Hawks tidbits, flotsam, trivia

Greetings, all-

Hope you are doing well. Got a couple tidbits for you.

1. Mike Woodson’s reaction to Zydrunas Ilgauskas‘ decision to return to the Cavaliers, as reported by Michael Cunningham.

For a certain bald Lithuanian, the hat says it all.

For a certain bald Lithuanian, the hat says it all.

“He was a guy that I wanted desperately and [Atlanta Spirit owners] listened and they pursued, but he decided to go back to Cleveland, which we thought he would. We’ve just got to continue with what we have and see what happens with our ballclub.”

Interesting that he would be so open in his pining for “Z.” Smart move on Woody’s part to tip his cap to the owners.

2. Golden State coach Don Nelson on closing in on former Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens for most all-time wins. Nelson needs seven to pass Wilkens.

Nelson: “[Wilkens] was my idol ever since I started coaching. I was a very rough coach when I first started. Very demanding, did a lot of yelling and screaming, and I actually changed my demeanor after 10, 12 years. I was trying to be more like Lenny, which was more soft and more gentle, and I think it’s really helped my career.”

3. Jamal Crawford was leaving the locker room this morning as I was chatting with Zac Walsh, the Hawks’ equipment manager.

Jamal said, “Tell your people I’m in the game because I’m a bench guy,” referring to a previous blog discussion (KevinA, 9:13 a.m.) about why he’s often on the court at the end of blowouts. So, know that the odds-on favorite to win Sixth Man of the Year is reading the blog. Maybe he’s commenting as Astro Joe.

4. The Hawks are going to visit the White House next week when they go to Washington. Regardless of your politics, kind of a cool perk resulting from having a president who’s a big basketball fan.

5. Golden State will dress nine players and Monta Ellis is not playing, but that will have no bearing on tonight’s game. (Just playin’ with ya, Section 303)

Golden State's new mascot

Golden State's new mascot

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Chris

March 5th, 2010
5:08 pm

Section 303

March 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

Jamal really said that? Cool he reads this stuff.

LOL, Ken….now, if the Hawks win, I don’t want to see Monta Ellis even mentioned in your article in tomorrow’s paper.

Be nice to see the Hawks get back at GS tonight…I’m thinking a 50pt win would do the trick. Show up tonight, people! You have a good team on your hands. Come and enjoy..

Astro Joe

March 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

Watch my tricky dribble tonight right before I bum-rush that old-fart Nellie just like Kidd did to Woody.

And I can’t believe that KS blew my cover on this blog. Dang it! Seattle in the HOUSE!

ILL-logical

March 5th, 2010
5:11 pm

Cogent analysis, timely quotes sprinkled with pity ancedotes and now graphics! Where will it end?

Freshmaker

March 5th, 2010
5:12 pm

I’ll be in section 317 tonight. Go Hawks! Put on a show! :)

Cannon

March 5th, 2010
5:12 pm

I’m very glad to hear that the Spirit Group was so willing to listen to Woodsen, and purse Big Z. Hopefully they have the same attitude this off-season considering Joe Johnson might not be a Hawk. Hey Spirit if we lose JJ, we want D-Wade ;)

Astro Joe

March 5th, 2010
5:12 pm

I can’t believe #11 is trying to steal my handle.

Ken, tell Jamal that I will gladly rent out my blog name for $5,000 a month. And to make sure that he doesn’t hurt his shoulder, I’ll even push the ATM buttons for him.

vava74

March 5th, 2010
5:16 pm

Very good stuff Ken! Nice comeback (if only temporary).

I think you should win the Beat Writers Sixth Man Award!!!

"Now You Know" Nation

March 5th, 2010
5:16 pm

There’s no need to worry about how we perform in the playoffs this year. This Hawks team will be atleast 4th in the east, and we have the 2nd best record in franchise history. That’s all that matters because I’m a real fan. I’m so happy and content just with these results, it’s as if they hang banners in your arena that say, “Top 4 finisher in the eastern conference” and give you trophies that say “2nd best record through 60 games in franchise history”…..I’m so happy with this, and if you have any wishes and desires for the Hawks to be real NBA Title/Eastern Conf Title contenders then you’re not a real Hawks fan.

-Sincerely,

Real Hawks Fans

Go Team Go

Ken Sugiura

March 5th, 2010
5:21 pm

thanks for the kind words, Vava and ILL-logical. I’m off to Philips. See you in the locker room, Astro Joe.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

March 5th, 2010
5:23 pm

LMAO
at the 2nd Astro Joe comment. That’s easy money almost as easy vas the money Speed Claxton was milking the ASG for, SMH.
I am itching for a little revenge – hope they show NO MERCY on the Wounded Warriors tonight.

ant banks

March 5th, 2010
5:29 pm

the hawks went up on their tickets for next year. wtf? you are goin’ up on ticket prices and you don’t even know if joe is comin’ back? they are not offerin’ free parkin’, no ticket bank either. probably should wait to see if joe re-ups before you raise ticket prices.

ant banks

March 5th, 2010
5:32 pm

the hawks will win the 1st round playoffs and will give clev a hard time, IF we can get cleveland in the 2nd rnd. i hope that since shaq is out and big z is not there yet, that orlando will make up ground on clev and move into 1st pl.

WISHFUL THINKIN’

Hawk n the Ham

March 5th, 2010
5:36 pm

HEY JAMAL!!

Can I get a jersey???? :)

ant banks

March 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

WHAT IF JJ DOESN’T RE-SIGN?

what options are left for the hawks if this happ?
1.bibby/teague
2.crawford/?
3.marvin/evans/(CHILLS?)
4.smoove/?
5.horford/zaza
joe smith, randsoft morris, mario are out next year.

HOW MUCH WILL WE HAVE TO SPEND ON FREE AGENCY.

Benjamin

March 5th, 2010
5:48 pm

Hi, Jamal. (Worth a shot.)

Looking forward to tonight’s game. Going to be interesting if we get after them a little bit after the way we struggled in the end of our game out in Oakland; plus we’ve picked up the intensity a little of late after the doldrums. I want to see that on both ends of the court tonight.

BONE

March 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

If Jamal is reading this blog. Then he knows how much we don’t like woody.

BONE

March 5th, 2010
5:52 pm

But Jamaml you are the man. Keep doin ya thing. 6th MAN OF THE YEARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Hawk n the Ham

March 5th, 2010
5:52 pm

I hope Jamal spikes Marvin’s Red Bull again tonight. Marv = BEAST

ant banks

March 5th, 2010
5:55 pm

if jamal is readin’ this blog then he knows that most of us don’t know what the hell we are talkin’ about.

at the beginnin’ of the season, half of y’all were BEGGIN’ the hawks to carry Garret Siler.

some were also SWEARIN’ TO GOD that teague was ready to start

some were talkin’ about tradin’ smoove FOR WHAT? who is playin’ better than smoove? elton brand? odom?

don’t read this blog jamal and take it seriously, we are jus’ old farts. keep doin’ your thang bruh

Marcus

March 5th, 2010
5:56 pm

Jamal, you and JJ both drop a Grant on Golden State tonite.

drmaryb

March 5th, 2010
6:32 pm

Jamal C.

Atlanta Loves you man! You are a fantastic closer. Get your numbers, blow-outs, buzzer-beaters, close games down the stretch, O/T, hey it’s all Good! This is the NBA & and you have the greatest job in the World.

Savor every f&%k-ing minute of it!

JJ: We Love you Man, this is YOUR team! Phillips Arena is YOUR house! You Built this CITY on Rock & Roll! Let’s Go …..JJ! You are a class – act! Now you got some help & some talent to help you bring our team to the next level! J-Crawford has got your back! Enjoy Yourself!

drmaryb

March 5th, 2010
6:36 pm

Mike Bibby:

You are the Man! We Love you in the ATL. You helped Joe turn this whole thing around & if not for you Woody would not have gotten that extension. You made ATLANTA relevant at the PG-Position.

Smart player, Floor General, Great Shooter..The Super Glue that makes everybody better! J-Smoove loves the way you brought the ALLEY-OOP to town. There were no Alley – Hoops before you got here. Let’s Go Hawks. Round 2 & Beyond!!!

Traceman

March 5th, 2010
6:43 pm

@ Rod,

From the previous blog, I know a hater when I see one and you’re a hater. Period. No creativity needed. If all you do is spread negativity about ONE player over and over and over and over while adding little else to the blog…you’re a hater. When I looked up hater in the dictionary, I saw a picture of you and you were wearing your favorite “I Hate Marvin” T shirt.

Blast

March 5th, 2010
7:00 pm

Would be great if Hawks get to meet the Prezident!

Lots of butt kissing going on right here.

Hawks need to hammer GS to dust tonight!

Hawk n the Ham

March 5th, 2010
7:17 pm

Pistons are out-hustling the Cavs. Maybe Cleveland should have not worried so much about everyone wearing Snuggies, and remember they play a game tonight.

KevinA

March 5th, 2010
7:25 pm

Thanks Ken,

for taking questions to the coaches and players from us blogging fans.

Astro Joe – if you are Jamal – have a great night and let’s get some revenge on the Warriors tonight. Should be a fun game. Glad to see you cooking with bacon grease.

bigdave

March 5th, 2010
7:31 pm

lets get it..

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:31 pm

Lets go Marvin. Keep it up. Prove everybody wrong

KevinA

March 5th, 2010
7:36 pm

Crash the boards Marvin – show me 8 again

KevinA

March 5th, 2010
7:38 pm

Team goal – 25 assists and we win

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:41 pm

Marvinnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:42 pm

Josh we don’t need your stupid jumpers

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

I guess Bibby had a talk with his dad kermit the frog b4 the game

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

Mike Kermit Bibbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy and Marvinnnnnnnnnn

KevinA

March 5th, 2010
7:50 pm

I may have to retract thousands of comments on Bibby

smh

March 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

Bone do you have a life every time i look on here you are always here

bigdave

March 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

now, if Woodson takes Bibby out of the game… smh…

J.J.M.

March 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

smh@the cavs fans lookin like monks

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:54 pm

I only come on here when the game is on and maybe every now and then wtf are u talkin about? @ SMH

bigdave

March 5th, 2010
7:54 pm

Joe going through a slump shooting the ball of late…

bigdave

March 5th, 2010
7:54 pm

wow Marvin getting mugged..

bigdave

March 5th, 2010
7:55 pm

oh…maybe he was just looking to “initiate the contact” what some would like Joe to do more of… hmm.. doesnt look good when it doesnt work..

Melvin

March 5th, 2010
7:56 pm

CJ mouthing off to the refs after he has shot 6FTs in the 1st 6mins of the game…WT? Do he want to go back to the NBDL…

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

March 5th, 2010
7:56 pm

Big Z hurry up and sign – Cleveland needs you!!!!

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Here we go again

BONE

March 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Another let down by the hawks and letting another nobody show out on them

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

March 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

Its not over Bone…

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

March 5th, 2010
8:01 pm

They need to lay the hammer down and put a beating on these boys in the worst way.

BONE

March 5th, 2010
8:03 pm

Yea they need to stomp this team out. I thought the hawks wanted revenge I would of been banging on the warriors. But the hawks don’t really look like revenge is on their mind.