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.
“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)