Woody’s words of wisdom

Jamal Crawford and Hawks coach Mike Woodson are on the same page now after a brief meeting of the minds after Crawford played just 12 minutes in the season opener.

Jamal Crawford and Hawks coach Mike Woodson are on the same page now after a brief meeting of the minds after Crawford played just 12 minutes in the season opener.

HAWKSVILLE – Jamal Crawford was understandably a bit confused about his role as the Hawks’ sixth man after playing just 12 minutes in the season opener.

A prolific scorer sitting on the bench for most of a track meet that ended in a 120-109 win for the Hawks didn’t make much sense to anyone else either, including Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

So he did what any reasonable people manager would do, he called Crawford into his office Thursday (well before tonight’s game against Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards of Washington at Philips Arena) and dispensed a few words of wisdom.

“I had to let him know that he is a big part of what we’re doing here,” Woodson said. “I can’t sit here and say, ‘Jamal I’m going to give you 35 minutes a game.’ But I have to make him more a part of what we’re doing, without a doubt. Because he has a position on this team where he can score the ball for us and be a big threat and take some of the pressure off of Joe [Johnson] and Mike [Bibby], Marvin [Williams], Josh [Smith] and Al [Horford]. He is coming off the bench and you need guys coming off the bench to score the ball. I’ve got to help him and put him in positions where he can be successful and help us win games.”

I asked someone to translate that from coach speak for me and apparently it means Woodson reminded Crawford that he’s a scorer first and foremost and not to lose that mentality, even when he comes off the bench. Crawford has shown off spectacular passing skills throughout the preseason and even in the opener. But the Hawks need him to do what comes naturally, and that’s score at will.

That sounds like a reasonable plan to me, especially with Arenas and the high-scoring Wizards in town.

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JeJe

October 30th, 2009
6:17 pm

Good stuff. He did look a bit timid on Wednesday.

LET’S SEE THE SHAKE-N-BAKE.

WOODY, LET BIBBY REDUCE HIS MINUTES TONIGHT. WE NEED THE VET TO PLAY SUNDAY VS. THE LAKERS. LET TEAGUE AND CRAW GET THEIR MINUTES ON ARENAS. WE HAVE TOO SLOW A STARTING BKCOURT TO CONTAIN HIM.

LET TEAGUE AND CRAW GET THEIRS TONIGHT. LET BIBBY PLAY 25

JeJe

October 30th, 2009
6:18 pm

Didn’t Crawford say something about Woody telling him to score in the preseason, but Craw thinks he’s more than just that and kinda ignored Woody? Sekou, do you know what I’m referring to?

Jimmy

October 30th, 2009
6:22 pm

Coach Woodson sounds like all talk to me. I don’t mean that in a negative manner either. I think he’s saying the right things, as far as using his bench more, but when it comes down to it–IE in a game situation – he’s just more comfortable w/ his starters. It’s just the second game though so hopefully we’ll see him use the bench a lot more in the future(starting tonight), also on this upcoming road trip w/ a few back to backs.

JeJe

October 30th, 2009
6:31 pm

It’s become apparent that no matter how well the bench does, Woodson will keep our same starting lineup in the last 80 % of every 4th qtr. What’s his damn obsession with having Marvin in? The guy is an average stiff. Why have we had the same starting lineup the last 3 years? Make a change and put Crawford in the starting lineup

O'Brien

October 30th, 2009
6:34 pm

Woody has said a lot of things in the past that he has not followed through on. He also told Crawford that he wants him to lead the league in scoring off the bench. Lets hope he gets it right, because Crawford is a scorer, and he needs minutes. Plus, like Woody says, it takes pressure off JJ, and should allow Woody to cut JJ’s minutes down to 35 or so.

I posted this on the other blog, so I wanted to repost it here.

Ray,

I agree. Marvin needs to step up defensively. With the players we have on this team (JJ, Bibby, Josh, Crawford), with Woody’s system (and Marvin’s lack of aggressiveness), Marvin is never going to develop into an elite scorer. What I would like to see him do is hang his hat on defense. I’m not saying he will be Artest like, but I would like to see him take the next step defensively (because I dont think he will take the next step offensively).

As Rod would say, there are quite a few SF who are better than Marvin (LeBron, Carmelo, Granger, Gerald Wallace, Caron Butler, Paul Pierce, Richard Jefferson just to name a few). So Marvin needs to have a mindset that says “You know what, I might only score 14 ppg, but my guy will not score more than 14 either”.

Gilley

October 30th, 2009
6:54 pm

Not much you can do in 12 minutes but Woody panics when his team is not winning and messes up his rotation..Which means he still doesn’t trust his bench. You have to be cool and temperamental during the game and just encourage the guys. Don’t always panic and change your game plan when things start slow or don’t go your way. I support the Hawks but I have never been a fan of Woody as a coach.

Big Man

October 30th, 2009
7:00 pm

Woody is no coach. Only in title. He doesn’t coach anything. He’s terrible. The players win in spite of him. The Hawks have a nice roster and have a lot of talent and cohesive pieces. Jamal will be a valuable cog in Woody’s favorite play….One on one at the top starring Joe Johnson(with Jamal possibly getting in on that with his one on one skills).

Sautee

October 30th, 2009
7:03 pm

I personally like that Crawford says he’d rather get 10 assists off the bench than lead the league in bench scoring. I don’t think it’s realistic, but I like hearing it.

IF he gets even 6 or 7 assists off the bench it would be (as Woody might say) HUGE.

Sautee

October 30th, 2009
7:04 pm

Sekou,

Which would YOU rather have off the bench, a high scorer or a high assists man?

tbhawksfan

October 30th, 2009
7:14 pm

I can’t belive it. Woodson leaves Craw glued to the bench. Is he trying to break his spirit too? Is Woodson’s best coaching asset his ability to destroy his players confidence ?

I thought I was going to read how Woodson forgot all about Crawford; you know heat of the moment and all.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 30th, 2009
7:14 pm

Obrien – Great point on Marvin Williams.

I hope he proves me wrong, but I have no faith or confidence in Woody implementing anything of significance to reduce JJ minutes – even if we have the answer (Jamal C.) right on the bench.
GO HAWKS!

james

October 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

Its not enough to just say this in the office Woody has to say it during the game but also back it up by calling sets to get Crawford the ball as well letting his teammates know that in certain situations I expect you to find Crawford just as we would Joe especially when Joes not in the game . No posting up Zaza after the opponent runs off 4 straight points.

Sekou Smith

October 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

That’s correct JeJe. The Hawks need Crawford to score. And I’ll take the scorer for $800 Sautee.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

tbhawksfan
Woody gives us the impression that he thinks my man is inadequate.
Acie wasn’t doo doo, neither was Salim yet when they left here – they sure felt like it.
Woody has zero player development skills whatsoever. But that’s stating the obvious and this horse has been dead and beaten for years around this blog. Let’s hope he gives JJ rest tonight and we win.

truly1

October 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

Hey but sekou dont you think that if crawford plays more minutes from joe johnson in his position he will naturally score because i like the passing he is doing and dont want him to stop that.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 30th, 2009
7:25 pm

Give him minutes and he will score and rack up assists. Play him and they will come.

Blast

October 30th, 2009
7:38 pm

Give Crawford his minutes, draw him plays, and watch him put the ball in the hole.

GAMETIME!!!!!

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:43 pm

aight Ray… lets see… Joe on Gil

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:44 pm

jump shot happy early…

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

stop with the f*cking jumpshots

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

stop with the f*cking jumpshots

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

Dear Josh Smith,

If you don’t see the paint under you, pass the ball!!!

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:46 pm

All thanks to Woodson’s just dribble and shoot offense.

J

October 30th, 2009
7:47 pm

Hello,
Arenas looks amazing out there. We could be in for a long night. Hate to say this, but we need to slow it down and go half court.
Cheers,
J

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:48 pm

thats what i wanna see boy!!!

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:48 pm

Josh still can’t shoot free throws

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:49 pm

The Hawks switch every f*ckin time. Damn this team is badly coached

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
7:50 pm

Is that Brittany’s baby daddy playing for the Wizards?

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
7:51 pm

Points in the paint. What a concept!

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:53 pm

that first step is back…

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
7:53 pm

Friday night at Philips. It looks like there are 2000 people there.

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

interesting lineup… i like…

BONE

October 30th, 2009
7:56 pm

Yea there only 2000 people there becuz they don’t wanna see woody’s bad coaching in person.

Blast

October 30th, 2009
7:57 pm

Joe is attacking early. Great.

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
7:58 pm

looks good.. looks good…

truly1

October 30th, 2009
8:00 pm

get joe some rest now we have a bench

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:00 pm

wow… that is elite company on that J Crawford stat…

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
8:01 pm

WOOT!!! The Village Idiot is in!!!

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:02 pm

Crawford’s defense looking strides better early…

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:03 pm

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:04 pm

we in stunt mode!!!

Sekou Smith

October 30th, 2009
8:04 pm

That’s the Jamal Crawford people came to see.

BONE

October 30th, 2009
8:05 pm

Jamal is gonna attract some new fans.

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:05 pm

somebody wipe the ball off…

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:06 pm

look at the Vet!

madtbone

October 30th, 2009
8:06 pm

Nice Play by Joe Smith.

truly1

October 30th, 2009
8:07 pm

looks like teague aint playing

2 FOR JOHN DREW

October 30th, 2009
8:07 pm

LOVING CRAWFORD …… HE’S STARTIN’ TO OPEN IT UP !!!!!!

bigdave

October 30th, 2009
8:07 pm

Stevenson look like Kimbo Slice lil brother…

BONE

October 30th, 2009
8:07 pm

Jamal is playing some good D