Come see for yourself

 

You can catch Al Horford on Twitter anytime and at the Hawks' free public practice Saturday at Philips Arena.

You can catch Al Horford on Twitter anytime and at the Hawks' free public practice Saturday at Philips Arena.

HAWKSVILLE – For you Hawks fans fortunate enough to call the 13th colony home, Saturday is your day.

“Your” team is holding an open practice (free to the public) at Philips Arena from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will allow you to see for yourself all the things you’ve read and chatted about around here lately.

If you want to see just how unbelievably humongous rookie behemoth Garret Siler is, this is your chance.

Maybe you’ve always wondered what that tattoo on Josh Smith’s left forearm said, well this might be your chance to find out.

If you want to see if Joe Johnson uses the perfect form on his jumper, you can see it for free Saturday morning on the main floor.

Or maybe you just want to size up guys like Randolph Morris and Joe Smith to see if they have the bulk needed to help improve the Hawks’ frontcourt depth. Do it Saturday.

If Mike Woodson is the object of your affection (or something else, ha), now is your time to see him for yourself. Tell him all the stuff you write about him here, if you feel the urge (watch this team work in person and you might get a different feel for them and for the coach, or not).

ONE LAST TIME, Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. the Hawks will take the floor at Philips for a practice that is open to the public and free for any and all that wish to attend.

I guarantee you it will make our debates around here more spirited, at least for next few days. Because once you see this stuff for yourself, you won’t have to just take my word(s) for what transpired. You’ll have seen it with your own eyes and come to your own informed opinion about what is what.

ANOTHER TWITTER UPDATE

There’s another new Hawks’ neighbor on Twitter these days. Al Horford has officially joined the 140-character revolution and can be found on the network with a swift click. The Big Gator is witty and is sure to keep you informed on all things Hawks from an insider’s perspective. I see him daily but I’m still reading his tweets every chance I get just to see what I might have missed.

BREAKFAST WITH THE HAWKS?

From our friends at Truehoop we have breakfast with the Hawks, a nekit-chested Josh Smith in particular.

 

There goes lunch!

240 comments Add your comment

karry

October 9th, 2009
10:20 am

terrell barron

October 9th, 2009
10:22 am

I’ll be there.

terrell barron

October 9th, 2009
10:25 am

What’s up with that 1st, 2nd nonsense? What do you guys do, just stare at the computer waiting for a new blog to appear? Sekou, you better be careful. You might have yourself a few stalkers. lol!

Sekou Smith

October 9th, 2009
10:25 am

Forget that Top Chef madness, the dude above (Bradley Rouse) is the baddest on the planet.

rms

October 9th, 2009
10:29 am

fifth!!! Whats up this Horford guy anyway. Is he going to be an All-Star this season or what

Hawksgirl

October 9th, 2009
10:32 am

are free tickets being given out this year sekou?

rms

October 9th, 2009
10:34 am

Too bad I gotta work Saturday. I am sure they look good playing against themselves but what about other athletes. Better atheletes. Athletes that can do things other players on our roster can’t do. Guess we gotta wait until the regular season for that. Oh well, I am sure the open practice will be fun. GEUX HAWKS!!!

Sekou Smith

October 9th, 2009
10:41 am

Free tickets from?

I get the feeling Horford’s in for a big year, rms, provided he stays healthy.

Dub C

October 9th, 2009
10:46 am

Terrell Barron, I was thinking the same thing on the 1st, 2nd stuff. its kind of funny though.

RMS, I don’t think Horford will be an All-star, but he’ll continue to get better. Honestly, if there’s going to be another Hawk all-star, it will be Josh Smith!

Samuel

October 9th, 2009
10:47 am

Make sure you wear you “long Johns” and overcoats. The Thrashers have started and last year it was about 10 degrees at Phillips. Hopefully, I can make it down to check out my boys.

Cuz,

You forgot: Maybe you can talk to Rick Sund and the ASG and tell them to do the right thing and give Woody and extension. He deserves it. It would be very “lame” if they let Woody go after he built the program to where it is now.

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
10:50 am

Melvin,

To continue the convo from the last blog, the other thing to consider is that Stackhouse probably wouldn’t get many-to-any minutes here. Like Mo, Stackhouse is a swingman but a little undersized to be a true SF. With Crawford and Mo around, we don’t need a 6′6 swingman off the bench to work significant minutes – Marvin can give you 32 minutes a game at SF, JJ can give you 8-10, and Mo is frankly no worse than Stackhouse for the remaining 6-8. Something tells me that if Stackhouse wants to come back, he won’t be willing to come back as the 11th man, only getting consistent minutes if someone gets hurt.

Melvin

October 9th, 2009
11:08 am

Nire,

Stack played SF most of his career. Check out his archives. However,he seem like the perfect guy to bring in b/c he’s a vet that can play 2 and 3 position which is where the Hawks have the least amount of depth. Case in point, look who got the bulk of the mins in the 1st preseason game because Mo did not play, Mario (i know its preseason) but I don’t think we would want Mario playing extended mins in case of injury and we may not want to burn JJ out by playing him extended min at the SF either. Stackhouse said that he wants play with a contender so that statement alone tells me that he’s willing to accept a lesser role in order to play on a good team. Again, he makes perfect sense to me but I know there’s a whole lot of other factors that need to happen in order for him to sign with the Hawks. Just my thoughts…

lexluther

October 9th, 2009
11:15 am

I think I’m going to wait until the season starts. I don’t want to jump the gun on these Hawks. In practice..practice! When the regular season start and they have put this chemistry together, let’s pray that they can run some teams out of the gym. I’m excited about these Hawks and I don’t want to jinx them by showing up for practice…we talking bout practice…practice!!!

i_am_soulstar

October 9th, 2009
11:19 am

I’m already there. GO HAWKS! Yo Sekou, if we cannot be objective for a hot second, who are the top 3 of the training camp invitees?

Clyde

October 9th, 2009
11:22 am

ROLL TIDE CLYDE WILL BE THERE

rms

October 9th, 2009
11:23 am

Not to make an unfair comparison but I cant help but look at Al Jefferson and think Horford could somehow do something close to what he’s doing. Then again Jefferson is a beast and Horford is not quite there yet. Josh should defitnetly be a All-Star this year but it depends on him and his ability to play and understand the game at a high level every night.

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
11:36 am

Melvin,

Sorry, but it’s just not true that Stackhouse spent most of his career playing SF. When he was drafted, there was a lot of talk about how unusual it was for a true SG to get drafted in the top 3. Here’s one link where that’s mentioned:

He played at SG throughout his years in Philly (Weatherspoon played SF then) and Detroit (Grant Hill played SF, then Corliss Williamson). Even in Washington, Jordan ended up playing at SF (I’m SURE you remember all the talk about how Jordan was playing too many minutes at SF in his last season). It was only after his injury in 2003 that he started playing significant minutes at SF. But “most” of his career? I’m sorry, it’s not even close.

Now all that being said, he is more of an SF than an SG right now. But like Mo, he’s undersized for SF. And he’s not any quicker than Mo these days and certainly is not as strong or committed to defense as Mo. So where would he get minutes unless someone got hurt?

If he’s interested in coming here and being the 11th Man, that’s fine with me. But as much as Mo has become a whipping boy around here, Stackhouse won’t get more than scattered minutes at SF unless someone gets hurt. If he can live with that, I’m all for it. And hey, it’s not like the NBA is brimming with teams that need an aging swingman who has never been more than mediocre on defense, so being the 11th man is probably the best he can hope for…

Grip

October 9th, 2009
11:38 am

Part of our problems has been not using joe johnson in match ups that he can dominate, he needs to play more small forward and you will see that a lot this year. Very few people can match up with him on the block. That should have been woody’s focus against miami in the playoffs,d. wade is a beast but he is way to small to check Joe down low.

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
11:40 am

Samuel

October 9th, 2009
11:55 am

rms,

Don’t count of Horford ever being that good on offense. He can become a good player but his value will be in his all around game.

You said it. Al Jefferson is a beast.

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/10/08/al-jefferson-has-sights-on-team-usa/

primo

October 9th, 2009
12:01 pm

See you all on Saturday!!!

KingfishStevens

October 9th, 2009
1:02 pm

22nd.I attended the NO game and I was impressed. Go Hawks!!!

bigdave

October 9th, 2009
1:08 pm

Samuel…

isnt he (Hibbert) though but the boy has potential… they were actually going up strong but he was throwing it… not to mention he had a pretty good rookie campaign…

those on Josh Smith’s camp conduct…

he’s a 23-24 yr old… Lebron is just as big of a goof… but he’s Lebron so nobody complains… Josh is who he is. keep in mind though, while we’re trying to drive him out of town based on personality traits, he is nowhere near a finished product as a professional. in time maturity sets in every aspect of his game comes together due to a renewed focus. im patient with Josh for the simple fact that even at this stage of his career he has done very well, but there is a high ceiling for growth.

Mike N.

October 9th, 2009
1:32 pm

I live down in Florida so I hope you guys can all give us a good report on who looks good at the open practice.

Melvin

October 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

bigdave,
Good points about Josh.

Nire,
Good find on Stack. However, the 2 and 3 position are very similiar and interchangeable depending on the matchups. I like Stack b/c his skills (attacking the rim) are complimentary to this team. Not too many guys on the Hawks can drive to the basket as effective as Stack. If he was on this team, I’m not so sure that Mo would be ahead of him in the rotation. I don’t have a problem with Mo but I prefer Stack offensive skills over him….

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

I hope to make it tomorrow.

Chris

October 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

3 years in – was Horford a better pick than his teammate, Joakim Noah?

I know I am in the minority, but I am glad JJ did not sign for the $15MM. He is a good player, but not a championship player. Use that room, plus some more to make a serious run at LeBron, etc. Who wants to go to NYC vs. the ATL? Nobody.

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
1:42 pm

Jumping in on the Stackhouse talk. I have always said that IF Stack would sign for the vet min.(most likely). IF he was willing to be a 3rd string player who many nights wears a suit (maybe?), and be willing to do all of that with the Hawks as opposed to San Antonio, etc.(very doubtful). Then sure why not sign him.

The problem is that there are just too many IF’s for the discussion to be realistic.

I am much happier discussing how pissed off I am that Siler won’t make this team because we have to pay Morris his stupid contract.

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
1:43 pm

oh Chris… really? you really think LeBron will leave Clevland for Atlanta?… and NYC?….Really?

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
1:44 pm

I meant “over NYC”

Chris

October 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

Plenty of media exposure in Atlanta. It’s basically the capital of black America. Much better place to live. Great nucleus of a team. Could probably win 5 championships. Why not?

Melvin

October 9th, 2009
1:56 pm

Daniel,

At this point, if Stack signs with any mid to elite team. I’m sure he knows that he going into a situation that will allow him to play limited mins (unless there’s injury) at the Vet min. So you can eliminate 2 or 3 of your If’s…

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
2:06 pm

It’s basically the capital of black America.

I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at the idea that there’s a single capital of black America. I think Chicago, New York, and LA all might have something to say about that.

As for the much better place to live? Sure, if you love a city where you sit in traffic for 3 hours and that doesn’t know the meaning of “mass transit.” I grew up in Atlanta, but there’s a reason I’m not living there now, and it’s not because I like the people up North more…

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
2:12 pm

PS – Not trashing my hometown as a worse place to live. Just pointing out that those other cities have some edges over Atlanta. Well, except maybe LA…

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
2:13 pm

Alright Melvin but what about the 3rd if?

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 9th, 2009
2:14 pm

Sekou, having to see the A Town dancers walk around half naked makes me wanna vomit so I can sympathize with you on seeing Josh without a shirt on. :-/

LOL, I’d like to see a fan on this blog tell Mike Woodson or a player what they say on this blog, that would be quite interesting to see. Picture it: Mike you need to run less iso JJ plays and your rotation sucks, you ruined Acie’s chances, and other coaches are better than you so you should have been fired a long time ago. JJ you’re selfish cause you didn’t resign with the Hawks, you’re not a superstar anyway. Mike Bibby you’re too slow and fat. Marvin you will never be an allstar as a matter of fact you shouldn’t even be starting. It would be chaos at the event.

I’d bet money that no one will step to Woodson and critique him to his face. They are gonna just take their pictures and get their autographs. What time is the event again, 11:30am-1pm.

Okay I can see it if they are going to have a fan forum or something, where you get to actually ask questions. But I even see something like this getting out of hand considering how people get emotional on this blog. Just saying, I don’t mean to be a downer.

Keep it Hawks!

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
2:15 pm

chris, I too love Atlanta, but why would LeBron leave Clevland? They can pay him more than any other team(Larry Bird, rule) and it is hometown. The only reason to leave would be to increase his profile, which is already huge. The only place he can do that is in NY or LA, and since LA is not in the market that leaves NY. Atlanta cannot compete from a marketing stand point with NY.

Chris

October 9th, 2009
2:16 pm

If you live within the city limits in Atlanta, you don’t sit in traffic. Somehow, I don’t picture LeBron living in a split-level in Alpharetta.

Rather than “basically”, I should have said “arguably” the capital of black America. LA and Chicago would certainly have a claim. NYC – I am not so sure. But if you admit that Atlanta is in that mix, and you look at the supporting cast he’d have here, it looks like a pretty attractive option (aside from the Spirit Group and Woodson, of course).

Melvin

October 9th, 2009
2:19 pm

Daniel,

The Spurs have enough wing players…

Ramon

October 9th, 2009
2:20 pm

Daniel, I think if Sund wanted Stack, Stack would sign within a couple of seconds. Stack knows where he is in his career. And Stack also know the health history of Marvin. So he knows Atlanta presents the best chance at postseason wins and significant playing time. And although it may be Evans job to lose, Evans does make questionable decisions on offense that would make Stackhouse an asset to have. Also the addition of Stack leaves the team open to look at the possibility of trading Evans and other goods during the season.

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
2:25 pm

Chris,

I don’t picture LeBron setting up shop in Cabbagetown either. Something tells me that if he buys a place, it’ll be one of those $5M Buckhead condos. In any case, I don’t think LeBron/Wade/Bosh would be living in the city they play in to begin with, except during training camp and the nights before home games.

Everyone thinks that their own city is a great place to live. But Atlanta has never been a magnet for marquee free agents in any sport. New York has.

Sekou Smith

October 9th, 2009
2:32 pm

I’m not ready to debate which city is the best Nire. They all have their good and bad traits, but it’s hard for me to imagine many better cities to live in than Smyrna! :)

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
2:38 pm

Ramon- Without having any inside knowledge, I doubt that. Sund may not have offered Stackhouse, but I don’t get the since that is waiting around hoping to jump on with the Hawks. Then again I know this guy who does have more insight into the team…

Hey Sekou, what have you heard about Stackhouse? Is it that he isn’t interested in the Hawks, they aren’t interested in him or both?

PDubATL

October 9th, 2009
2:39 pm

It is the Jonquil City! And the only city I know of with sub-cities (Smynings and Smableton). That’s hard to beat.

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
2:39 pm

I meant “get the sense that he…” terrible, sorry guys.

Daniel

October 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

Don’t get me wrong Chris. I am from Atlanta, heck I AM Atlanta, from Decatur where it is greater and Marta is Smarta. We just can’t put the guy on a bigger stage than NY, just a numbers game.

Mike N.

October 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

LeBron to the ATL…funniest thing I’ve heard in a while. I think Billy Knight has a better shot at being named GM of the year.

Chris

October 9th, 2009
2:47 pm

OK. LeBron in the ATL in 2010 is admittedly a stretch. But I did say LeBront, etc. That etc is meant for Dwight Howard in 2012. All the same reasons as LeBron, plus the ATL is his home town. Larry Bird (max contract) rule is the only thing stopping that one, IMO.

By the way, I am no homer. I have lived in NYC and LA and worked in Chicago. Atlantan by choice only.

bigdave

October 9th, 2009
3:15 pm

Nire,
actually Atlanta has been dubbed the ‘capital of black america’

niremetal

October 9th, 2009
3:16 pm

Sekou,

I lived in Smyrna when I was in elementary school (King Springs!), and I can tell you – it’s come a loooooong way since then. But even now, I think that it depends on which side of the tracks you live on :)

In any case, LeBron’s stated goal is to be the world’s first billionaire athlete. If he wants to achieve that goal, he probably needs to sing from the world’s biggest stage. There’s a reason that pretty much all of the athlete megastars – from Magic to Gretzky to Kobe to Shaq to Jordan to ARod to Beckham – either start or end up in New York, Chicago, or LA. Hell, even Federer has a place in NYC now…