Hawks bits and pieces

Hang in there, Hawks fans. We’ll make it through this summer yet (or so I keep telling myself, anyway).

While things seem fairly quiet in free agency, and that would be for all NBA teams at the moment, a few tidbits are floating around that may prove to be a useful diversion for a minute or two. As we discuss those, I keep thinking about the missing Lorenzen Wright. Missing persons cases more often than not are either a false alarm, or they don’t end very nicely. But some do. And I hope that this is one of those where “all’s well that ends well.”  Peace and blessings on his family, who I’m sure are sick with worry. These kinds of things never seem to matter to people until they hit close to home. Again, I hope this ends well.

 

Tough Times

As much noise as we make about adding size and toughness to the roster, do we bother to consider that adding toughness doesn’t always mean adding a body? When the official announcement of the signing of former Lakers forward/center Josh Powell finally came down, one of the catch phrases was that he “adds toughness.” Well, if the Lakers say he’s a good guy and a good addition, I’ll take their word for it, at least to an extent. After all, Powell hasn’t played many minutes in L.A., so we don’t have a lot of visual evidence to review (other than some youtube clips) for confirmation. But what about the guys who were already on the roster? Can’t you add toughness….by simply becoming tougher?

If you ask me (and you didn’t, but guess what?) toughness is a state of mind. The body can be willing and able, but it’s no good if the spirit is weak. Avid Hawks fan and blogger Northcyde is one of the foremost fans calling for two of our key guys (Al Horford and Josh Smith) to play a lot tougher, as the success of this team depends heavily on that. Realistically, that can be the key difference between competing at the highest levels, or struggling to do so. Look no further than last season’s first round playoff series. The Hawks struggled mightily when Al Horford allowed himself to get out-toughed by Kurt Thomas, and Josh Smith allowed Ersan Ilyasova to out-hustle and outplay him for stretches at a time.

So what can the Hawks do to get tougher? What are Josh Smith and Marvin Williams doing to get tougher. Those are two guys who could really have an impact on the game if they bring it with more force. In fact, that’s the one thing that can really optimize a lineup of long, athletic players. Without it, much is wasted.

How does one change one’s mindset? Different people have different methods. And sometimes the body has to be brought up to speed with the mind. The idea is to be tough all the time, not just when backed into a corner and forced into “fight or flight” mode. Well, it seems one Hawk is going to give it a go in the offseason.  As noted on NBA.com (on the Atlanta Hawks official site), backup center Zaza Pachulia has added to his offseason regimen, and the results might be more than just better conditioning, footwork, and overall stamina. It might just result in a tougher approach to the game. All I can say is watch out Kevin Garnett! I still love that moment in Hawks history…

 

The “other” Star Guard

According to ESPN.com, Hawks super sub Jamal Crawford would like to discuss money matters. He wants to remain a Hawk, and I’m sure any Hawks spokesperson would likely state that they would like to keep him around. And while Jamal has been around the league for a decade (and been with several teams), he may as well get comfortable wherever he is sitting. After all, things don’t tend to happen around the front office at lightning speed. Especially if they don’t really have to. The question is, do the Hawks want him to finish out his career in Atlanta? Might they see him as a two way asset, or has he proven himself to be indispensable? Jamal seemed to fit in pretty darn well, and that is not likely to change under new head coach Larry Drew. But, if the Hawks are very slow or otherwise noncommittal to signing him to an extension, what might it be an indication of? Of course, a number of theories could abound. Understandably, they may be more focused on preparing an extension offer to Al Horford. Or, they may have other moves up their sleeve. You just never know. But, for the sake of the sanity of blogger Steve Brown, I won’t mention one of the most obvious and talked about (by others, not just me) possibilities.

In the meantime, I wish I could be an invisible fly on the wall in training camp. If for no other reason than to watch Jamal Crawford playing against Jordan Crawford. That would have to be a fun matchup, no?

560 comments Add your comment

Big Ray

July 28th, 2010
5:06 pm

One thing on that Milwaukee team we played in the first round of last postseason: they were outgunned the whole way. So the idea of playing with no pressure is true in a way. And they did wilt in game 6. But you’re talking about an undermanned team playing an away game in the playoffs against a team that was third in the league in home wins.

Yes, they may have played above their heads, and we played below our knees. But they also adjusted to our schemes quicker, and if we had not come alive (finally) after making counter-adjustments of our own, they would have taken game 6 the same way they took game 5….

I want to see a Hawks team that buys into what it’s coach is selling, the way the Bucks bought into Skiles. Of course, assuming the coach is selling the right goods.

Big Ray

July 28th, 2010
5:07 pm

LOL@ Steve Brown

Astro Joe

July 28th, 2010
5:28 pm

Ray, keep in mind, Skiles’ tenure with the Bucks and how he crashed and burned in Chicago. Maybe he learned his lesson in Chicago, we’ll see in another 2-3 seasons.

Ray, we all have bosses and i think anyone in any profession who complains about a boss playing favorites is simply admitting that they are losing the game and are too victimized to figure out how to compete. That’s a loser’s mentality (IMO) and I have little patience for that in my life.

nire, wow, did you just say that I was right about something that you previously said I was wrong about? Call 911, I’m abouit to pass out. :twisted:

Now when did Gattison retire? I brought it up the other day in hopes that Drew would hire someone with a little more relatability with today’s players. I had suggested giving someone like Darrell Armstrong a shot (or even Ty Lue). Gattison, I think, is a little older.

O'Brien

July 28th, 2010
5:51 pm

RIP Lorenzen Wright.

This team under Coach Drew should have no excuses. Sund and the ASG did not make many moves, which leads me to believe that they believe Woody was the problem (directly and indirectly).

So it will be interesting to see how players respond.

Rufus1

July 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

Toughness is contagious

It must be a main characteristic of the ALFA male or female on the team(The reason I want Horford to be Captain). Horford is not the most skilled or athletic players on this team, but he is defined by his toughness. When he is made Capatin, it will send a message to the team about the importants of toughness. His teammates will consciously or subconsciously begin to imitate his character traits. Horford is the key.

Example The Lakers

Every player on the lakers started acting like entitled “PRICKS”, because that’s Kobe.

harry the hawk

July 28th, 2010
5:59 pm

This has turned into the summer that ‘wasn’t’ for the Hawks:

overpaid for jj;
josh powell in the middle;
teague still not ready

nba east gets more competitive….fire sund

lw—may he rip

LW—RIP

Rev in Tampa

July 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

Rufus1, the Lakers act like they are entitled because they are back-to-back world champions.

Rev in Tampa

July 28th, 2010
6:03 pm

harry the hawk, the summer isn’t over yet. I remember feeling this way last year at this time before the Hawks surprised me by signing Crawford.

Wabe

July 28th, 2010
6:03 pm

Condolences to the Wright family.

Jody

July 28th, 2010
6:09 pm

R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright.

niremetal

July 28th, 2010
6:24 pm

Astro,

Gattison retired in ‘96 but he’s still pretty young (46). Ty Hill retired in ‘04 and is 42.

I’d love to know how many title-winning teams in recent years had any coaches under the age of 40. My guess is zero.

Gattison’s work ethic, toughness (esp for a guy his size), and smart play as a player – not to mention his experience as a coach in N.O. – makes him a good fit, IMHO. He was the big man coach in NO, working with Chandler and West. He was fired last year with a month to go in the season for cost-cutting purposes, but West developed into an All-Star under his tutelage and Chandler had the best years of his career there. Coincidence or no, both Chandler and West looked a lot worse this past year after Gattison was gone. So it seems like a pretty good hire to me.

Ken Strickland

July 28th, 2010
6:43 pm

RIP former Hawk Lorenzen Wright. It really hurts when I hear of people leaving us so young. I really feel for his 6 children, and hope there’s enough money left to adequately provide for them.

O'Brien

July 28th, 2010
7:03 pm

nire,

West developed into an All-Star under his tutelage and Chandler had the best years of his career there. .

How much of that was due to the fact that they were playing alongside CP3 too?

niremetal

July 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

No doubt that was part of it, O’Brien. But West’s points are generated far less through CP3 than most people think. He rarely scores in transition or off pick-and-rolls. Most of his points come off post-ups and facing up from midrange. CP3 helps a bit, no doubt. But I think having West around also helps CP3, just as having Boozer around helped Deron, Malone/Stockton, etc. It goes both ways. And West’s skills developed with Gattison as the Hornets’ main big man coach.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
7:20 pm

This Blog is Smokin’ with Intellect!

Ken Strickland @ 334 PM: My Words exactly! And, ZO played without a Kidney and then with a donated Kidney sitting on his stomach! How TUFF is THAT?U

And, I especially loved your analogy of Inner versus Outer TUFFNESS! That’s Real!
Tuff is as Tuff does!

Kobe is real TUFF! He ain’t NO Punk! He played with a broke finger! An Avulsion Fracture is the worsþ kind, that’s when the Tendon pulls and shears away from the bone. It’s like the bone is shaved away!
That requires pins, plates and screws to re-attach the skin of the bone back to the bone itself.
Kobe played with that on his shooting finger!

How TUFF is that?
How many players do that? NONE! But, Kobe did!

Ken Strickland

July 28th, 2010
7:40 pm

OBRIEN-Co-sign that. I also believe there will be some players, like JTeague, JSmith, MWilliams, MEvans and even JJ, who’ll want to prove they were victims of having to play under Woodson. Here’s what I mean:

1-JJ took a lot of heat for failing in the playoffs, after being forced to carry the team when the OFF and DEF fell apart. He’ll want to prove he was the victim, not the cause.

2-Teague definitely wants to prove it was Woodson’s bias, not his ability, lack of maturity, or jump shot, that limited his mins and opportunity.

3-JSmith wants to prove his DEF, shot blocking, and overall ability were all compromised by Woodson’s OFF and DEF systems.

4-MEvans also wants to prove that his limited production and inconsistency were directly related to the inconsistent mins and opportunities he received.

5-JJ wants to prove his inability to carry the team during the playoffs was due to a combination of fatigue, double teams, the lack of adjustments, and no half court OFF options other than ISO’s.

6-JPowell will likely want to prove to the Lakers he was a better option off the bench than Luke Walton.

7-And MWilliams will want to prove his regression was the result of Woodson’s refusing to include him as a consistent OFF option, or instruct certain players to do so.

8-We also have ownership, who definitely wants to prove they made the right decision by not resigning Woodson.

9-And finally, we have Woodson’s replacement, LDrew.

He will certainly want to prove:
1-the half court OFF he’ll install, and ran on a limited basis during practice,

2-eliminating the switching DEF and the problems associated with it,

3-utilizing the bench more effectively,

4-starting and developing Teague, rather than the over dependence on MBibby,

are all things that could have improved the team under Woodson had he not been too stubborn and egotistical to listen and learn.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

O’Brien

But? M$aybe JOE talks in the locker room. IDK, maybe he doesn’t believe in showing up guys on the court?
IDK? But maybe? He called out Josh for the Milwaukee Stuff … Therefore the chemistry issues were bamÞied by The Boss …. Just maybe he is respectful that way?

IDK? Maybe we will never know for sure?

O'Brien

July 28th, 2010
7:50 pm

nire,

I wonder if N.O. could be tricked into a trade of CP3, David West and Okafor for Josh, Jamal, and another piece.

O'Brien

July 28th, 2010
7:52 pm

And picks. I know, I’m dreaming. Dont wake me up.

drmaryb,

Maybe Joe speaks in the locker room. but if the wheels are coming off on the court, I dont want him to wait until halftime before he speaks up. by then, it might be too late.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
7:58 pm

Blu-Ray
(Mega-Pixels)

Yeah man! OK, granted Joe is NOT a Tony Dungy. Tony buried a son in College and still lead Peyton to a Championship! No One can top that TUFF-Stuff. But Joe, is TUFF! Ok – Arn Tellem is a bad dude, but Joe is a bad dude too. I just can’t figure him out? But, he NEVER ran away from a challenge either!

He came aback to his team! (Ahem … LeBron didn’t rise to the same old skool challenge). LeBron is a QUITTER and NOT dserving of Max-Pay! Joe proved he is … And GOT the contract to Prove It!

Ken Strickland

You feel me right? CP3 needs to return from the COMPLETE removal of that meniscus to show us that he can still play – right? We don’t know that yet? Can CP3 still ball? ….. We will see!
I am NOT willing to trade: Josh, MarvinN Bibby and Teague + Picks to find out! Not Yet.
Besides, if we do that, we will be NO with CP3 and surrounding talent to play with!

Regress!

Grand-Daddy

Yes, Joe is introverted … But, he is NOT a problem or a distraction either.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
8:01 pm

Tuff-Stuff!

Blu-Ray
(1080 P – HDMI)

Hey Man! This is one Tuff – Blog today! And there is NO Hot-Garbage!
How do YOU – Do It?

Grandad

July 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

One reason for Joe’s lack of production in the play-offs,
[that's never mentioned], is the way he was used during
the regular season.
It has been documented that Kobe takes nights off during
the reg season. That he coasts during the 1st-3rd qtrs., only
to pick up the intensity for the 4th qtr.[reg season].
Method to madness = *(pacing himself)
Basketball season for kobe & aspiring champions:
“a marathon not a sprint”.
Mr. Woodson [by nature & necessity] rode Joe hard every game.
By play-off time Joe had little left in the tank. Not only did he play
heavy minutes every game but he carried a heavy load.
Now, I believe LD understands two things:
(1) let Joe’s teammates help carry the load.
-&-
(2) allow Joe to pace himself during season.

*It’s a theory. It has worked for others.
Especially as they get older. We shall see.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
8:34 pm

niremental

Thanks for the Lorenzen Wright link! Wow! Is he really gone? Wow! That is tragic!

Blu-Ray
(Picture Perfect)

I smell a rat re: Lorenzen. Please tell me thaþ the Ex-Wife is being looked at. Seems like, once he ran outa’ money, she put a contract on him for the Insurance Money. I am very sure, she had Millions set aside on his life. He was last seen at her home around 2 AM? How would some random person know he was there?
She set him up! He called 911 … And gun shots were heard and then the phone went dead?

That, was a professional hit, Blu-Ray! Please call Memphis PD and see IF she is a person of interest!
This is just wronge! Who would benefit from his death? Look at all the beneficiaries!

Wow! I remeber Darvin Ham, I think he played in Atlanta for Lenny Wilkens! He was a big time Dunker, when the Pistons were the Bad-Boys – right?

Dang! RIP Lorenzen Wright … He loved his kids! He was a good man! Get that EX!
She Guilty – IMHO! Get Her! He was last seen leaving her house! I smell a BIG AZZ RAT in her backyard!

Blu-Ray! Get Em’ !!!!!!!!!!

Sautee

July 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

Really sad news about Lo’.

Grandad I hope you are right, and that LD uses ALL his players intelligently.

Sautee

July 28th, 2010
8:45 pm

Darvin Ham. Like Mo Evans, the dude is definitely a Ferengi.

No doubt.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
8:51 pm

Victims & Losers!

Astro-Joe Jetson!

Hey, I am all over that Victim and Loser ISH!
Rise Up & Brace Yourself!

Don’t cry because my piece of Chicken is Bigger than yours!
Don’t hate me – Cauz’ My Milk-Shake is Better than Yours!
Don’t HATE me – Cauz’ I’m beautiful!
Don’t key my car – Cauz’ You drive a Hooptie!

Sleepy

July 28th, 2010
8:52 pm

(Big ray ) you cant be setup to win the 6th man of the year . Why would Woody bench him ? If he didnt bench marvin or Bibby or why would he let Crawford rot on the bench ?

It seems to me that amounts to trying to find excuses for not paying Crawford instead of just admitting that he played well not because he was setup to play well but because he is simply a good player .

Last summer the argument was he would just chuck and would be selfish and now Woody made him ? jamal could make a serious argument that he should be starting next to Joe (not saying he would ) and was the main reason we won over 50 games . Because lets admit that Marvin,Zaza,Bibby, gave us very little last year .

Sleepy

July 28th, 2010
8:59 pm

(Ken Strickland)

Teams that try and blame there failures on the previous coach tend not to very well.

We had a starting 5 that had been together for 3 straight seasons and no one thinks that if any of them had spoke up about running more sets that create ball movement that Woody wouldnt oblige ? The fact is that Woody knew that this team didnt have the mental capacity for that type of offense just as LD is gonna find out . If you think Josh and Al are gonna be willing to constantly screen and risk foul trouble then people are gonna be awfully disappointed .

The iso offense kept Josh and AL on the floor for major minutes because it didnt have them do a lot of the dirty work offensively and without at true point on the roster to create offense for others it will impossible for LD’s offense to work .

I expect to move forward with the iso offense we wont use at as much as Woody but it will still be our staple .

Rev in Tampa

July 28th, 2010
9:32 pm

Sleepy, are you kidding me? This team does not have “the mental capacity”? Josh and Al are not “gonna be willing to constantly screen and risk foul trouble”? They are not being asked to build a rocket ship and chart a course to the moon.

Grandad, on MC’s blog, explained the offense that we are expecting Drew to run. It’s not that complicated. And there is something to this word ‘core’ that is constantly being used. This ‘core’ is a team. The players lack leadership from among themselves (sorry, drmaryb I disagree about Joe’s leadership), but they are not a bunch of self-centered individauls running around on the floor. They rise emotionally as a team, they play flat as a team, and they quit in the playoffs as a team. Even when they ran the iso offense they still looked like a team. We are looking for someone to stick his head above the team and lead them forward.

Mike is back

July 28th, 2010
9:48 pm

Sad news on Low Wright RIP!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Ray, great point on the toughness issue, you certainty made the right call on this one. I know the whole team definitely can play with more toughness and ferocity. They are still playing like boys the majority of the time…being out physical …save for Josh and Al every now and then…did I mention…every now and then.

Anyway, once they start going to the rack like men…THEY ARE EITHER GOING TO FINISH STRONG OR GET FOULED. None of that stumbling at the rack crap…looking for the ref to bail them out, and none that pumping three or four times…when your opponent is three or four inches shorter than you crap either…they settle for that circus stuff too much. Play hard, and plays strong…do it early and do it often. They could be tough in spurts…but never could sustain it.

Conner talks about playing with more physicality…it will be interesting to see what type of impact…he will have on the defense. If he can get a bunch of guys strap together from the Salvation Army to dee up, and play in your face defense…he should be able to work wonders…with the regular squad…we shall see.

Zaza problem is…he needs to rid of those dang scarves. lol

Fundamentals

July 28th, 2010
10:13 pm

My prayers out to Lorenzens family, especially the children.

Glad to see a new coaching addition that should add some push towards toughness and big man play. LD has two new solid voices that seem to be saying all the right things. Let’s see how they develop this team.

Fundamentals

July 28th, 2010
10:14 pm

What about the buzz about Ricky Rubio wanting a new warmer home? Could someone send him our 10-Day forecast?

niremetal

July 28th, 2010
10:15 pm

The Rockets traded David Andersen for (you guessed it!) a second round pick. A conditional second round pick. In 2015. No, not kidding.

Somehow, that makes me feel a bit better.

Fundamentals

July 28th, 2010
10:18 pm

Andersen could’ve had a good home here, but now he just isn’t seeming to fit in. Serves him right. He came over a bit too late with a bit less talent than he thought he had.

Melvin

July 28th, 2010
10:40 pm

cp

July 28th, 2010
11:16 pm

R.I.P. to Lo Wright.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 28th, 2010
11:33 pm

The Lorenzen Wright story is pretty f-cked up. Latest news is that he got shot a minimum of 12 times. RIP

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
11:41 pm

Najeh

Man! That is crazy! Who did he owe money to? That was personal! I say look t the Ex-Wife and lock that Hoe up! Why she got sheets up to her windows? That is so ghetto and tacky and telling!

Rev in Tampa!
You are on Fire tonight!

Blu-Ray
(Clear Image)

Your Blog is the Bomb tonight! You Rollin’. Very peaceful and intellectual with NO side-bars!
No Hot-Garbage! You are the Man!

Clyde

July 28th, 2010
11:49 pm

RIP Lorenzen Wright. Another black man lost to gun violence. smh

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
11:52 pm

Melvin
Thank You for that link! Nice!

Blu-Ray
(3D – HDMI)

This is what blogging is all about! Basketball!
Are we really looking at getting Carmello? That would be Block-Buster and worth the Luxury Tax man.

drmaryb (*_*)

July 28th, 2010
11:58 pm

Najeh

12 shots sound like more than one assailant!
Sounds very personal.
Sounds like Passion and NOT a robbery.
Wasn’t he last seen leaving the Ex-Wife’s home, visiting his kids around 2 AM?

Come on detectives … Solve this horrendous crime. You can’t kill a man dead when he is down & out?
He was looking to play next year … If Cheeseburger Collins can get a contract – why not Lorenzen at 34 years old? Please solve this crime – the Ex-Wife did it!

niremetal

July 28th, 2010
11:59 pm

I saw that Hoopsworld write-up yesterday, Melvin. It’s pretty good. Some of the guys out there on the basketball blogs actually know their stuff, as long as they stay away from making up stories about supposedly in-the-works trades and free agent signings…

Ken Strickland

July 29th, 2010
12:06 am

SLEEPY-You sound like a disgruntled WOODY LOVER, among other things. You certainly seem to have Woodson’s limited thinking and approach. And what makes you think Woodson would have listened to his players about improving the OFF, when:

1-Woodson publicly stated he didn’t care about the OFF.
2-He proved it when he did absolutely nothing to improve the OFF production of PG MBibby and SF MWilliams.
3-He wouldn’t listen or heed the advice of his assistant coaches on the matter, especially LDrew, the assistant that ended up replacing him.
4-If you followed the team, you would have heard JJ, Horford and Smoove state the OFF failed because there wasn’t enough ball movement.

Some your comments make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Are you actually trying to excuse Woodson’s lack of a structured OFF, and the reason he relied almost exclusively on ISO’s, is to protect JSmith and AHorford from foul trouble? Why hasn’t that been a deterrent for every other NBA team that uses picks and screens in their OFF?

drmaryb (*_*)

July 29th, 2010
12:26 am

Clyde

I feel you Bruh! smh too .. That ISH don’t make no damn sense! You know that hoe did it … 12 shoits? Are you kiddin’ me? That’s hateful passion! Somebody got insurance policy on dude, I hope they FRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MsDee

July 29th, 2010
7:20 am

drmaryb

Well, not sure if the ex-wife was the one who shot him but she could very well had a hit out on him. I believe the reason he may have gotten shot so many times was maybe after getting shot only once, Lo realize he was shot..waited a while to play possum til he could get to his cell to make the 911 call while sounding disgruted, according to the 911 dispatcher. When the shooter notice him making the call, he then emptied the gun on him.

I was very sadden by the news. I was really hoping he was found ’still alive’, just maybe injuried or something..WOW..RIP, LO!!

O'Brien

July 29th, 2010
8:05 am

Good read on the hoopsworld article.

I am okay with Bibby being the starting PG, as long as he plays better defensively, and Teague gets a consistent 20 mpg. And then we can explore trade options for Bibby next off-season when he will be an expiring (assuming Teague plays well enough to take over).

As for Al, I wonder if he has the right mindset when he goes up against Howard. But I do think part of our struggles against Orlando was because of Woody’s bad game plan, which was also poorly executed by the players.

I think JJ will play more like Kobe, in that first half, he will look to get others going (unless he has a mismatch or open shot). And then in the second half, he is well rested and can take over.

Compared to last season, I think Marvin and Al will have better numbers, but Jamal’s numbers wont be as good.

Ken Strickland

July 29th, 2010
8:51 am

OBRIEN-co-sign, again. Woodson used JaCrawford to compensate for the limited production he was getting from MBibby and MWilliams. For him, I guess that was an easier solution than actually doing something with his limited OFF system, or instructing JJ, Bibby or Crawford to include him more.

In Bibby’s case, I think teams finally figured out he didn’t like being pressured. They knew once he got the ball across half court, he’d give it up to JJ, rather than take it below the 3pt line against pressure. When your PG starts the OFF above the 3pt line, and you have no one cutting to the basket at anytime, it makes it very easy for the DEF, especially when it comes to double teaming JJ.

I’ll guarantee you LDrew’s OFF will either start below he 3pt line, have players cutting to the basket, or both. With the speed, quickness and athleticism our our players, I can’t wait to see how well they perform in his system.

As far as the players buying into LDrew’s OFF is concerned, I think it’s a mute point. JJ resigning and not demanding a sign and trade proves he’s bought into his system. Why on earth wouldn’t MWilliams not totally buy into his system, after being basically excluded from the previous system.

Both AHorford and JSmith would certainly benefit from buying into an OFF system that doesn’t force them to rely on their ISO and one on one skills to create their own shot. JTeague should relish playing in an OFF system that will rely on making his speed, quickness and penetrating ability a priority, rather than his jump shooting ability.

The only thing that will hold this OFF back will be the length of time it will take for everyone to get comfortable and confident in using it against NBA competition in critical situations. If we run consistently, and lead the NBA in fast break pts, pts in the paint and play solid DEF, like we did at the beginning of the season last yr, we won’t need to rely as much on LDrew’s half court OFF.

dap01

July 29th, 2010
9:15 am

I hope Bibby is not the starting PG on the Hawks. The Hawks can only improve with Teague.

Bibby can barely bring the ball up against any pressure.
Bibby can not penetrate.
Bibby can hardly make a layup on a fast break.
Bibby can not move laterally.
Bibby can not defend. He may be the worst defender in the NBA.
Bibby can not jump.
Bibby is slow.

Teague is better than Bibby in all of those areas.

Rev in Tampa

July 29th, 2010
9:27 am

@ Ken Strickland – “In Bibby’s case, I think teams finally figured out he didn’t like being pressured. They knew once he got the ball across half court, he’d give it up to JJ, rather than take it below the 3pt line against pressure.”

This also explains the line in the Hoopsworld piece that stated that Bibby only committed 90 turnovers for a strong 3.5 to 1 assist / turnover ratio. What Hoopsworld sees as a positive, Ken Strickland correctly notes was a negative.

Astro Joe

July 29th, 2010
9:35 am

Sad ending for Lo Wright. RIP.

nire, I suspect that the difference between this team making or missing the champiosnhip round is not likely based on the last assistant coach hired. We’ve seen guys like Sam Cassell, Stacey Augmon, Patrick Ewing, Paul Pressey, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Brian Shaw, Mario Elie, Michael Curry and Avery Johnson hired almost immediately after they hung up their sneakers. I like that approach and was hoping the Hawks would consider a similar path. In lieu of leadership from the players, this team needs more than just their head coach prodding, encouraging and nudging the guys to row in the same direction. Someone fresh out of the league could walk the fine line between vet player and coach… again, like a Darrell Armstrong, Ty Lue of even Anthony Johnson (if he is done playing).

I assume that there are plenty of quality assistant coaches out there with good track records of success with individual players. I’m of the belief that the Hawks need more than technical expertise, they may need some salesmenship to get the players to “buy-in”. I hope Gattison (and Connor) can do that, given the other coaches are mostly the same.