A Blog-Z state of mind?

NEW HAWKS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD HAS BEEN EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED IN TRAINING CAMP, AND THEN SOME. PLUS, BLOG-Z SPEAKS!

 

Jamal Crawford's already stirred things up in practice. Hawks fans should expect more of the same all season long from the gifted scorer and passer.

Jamal Crawford's already stirred things up in practice. Hawks fans should expect more of the same all season long from the gifted scorer and passer.

 

HAWKSVILLE – We’re a week into training camp and one thing is clear, this Hawks team set to take the floor this season is a much improved bunch from the one that left the floor in that series against Cleveland to end last season.

How much better is still up for debate.

But it’s clear that this team has a chance to get back to where it finished last year and perhaps beyond, based on the early vibes emanating from the Hawks’ practice court.

“This is by far the best group and the best first week of camp we’ve had in my time here,” one keen observer noted after Sunday’s practice. “Not since Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock have we had a group like this that could get it from the first guy through 12.”

Watching Jamal Crawford explode the way he did in Sunday’s scrimmage was the first real indicator of just how deep and potentially explosive this team could be. He didn’t just attack the Blue team (starters and a couple reserves), he went directly at Joe Johnson (haven’t seen anyone do that before now either) with the scrimmage on the line and finished (Joe had an open look from the corner that could have won it for the Blue team but his jumper didn’t fall). While it was a bit of a shock to the system of those that have been watching the Hawks the past few years, Crawford didn’t seem particularly fazed by his performance. I mean, he’s not cocky in the least bit but the man knows he’s good. He knows he can score at will, regardless of who is trying to guard him. I think everyone else knows it now.

“With Jamal and Jeff Teague, we have a dynamic we haven’t had since I’ve been here,” said Hawks forward Josh Smith. “We’re bringing two guards off the bench that can score every bit as good as our starting guards. That’s a nasty group right there, when you can put your backup guards in and still keep the pressure on. If we do it right, we’re going to be coming at you from so many different angles that you’re going to need a while to figure out where it’s coming from. And hopefully by then, we’ll have shifted into another gear on you and made you think it all over again. It’s going to be fun to see us in action once we get this thing cranked up.”

Everyone seems to have an opinion. So what better time to tap our friendly neighborhood Hater of the Millennium for his take on all things Hawks? Blog-Z has been in attendance for all of the portions of camp outsiders have been allowed to view (and thanks to the Mad VP and the media alert being on red, we haven’t seen as much as we’re used to). So we asked him for some quick thoughts on camp and what it’s looked like from his perspective.

Hawks Blog: So you saw Jamal Crawford get loose Sunday, how good was he?

Blog Z: He was crazy good. But the thing he and Jeff Teague bring that no one is talking is about is that they push JJ and Mike Bibby to play at a higher level, even in practice. Bibby’s been as good as anyone in training camp. He’s shooting lights out. He’s defending and finding guys in stride and he’s leading the team the way you’d expect from a seasoned veteran. But yeah, even the hater in me can’t deny that these guards are going to make for an interesting mix. They’re just so explosive on the offensive end. And Crawford’s best and probably most underrated asset is that he’s a much more complete player than he gets credit for. It’s scary how good he is when you consider all the mess he’s taken over the years for being on crappy teams.

HB: So maybe you’re more excited about this team than you were earlier in the summer, when you said you didn’t see any major improvements and that this team has no chance of shaking up the top three of the Eastern Conference?

BZ: And maybe you’re more interested in writing scripts than you are reporting what someone actually said. Read my lips player, I remain committed to the facts. The Hawks didn’t go crazy this summer and find that missing piece to the championship puzzle. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Crawford is a monster addition. he’s going to be great in this town, on this team and in the role they have slotted for him. But he alone isn’t the answer to the bigger question of whether or not this team (as presently constituted) is capable of challenging for a top three spot. I say no.

HB: Will you at least admit that this team has a chance to shock some people this season?

BZ: I won’t admit to anything. And these “people” you’re talking about, where might they be? I saw what the national experts had to say about the Hawks this season. They don’t seem particularly convinced that this team is going to shock the world. Now one of my guys, you all know him as RA, took offense to what the experts had to say. He sent me this email Sunday:  

 

Knocking off Miami in seven games last year wasn't enough for Josh Smith and the Hawks to convince the national pundits that they are for real.

Knocking off Miami in seven games last year wasn't enough for Josh Smith and the Hawks to convince the national pundits that they are for real.

Thanks for showing what the rest of the sports writing universe has to say about our Hawks, but in reading their…appraisals, I noticed several glaring omissions:

Ian Thomsen mentions implies that Hawks ownership is cheap and while he does add that the moves that they’ve made this offseason were all “winning moves” he does not fully explore the impact that those moves can make. For example, what is it going to mean for this team to have Crawford, who can come in and spell Joe Johnson while at the same time being able get his own shot from anywhere and set up his teammates. What is it going to mean to have Joe Smith’s experience and physical play on the roster, and Collins who gives the Hawks another big body off the bench that they just didn’t have before? I feel like those additions were simply dismissed as bargain basement pickups representing an unwillingness (or inability) of the Hawks brass to go out and get front line talent. I feel that his assessment is incomplete, at best.

As for A.J. Adande’s assertions that the Hawks don’t have star power, I beg to differ. Joe Johnson has become a perennial all-star, Mike Bibby was making his bones in the Western Conference finals when Howard was cutting his wisdom teeth, and Josh Smith is pound for pound one of the most exciting players in the game. Now, none of the aforementioned have any championships, but last time I checked neither did [Dwight] Howard or King James. Also, if the Detroit Pistons of the early 90’s taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to have a “Superstar.” You just need depth, talent, and proper leadership. I feel that Mr. Adande is ignoring the fact that at least two of these factors, possibly three, are in place.

Of all the experts that you cited, I feel that [Yahoo! Sports' Marc] Spears was the most fair. Of course, I think that he should have reserved his statement about the Hawks not finishing strong in the playoffs. The Hawks had three starters who were either out or hobbled in the second round vs. Cleveland. To be honest, they made a much better showing in games three and four than I ever would have expected. Under the circumstances of what they were dealing with, I don’t know many teams that could have done better and very few that might have done as well.

Like I said, I don’t think that the journalism for Atlanta has been fair or balanced, but I do hope that other teams take it seriously because it would be nice to sneak up on a few teams, although I doubt very seriously that that’s going to happen…

HB: Man, you’re a complete hater. You’ve even got RA hating on the national cats. I know Michigan got popped Saturday by Michigan State an all, but can’t you let go of your personal biases long enough to talk Hawks? I mean, surely you’ve seen some things in Hawks’ training camp that please you?

BZ: You would bring up the Michigan game (ya little punk). I ought to slap the … what was the question again?

HB: Some things that please you so far?

BZ: I didn’t say this group wasn’t impressive. It’s clear they’ve got a core group of about 10 players capable of competing against anyone on a given night. They had an adequate group last year and they added a couple of good players to that mix. But I’m not ready to anoint them or anything. I’m just taking a wait and see approach to this season, like most wise observers would. A good first week of training camp has never won anything. In fact, there isn’t much this team can show me in the preseason that will sway me one way or the other. I need to see what they at the end of this season and in the playoffs. That’s when they can prove to me that they’re moving into that upper echelon. Pump your brakes son. Building all these off the wall expectations and feeding all this hype is what will land a team in the hole if things don’t start right once the real games begin.

HB: Well, what about the guys trying to snag that final roster spot. Has anyone caught your eye?

BZ:  I could make a reasonable case for just about every single guy. Othello Hunter’s activity and potential make him an enticing candidate. Same goes for Frank Robinson. With Mario West I know what I’m getting, and it’s usually all good because his motor revs at all times. Courtney Sims has the size and skill set you want in a big but I don’t know if he makes sense either. Aaron Miles has probably been the most surprising guy of the bunch for me, only because I didn’t realize he was this good. And what you get in experience with Mike Wilks and Juan Dixon makes up for their lack of ideal size and bulk at the position [point guard]. The one guy that keeps coming back into my head is the big boy, Garret Siler. He’s going to find a spot somewhere, maybe not this year but eventually, and you’d hate to have him now and let him go only to see him show up a year or two now helping some other team. And with all that said, there might be a better player and a better fit that falls through the training camp crack elsewhere. In any respect, this is a good problem to have, watching eight guys scrap it out for one roster spot. Another benefit of having a quality group like this is that if you need a replacement player throughout the season for any reason, you can reach back and grab one of these guys that showed well during training camp.

HB: For some super hater, you’re not nearly as nasty as you’ve been in the past. What’s with nice routine?

BZ: There’s nothing nice going on here partner. I’m just a little under the weather right now. All this rain has me in the dumps. But I’ll be back and hating better than ever before too long.

HB: So we can hit you up in a few weeks for some post training camp assessments?

BZ: There you go making stuff up again. I didn’t say all that chump. Lose my number!

289 comments Add your comment

dstdeelite

October 5th, 2009
9:45 am

jerrywest

October 5th, 2009
9:45 am

I heard from Knics fans how great Crawford could be if he isn’t the focus of the offense, but I didn’t know Teague could be so good this quickly.

dstdeelite

October 5th, 2009
9:56 am

All I can say is I’m excited about the upcoming season. I can’t wait to see Jamal in a Hawk’s uniform. I agree that he can possibly push JJ to the next level. Of all the negative things I’ve heard about JC, I truly believe that he is hungry to make the playoffs. Let’s get this thing cracking already!! Go Hawks!!

Mike N.

October 5th, 2009
10:07 am

It will be fun to watch Hawks training camp tomorrow on NBA TV. Sekou…we have heard so much about how the backcourt is doing and how Josh and Al are becoming beast down low. But havent heard much about Marvin the first week of camp?? Is he getting lost in the mix or is he being aggressive on the offensive end now. Have you seen or heard major improvement out of him?

Sekou Smith

October 5th, 2009
10:25 am

Marvin’s looked great Mike. Woody said something about him in a notebook from over the weekend. He’s been really good. He was really good in the Sunday scrimmage.

Mike is back

October 5th, 2009
10:31 am

BZ and HB, GREAT STUFF!!

Thanks, for the plug on Siler…I think he will turn up on some body’s roster…everyone loves a workhorse…especially a Big workhorse…they are hard to find.

Given your assessment…I think with a guy like Siler you lock him down to a contract even if you have to expand to 14 men roster. Send him to D League let him play or dress him out in street clothes and let him interact with the asst. coaches and vet Bigs while he’s watching the game…this could help accelerate his growth…he could be ready to go in a emergency backup role when the playoff rolls around…should the need arise.

I think you got to give a kid like this a chance if you are the Hawks…Bigs don’t get no cheaper than this!!!!!

GO SILER AND GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

macaroni tony

October 5th, 2009
10:32 am

So Sekou,

Do you think that MW picked up his defense to guard the three, so JJ & JS can concentrate on their own man. I am looking forward to this season.

swatguy

October 5th, 2009
10:39 am

Morning SS (and BZ),
If ASG doesn’t pony up to fill the roster to 15, then they are cheap. We by all accounts have talent in camp for slots 13,14 and 15. With Mo, Joe, Jamal, Joe Smit, Jason and Randy expiring, why risk missing two guys (or three) by limiting the roster to 13? Thats crazy.

Sund has to be at least thinking about player movement possibilities with the core too.

richbrave

October 5th, 2009
10:57 am

niremetal:

In response to your query as to who will play defense on the WIZ this year OBERTO, HAYWOOD, McGUIRE, BUTLER at times and ———–. Maybe FOYE or MILLER. Don’t know those players’ defensive skills. Everybody else will be looking to pad stats IMO. CRITTENTON appeared to be the only player in the back-court willing to share the ball and play a team game. YOUNG’s is a series of one-on-one moves. JAMES is just me,me,me. I’m sure MILLER and FOYE were brought in to light fires under both of them. But defensively, I’m clueless and I’ll bet the ‘ZARDS will be too when the chips are down.

The HAWKS on the other hand appear to be much improved from the days of Dr. MARY B’s old fab five. The $$$$ appeared. and management came through. Now the coach has to get the most out of the players, and I think the HAWKS fly into the Eastern finals.

Mike N.

October 5th, 2009
10:59 am

Swat Guy…You have to leave at least one open roster spot in case we make any trades during the season. There is no reason for us to fill all 15 roster spots to start the season.

richbrave

October 5th, 2009
10:59 am

BIG RAY:

Thanks for the shout out and the low-down. Hang tough out there keeping us citizens safe for democracy. We DO appreciate it.

Jay

October 5th, 2009
11:00 am

Before last season began, “experts” said the Hawks would be lucky to get the 8th playoff spot. So the Hawks had a 47-35 season and advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs before losing to Cleveland; to the surprise of those “experts”.

So, before this season begins, the same “experts” say the Hawks, who’ll bring back the same starting five while improving the depth of their bench (adding veterans Jamal Crawford, Joe Smith and Jason Collins as well as rookie Jeff Teague to go with Maurice Evans and Zaza Pachulia) will be no better than the 4th playoff seed. If past performance indicates future activity, the Hawks will surprise those experts and either advance to the Eastern Conference Finals or give a much better acquittal of themselves in the second round.

Blog-Z is right—its way too early to drink the championship Kool-aid. On paper, this team is better/deeper than last year’s team. But, on paper, so are Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, Washington and Toronto. That’s why they play the games!

Three quick hits:

First, since big men who can play are hard to find, the Hawks should keep Courtney Sims and Garret Siler; as eventual replacements for Jason Collins and Randolph Morris.

Second, does Sekou or Blog-Z think Seattle native Crawford can help Seattle native Marvin Williams become more assertive on the Court?

Third, With a backcourt (Bibby, JJ, Crawford, Teague & Evans) that’s set for years (Yes, JJ will be back), a Center (Al Horford) who’s a beast with a ton of depth (Pachulia, Collins, Morris) behind him, a SF (Williams) who’s a solid, if not spectacular, consummate team player (backed-up by Johnson and Evans) and the Smiths; Josh (a freak of nature-in a good way) and Joe (the solid, veteran back-up) at PF, what do Sekou and/or Blog-Z think is the next move? By that I mean who else—or at what position—does this team needs to legitimately compete for a championship?

Ernest

October 5th, 2009
11:12 am

Thanks for the info Sekou! Like many Hawks fans, I am excited about this upcoming season. Do you anticipate blogging live from any of the preseason games, giving fans your thoughts on what you are seeing?

jerrywest

October 5th, 2009
11:19 am

Great post Jay.

Sekou, as Jay asked – what do we need? It seems like everyone improved a lt.

Crawford is awesome. Teague is ready to contribute right away. Marvin & Bibby having great camp. Josh not shooting from outside. Horford has improved a lot. Who is not doing great?

swatguy

October 5th, 2009
11:28 am

Mike N.
Thats normally a good ideal. However, we have 6 expiring contracts on the roster.Having expirings give about the same flexibilty as an open slot. And we have SIX(or 5 considering Jamal). Othello, Silar and Robinson seem to be the type talent you want to keep in the organization. I don’t know if Collins and/or Joe Smith will be a Hawk next year ig a Silar/Othello/Randy develop as they may. We need a third PG (or combo) for sure and Robinson could be as valuable in the organization as you may need in a trade in February (or before).

niremetal

October 5th, 2009
11:32 am

Rio and Othello or Rio and Siler.

niremetal

October 5th, 2009
11:35 am

Swatguy,

More importantly, we need to keep a roster spot open in case someone gets waived and becomes available for us to sign mid-season, like Cassell/Brown for the Celtics a couple years ago, Gooden for the Spurs last year…those are just the ones off the top of my head. Playoff-bound teams nearly always keep a roster spot open heading into the season. Why would they burn their last roster spot on a training camp guy when there’s a very good chance a rotation player will become available mid-year? The Hawks are finally in the realm of teams that can start thinking that way.

A Tribe Called Quest

October 5th, 2009
11:43 am

Another blog from Sekou praising every player on the team as if they are All-Stars.
You could put Matt Freije on this squad and we’d hear about how he’s shooting lights out and better than Larry Bird.

I find it amazing people keep commenting about JCraw’s passing when the guy almost averaged as many APG as our starting PG last year

swatguy

October 5th, 2009
11:44 am

We very well may have 10 rotational guys now. Apparently the other two (randy and Collins) have situational talents. I do not believe we will need to “pick up” a rotational gut unless three guys get injured long-term. What we may burn is talent on the end we wish we may have next year. If an Othello, Silar, Robinson et. al. can continue to develop “in the system”, it would be more valuable than to beat the bushes in February.

A Tribe Called Quest

October 5th, 2009
11:47 am

“With Mario West I know what I’m getting, and it’s usually all good because his motor revs at all times. ”

What are you getting? Poor free throw shooting (can’t make any), a flawed jumpshot, and an undersized 6″3 (he’s NOT 6″5) guard for the 1 million QO?

swatguy

October 5th, 2009
11:48 am

We very well may have 10 rotational guys now. Apparently the other two (Randy and Collins) are needed situational talents. I do not believe we will need to “pick up” a rotational guy unless three guys get injured long-term. What we may wind up burning is talent on the end of the bench we wish we may have next year. If an Othello, Silar, Robinson et. al. can continue to develop “in the system”, it would be more valuable than to beat the bushes in February.

A Quest Called Tribe

October 5th, 2009
11:50 am

SEKOU SUCKS. RICK SUND SUCKS. EVERY PLAYER ON THE HAWKS SUCKS. MODERN HIP HOP SUCKS.

I’M STILL PISSED OFF THAT THE HAWKS DIDN’T SIGN GORTAT, GOODEN, WARRICK, POWE, WILCOX, RATLIFF, RASHEED, VILLANUEVA, AND OBERTO. HOW COULD WE LET THEM SLIP THROUGH OUR FINGERS? ASG WAS JUST TOO CHEAP TO SIGN THEM.

I WILL NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL OUR ROSTER CONSISTS OF 14 MEDIOCRE BIG MEN PLUS JOSH SMITH AND UNTIL WE FIRE RICK SUND AS GM AND REPLACE HIM WITH Q-TIP.

fat joe

October 5th, 2009
11:55 am

Teague will be the best PG in the NBA.

fat joe

October 5th, 2009
12:01 pm

A Quest Called Tribe: YOU SUCK!!!

niremetal

October 5th, 2009
12:05 pm

Swatguy,

Odds are that at least 1-2 rotation players will get hurt and that Woody will prove unwilling to play training camp guys in their place. We’ve seen it happen many times before. It came back to kill us last year when 3 of our starters were hobbled late in the season and in the playoffs, but Woody still rode them 40 minutes a night because he didn’t trust the young and untested players.

Filling all 15 roster spots now would be foolish. Undrafted training camp guys rarely become rotation players, and odds are that NONE of the 8 guys we’re talking about will ever crack an NBA rotation (check out past training camp rosters if you think that’s an exaggeration). It’s not like these guys are in imminent danger of getting signed by other teams, or else they wouldn’t be in training camp without a contract, just trying to scrape the 13th or 14th spot on the team. Giving guaranteed contracts to three of them before the season even starts is not a move that a team trying to move up in the playoff ranks makes.

If one of these guys is tearing up the D-League, we can sign him to a couple 10-day contracts then to see how he does in the NBA and then sign him for the rest of the season if he looks good, like we did with Jeremy Richardson 2 years ago. But even Jeremy is now out of the NBA. Why would you want to spend our final roster spot on one of these guys (who all 30 teams passed on in the draft and didn’t sign after summer league) before you even see them in a regular season NBA game?

Sign 2, and leave a roster spot open so we have some flexibility in case we get hit with a rash of injuries this winter. There are plenty of examples of teams that face that situation every year, which is why most contending teams leave the 15th roster spot open when the season starts.

fat joe

October 5th, 2009
12:05 pm

CRAZY MONKey

niremetal

October 5th, 2009
12:10 pm

I should modify that to “none of the 6 undrafted guys.” Dixon and Wilks obviously have already been NBA rotation players – although I think the odds are good that neither will be a rotation player again.

fat joe

October 5th, 2009
12:11 pm

1. Celtics
2. Cavs
3. Hawks
4. Magic

A Quest Called Tribe

October 5th, 2009
12:18 pm

NIREMETAL YOU SUCK, THE HAWKS SUCK, OUR BENCH SUCKS & MODERN HIP HOP SUCKS!

CRAZY MONkey

October 5th, 2009
12:21 pm

CRAZY MONkey

October 5th, 2009
12:25 pm

Hoops

October 5th, 2009
12:33 pm

nire is right! Sign two and leave one roster spot open. It gives you flexibility for later in the season if an opportunity to get a better player comes along. It’s not like we are going to play the 15 roster spot player anyway!

Have I missed something? Where is Stackhouse? Sign Stackhouse and Siler and let’s play some Hoops!!!

rms

October 5th, 2009
12:44 pm

Jamal Crawford! Whatever, I bet thats the same thing said about him when he was at Golden State. Looks good in training camp but when the season starts, its the same ol’ same ol’. And what about Teague, will he be an elite PG soon or just a journeyman backup guard that plays on 12 different teams in 15 years??

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
1:51 pm

Othello Hunter has that motor, always hustling and running the floor. Defense with a mid range J. stick with that kid!

Doug

October 5th, 2009
2:05 pm

rms: Same ole’ thing vis-a-vis Crawford?? He has played for teams that suck. He has averaged 20ppg…over 5 apg…has scored 50 with three different teams. To begin with same ole’ will be really good…but he will have a better year than even those because he is playing with a really good team in a supporting role. Watch and see

I MUS WRITE

October 5th, 2009
2:05 pm

Good stuff Sekou……… I would keep Siler/Hunter or Sims/Hunter. Mario has a nonstop motor,but what else does he bring to the table. This is the NBA not a rec league -I mean u have to have sum sort of skill to play in this league.Tribe is dead on,I’ve talked to Mario plenty of times and we are exactly the same height -with that said at 6′4 he is undersized for the pg/sg spots.So i say lets end the expirement/feel good story
Hunter should be kept around becuz if he keeps developing -we will have our backup Sf once Mo leaves.

1.Cleveland

2.Orlando…..I just think they will be better with Vc,Bowen,Bass,Healthy Nelson

3.Atlanta

4.Boston

Cant wait to see this line up…… JC,JJ,Marvin,Smoove,Horford or
Teague,JC,JJ,Marvin,Horford

Tribe come’on man …sum of those guys were overpaid -the only guys off your list i wanted was Charlie V and wilcox……… Charlie V has a nice offensive game but is kinda suspect on D.-We have enough perimeter O. Wilcox is cool but I question the mans desire sumtimz-he has all the tools but has been mediocre through out his career-HEART I would ride with Joe Smith over those 2 for what this team needs.

Hawks #3 seed this year -u heard it here first

I MUS WRITE

October 5th, 2009
2:06 pm

undersized for the 2 and not enuff skill(ball handling/passing) for the PG.

PDubATL

October 5th, 2009
2:28 pm

Sekou, is Sund set on having only a 13-player roster? I understand the need to save the 15th spot but don’t see why he or the ASG wouldn’t want to use a minimum contract to hold onto a potential talent like Siler at 14th spot.

I MUS WRITE

October 5th, 2009
2:33 pm

Nir- Why do u keep harping undrafted status. Who the hell cares….. Hunter wasnt drafted but he is becoming a player and keeps getting better. Siler is a huge guy who just needs seasoning-with that kind of size strength and desire he may be what we need in a couple yrs.

O by the way the guy who was tearing it up in the D League is in camp with us HELLO Sims= 20/10 D League MVP

Siler or Sims and Hunter……I will agree we need that open spot just incase, but even if we lose a cupl guys to injury we still have a solid 8 man rotation which is what we played with all of last year.

jerrywest

October 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

I MUS Write,

If someone was not drafted, it usually means he either has insufficient talent or has not been trained enough in the formative years of his life. Either drawback is almost impossible to overcome.

Daniel

October 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

IMUS- I like your picks. I still have our Hawks as a 4th seed, but I see Boston as the most likely to slip from the top three.

Melvin

October 5th, 2009
2:58 pm

Why wait to see who gets drop from someone else team when you have a talented vet like Stackhouse waiting to get pickup? I say we signed Stackhouse/Siler and let’s play some ball…

Sekou Smith

October 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

From what I can tell, it’s going to be 13 for sure on the roster. With the Hawks’ history of playing such a tight rotation under Woodson, it’s hard for me to justify keeping a 14th. It’s strictly for show if you keep that many. It’s probably wiser to leave some room in case you want to make a deal later or add a specific piece as the season goes on.

I’m sorry to inform anyone in need of some hate that most guys on most teams give a good showing of their abilities during training camp. That’s why it’s camp and not the regular season, Tribe. I’ll roast someone after they play someone that doesn’t have on a Hawks uniform.

As far as what the Hawks need, it’s clear to me that a swingman that can work behind Marvin Williams and Josh Smith (in particular) is what best serves this team right now. But security at point guard will be costly later in the season. If you snag a third PG you like early, you don’t have to push that panic button later.

Dan

October 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

I think they should sign Stackhouse. It makes a lot of sense. He would not have to play major minutes, he can score in a lot of ways, and has experience. If the money is right, should be a no brainer. Who knows if the money will be right, though.

I am really pulling for Mario West, but if I had to bet, my money is on Siler getting that last spot. He is big and looks like he might have the ability to contribute in the post. If nothing else, he could bang some heads against thug teams like Boston…would love to see him layout a clown like Perkins.

Dan

October 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

Ohh…one more thing, Sekou…GO GREEN!!! Did it to ‘em again!!

Craig

October 5th, 2009
3:16 pm

Sekou, you’re nuts. Blog Z, you’re nutser.

The Truth

October 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

jerrywest

Your comment:

If someone was not drafted, it usually means he either has insufficient talent or has not been trained enough in the formative years of his life. Either drawback is almost impossible to overcome.

What about these players (just to name a few)?

Ben Wallace
Bruce Bowen
Brad Miller
Udonis Haslem
Damien Wilkins
Earl Boykins

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Hoops

October 5th, 2009
3:44 pm

If Sekou is right and the Hawks are only going to sign one more player before the regular season starts, it has to be Stackhouse! He can give us that Vet. off the bench that can make a big difference in a tight game. Sign him for 1 year/Vet Minimum. I really do hate to not sign Siler though!