Atlanta Hawks: Will they come to praise the Lakers at Philips?

Will they clap for Kobe at Philips? (US Presswire)

Will they clap for Kobe at Philips? (US Presswire)

I’m curious what my blog people think about Woody’s pretty forceful comments about Hawks fans showing too much love for some visiting teams. If you are reading this then you probably aren’t a casual fan; I doubt any of you are heading to Philips in your Kobe jersey. So since Woody probably isn’t talking about you, can you get on board with his view that Philips needs to be more hostile to visiting stars or do you think he’s off base?

Woody first mentioned the topic a few weeks back because he thought support for visiting teams at Philips had increased even though the Hawks are better. I kept the angle in the back of my mind and planned to address it when a marquee team came to town. Well, the Lakers are here and obviously they fit that description.

There’s just something about the Lakers, and I think it goes beyond winning. I spent a decent amount of time reporting on the Lakers in 2004-05 season because they’d traded Shaq to the Heat the previous summer. That was the year it was basically Kobe surrounded by nondescript guys. The Lakers won 34 games and missed the playoffs. But what struck me after following the team was how they still got so much support even though they were also-rans.

I remember going to a shooataround in Orlando and there was a crush of fans in Lakers jerseys trying to get close to the team. At the arena before the game there was a group of probably 200 fans hanging around the tunnel during warmups hoping to get autographs. When I interviewed fans at the Staples Center, they were all so sure (or smug, depending on your perspective) that the Lakers would be good again soon because, as one guy said, “We’re the Lakers.”

At the time, Lamar Odom said he was at first disappointed to get traded to the Lakers from the Heat but eventually embraced the move because of the increased opportunities for exposure in LA. I silently scoffed at that because, well, he was only Lamar Odom. But now I see him in Taco Bell commercials and hugged up on a hot Kardashian and it turns out dude was right.

And, oh yeah, Odom also got a ring.

– Hoopinion looks at USA Today’s story on Josh Childress’ options this summer. In the blog comments, Brett Lagree opines on whether he thinks Woody and J.J.’s futures are tied together:

“I do think that the playoffs will determine whether or not re-signing one or both would be a positive or negative PR move for the organization. I think the very public show of interest in Ilgauskas from an organization that typically doesn’t announce whether they give restricted free agents qualifying offers shows that they’re fairly concerned about appearing* to compete. Ultimately, the decisions on Johnson and Woodson may not entirely be informed by basketball concerns.”

*I’m skeptical they’re interested in the risk and/or cost of actually competing.

MC

184 comments Add your comment

Mel

March 30th, 2010
8:45 pm

Yea i hate when fans cheer for LeBron or Kobe… The Hawks are finally good. Support the HOME team

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2010
8:46 pm

MC, you touched on something interesting in your article — that Dwyane Wade gets booed even though the rest of the rival stars get cheered. Until the first-round playoff series last year, that wasn’t the case. It sucks one way or another that so many bandwagon fans exist in Atlanta and come to these games, but one thing the Hawks could do to offset this is make these games more of a rivalry. The Heat are rivals now, thanks to that series, and the same applies for the Celtics, who get overwhelmingly booed despite the presence of a few Bostonians here and there. If Zaza and Kobe get into a fight tomorrow, I guarantee you Kobe’s going to get booed the next time he comes here. The crowd may not be unanimously anti-LA next time they come here, but it will be a lot more decisively pro-Hawks.

Mel

March 30th, 2010
8:46 pm

hate when people do it, BUT 1st lol = )

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2010
8:48 pm

As for Woody, he has every right to feel that way, and he should know that those of us who grew up here and have been dealing with this in Turner Field and the Georgia Dome forever don’t like it any more than he does.

By the way, Lamar’s Kardashian is the least hot Kardashian. Just saying…

Michael Cunningham

March 30th, 2010
8:49 pm

@ Najeh: Zaza vs. Kobe? i’m in! that would be sweet. but, seriously, good point. there needs to be some good, old-fashioned hatred built up.

Ian

March 30th, 2010
8:53 pm

Is it even sold out? How many games has Atlanta sold out this year? Like 6? I am sure half of the “fans” at least will be pulling for LA. It’s only certain type of people who do this. Once a player, or team, is good, those types of fan start liking them just because they are good. When the Bulls were good, you saw Bulls crap all over the place at any time. Once they got bad, those “fans” went away. Sure is funny how that works. The homeboys seem to just pull for whoever is winning.

Michael Cunningham

March 30th, 2010
8:55 pm

@ Najeh: that’s like saying you drive the least expensive Mercedes. i will still take that over my Toyota.

@ Ian: the game has been sold our for a while.

Ree Roe

March 30th, 2010
9:21 pm

I was at the Lakers game last yr & it was fun to watch us handle them clowns. It was ALOT of angry Laker fans leaving Philips & I rubbed it in as loudly & annoyingly as possible to make Laker fans feel as uncomfortable as I could. Hopefully they get booed extensively, but being an ATL native & knowing our “fans”, I expect a mixed reaction all night.

-REEalistically Roe!!!

O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
9:41 pm

MC,

I’m a big Hawks fan, but how much of the problem is tied to the fact that ATL has a lot of transplants from other cities, and for whatever reason, they have not adopted the home team like they should?

I think the best way for the Hawks to get the support is to beat these guys. Going back to Najeh’s point, Boston gets booed, because we beat them all 3 home games during the playoffs, and the games were intense. Plus we swept them at home this year.

If we beat the Lakers and Cavs at home (more consistently), we will win over a lot of these fairweather fans.

northcyde

March 30th, 2010
9:45 pm

There will be at least 8,000 Laker “fans” in the building tomorrow night. It’s going to sound like a high school basketball State championship game.

And it will be sickening.

The poor season ticket base the Hawks have, allows this to happen. People who wanted to attend this game ONLY, probably got their tickets months ago. The usual “walk-up” crowd won’t be there this game. Only the people interested cheering for the Hawks . . and people interested cheering for the Los Angeles Kobes, will be there.

It’s like I wrote on Hawksquawk on Sunday. If it’s ever a game we could use Joe Johnson playing like a SUPERSTAR in, it’s the game tomorrow night. Not just so that his HATERS can get off of him, but also so that he can SHUT UP the Laker/Kobe crowd.

Whether it be with a monster scoring game . . . or a lockdown defensive game . . or a high assist game . . . we need he and this team playing at a high level to keep the bandwagon crowd out of the game.

It’s bad when Lebron comes to down, but it’s 3 times worse when Kobe comes to ATL. For that reason, I’d rather drive to Memphis to see Kobe play the Grizzlies ( and hear 60% of their crowd cheer for Kobe ), than to drive to ATL and hear our fans do it.

Coach D

March 30th, 2010
9:51 pm

Go Hawks! Kick the pompous Lakers A—-!!!! Send the LA fans home angry again. I hate that there are so many “other” teams fans at Phillips, but that’s the way it’s been for years here in the ATL. Eventually the home team pulls out a win & in the process the fans start pulling for their own… most of the time. BE LOUD & OBNOXIOUS HAWKS FAN!!!!!

northcyde

March 30th, 2010
9:54 pm

And let me clarify, before some season ticket hold misreads what I wrote.

The Hawks have a poor season ticket base in numbers. That in turn, makes a lot of individual game tickets available for games.

Normally, the Hawks can rely on a decent walk-up crowd, to get people in the building. I’m simply saying that if our season ticket base was stronger, there will be less tickets for all of those bandwagon Laker fans to get a hold to.

NDiiBaBii

March 30th, 2010
9:55 pm

I’ve been a season ticket holder since I was a youngster and when the Hawks weren’t doing too well it sucked to be around ppl cheering for other teams. Each game I’m in the arena cheering loud mostly by myself when it gets quiet I yell defense & lets go hawks bcuz that’s what fans should do. I wear Hawks gear to every game, if I’m coming from class just a Hawks hat, but I hate feeling like I’m the minority in the arena, I wish there were more true fans who came to the games and supported the Hawks. Woody’s definitely right about how ppl should support the Hawks even when we play teams like the Lakers. I just hope all of u will be there too ;)

dstdeelite

March 30th, 2010
10:13 pm

I’ve always thought it was quite sad that people cheered on opposing teams just because of the “superstar”. Kobe gets it everywhere. LeBron got it a lot last season, but it was toned down a lot the last time he visited. Is is their right as a paying customer, but that doesn’t make me like it any better. For once, I agree with Woody. Go Hawks!!!

Patrick

March 30th, 2010
10:25 pm

Living in Southern California, I can verify that Lakers fans are the scum of the Earth.

HawksFan11

March 30th, 2010
10:45 pm

Someone should tell the Phillips Arena staff this too. I’m a 6-year season ticket holder and they treat Hawks fans like we’re visitors and tell us, “Hey, when LeBron/Kobe/DWade come to town, it’s something special” No exageration there either sports fans, that was a quote.

I’ve writen about how the Hawks get no love outside their house with LeBron billboards right outside the door of Phillips and the local news making them the 5th sports story, if there’s time, but they and their fans can’t even get respect from the keepers of their own house.

SAD!

Hawk n the Ham

March 30th, 2010
11:00 pm

I must admit, Kobe has been my favorite star in the league for the last 10 years. The man is $$.

With that said, no matter who comes into Phillips, I will be one of the LOUDEST Hawks fans in the arena.

ILL-logical

March 30th, 2010
11:08 pm

“I’ve writen about how the Hawks get no love outside their house with LeBron billboards right outside the door of Phillips and the local news making them the 5th sports story, if there’s time, but they and their fans can’t even get respect from the keepers of their own house.”

Its called marketing-influencing consumer behavior and unless/until an organization has the resources/ commitment to do it effectively, then this type of behaviour will continue. While alot of scorn has been heaped upon the player and coaches, the owners bear a great deal of responsiblity for the current state of affairs.Where are the giant banners of Joe,Josh or Al? When are there front page stories on team members and how often commercials featuring Hawks shown other than on he brand x channels?These guys don’t have the cheese to do it right so we are stuck with what we got- 50/50 crowds on big game days.

Dawg in Cali

March 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

hey patrick, i live in SoCal also and i make sure i rock ATL gear all the time. I thought I would come up missing when they lost to boston, i had people not talking to me for weeks. on the blog point if you watch the “fakers” on tv you can hear cheers for them in other arenas but to be honest i really hate when they do it at our house . f@#k the “fakers”

t_height

March 30th, 2010
11:21 pm

Well as everybody should know right now. nearly half of ATL residents are not from Georgia. New York and California have big number of residents who now resides in Georgia. Cleveland, i don’t understand. There has always been a big number of fans at the games when the hawks play the lakers, knicks and celtics.

Michael Cunningham

March 30th, 2010
11:24 pm

@ O’Brien: well, i’m new to the city so hard for me to say. the locals i talk to think the transplant thing certainly is a factor. it was like that in Miami, too. no one there was from there and so other than the Dolphins (who had success early in their history and also had the longest tenure) there wasn’t much emotional attachment to the local teams.

@northcyde: the Hawks say they are No. 1 in individual game tickets. but as you say the season-ticket base is lacking.

@ Ill-logical: interesting points. i can’t really speak on the Hawks’ outdoor marketing because i rarely drive in Atlanta. in Miami along I-95 and the Florida Turnpike there are numerous D. Wade/Heat billboards with whatever the marketing slogan is for that season. D Wade had large banners on downtown buildings. even Shawn Marion once had a large banner on the Miami Herald building, which is very visible because most drivers headed to or from South Beach pass by it. the team was pretty visible with outdoor marketing.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2010
11:41 pm

“Where are the giant banners of Joe,Josh or Al?”

For real. Josh Smith in particular is one of the most poorly marketed players in the entire NBA. A highlight-reel player like him would be all over the place on a team with a competent marketing department. We all know he has made plenty of posters in his career, any one of which could be blown up and placed on a billboard. Imagine coming down I-85 south and driving past that building with the changing billboard right before the I-75 merge and seeing J-Smoove getting ready to throw down instead of the Chick-fil-A cows that have occupied that space for 10 years. This is the kind of thing the DASG should be doing. You know, if they weren’t busy suing each other the last five years.

JeJe

March 30th, 2010
11:44 pm

FIRE WOODSON

FIRE SUND FOR RESIGNING DEADWEIGHTS BIBBY AND MARIVN. MARVIN HAS NO PASSION AND NO DESIRE TO BE GOOD

MEDIOCRITY

JeJe

March 30th, 2010
11:44 pm

Watch Marvin’s interviews — listen to the rumors –> The guy does not want to be a star in this league. He is content with being average. He has no fire in his personality/game –> He doesn’t want the ball down the stretch. He doesn’t want plays run for him. He’s frail/awkward. He is not strong…He’s not a good defender.

he is the worst starting SF in the NBA, and Bibby is probably a bottom 5 starting PG

Quick

March 31st, 2010
12:08 am

First of all, forgive me gentlemen. I haven’t been to Phillips yet this season. Cash aint strait. However I did see us beat Boston game 6 two years ago in the playoffs and last year peeped out a win against Miami in the playoffs. Maybe cuz it was post season, but I was impressed by the number of Hawks fans compared to years past. I’ve grown up a Hawks fan and it seemed to me we were gettin better at cheerin for our home town boys. If not, lets tighten up. We got a 50 win season. A-town baby.

sam'l

March 31st, 2010
12:23 am

If the Hawks beat LA and Cleveland, everything will change. If the Hawks beat LA and Cleveland, anything will be possible. The Hawks will be up for LA. That makes this game a tossup. The Hawks will be up for Cleveland. That game will go down to the last 45 seconds, and the Hawks are now prepared to win last-second games. The Hawks will beat LA and Cleveland……or I will face the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels in a Royal Rumble diva tag team ladder winner take all match.

northcyde

March 31st, 2010
12:59 am

Quick . . . I was at Game 6 for Boston. That arena was rockin. The playoffs ( as long as we’re playing a big name ) aren’t the problem. The fans know that those games are the utmost importance. And maybe some of the fans who don’t normally go to Hawk games or may not even be Hawk fans, will attend a playoff game to feel “part of something”. Anybody who was in that building for Game 6, knew that it was a special night.

But thank GOD that we won Game 3 of that series. In Game 3, there had to have been 3,000 Boston fans in that arena that night. I was sitting beside 5 of them just in the row I was in alone. If we’d lost Game 3, that arena would’ve been 50/50 BOS/ATL for that Game 4 . . and we would’ve lost. So when JJ has that 20 point 4th quarter in Game 4, that set the stage for a rowdy Game 6.

This year, if we draw Milwaukee or Charlotte in Round 1, the size of the crowds will be interesting for that opening game. If it’s Miami, they’ll be there, simply because of Wade.

It's Atlanta

March 31st, 2010
1:03 am

What do you expect? Atlanta is full of bandwagon fans. And it’s pretty common place amongst black fans in this town to root for superstars over teams. They loved Jordan in the 90s and now love Kobe and Lebron. They have no loyalty to their hometown. Black fans love the superstars and white fans could care less about the NBA or they still root for their hometown teams from where they used to live. It’s the same story every year in Atlanta.

It's Atlanta

March 31st, 2010
1:08 am

Oh and you can’t say the transplant thing about the Lakers. No one moves from LA to crappy Atlanta. That excuse works for New York, Boston, and Chicago but no one moves from southern cal to Georgia unless they have a gun pointed at them.

Grandad

March 31st, 2010
1:47 am

This post is responding to;
GeeMack / vava74 / & wabe, from last blog
(I wasn’t ducking criticism, I’ve been away all day)

In no particular order in my responses, I should begin by saying to
GeeMack that I would not fire Wdsn for the express purpose of hiring
Izzo. The Izzo remark was intended as a response, I suppose, to the query of who would replace Wdsn if he were not re-signed. I intended
to phrase my “nomination” of Izzo as “If I were looking for a college coach”, to replace Wdsn, Izzo ’seems’ to be the kind who could make the transition.
vava – I totally agree about college coaches who yell & bully:
(former coach Knight)(K-State coach Martin?)+(current Hawks HC Wdsn)
Izzo just seems to have the demeanor to pull it off.
I do agree his teams do not run alot of player motion but do run set plays & they are always prepared.

Geemack again – something about what has Izzo done:
6 Final Fours/in 12 yrs. with 1 NC proves he is a:
*leader*well organized*prepares his teams*causes his teams to focus*
*prioitizes rebounding [fact]*has a sound philosophy [see rebounding]*
*commands respect*wins*wins in post-season*teams handle pressure*
Look I’m not saying he would be coach of the yr.
I’m not saying I would hire the man. If I were “The Decider” on who
would be coaching the Hawks next year, then I would go through a/the process. Interviewing being a key. Izzo would be on my list. Thats all.

Wabe – I agree most college coaches make a poor choice for the pros.
That’s not to say that all are inept and that none should
be considered.

I went to see the Doc today, I call him Gorilla fingers!

Big Ray

March 31st, 2010
2:21 am

Cunningham ,

Absolutely boo the hell out of the Lakers . And Hawks fans should have no problem doing that for a team that has won 30 times in 37 tries at Philips Arena.

Brett Lagree should have a conversation with Niremetal about the ASG. I guarantee it would be more interesting than watching Sam’l trying to run away from his Wrestling heroes…

Najeh has the ASG marketing woes pegged.

Grandad learns one of life’s tough lessons: the longer the finger, the longer the exam. Next time, bring your .357 magnum to the Doctor’s office and make him a deal he can’t refuse.

Cunningham ,

Keep your Toyota. Didn’t you know Kardashians are only high-priced leases, never to be owned? Even high rollers have trouble with the ending payoff…

Big Ray

March 31st, 2010
2:22 am

“Absolutely boo the hell out of the Lakers . And Hawks fans should have no problem doing that for a team that has won 30 times in 37 tries at Philips Arena.”

That would be the Hawks’ home record so far this year: 30-7.

Grandad

March 31st, 2010
2:29 am

Big Ray:
Lesson learned long time ago!
The thing is, this guy most likely saved my life last yr., good guy, but with hands like those he’d make one heck of a power forward.
Used to have a lady doc, barely knew she was back there.
[didn't care either]

Blake

March 31st, 2010
2:49 am

Hawks are going to beat the Lakers despite the fickle Laker fans turning out.You heard It here!

TheAntiMe

March 31st, 2010
6:01 am

It has always been a problem when the Lakers come to town that so many folks are there to cheer for Kobe. Before then, it happened, big time, when the Bulls and His Airness came to town. Although I respect the fact that Kobe Bryant and especially Michael Jordan are all-timers, it still made me want to hurl my waffles.

Unfortunately, the problem is not limited to the Hawks games as there has been a long history where a high percentage of people showing up at Braves games came to root for the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Yankees.

The best thing that Woody can do is to actually beat some of these teams that he complains that fans are rooting for against our hometown Hawks. It’s kind of hard to root for Kobe if the Lakers are losing by 10 or more and Kobe is being held to half of his usual number of points scored.

jg

March 31st, 2010
7:56 am

it happens at turner field and the georgia dome as well. i was a season ticket holder with the falcons from ‘92 until 2000 and it bothered me so much to see “those” people wearing their–insert team name of whomever was winning–to come in wearing that particular jersey (with a braves shirt underneath) and root for that team.

definitely the bandwagon capital of the world. i called the falcons one year and told them they should make the so-called fans answer a quiz about the falcons or who ever they are playing before they could come to the bandwagon games.

you sure didn’t see those same guys at turner field or fulton county pulling for the sf giants–when the niners were the sh*t, or the cowboy fans at the omni rooting for the mavs–doesn’t matter though because in ‘91, ‘95 and definitely in ‘98 they were all there pulling for the falcons.

typical atlanta–i live in chattanooga and i root for the falcons, hawks and braves in that order–always have always will–my 8 year old ask me the other day if i would ever pull against an atlanta team and i told him only if him or his two brothers are playing for the other side.

go falcons, hawks and braves and bandwagon just make sure you don’t mess up those dr. j, mj, magic, bird, kareem, olajawon, lebron, wade and howard jerseys.

SWAT Native

March 31st, 2010
8:15 am

I can remember going to a Hawks-Lakers game when Kobe was a rookie (played at the Georgia Dome no less pre-Philips Arena) when the Lakers weren’t that good and he wasn’t even really playing yet, and there were already a bunch of Kobe fans with jerseys and signs.

I think part of the reason that you see a lot of support for other teams and players is the transplant issue, but I also think that Atlanta fans are nicer than some other cities and tolerate it. Kobe’s from Philly, but he gets booed every time he comes there, and you probably put yourself at risk coming into their arena wearing his jersey.

GeeMack

March 31st, 2010
8:39 am

It amazes me how the Hawks organization would feel they deserve anything more than the support they recieved.

I have been a Hawks all my life, and as long as I’ve followed them they’ve been a middle of the road team, or a flat out horrible team.

Currently they are not good enough to win a title, and not bad enough to be in the lottery.

They’ve displayed no commitment to winning unless, another team forces their hand (see Smoove free agent deal).

Whenever the chance arrives to show the fans you can compete with the elite teams, you don’t show up (Cavs in the playoffs, Game 7 aginst the Celtics, the last 2 season vs Orlando, and a blowout to the Laker earlier this season).

Give the fans something they’ve never experinced in this city (an NBA title), and you will eliminate the divided loyalties in this city.

Please guys it’s not the fans it’s the organizations. People appreciate excellence, and that’s what the Lakers display….excellence.

i_am_soulstar

March 31st, 2010
8:46 am

I can’t stand sitting next to a clown at the Hawks game cheering for the visiting team. I almost always end up making him/her mad, or vice versa.

I myself have been a fan since ‘05 and I’m not even from Atlanta. That being said, I don’t see anything wrong with bandwagon fans. People are naturally attracted to winners. The Lakers and Celtics have those followings because they have a culture of winning. If the Hawks want that same respect, it has to be earned through consistent winning. Consistency in winning, season in and season out, very rarely comes without ownership’s commitment to win and spend what it takes to win.

They are a great team this year, but they’ve been less-than-great in years past.

Blame it on the economy, on Atlanta having alot of transplants, or anything else you want. But it’s up to the Hawks ownership to demonstrate that they’re willing to spend to create that culture of winning in Atlanta, and to earn the respect of the people. If they add players or spend more money with stated goals of a championship in mind, watch attendance steadily increase.

Having rumors floating about legal battles between ownership and the team possibly being for sale does not send a message of stability.

I love what the Hawks are doing, but it takes more than one 50-win season to demand a packed Philips Arena for 20 out of 41 home games. Stability in ownership couldn’t hurt either.

Give us a Mark Cuban-esque owner and watch the Hawks become permanently relevant in Atlanta.

GeeMack

March 31st, 2010
9:02 am

i_am_soulstar

Great post.

[...] to answer MC’s question as to what the Hawks blog people think of Woody’s statement. I agree with him completely. This has become to common place in Atlanta sports. It is not uncommon [...]

ILL-logical

March 31st, 2010
9:18 am

@cunningham:
Your mention of I-95 brings back memories of my time in your-ami back in the day.Grandmother lived in Liberty City and had big fun during summer visits. different town today ;with some different types of fun.

Maybe you can “suggest” to Mr. Sund that it has been noticed that the marketing efforts by the organization have benn found to be lackluster at best by the fans on the blog.

blazerdawg

March 31st, 2010
9:27 am

The Hawks draw just fine (almost 17K per game at Philips) and have no more opposing team fans in the arena than most cities.

I have been to games of all types in most cities and the only difference in Atlanta is that Atlanta fans are much more polite and laid back than most places, more Atlantans drive a greater distance to attend the game, and the local media (particularly the AJC) is not very supportive of Atlanta fans or teams.

Boston/NY/St. Louis are great for baseball, LA/San Antonio are great for basketball, Den/Chi/Was are great for football, otherwise it is all about the same in pro sports.

Atlanta is AWESOME for college and amateur sports….the argument that Atlanta is a bad sports town is tired.

Fiyah

March 31st, 2010
9:42 am

It’s not like the home grown GA boys and girls are the ones rooting for the out of town team. Don’t forget that Atlanta is home to a lot of formerly out-of-staters. People who are die hard for their former city and still support their old team. I have no problem with them coming to the arena and showing their support.

But if you are a hometown Atlantan, and you root for another team, then you should be banished and sent to you offending teams city to live.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 31st, 2010
9:52 am

fans need to show tonight- we should sell out every single playoff game as well- no excuses!! agree with Fiyah- i’m born & raised in the ATL- will always support my teams.

blazerdawg

March 31st, 2010
9:55 am

Too funny Fiyah – wear a Cubs of Cavs jersey in Atlanta and you are banished to Chicago or Cleveland….that should shut them up.

Mike is Back

March 31st, 2010
10:09 am

My bad that should have been urge. Heh heh

Barnes

March 31st, 2010
10:09 am

@ It’s Atlanta. That was a very weak analysis on your part blaming the Hawks’ lack of fan support on “Blacks.” Are “Blacks” the reason why Red Sox, Cubs, and Cardinals fans cheer loudly at Braves games? Or why a huge portion of the GA dome will be cheering for the Packers this fall?

Daniel

March 31st, 2010
10:15 am

I think that Najeh hit the nail on the head with his take about the fans needing to build a rivalry. As a long time fan, and season ticket holder, I would agree with Woody’s assertion overall, but I would also say that things have improved greatly with home fans over the last two years. Wade and Boston definitely get no love and the Clevland game was very PRO Atlanta. Now, the Lakers may be a different story, we see them once a year, maybe. If we ever played them in a finals, this town would hate Kobe and the gang, but the novelty is still there. I have a feeling that the crowd will suprise Woody and the AJC tonight, just like we did for the Boston series two years ago. We shall see.

Mike is Back

March 31st, 2010
10:18 am

Well, my post never was submitted…so I caught it.

MC, again great stuff. I have had similar experiences as Najeh…when T Mack was in Orlando…you use to see more of his jersey then you did the Hawks at the game.

However, now I take a great since of pride when I am sitting by the opponent fans…cuz I know when there teams comes to PHILLIPS…they are never guaranteed a win. Like that Boston game…when we went for the sweep…those Boston fans was so quiet…you could hear a roach piss on cotton. lol

THE HAWKS ARE TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME…it don’t matter whether its LBJ, Koby, or Wade…they have proven that. But, what’s that old saying…everyone loves a winner…the Hawks have to keep winning…everything else will take care of it self…these same fans was coming the Hawks game win they was losing.

Josh is the only one to urge on the crown…if more of the guys would urge on the crown, they would respond…Ryan Cameron could help with that too…but I’m not going to touch that with a ten feet pole. lol

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!