Pump your brakes

 

LaMarcus Aldridge might not get a chance to get after Josh Smith (hand reaching for the ball) and the Hawks tonight at the Rose Garden. A knee injury could keep him on the sideline.

LaMarcus Aldridge will get a chance to get after Josh Smith (hand reaching for the ball) and the Hawks tonight at the Rose Garden. A knee injury won't keep him on the sideline (and major props to my man Salim Stoudamire - corner right - who is one of Portland's All-Time finest).

PORTLAND – Pump your brakes.

I’ll do it if you do it.

Because it appears we’ve gone a bit overboard with the panic room act after the Hawks’ loss Sunday in Los Angeles to the Lakers.

More than a couple Hawks reminded me before, during and after practice Monday that we’re still in the first, five-game stint of the season. We’re just three games in, with Game 4 up tonight against a strong Trail Blazers team at the Rose Garden.

“People had us winning the championship last year when we got off to that 6-0 start,” Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson said and then laughed. “Everybody needs to calm down and just keep working. It’s a long season, man. Every coach I’ve ever had tells you that [the season] is a marathon and not a sprint. And that’s true. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to play with urgency. But you also have to keep the season in perspective.”

Perspective is something that would come in handy around here, for me and for you.

I’m not in the habit of predicting disasters but I can admit to having a bad feeling about that Lakers game. I knew they’d be hungry to make a point after losing at home the Mavericks a couple nights earlier. And I know the Hawks have a penchant for not fully understanding what it is to be focused, locked and loaded on the road.

JJ erased any fears I had with his outlandish first quarter performance against the Lakers. After he lit Kobe Bryant up for 18 points in nine minutes I started crafting my “Hawks finally show claws at Staples” story. Then the third quarter came along and I hit the delete button.

This game against the Blazers presents a similarly tough challenge; my guess is road teams won’t find this venue much easier to deal with this season than they do Staples Center. It also provides the Hawks with a chance for a little Rip City redemption. Find a way to outwork the Blazers and their All-Star (Brandon Roy)-led crew and maybe we can put file that Lakers debacle away for nit-picking at a later date.

CLOSE TO HOME

For Seattle natives like Jamal Crawford and Marvin Williams, the annual trip here to Portland is closest they’ll get to home. Since the Sonics packed up shop and moved to Oklahoma City (and were renamed the Thunder), there’s been a huge void in the road schedule for teams used to doing the Pacific Northwest two-step between this city and it’s neighbor to the north.

For guys who grew up immersed in the NBA culture that that Sonics provided that void is even more pronounced.

“You grow up your whole life dreaming about making the league and playing for the Sonics,” Williams said. “I was lucky enough to make it and play in Seattle before they [left town]. But it’s brutal, not having them anymore. It still stings for a lot of people and probably always will.”

Marvin’s career-high remains the 33 points he dropped on his hometown team Jan. 25, 2008. In fact, he’s always played well when the Hawks travel to this northwest corridor of the country. Maybe it’s all the family and friends that come to see him. Or maybe it’s just being in familiar territory that gets him going. Whatever it is, don’t be surprised to see both Marvin and Jamal go off tonight against the Blazers.

GOOD JOSH, BAD JOSH

There’s a funny, or not so funny depending on your perspective, debate that happens on press row shortly after the start of most Hawks games about which Josh Smith is in the building.

Is it good Josh (the one averaged 18.5 points and led the Hawks in assists by attacking the paint in the first two games of this season) or bad Josh (the one that showed up for that Lakers game and rarely ventured inside on offense and remained largely ineffective for all but a few minutes)?

The Hawks need good Josh to show up against the Trail Blazers tonight. They need the active Josh, the one that played superbly at home in wins over both the Pacers and Wizards to start the season. They need the Josh that changes games with his defensive presence and triggers and finishes fast breaks like few players in the league can.

What they don’t need is the Josh that spends more time complaining to the referees than he does chasing rebounds and loose balls. They don’t need the Josh that refuses to dive to the basket when JJ has the ball on the wing and is being double teamed and needs a safety valve.

I’ve debated with numerous folks – scouts, agents, executives, other players and just about anyone else you can imagine – this notion that the Hawks go as he Josh goes. I’ve never really bought into that premise. But I’m starting to see the light. When he’s at his best, the Hawks are literally at their best. And when he’s not … you saw the Lakers game.

ALDRIDGE TO PLAY?

The status of Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge is no longer uncertain for tonight’s game. The knee injury he suffered during Sunday’s win over Oklahoma City is not expected keep him out of the game, per the Oregonian.

Aldridge has given the Hawks major fits here – averaging 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in Portland’s last two games against the Hawks here.

ONE LAST THING

I ran across this link that is required reading from Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj attacks the simmering issue that is Chris Paul’s plight in New Orleans. It’s good stuff. Take a break from work, my treat, and read it. You’ll be glad you did.

601 comments Add your comment

Mike N.

November 3rd, 2009
11:42 am

@danweiner

November 3rd, 2009
11:43 am

the problem is, these aren’t new problems that have plagued the Hawks. The poor shot selection, the poor ball movement and the poor defense are things that plague the Hawks against the elite teams in the league. It doesn’t mean they aren’t the fourth best team in the East anymore, it proves that they are the same old team they’ve always been. If you’re holding out hope that it’s going to change, well you’re going to be waiting for a long time.

Greene Hornet

November 3rd, 2009
11:44 am

Greene Hornet

November 3rd, 2009
11:45 am

I meant third…

True Hawks Fan

November 3rd, 2009
11:46 am

Mike N.

November 3rd, 2009
11:50 am

Sekou…Marvin has been getting killed on the blog since the Laker game, and deservedly so. Is it just wishful thinking that he can step up his game. Are we all secretly just hoping he becomes an 18-20 scorer to somehow justify taking him over Paul and Deron Williams. I just dont see a guy capable of averages better then 13 and 6. Please Sekou…tell me I’m wrong

Gainesville#1

November 3rd, 2009
12:01 pm

The hawks are a good team and will be ok. The reason they will not be looked at a as championship caliber team is because they don’t have a constant go to guy down low.

Sekou Smith

November 3rd, 2009
12:05 pm

Marvin has struggled. But Marvin’s a heady cat. He knows he’s struggled. That’s why he was getting extra work after practice in LA Monday. He’s not going to go into a funk. He’ll do what all smart young players do and get back to work to fix whatever is wrong Mike.

O'Brien

November 3rd, 2009
12:11 pm

Sekou,

We havent seen Collins yet this season, and I really think we could have used him (legit 7 footer who plays defense) against Bynum, because Horford wasnt giving us much defensively or offensively.

Is Collins injured? And if so, is there a prognosis for when he might be ready to play?

hawks_4_life

November 3rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Amen….lets not go overboard

Bill Heller

November 3rd, 2009
12:24 pm

Josh Smith reminds me of Michael Vick because both are so athletically gifted and loose focus on the fundamentals.

Terrell

November 3rd, 2009
12:26 pm

So one road game and @danweiner is ready to pass judegement? In these kind of games the Hawks would’ve lost by 40 but the final score was only an 8 point defeat. Is this how it’s going to be after every time we lose a game? I mean seriously.If Atlanta goes 10-1 to start the season are we going to continue to talk about that one game we lost? We’ve seen some of the “elite” teams also have their moments. The Lakers lost by 14 to the Mavs this year, the Celts were beaten by the Bobcats last year, the Cavs are what 1-2 or 2-2? Lets wait until we are quarter into the season to pass any judgments on this team.

O’Brien, what is a legit 7 footer? I never understood the notion.

Mike N. what are Chris Paul and D. Williams doing right now for their teams? It gets annoying hearing about CPIII and D. Williams and what they could be doing for us now. Marvin providdes a lot more versatility than both of them. He can guard a lot of the SFs PFs and SGs in this league. He hasn’t started off like he did last year, but it’s only 3 games into the season.

JeJe

November 3rd, 2009
12:28 pm

LOL @ the part on Marvin. People thinking Marvin will bounce back. It’s not hard to go from a “bad” 6 point game to his astonishing regular average of 12 ppg. What’s that? One open jumpshot and a few free throws? Marvin will bounce back and only fall down once during this game, rather than 3 times! Of course it being Portland, he may even score 15 points, since he had such a breakout year last year. LOL this guy is a joke.

And the Hawks know Aldridge is frail right now. What will they do? Nothing. Horford will accidentally foul Aldridge and then help him up (like we did in the Cleveland series) and apologize. Roy will destroy us in the 3rd qtr if we don’t adjust.

START CRAWFORD OVER MARVIN. I AM NOT BEING A KNEE-JERK REACTOR. I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT MARVIN SUCKS. GET RID OF THIS FRAIL AWKWARD TIMID MOCKERY OF A PLAYER

JeJe

November 3rd, 2009
12:30 pm

The problem with all coaches in Georgia (UGA, Falcons, Hawks) is the coaches don’t make adjustments and don’t take risks.

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Mediocrity. 4th seed my @$$. We won’t do anything in the 2nd round. We’ll be the Washington Wizards of ‘05-’08

dstdeelite

November 3rd, 2009
12:33 pm

What is the link to CP3 supposed to do for us? Are we still supposed to be wishing upon a star that we had drafted him instead of Marvin? No thank you…..one crybaby on our team is quite enough.

JeJe

November 3rd, 2009
12:34 pm

Man, !@#$ Rondo.

First, the dude looks like a lesbian. One Allen and KG are gone in the next 2 years or so (maybe Allen next year), you will see Rondo suffer. He is a f*!@ing punk. So is Paul Pierce — fat@$$. Celtics are a classless organization.

It’s too bad we passed on Cp3, Deron, and Bynum, and Grainger. These are 4 of the classiest players in the NBA. Deron gave the game winning ball to the late Larry Miller’s wife after a game — what would Rondo do?

One thing I can say is the Hawks are a very classy organization, and I hope CP3 punches Rondo the hell out soon. CP3 may be the best PG ever (D.Rose isn’t far off) and Rondo sucks @#%@#%^@#^

JeJe

November 3rd, 2009
12:35 pm

Man, !@#$ Rondo.

First, the dude looks like a lesbian.. One Allen and KG are gone in the next 2 years or so (maybe Allen next year), you will see Rondo suffer. He is a f*!@ing punk. So is Paul Pierce — fat@$$. Celtics are a classless organization.

It’s too bad we passed on Cp3, Deron, and Bynum, and Grainger. These are 4 of the classiest players in the NBA. Deron gave the game winning ball to the late Larry Miller’s wife after a game — what would Rondo do?

One thing I can say is the Hawks are a very classy organization, and I hope CP3 punches Rondo the hell out soon. CP3 may be the best PG ever (D.Rose isn’t far off) and Rondo sucks @#%@#%^@#^

Bruce

November 3rd, 2009
12:35 pm

hawks_4_life

November 3rd, 2009
12:37 pm

JeJe

Did I miss something? Was there an incident?

dstdeelite

November 3rd, 2009
12:44 pm

JeJe…seriously dude take a chill pill. We can have a spirited debate on here w/o all of your expletive-laced rantings. It’s not that serious. Anyway who even mentioned Rondo? IMO that article is nothing but pure speculation on the part of what happened between Rondo and CP3. I would like for the author to back up his “supposedly” and “maybes” with some credible sources. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

H_a_w_k_s F_a_n

November 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

What do you people want from Marvin? What do you expect when he’s on a team with GREEDY GUARDS!? Did you watch the LA game… not only did Joe go off and possibly deservedly so didn’t pass much… but Marv didn’t even TOUCH THE BALL ON OFFENSE TILL MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH THE 1st QUARTER! You expect a guy who isn’t integrated into the offense for MINUTES at a time to do what? Show u 18 to 20 points a game… please. Atleast when the guy got the ball he was still motivated enough to shoot it.. missed ‘em.. but he took the shots.

I just don’t understand how some people fail to realize that when the team goes to Marvin he performs. Marv can’t make Bibby, Joe, Jamal pass to him… he can’t make Woody go away from ISO JOE even tho everyone in the world knows that’s whats comin! If Marv sucks its because our guards are STINGY! Start making the EXTRA PASS! that’s high school basketball… why don’t the hawks get that? 3 games in and Marv is struggling. I’d bet money that he buckles down and gets his in the next 3 weeks.

i_am_soulstar

November 3rd, 2009
12:47 pm

The Hawks go as Josh go… The more I’ve watched the Hawks over the years, the more truth I see in that staement

Jones

November 3rd, 2009
12:58 pm

I disagree somewhat about what Marvin can do about it. Good offensive players demand the ball occasionally. If Marvin did that, the guards would get it to him, but I have never seen him do it. He just needs to be more aggressive, more assertive, and you can do that without the ball.

Jones

November 3rd, 2009
1:00 pm

Sekou, what do you think about a guy like Stephen Jackson on the Hawks (again)? He’s definitely available, and makes about the same amount of money as Marvin. Marvin probably can’t be traded even up for a year because of the base-year-compensation thing, but it is interesting to think about what a guy like Jackson could add — especially if Joe is right that they are too “soft.”

Wiink

November 3rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Hawks going 10 & 1 would be nice, but would not take away the fact that Bynum kicked our butt and Woody did nothing about it. I would have assume Collins was brought in to provide veteran leadership, experienced defense in the post & rebounding. Why was he not inserted in the game to take on the challenge of Bynum in the post? He was destroying our bigs, it was like Kareem againsts Spud Webb. This game showed me our biggest obstacle going forward is Woody.

As one poster stated it depends on WWWD “What Would Woody Do”….current answer is nothing.

Props to JJ for going off on Kobe in his house in the first quarter. That said he needed to stay engaged for the duration of the game, because will always take on the challenge…JJ tailed off but Kobe stayed engaged until the deal was done.

Just one loss, but you can learn alot about your coach in such games,once again Woody not able to make in game adjustments, which gives the appearance the same coach patrolls the our sidelines. He must use the new pieces at the appropriate time. You can’t say whether Collins would not have made a difference, because Woody gave him a DNP???????? “WWWD”

niremetal

November 3rd, 2009
1:31 pm

I don’t think success or failure comes down to any one player…when the Hawks lose badly, it always seems like 3-4 guys lay an egg, not just any 1. Josh was at his best in a lot of our playoff games, and it didn’t make a difference – to use one crude example, the Hawks went 1-3 in the playoff games where Josh led the team in scoring. In any case, I don’t think that the correlation is much stronger with Josh than it is with any of the other starters.

Willie Coyote

November 3rd, 2009
1:34 pm

I have so much more respect for Chris Paul than his “superstar peers” like Lebron, Wade, and some of the others. He, like K.G., just goes out there and plays regardless of who’s around him. they put up numbers when it’s needed not because it gets them attention. Rondo needs to pump his breaks because he is not the reason Boston is at the level they are.

Mychelfromatl

November 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

Amen Sekou,

Each day these so-called arm-charm quaterbacks/GM’s continue to amaze me with their baffoonery. Lost one game to the champs in their areana and these dudes wet their panties SMH(No-offense ladies of the blog).

Dueces.

Mychelfromatl

November 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

^^^^^Edit: arena^^^^^

Mychelfromatl

November 3rd, 2009
1:58 pm

Damn JeJe,

U MAD??

doc

November 3rd, 2009
1:59 pm

sekou, josh, whether you like it or not, is the straw that stirs the drink. he can fill up a stat sheet like nobody else on this team meaning he can do what others dream abut on both ends of the court. an enigma? yes, a force, even more so. yes, at 23 still young and not the caliber that kobe is or lebron but he is as close as we can come to the mercurial youngster growing into a very important role for this team the next five years. he has to learn to show up every night and grind it out when he doesnt have his a game. become a grinder josh.

Reality Check

November 3rd, 2009
2:03 pm

Atlanta fans are the biggest bandwagon fans ever. After one road game against the World Champs everyone is ready to write the team off. The season is 82 games so the Hawks have played 4% of the season to date. With fans like this you deserve for the Hawks to go back to 20-30 wins every year. Atl fans are the same no matter what the sport, look at all the Falcon fans crying about the season already.

hawksfan

November 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

I totally agree with the statement about Josh Smith. When he is playing at a high level the Hawks are a tough team to beat. I even remember Joe making a statement about that. JS needs to learn to be consistant and hopefully he will learn alot of Joe Smith this year that will help him improve his game and the Hawks’ team goals.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2009
2:16 pm

Regarding the Wojnarowski link, I’m pretty sure I posted this on the blog over the summer and I’ll repeat it again — for the Hawks, Chris Paul is the most easily acquirable superstar in the league, and it’s not out of the question that penny-pinching New Orleans would consider a trade involving Joe Johnson. Of course it will be difficult this offseason to come up with a sign and trade for Johnson without alienating him, but I’m pretty sure a package of, say, Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, and a first-rounder would at least get the Hornets thinking.

Grandad

November 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

This is the real Grandad (Sekou: I sure hope you can discern from your end) Once again I read this board for information. I may disagree wi. someone but anger and namecallin’ is a waste of time. Plus, you will never see me curse like my emasculated young alter ego, Sybil. Now; I would like to share 4 pts.:
1. Recently “vava 74″ mentioned a minor pt. about the Hawks never shoot
coming off screens. Minor pt. wi. major consequences…rhythm
shooters will improve their % just by implementing that 1 minor
aspect and I think it would greatly help Josh in his mid-range
game. Perhaps – give Josh a rule [no set shots] he must only shoot
jumpers coming off screens.
2. Marv: supposedly worked on his “driving game.” Marv is not a
slasher *this is an example of not understanding one’s role,
although I think a better word is skill set.
3. Joe did not get all 18 1st qtr. pts. on jumpers. He had one beautiful
post score when he sealed his man off a high/low feed. Why did we
not see that again?
4. Last for right now – Don’t forget Josh still had 7 assts. v. LA.

Melvin

November 3rd, 2009
2:24 pm

Nire,

Did you bump your at with that 1:31 post??? lol

Rufus1

November 3rd, 2009
2:31 pm

Please Calm down

We are going to lose between 25-30 games this year and we are going to lose to some very good teams. What we need to ask is, are we better?
I think we are better and that is all I can expect from the Hawks. I need to believe that they are doing the best they can with the resources they have. No one is going to trade a low post center for Marvin or Josh…and Paul isn’t coming to Atlanta for Bibby.

What we have to do is make small additions and hope the young players mature to championship caliber. Most championship teams are built through the draft and grow-up together. We have a very strong nucleus of players and the Hawks will be good for the next 5 years and every year I will have hope.

The people who want to trade every player away(Some of you wanted SHAQ)GO PLAY Xbox…I will wait a little longer on Marvin, Josh, Al and Teague.

O'Brien

November 3rd, 2009
2:44 pm

Najeh,

I would love to bring Chris Paul here. Imagine what he would do for Josh Smith and Al Horford? But I would like us to keep JJ as well. The Hornets would want high caliber players, and some financial flexibility.

How about Jamal Crawford, Mike Bibby and a first round pick for Chris Paul? Or Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby for Chris Paul and Morris Peterson?

Guys, dont take it too seriously, I’m just thinking off the top of my head lol…

I MUS WRITE

November 3rd, 2009
2:48 pm

Willie coyote- I like CP3 as well, I got a chance to sit in his private suite last year. I met him after the game-he is really a humble/cool guy. the man just goes out and kills people no excuses no whinning about players and direction of the team.

Lebron,wade,JJ could learn a few things from this guy….O wait JJ aient a superstar- Lebron/Wade then

Have to disagree on Rondo, he is a major part of what they do and what they are. I couldnt believe the numbers yungn was putting up in the Playoffs. if i had to take one player from that team it would definitely be Rondo-23 yo stud who will be in the best Pg conversations for years to come.

What do we have to give up to get Brook Lopez…. Crawford,JJ,Smoove,Horford,Lopez

Marvin is taking a beating around here and he deservedly so,but come on did we really expect him to be a totally different player over a 3 month period in the summer,I sure didnt. Every summer its the same shyt- Marvin is this, Marvin is that, Marvin is gonna have a break out year…………..So far Marvin has been a WACK SANDWICH!!!!!! I honestly didnt have any expectations for the guy- I knew he could shoot the rock, and now he doesnt even do that-DAM

I better not ever here Marvin compared to Granger….. F__K OUTTA HERE.

Thats like comparing Jordan to Johnny Newman, or Shawn Kemp to Horford…………..STOP IT PEOPLE

JeJe you starting to scare me….put the gun down.dont do it!!!!

Grandad

November 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

O’Brien: You would have to send Joe S&T, Teager,and either Marv or Josh.
Probably Marv smaller cont. and we would have to take back some bad contracts.

ILL-logical

November 3rd, 2009
3:19 pm

Marvin, Bibby and Mo/Teaque will get Chris Paul here. Remember , the Hawks are his favorite team. BUT, Woodson didn’t want him so there is a problem.

Reading between the lines in the CP III piece, he wants out but won’t go public because of his loyalty to his teammates and the organization can’t take on the comparable salary of his possible replacement trade wise(sound familiar?)Therefore, a creative deal would have to be structures to provide frontcourt scoring help for the Hornets; a “name” replacement for CPIII at the point and a salary ,preferably an expiring contract to round out the numbers.

The Hawks would have a bona fide superstar ,who is 24, at a posistion of need. The only thing again is that such a deal would require some line up changes that Woodson would be loath to make. But maybe ,for once, it wouln’t be about him , it would be about the championship aspirations of Hawk fans like me.

Maxx

November 3rd, 2009
3:35 pm

SEKOU- You love that picture of Wooody, don’t you! Me too! It looks like he’s busting a move out there! Hilarious! As for the Hawks, I expect them to come out and make a statement tonight. It’s not how you lose, it’s how you respond to a loss. We need to play lights-out tonight because we are going against a Portland team that matches up well with us (Meaning they have multiple true 7ft. centers) and wants this to be a statement game for them that they are for real. Expect Jamal Crawford to go off tonight. BTW, Marvin Williams played so bad in that last game, I am really regretting us giving him that long-term deal this summer. Do you ever think he will reach his supposed “potential” with us? It seems like all he does is run towards the basket and yell and fall down, hoping for a foul call, and if he isn’t hitting his shots, the guy is worhtless! I’m going to just come out and say it: Marvin Williams is a BUST, drafting him over CP3/Deron Williams is one of the great draft blunders of all time, comparable to Sam Bowie over Jordan! And how about drafting Sheldon Williams over Brandon Roy? It hurts, Sekou, it hurts so bad, and we will see why tonight! Give me less Marvin and more Mo Evans!

MAD-DONNA

November 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

The Hawks will never win a championship under Woodson, nor the present ownership for that matter. The owners are too cheap to bring big-time players here and even if they did, Woodson would screw them up too!

Willie Coyote

November 3rd, 2009
3:57 pm

I Mus Write, my meaning on Rondo is not that he isn’t an integral part of that team but I think that team could have the same level of success with other PGs. I believe that team is as good as they are because of the sum of their parts and I believe when they got K.G. they became elite. They would also be elite with a number of other PGs out there but they would not be without K.G. What if Chris Paul were with that team?!

O'Brien

November 3rd, 2009
4:01 pm

ILL-logical,

I like your proposal, but I think Grandad is right. Hornets would want to include a bad contract to make the trade look better for them (and to look better to their fans).

In my opinion, if we were to make this deal at the end of this season, it would have to be a deal like Peja Stojakovich ($14 mil) and Chris Paul ($14 mil) for Jamal Crawford (expiring contract at ~$10mil), Marvin Williams ($8 mil) and Mike Bibby ($6 mil).

Looking at what CP3 did for Tyson Chandler and David West, I can only imagine what he could do for Al Horford and Josh Smith. Plus Woody would still get a PG who can knock down jumpers, drive and dish, come up with steals, and get JJ the ball in good spots.

Anyways, if the Hawks can make a deal for CP3 at the end of the season, I hope they look into it, and I really think Woody would be on board.

Grandad

November 3rd, 2009
4:27 pm

Not to be rude O’Brien…but I don’t think Mr.Sund would care if Woody
is on board. Also I think any trade would have to include young Teague, I’m sure much to everyone’s chagrin. CP3 or Deron might be the only two that would inspire me to inclue J.Teague in any trade right now. Also Marv prob. would benefit from a change of scenery much like “Frenchy” only dif. reasons. Wouldn’t it be ironic if such a trade were to take place, it may be the only way some will ever forgive Marv for simply being chosen.

For Real

November 3rd, 2009
4:30 pm

Sekou: I know it’s early but I want you to propose a trade to the GM.

Trade Joe Johnson and Al Horford to Miami for Dwyane Wade. Then resign Wade to long term contract.

New Starting Five:
PG: Bibby
SG: Wade
SF: Williams
SG: Smith
C: Collins

bigdave

November 3rd, 2009
4:33 pm

we’re not getting Chris Paul.

For Real

November 3rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Grandad/O’Brien: NO would not trade an All-Star for a guy coming off the bench (Crawford), a guy who should be coming off the bench (Williams) and another guy that should be coming off the bench (Bibby). If we don’t do the Wade trade I suggested, then JJ for Paul str8 up but NO would probably have to throw in a player to make the numbers work.

O'Brien

November 3rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Grandad,

I look forward to having those discussions at the end of the season.

As for the game tonight, the Hawks need to play good defense. They average 110 pts per game, but they’re giving up 105.