Drew’s the man, but what’s the plan?

Well, here we are. As reported by Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham, Larry Drew has apparently been tabbed as head coach.

Shall there be weeping, lamentation, and gnashing of teeth? How about dancing in the streets and parading down the avenues? Maybe an extreme reaction either way is neither optimal or appropriate. But how do you define extreme, and besides – this is what blogging is about. You know, overreacting as you please, with no penalty other than a faux jab from another blogger (or fifty, depending on how big the frenzy is). Like it or not, the wheel of this ship has been taken by the first mate of the former captain. And no, it was not a mutiny (that we know of).

You Think You Know…

 What should we expect from Larry Drew? Expectations are fluid and tricky. Expect too much, and you will almost certainly be disappoined. Expect too much too soon, and the effect will be similar. Is there a penalty for expecting too little? What will the players expect out of him? What does he expect of himself? All this and more will be learned as time moves on. What’s funny is that idea that perhaps what we think we know may actually be more of an unknown than we suppose. Larry Drew has been an assistant coach on this team for the past six seasons, but do we really know him? My hunch is that we really don’t know this guy. I won’t heap another coal on the head of former coach Mike Woodson, but the simple fact is that it was his voice we’ve always heard, and his philosophy. Drew has chimed in here and there, but only to more or less echo what his boss has to say. Such has been the case with all of Woodson’s assistants, with halftime thirty or forty-five second interviews being the only evidence to the general public that the guys can even talk. And you know what? That’s the case most of the time, on most teams. It’s not an anomaly. In the end, I think we will get to know Larry Drew in ways we could not possibly have, before.

Even the players will. Oh sure, the guys on the roster know him, but do they know what he would do in any given situation? Do they know what he expects of them? I seriously doubt he has taken scenarios that Mike Woodson has experienced, and said “Hey guys, I wouldn’t have done it this way, I would have done it that way.” That sort of attitude never really helps anyone, as it tends to be a breeding ground for more disruption, confusion, and division. Perhaps Drew has, however, taken a player aside and explained why his head coach made a certain decision or did things a certain way. Agreeing with your boss may not be something that happens naturally or even often, but buying into and supporting the edicts you’ve been given do help promote continuity of the team. If this is the approach Drew has taken to his job, his new job will go that much better for him and all that are involved. Sometimes the best way to lead is through influence and persuasion. Again, if Drew realizes this, he is already a step ahead. Or maybe I’m wrong and a more Machiavellian approach is what it takes. Perhaps, perhaps not. We shall see soon enough.

In the meantime, we’ll get to know Larry Drew, the head coach.


What’s In a Name?

Coining the old Shakespeare quote, I have to wonder why people get so attached to the names of coaching candidates. When is the last time YOU heard anybody say they had to get tickets for this Saturday night because the Jazz and Jerry Sloan would be in town? How about the Magic and Stan Van Gundy? Will people soon be hyped about going to watch the Cavs and (insert Tim Izzo or whoever takes the job once he says no)? If not, then why be worried about a “brand name” coach? Perception is the only answer I can think of. It’s the reason we separate the winners from the losers, based on our opinions and several skewed statistics. Actually, statistics aren’t skewed. They are just math and numbers. How we use and interpret them is another matter altogether. When a guy wins in one place, it doesn’t guarantee that he won’t lose somewhere else, and vice versa. If this is true nowhere else in the NBA, it’s true on the sideline: production beats flash every time. There’s more opinion out there on the subject as the AJC’s Jeff Schultz feels we might need to look past the lack of style and see the substance. Also, think about this: every guy available for a job has most likely failed somewhere else or never really gotten a chance. That’s the nature of the job in the League. That’s the law of experience cutting both ways. What does that mean? Like all assistants, Larry Drew has neither failed nor succeeded yet. So whether or not the glass is half empty or half full is a tale yet to be told.

Dare To Believe

As a fan base, can we get behind this decision, or will we stay hung up in the details surrounding it? In the case of management, the “why” does matter. In the case of the coach, the only thing that matters is “what.” Translation – Yes, we should be concerned with why management made a decision to go with Larry Drew. However, where Drew himself is concerned, all that matters is what he does now that he is in the position. We can only hope that he and this team do well enough to make us stop thinking so much about why management does what it does.

Maybe Larry Drew’s six years of absolute insider experience with the Hawks will help bridge the gap of those zero years of experience as a head coach in the NBA. Instead of getting to know the guys on this team, perhaps he can focus more on getting them to buy into his own system. And outsider might be more interesting, but last I looked, “interesting” didn’t win games. I have no doubts that Drew will be a “different voice.” In a way, that is a smoke screen. This team doesn’t need “different” as much as it needs “consistently effective.” There has to be something there, that’s worth having after the so-called honeymoon. Will there be an adjustment period of sorts? I would expect so. But it should also be shorter and less profound. Will there still be obstacles and challenges? Yes, but they are likely already identified, if not the reasons behind them. As much as we don’t know about Drew, we do know that he knows enough (far more than we do) about the team. Maybe that can stoke some confidence in the fan base. It certainly should do so for the team.


Odds and Ends

- Will this have an effect on whether or not Joe Johnson leaves or stays? I still think it’s all about money and opportunity for Joe Johnson. Aside from the few positive comments Johnson has made in Mike Woodson’s direction, we have no idea how he really felt about Woodson, or how he feels about Drew. There is little reason beyond that of the speculative, to think that Johnson’s decision will be heavily affected by Drew’s promotion to head coach. Then again, you can never count a factor like this out completely. Johnson has to know that some things would change under Drew, from the way they were under Woodson. At the same time, if Johnson has issues with this team, it’s going to be with his teammates as much or more as it could be with who the head coach is. While I don’t think it will ultimately sway his decision, whether or not Johnson believes Larry Drew will hold guys accountable (as in moreso than Woodson) might be a factor. The question is how much of one.

- The inevitable watch on Jeff Teague will commence from the time he goes to summer league, and Larry Drew will not be able to escape this spotlight in the slightest. Known as a point guard coach, Drew’s work with Teague will be compared, perhaps unfairly, to that of Mike Woodson and every young point guard he has dealt with the entire six years he was here. If Teague flops or struggles mightily, it will get very noisy, very fast. Drew will come under fire from both the fan base, and from his bosses (let’s not forget, this is Sund’s draft pick, and Michael Gearon has made public comments about Teague’s playing time). If Teague does well, this bodes well for Drew. Fair or not, right or wrong, this will be watched….maybe even moreso than how Drew handles Josh Smith. Well, okay, we may have a tie on that one. Another guy to watch? Marvin Williams. Do we expect Drew to turn these guys into something they aren’t, haven’t been, or otherwise? Should we? Will we?

- We have absolutely no insight into what defensive or offensive philosophy Larry Drew holds. Again, it may not be fair, but he will be judged against everything Mike Woodson did. If he does anything that Woodson used to do, he’ll hear it from the masses (until it proves to be successful on a consistent basis). But first, he will have to get the players to buy into what he wants to do. That is where the true challenge lies. I don’t know about you, but I’m a tad anxious to see what Drew does with this team.

- How much input will Larry Drew have in the draft and free agency decisions? Will Sund make a public statement on this issue? Will it matter? And though we’ll likely never find out (but you never know what will be said in the formal announcement), what WAS it that made Larry Drew’s interview presentation so impressive?

One issue decided on Hawks Fans. The Summer of Sund continues.

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June 11th, 2010
10:21 pm

I’m scared


June 11th, 2010
10:23 pm

I find it very hard to believe that Sund two coaching hiring’s been to resign the current coach and then hired the top assistant on the coaching staff that he chose not to resign the aforementioned coach.

Whoop Dee Damn Drew….


June 11th, 2010
10:24 pm

But I guess the best thing is to go into this season with no expectations and see what happens. I’ll give the guy the benefit of the doubt. You got my support Drew.


June 11th, 2010
10:25 pm

not like I have a choice :(

Astro Joe

June 11th, 2010
10:29 pm

Wow! Congratulations to Coach Drew. Who would have thought that Woody would have a branch off his coaching tree? Wow. It will be interesting to see what Coach Drew’s staff looks like… and if he retains any of his former peers.

Hiring Drew should certainly allow for an immediate addressing of the locker-room problems… he knows the “issues” and he obviously presented a plan to resolve them during the interview process.

One more thing, I hope that he was Sund’s preferred choice. Obviously, Sund thought enough of him that he made it to the next round if interviews, but I sincerely hope that he was Sund’s final choice. Obviously, we will likely never know that. But for the sake of my favorite team, I hope that the basketball expert won this battle and not the owners whose basketball knowledge pales in comparison to Sund.

Wow! Congrats to Coach Drew!


June 11th, 2010
10:43 pm

I look forward to drew’s press conference, because I am sure some questions will be asked that we would like answered.

And it will be interesting to hear what drew has to say during the offseason, and then see what he does during the season.

Will he switch everything? Who will be his starting PG? What’s his relationship with JJ? What’s his relationship with Chills?

Too often woody would say one thing, but then do something else once the games start.

I hope sund makes the moves necessary to improve the team though, because just changing the HC is not enough.

Astro Joe

June 11th, 2010
10:54 pm

Wow! I’m stunned. Man I hope this was Sund’s final recommendation.


June 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

folks lets wait till we see what happens with JJ, free agency, etc till we decide the makeup of this team.. i dont know much about Larry Drew, but he is innocent until proven guilty in my book..

Astro Joe

June 11th, 2010
11:10 pm


June 11th, 2010
11:14 pm

Doesn’t get me real excited.

But neither did the end to last two seasons.

I guess we all just have to wait and see.

The on thing I can tell you for sure is that this definitely has no effect on where Joe goes. He will go to whatever team wants to pay him the most.


June 11th, 2010
11:16 pm

One concern that I hadn’t thought about: Who can Drew get as assistants?

Potential answer: He isn’t just in Woody’s coaching tree. He’s in Alvin Gentry, Byron Scott, and Del Harris’s. Harris gets a bad rap, but always thought was a bit unfairly maligned – he didn’t do a good job in the playoffs with the seeds of what became with the Lakers dynasty, but I think that was in some part a function of Kobe (who was just 20 when Harris was fired) not being ready for prime time yet.

But I can’t get past the message this seems to send. Whatever virtues he might have, hiring Woody’s assistant seems to tell the world (including free agents) that you don’t think there’s much that needs changing. The reality might be that the difference between Woody and Drew is night and day, but perception is often more important in reality in the world of free agency. And, of course, this plays right into all the ESPN/Yahoo/disgruntled fan narratives that the ASG is cheap.

And btw, if ASG did want to be cheap, this isn’t the way to do it. The coach’s salary doesn’t count towards the cap or luxury tax, and they aren’t entitled to the pension of NBA veterans. If you are gonna skimp, coaching isn’t the place to do it. Both in terms of value to the team and financial flexibility, I’d much rather pay $4.6M for a very good coach and $1.4M for a vet min player than $1.4M for a questionable coach and $4.6M for a mediocre player. Because I promise, the coach has a bigger impact on wins, losses, and playoff success than the 9th man does. Hell, he usually has more of an impact than the 2nd offensive option does.

Skimping on the coach isn’t cheap. It’s just stupid. Coaching is where you can make the biggest impact on the team by spending the least amount of money. But that’s always been my complaint about the Hawks for as long as I can remember. It’s not that management is cheap. It’s that they have no sense of priorities. Just like with the re-signing of Koncak, the signing of Speedy Claxton, the drafting of Marvin instead of CP3/Deron and (even worse) Shelden over…well anyone…,and (still my biggest pet peeve) falling for Colangelo’s bluff on JJ, this reeks of the Hawks failing to see the big picture.


June 11th, 2010
11:21 pm

The big picture, by the way, is how this coaching decision will be perceived outside the Hawks organization. I bet the players – including JJ – will be happy with this signing. The fans and other teams’ free agents? Not so much.


June 11th, 2010
11:47 pm

I personally like the hire. Some of you fans must seriously not live in Atlanta because you obviously haven’t seen the history Mike Smith(1st time coach) has put down. We have nothing to loose if we hire Drew. Imagine if we put in all these other guys and they don’t get the job done. We would then be stuck with players that they want, not players that fit into the hawks budget and it would become a complete disaster. kind of similar to new jersey or even the hawks season 1 of woody’s 6.


June 12th, 2010
3:03 am

Astro Joe,

Yeah he was! That guy had Steve Nash numbers that year.

Big Daddy

June 12th, 2010
5:56 am

I am not really surprised that Larry Drew was selected as the choice for coach. Having a team that won 53 games, the owners probably believed that the team needed tweaking instead of a major overhaul and someone close to the situation and capable would probably have the shorter learning curve.

This selection will probably be hashed over and over in the media and among the fans. Rightly so. We expected Sund to go out and find someone who can mold this team to reach its potential and go further. I understand that Larry had limited input in the direction of the team so let’s hope his legacy will be one of reinvention and discipline in the execution of plays and effort.

I wish Coach Drew well. He will be under a lot of scrutiny this season. Certainly more than Avery Johnson would have been but probably less than Mark Jackson. Everyone here has addressed the problems, let’s hope he has the answers. Congrats Coach Drew. GO HAWKS!!!!!

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June 12th, 2010
6:20 am

The plan is to re-sign JJ. This will give the hawks the best chance to bring Joe back.


June 12th, 2010
8:17 am

I will re-post what I said on the other blog. Good points by niremetal and Aj though. I will be very interested in who he adds to his staff. I would love to actually get a legit big man coach. I wonder if we can steal Clifford Ray. If he can fix the locker room mess and let guys compete for jobs then he is already on the right track to me..


June 12th, 2010
7:48 am
I felt that it would be Drew who got the job. I have no problem with Drew at all. Drew wanted to leave a few years back and I’m guessing its because of issues with Woodrow. Woodson said many times that he didn’t listen to input from his assistants so you cant blame the offensive problems on Drew. Drew is said to want an up tempo type of offensive system. That doesn’t sound anything like what Woodson ran now does it. That alone tells you he is a different coach. If any of you had watched how he coached the summer leagues you would understand. They constantly pushed the ball and shared it. It was nothing like what Woodson was doing. Woodson allowed the locker room split by not holding everyone accountable so hopefully that’s one of the first things Drew does. Sekou reported that it was Drew that the players went to when they had issues with Woodson. He knows the problems of the team and I think he will fix them. I also hope he lets guys compete for jobs instead of playing favorites like ol Woodrow. You have to give Drew a chance just like you gave Woodson a chance…… Its just crazy that he would have been the head coach if the ASG had allowed BK to do his job.

Big Ray

June 12th, 2010
8:20 am

Big Ray

June 12th, 2010
8:32 am

Big Daddy ,

I’d say that’s a very fair and balanced view.

Astro Joe ,

I agree that who Drew brings in (or keeps) as assistants will be pivotal and telling. Might some of the guys currently on the staff have some skills and abilities that can help? Really, we assume a lot about this staff, be it positive or negative. But we know two things are possible. One, it could be that Woody didn’t make as good of use of his assistants as he could have. Two, some of those guys may not have been much help. We’ll never know for sure, but I don’t want to see another situation where the staff seems to be full of incumbents or mystery men (Tyrone Hill and Mark Price…are they doing what they were brought here to do?) looking to do little more than start a resume.

I’d like to see some smart hires, even if that means letting long-timers go. In fact, I’m more apprehensive about keeping largely the same assistant staff, than I ever would be about promoting an existing assistant to head coach.

And like you, I also hope that this was Sund’s final recommendation. At least we can take some measure of confidence in the reportedly excellent presentation Drew had, which caused Sund to put him in the race for the job. Maybe Sund was fine with more than one choice. Maybe I’m grasping at hopeful straws…


June 12th, 2010
8:33 am

This is absolutely the worst possible scenario for anyone following this team. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me at all. Everyone within a 100 mile radius of Philips Arena was pulling for Avery Johnson to be the next coach, including the talking heads on local sports talk, he was the consensus pick.

Here comes the problem, Avery actually wanted to get paid for his services. Avery had three interviews with the Hawks, right? Nope, one interview and two rounds of salary negotiation was more like it. They waited for Avery to get a job elsewhere on purpose. “Look guys, he isn’t available anymore, guess we’ll go with…” Even the second tier retreads weren’t brought in for an interview. THIS WAS ABOUT MONEY! The Spirit Group is a bunch of posers, lacking the cash to play with the big boys. They continually b*tch about fan attendance, giving them an excuse to go on the cheap. Attendance has been going up for five straight years. Even with the team hemorrhaging cash right now, you gotta spend money to make it, boys.

These indecisive broke asse% want us to believe their intent to sign Joe is genuine. You won’t pay 2-3 mil for a coach, but you will pay 18 mil a year for a non max talent like Joe Johnson? Avery would have put more butts in the seats than Joe, period. You could have saved the cash you don’t have anyway, and everyone would have been happy with starting Jamal Crawford. This move has set this organization back 10 years. Just my two cents.

Big Ray

June 12th, 2010
8:45 am


I think you hit the nail on the head about perception. I know how much you hate it when people say the ASG is cheap, and that priority has been the problem all along, but perception truely is fact for so many people. So, this looks like another “cheap” move (as has been evidenced too many times already on MC’s blog).

I agree that the fans and free agents won’t be thrilled about this move, but there is something else to consider. A coach’s reputation with his players will factor heavily into whether other players want to be here or not. The reason being, lots of these players on different teams know each other. They consult each other. We’ve seen it before. This may not be a huge comfort, but it’s something to think about. The big thing will be cultivating and nurturing some unity and cohesion within this team. Do that, and it instantly becomes a more attractive option for free agents. Money is most things, but it’s not quite everything.

As for the ASG, they hired a suit, and I think a good one. They need to learn how to let him do his job.

Big Ray

June 12th, 2010
8:53 am

Bigshot25 ,

Avery Johnson was a frontrunner in New Orleans as well. Did they go cheap, or did they see something they didn’t like? Chicago and Philly didn’t take him. Are they cheap as well? Just asking, because the team that hired Avery Johnson was the worst team in the league last year. On top of that, I didn’t see anybody offering Johnson a job last year, or the year before.

I don’t think Johnson was as much the consensus pick as much as he was the biggest brand name on the market with head coaching experience. Two assistant coaches got jobs before he did. Cleveland is looking at a college coach. Why? Why wasn’t every team in the league that needed a head coach, clamoring for Avery?

Avery would put more butts in the seats than Joe Johnson? That’s quite a claim. Would Avery give you 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and an all-star appearance as well? Tell me, who do you think puts more butts in the seats: Phil Jackson or Kobe Bryant, Stan Van Gundy or Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony or George Karl? Yes, I know. All of those guys are max contract guys. But in Atlanta, Joe is the highest paid on the roster. It is what it is.


June 12th, 2010
9:40 am

Remember, Sekou wanted Drew to replace Woodson two years ago. If Drew follows his summer style of coaching, we’ll see more run and gun play. People have given up on Marvin, but MW is perfect for that style play. He looks funny running, but his long legs get him down the court faster than he looks and he poses mismatches against guards trying to stop that 240 pounds. He hits those foul shots too. But, in ISO, standing on the wing, he was worthless. Passive style of play ascerbated his passive attitude. Maybe Drew can light a fire under Duck’s butt. I believe it’s more a factor of Woodyball, not a reflection of MW’s playing ability. Ditto the bench. Players couldn’t or didn’t contribute off the bench because Woody didn’t use the bench. 7-8 men deep and forgetaboutit. Look at Boston. Rivers used his bench down the stretch, even when it meant losing a few games. Come playoff time; the bench is READY and starters aren’t worn to the nubb.

Maybe JJ will want to return for Drew, especially if he feels the lockerroom atmosphere will be better. Maybe even a Childress return….clearly it was Woodson who chased him away. A lot to consider this summer of Sund. But, clearly Drew is an upgrade over Woodson. He understands west coast basketball, and this team is built for it.


June 12th, 2010
9:57 am

We believe the ASG made the right coaching hire and we are not saying money was a factor either…:-)

Gary Washburn: Nba source: drews deal with ATL between 1.2 and 1.5 mil per yr. Amongst leagues lowest paid coaches — boston globe

Ric Bucher: Doesn’t seem right that Izzo could make $6mil a yr while Thibodeau is at $2mill per in Chi + Larry Drew will make $1.5mill per in Atl.

Sam Amick: A source close to Atlanta’s coaching search says Larry Drew’s contract will be for two guaranteed years between $1.2 and $1.3 million.


June 12th, 2010
10:14 am


Look like the best big man in the game is going to see “The Dream”. Last summer the best player in the game (Kobe) went to learn some tricks from Hakeem….



June 12th, 2010
11:06 am


June 12th, 2010
11:10 am

I think another reason for hiring drew is to help recruit JJ. Larry should have an inside track on JJ’s likes and dislikes.

If you read MC’s article, it implies JJ not happy with some of the team’s faults. Drew knows these faults first hand.

I think drew deserved a 3 year deal though, especially since his salary is among cheapest in the league.

But as you guys have mentioned, he needs qualified assistants. Who will be his lead assistant?

The bad thing is with drew’s salary, his assistants wont be making much either.


June 12th, 2010
12:14 pm

Seems like thibodeau got a 3 year deal, but only 2 years guaranteed


June 12th, 2010
4:05 pm

“With Joe Johnson leaving for the Nets, the Hawks will suddenly have a void on the wing. While Jamal Crawford could slide in to the starting two role off the bench, the Hawks would desperately miss having a percolator on the bench to spark their reserves.

Lucky for them, Josh Childress is coming up on his final year of his three-year deal with Greek team Olympiakos. While Childress said that he was hypothetically leaning towards finishing out his contract, if Childress has a good agent, he’ll be back in the NBA this summer.

Childress would return to the NBA as a restricted free agent for the Hawks, which would allow him to sign an one-year offer sheet or a longer extension. If Childress doesn’t sign the extension, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next season, whether or not he returns from Greece.

As much as NBA scouts travel to Europe to scout players now, an NBA season provides 82 games worth of tapes to dissect. If Childress hopes to return to the NBA and sign a larger deal next summer, he’ll need to play a season in the league now to demonstrate how much he’s improved.

Childress will return to the Hawks, and will fit in brilliantly as Crawford’s replacement as the team’s sixth man.” – bleacher report.

I didn’t know Chills would become a UFA after this season.


June 12th, 2010
5:20 pm

Marc Stein:

“Those who know Drew best say he’ll inject the built-for-speed Hawks with some needed offensive creativity and get them playing faster than the stubborn Woodson ever did. They also say he’ll reach Josh Smith and Marvin Williams like Woodson never could, and that knowing Atlanta’s personnel so well gives him a head start no one else would enjoy.

Until all that actually happens, though, Hawks management has to know that criticism is coming for what will surely be blasted as the safe, inexpensive hire. The backlash obviously increases if Johnson bolts and the Hawks can’t adequately replace him in a sign-and-trade.”

I think this more or less summarizes it all.

Astro Joe

June 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

OB, I had suggested that Chill would look to return to establish his NBA value before the new BA kicks in.

cp, I’m pretty sure that Drew was looking to leave a few years ago because his family lives in southern Cali and he wasoffered a job in the Bay area. I’m failry sure he wanted to be closer to his family for his son;s senior year in high school… that’s how I ecall the story. Presumably, he could have left awhen Woody received the 2-year extension, as the contracts of the assistants are generally linked to thehead man.

Ray, remember my comments about a Drew hiring feeling like an interim coach? If he only received a 2-year deal, then he is definitely an interim coach. To get us from a potentially “life after JJ” phase to the post-CBA land. And he likely may have been the only candidate who would accept such a diminished assignment. Surely Casey and Jackson feel like they can get a “real job” and don’t have to settle for a baby-sitting role.

I hope this works out for my favorite team.


June 12th, 2010
5:41 pm

Nice quality post Ray,

I’m looking forward to seeing who Drew selects for his staff, his philosophy and how the players react. As we move forward what does Joe think of the hire? What key pieces does Drew want to go after? What does he think of our existing free agents? There’s alot of room for things to be much different next season. Most critical is the players buying into whatever Drew presents 100%.

We need to support Drew 100% as well if we’re truly Hawks fans.


June 12th, 2010
5:50 pm

Oh yes, If Childress is here for training camp, I look forward to he and Marvin competing for the starting 3 spot. Someone or something needs to light a fire up Marvin’s @ss,


June 12th, 2010
6:55 pm

I’m 41 years old , a native of Atlanta , and a fan my entire life , and Im tired of this dysfunctional organization feeding us crumbs instead of feeding us A MEAL. No offense to Larry, but every time they have an opportunity to make an impact we shop on the bargain rack hoping to luck up and contend with the Lakers , or Boston. There is a reason the top teams pay the top coaches – THEY WIN BIG GAMES . Also , THEY PAY SUPERSTARS . We are the laughing stock of the NBA. We went from coaches like Hubie Brown , and Mike Fratello to Mike Woodson . We give up Pau Gasol for Abdu – Raheem , overlook Chris Paul , and Deron Williams , need I say more?


June 12th, 2010
6:59 pm

Oh yea, Larry Drew instead of Avery Johnson. The owner in N.J. is serious. ITS ABOUT M O N E Y !


June 12th, 2010
7:11 pm


Although thibodeau got a 3 year deal, only 2 years are guaranteed. And my understanding is that drew also has a 3rd year team option, just like thibodeau.

I think hiring drew increases the chances of chills coming back, and I think it increases the chances of JJ coming back.

Although I like chills game and crawford’s game, I would be fine with a SNT for either or both (if we resign JJ).


June 12th, 2010
8:00 pm

According to CBS sports this hire was all about money. In this report they claim that Casey was the preferred choice but the hawks didn’t want to pay more than 1.5 million per year. Both Casey and jackson were turned off by the Hawks lowballing and ultimately this led the group to offer the job to Drew. If this is the case, the ASG bunch needs to be run out of Atlanta. I’m not against Drew, just the approach of this incompetent ownership group.


June 12th, 2010
8:21 pm

Hard Times

Hey fellas we living in Hard Times, the cupboards are bare and the well is dry!
But, hey dynamite comes in small packages and hopefully small paychecks.

But, hey – I wouldn’t snark at 1.2 Milly per year to play basketball and travel.

Congratulations! Mr. Drew & much success on your new Journey.

Thank You Mr. Woodson for a Job well done & much success ahead for you as well!


June 12th, 2010
8:25 pm

congrats Mr Drew. you have paid your dues. good luck in your new endeavor.
I think this was a good move by the Hawks. We are not elite and won’t get elite coach or players to come here. We are good and hopefully this will get us 1 step closer to elite.


June 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

Conversations are already beginning. From espn.com;

Wade, who made an appearance at a charity event in Plantation, Fla., said he talked with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh and Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson in Los Angeles this week.

If I’m LeBron, my 2 choices would be Cleveland or Chicago. If I’m JJ, my choices would be ATL, Chicago or Cleveland. I would not be surprised to see LeBron stay in Cleveland, but only sign for 3 years. And then Cleveland can look for a SNT to bring somebody to Cleveland (JJ maybe).


June 12th, 2010
11:31 pm

I agree with Layinlow the Atlanta Spirit has no Team Spirit. They don’t care about the team or the fans its only business for them . They made no moves during the season to get a true center, or anyone for that matter. Joe is an assasin , I love him but if we pay him max money we will be restrained for the next several years , and possibly fall to a 6 seed or worse because we need a SUPERSTAR. By the way I know why they did’t make any trades. The Spirit ownership can’t agree on anything .


June 13th, 2010
5:38 am

It’s easy to talk about spending other people’s money.

The ASG is losing money by the millions annually and anything above the 1,3 million would be a loss for them.

They are simply not wealthy enough to commit more money. It’s a shame but I think everyone has to take a reality check over here.

There are only a handful of Mark Cubans or Prokhorov’s around and we simply don’t have one.

For Prokhorov is basically indifferent to spend 4 or 8 or 12 million per on a coach. It’s pocket money.

Ghost of Woodson

June 13th, 2010
7:00 am

Eddie Sefko

The interesting thing about the first week or so of Roddy Beaubois’ summer school is that the main teacher has been Rick Carlisle.

It’s not his assistant coaches or player-development staff that’s doing the daily work on the court with the young guard. It’s been Carlisle, who has spent the maximum allowable time on the court with Beaubois, according to NBA off-season guidelines.

“He’s made incredible strides since last summer,” Carlisle said. “What we have to make sure he understands is the focus and intensity that has to be there all the time on every single play.”

The sessions will continue with Beaubois until after the draft, when Beaubois and whoever the Mavericks select in the draft will head to the summer league.

Asked just how big this summer is for the sophomore-to-be is, Carlisle said: “Huge.”

You would not have ever seen anything like this out of Mike Woodson. I am glad he is gone. The most Mike Woodson would have said to Jeff Teague is good luck in the summer league kid, if you come back really good I might play you this time. There is no substitute for a coach that cares about a players development. I hope that Larry Drew makes this kind of committment to his players.


June 13th, 2010
8:09 am

(3D – HDMI)

Well Sir, we got our Rookie #1 off the boards. Larry Drew is on board. It looks like the PROGNOSTICATOR maybe clearly onto something! The #24 & #53 picks almost guarantee that we will have 3 rookies next season. That is unless we trade one of those picks for a veteran PG or Center.

I say the Center, Bigs should be the target seeing as how we have JT0 in the wings.
We were embarrassed in Rd2 in large part that we were too small inside. No knocks on Horford, he did his bestan but Dwight is a BEAST and our BEST wasn’t good enough.

We don’t need A BEST performance – We need A BEAST performance and the difference between those two scenarios is an “A”! LOL! And, as the cliche goes: 7 Footers don’t grow on trees!

Get the Center issues addressed first! Hey we could use a big wide load (ala Big Baby), at 6′9″ he is a beast and holding his own in LA. We could go that route as well! We could use a “Round-Mound of Rebound” (ala Charles Barkley). Creativity in this case may be the Key. Then look at a 3rd PG who can also be a starter should JT0 flail.


June 13th, 2010
9:30 am

The plan is simple- bring in better players. I would suggest signing Joe Johnson, and bringing in a big guy who may not exactly set the league on fire, however he plays defense, rebounds, and hustle.


June 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Our fellow blogger OK @ the main blog just re-posted the link to Sekou’s blog and the embedded interview where Drew’s strategy for his interview is explained by Steve Smith:


Just punch play on the video.

I am sold. A guy that goes the distance knowing that he is the underdog and uses all his resources like this is a guy hungry for the job and a guy who has the players behind him in the right way.

For the lazy guys around here:

Drew’s interview process was simple: he took 5 guys, including Tyrone Hill and Teague and showed in diagrams AND ON COURT his OWN offense and how it contrasted ISO-heavy Woody.


June 13th, 2010
10:23 am


Click on “Game Time: Hawks New Coach.” Smitty’s take is interesting. Sounds like the offense will look different, at least.


June 13th, 2010
10:25 am

Vava beat me to it by 3 minutes! His link is better anyway.


June 13th, 2010
10:37 am

It’s no great feat to beat a one armed man by 3 minutes!!!!! :-D