but I think you are comparing Rondo’s game now to Teague. Teague had/has more skills then Rondo coming in the league. Teague jumpshot is not text book but its effective. I believe b/c he was jerk around his rookie season, his confidence was shaking which affect his jumpshot. I would advise to watch some of highlights from Wake Forest, he gets to anywhere on the floor (like Rondo) with a better jumpshot than Rondo. He’s a flatout better scorer coming into the league than Rondo but I do think he’s more of a PG than SG.

Check out his highlights…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwposMephTM

Big Ray

May 19th, 2010
2:41 am

Doc ,

We either don’t know how to pick ‘em, or we can’t develop ‘em…..one or the other, some of both. “Beef than can play”, I like it LOL.

Jeff Teague doesn’t seem to have great vision, but then again, this is what I’ve seen when watching him.

Playing with starters: Defers immediately, passes the ball and very unlikely to make an aggressive move of any kind.

Playing with reserves: Passes just fine, but encounters two problems. One, teammates who fumble the ball when he passes (Zaza) or misses the shot (Joe Smith). Reserves are just as bad about moving without the ball, making Teague look crazy when he drives, has nowhere to go, and also nowhere to pass. However, he also has been indecisive, also leading to “looking lost” once he has driven into the lane. This sometimes leads to putting up shots that are easily blocked.

Teague has to take a page from Lionel Hollins’ book: attack, attack, attack. But be looking while you attack, because attacking doesn’t necessarily mean looking to score.

This is why I say you go and get another youngish pg. If Teague can’t cut the mustard, you’re stuck with Bibby, which will be neither the worst, nor best case scenario. At least you know the devil you’d be dealing with, but I don’t want to see us in this position YET AGAIN.

Big Ray

May 19th, 2010
2:46 am

When Rajon Rondo came in the league, he couldn’t shoot worth a crap. That made him unattractive to certain team execs at the time (and coaches).

He, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Mike Conley, and several others are examples of guys who didn’t shoot that well but worked on it. Took Chauncey nearly 4 years to be able to even touch 40% from the field. Not that he rose all that high above it throughout his career, but he’s not somebody you leave wide open. The trick to it is the guy working hard, and a coach who takes the time to work with him.

Teague has to work hard on it, but they’ll get to see what he can do in summer league, camp, etc.

In the meantime, get yourself another prospect. Not a rookie, mind you. But another prospect.

vava74

May 19th, 2010
3:31 am

Hold your horses! I strongly disagree that Teague doesn’t have PG instincts and his passing is suspect!

Strongly disagree!

Lack of a certain type of systematic awareness? Yes, but with very simple causes: there was no system for him to interpret and our offense consisted of 95% standing around.

When Teague had more minutes he ALWAYS delivered quality passes and seemed to do it precisely to the teammates sweet spots.

Furthermore, the rock usually reached his teammates on the right spacial position to allow an instant shot motion: not too high, not too low, not too loose, not too tight to the body.

His assist figures already atest this even though Zaza, JoeS botched dozens of free throws.

Still raw? Yes, but much much better than many real “SG trapped in PG bodies”.

Another example: those two one handed off dribble bounce passes in transition for Mo. Classic stuff and by far the best transition passes by a Hawks guard in a long time if you exclude Bibby’s alley hoop passes to Josh which technically are much easier in spite of the spectacularity.

Bibby on the other hand has been – and now more than ever – a SG trapped in a (bad and poorly conditioned) PG body.

vava74

May 19th, 2010
3:49 am

“Free throws” should read “lay ups and easy jays”

O'Brien

May 19th, 2010
7:32 am

Rondo in college was not much of a shooter, but we have seen Teague’s scoring in college (including shot making from 3), so I definitely think he has it in him to be a better shooter in the NBA.

I think he is capable of being a solid PG for us, but he needs practice (gotta work on his game), confidence, and an offensive system. We have seen bench players waste his good passes, although he has looked tentative at times. But who wouldn’t, if you’re worried about being yanked for your mistakes?

Sometimes, our offensive set was for Teague to give the ball to Crawford, and get out of the way. Give him a good coach to help him develop, and I think he can easily match Bibby’s numbers from this season ( even if he doesnt make as many jump shots).

What he will do better than Bibby is play better defense, penetrate and get guys better looks, get to the FT line, and pushing the ball on the break (Teague can be a one man fast break).

But I would still like to see the Hawks bring in a 3rd PG for depth and competition (I’m even open to bringing Royel Ivy back).

Bill

May 19th, 2010
7:40 am

Would the Hawks and Nets consider a trade for Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby to Nets for Harris, Lee and another Net. Harris could start at Point, Crawford at the two with Teague and Lee as their backups.
The Nets get a scorer to help Lopez and would probably take Cousins from Ky as their Power Forward.

What would the Sixers want for Holiday, Josh (I wouldn’t do that) ???

Foye has not proved to be a better option than Teague unless you could trade Bibby’s contract ???

What will the Hawks do for a Center who could make Howard and other big centers work ????
Gasol in Memphis for Josh, any other ideas ?????

niremetal

May 19th, 2010
8:26 am

Melvin,

1) Come on, you’re going to use a highlight reel to make a point about a player’s skill set?
2) I was not comparing Rondo today to Teague today when I was discussing court vision, which is why I said “at the same time.” Rondo had much better PG instincts and passing skills coming into the league than Teague did, by a massive margin. Unlike Teague, he always seemed to have a good sense of where his teammates are, especially in transition. That’s something that, as far as I’ve seen, cannot be taught.

niremetal

May 19th, 2010
8:30 am

Vava,

Sorry, but I never saw evidence of Teague having good court vision or PG instincts in his game. And not for nothing, but every single scouting report of him coming into the draft said the same thing.

The Real Hawk

May 19th, 2010
8:40 am

1. The Wiz’s WILL dreaft Wall.
2.We need a big body center first. (See Orlando whom we must get by every year).
3. We drafted a point last year who was not used or developed. (Bye Wody).
4. A scoring small forward, absolutely, but only in a trade away of Williams for a vet.

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
9:13 am

Nire,

What I’m saying to you is that if you base your analysis of Teague game as a Hawk than you will be misled b/c he did get a fair amount of playing time to have a fair assessment. If you look at the one game he started, didn’t he have 15 assist with 25pts? I recall you saying you do not watch a lot of college ball that’s why I posted the youtude link to show you that Teague jump shot is not as bad as folks are saying nor does he shy away or hesitate to shoot it like Rondo does.

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
9:17 am

Bill,

I think it’s safe to say that you want to trade Josh….:)

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
9:18 am

If Daddy Mouse can’t win in Disneyland, what heck is he going to do in Boston….LOL

Astro Joe

May 19th, 2010
9:30 am

Melvin, Boston was better on the road than at home during the regular season… so let’s not pull out the brooms yet.

I think that if Teague were developed like George Hill was in SA (just play guard, don’t worry about which guard) then he would likely come along faster. I too have my doubts about his PG capabilities. Woody allowed Josh Smith to play forward for his first 2-3 seasons. I don’t know if that was good or bad for his long-term development but it allowed him to get on the floor. Hopefully Teague will take advantage of this summer… a new coach and a clean slate. All he has to do is work like a dog to avoid becoming a TJ Ford type player. That’s obviously what Rondo has done… worked like a dog to improve each and every year.

i_am_soulstar

May 19th, 2010
9:50 am

I think there’s really no way to evaluate Teague’s professional debut. Just too small of a sample, and not enough opportunity. Plus, being a rookie PG playing under a guy who’ll take you out for one mistake, and playing with a stagnant offense doesn’t do much to convince me that Teague was given ample opportuntiy to “do his thing” so to speak.

He did look lost at times out there, but that’s what happens when you play every 3-4 games.

I could never buy into Woody’s “be ready to play when your number’s called” mentality. Absolute crap. Unjust justification for a coach who wouldn’t extend his regular season rotation past 7-8 players.

It’s simple for guys like Mario West (no diss to Mario), because he doesn’t need to get into the flow of the game, he just asked to go defend, and even then, half of those “get a stop” attempts end up resulting in shooting fouls. When Teague comes off the bench every 3-4 games, he’s asked to lead the team, and rarely has a chance to get into rhythm before he’s pulled from the game. Woody said he had faith in him, but rarely showed it through substitutions, and I’m willing to bet the clothes on my back this influenced Teague’s confidence on the court.

i_am_soulstar

May 19th, 2010
9:54 am

Teague was tremendous for the better part of his college days, and is still injury free. Someone develop this guy!

And bring Sergey Gladyr to the Hawks!!

ntrigue

May 19th, 2010
9:59 am

Trade Marvin and Joe Smith for Brandon Wright and trade draft pick this year and next with Jason Collins for Darren Collison or sergio Rodriquez! Also remember Jarvaris Crittendon will be availiable this year and would be a great backup point with size and average defense.

gtm

May 19th, 2010
10:06 am

Considering future potential as the Hawks point guard, I would rank them in this order:
Darren Collison
Devin Harris
Jeff Teague
Louis Williams
Jrue Holiday
Shaun Livingston
Randy Foye
Gilbert Arenas

I think Collison played awesome and seems to be a great distributor, which is what I want to see here. He should only be getting better.

Harris can dish, score, and he gets to the line often. I think Collison has more potential, though.

I think Teague deserves his chance this year and I put him above the rest because I see the next guys as closer to combo guards than point guards.

Lou Williams has really started to play well and he keeps his turnovers relatively low for a PG. He’s also good at generating turnovers. I like Lou’s game but I want to see an assist wizard on our team. He still might be that guy, but it’s hard to tell when he plays on the Sixers.

Holiday is definitely showing promise but it’s hard to tell what direction he’ll go in. Too early to tell.

Livingston showed up great at the end of last year and everyone still loves his size. I’d still be very worried about an injury that would have ended a lot of other careers.

I used to like Foye a lot, I even preferred him over Roy back when they were drafted, but I don’t think he’ll be much more than your standard combo guard…inefficient and scoring in bursts.

Arenas…forget it. Bad contract, character issues, volume shooter, huge turnovers. He could be a superstar with some of the numbers he’s put up in the past but I question his mentality.

I’d still be ok going forward with Teague but if they have a chance at Collison or Harris it would be hard not to pursue that.

i_am_soulstar

May 19th, 2010
10:16 am

ntrigue,

The only Hawks currently under contract are Josh Smith, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford, and Zaza Pachulia.

Joe Smith and Jason Collins are free agents

jlewis

May 19th, 2010
10:20 am

I do not think JJ is coming back, at this stage he wants to win a championship. Look for him to go with Wade or Lebron. The guy played his butt off here and helped get this franchise out of the dumps, and got booed. There is no “if”, trust me on this, he is not coming back. ATL needs to find a 1 and a 2 in the backcourt next year, good luck.

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
10:24 am

Jlewis,

This franchise gave Joe everything. Made him the man, when he was the 3rd/4th fish in the pond in Phx. He even cause a rift in the ownership group. Although he was booed, it’s not like he didn’t get paid top dollar and the royal treatment while he was here.

Melvin

May 19th, 2010
10:28 am

Astro,

The pressure is on the Magic. They now have to win 2 games in Boston to get to the finals. I haven’t grab the broom out of the corner yet but I’m walking toward it….LOL

Infamous

May 19th, 2010
10:35 am

Is there any way that we can get Chris Paul?