Atlanta Hawks: ASG’s Michael Gearon Jr. Talks Hawks

Talked to ASG’s Michael Gearon Jr for a playoffs preview story last week. Couldn’t get everything in, so here are some excerpts from the interview:

Michael Gearon, Jr. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Michael Gearon, Jr. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

On the season

“It is good. I’ve been around the franchise since I was a kid. For us, when we came in here it was all about trying to build a team through the draft with a core group of guys, a young team. The goal we’ve had is get better every year. The goal this year is to move up from where we were last year. This is our third year in playoffs, and its’ not about making the playoffs. It’s about going as far as we can as a team.

“We’ve got a bunch of guys that believe in themselves, and when we are playing the right way we are as good as any team in the league. I’ve been waiting for this day since the end of last season, as a fan. Our your guys have matured, they are used to the playoffs.”

On Woody’s performance

“He’s done a good job. Getting the third seed, 53 wins, each year we keep getting better and better—regular season, he has done a tremendous job. But us a franchise, from the ownership down, we judge ourselves in the playoffs. It’s not just the regular season, its’ winning championships and we feel we have the right core here, culturally—coach, GM, players—and that’s what we are trying to do.”

On leaving Woody’s future up to Rick Sund

“Any owner that meddles with coaches and players, that’s a mistake. We have become a franchise that has become a standard for, we are loyal to our coaches, loyal to our GM, loyal to our players. I think loyalty goes both ways. I think (Woody) is the longest tenured coach in the East (tied with Doc Rivers). We brought Joe in here, and we’ve built with a bunch of good young players. I think we are capable of being an elite team, and that is what we have been building for.”

On intentions to bring back J.J.

“That’s always been the goal. Last summer, we committed to doing it back then. We think Joe likes it here. We like Joe here. We fought hard to get Joe here, as everyone knows. He’s a four-time All-Star. He’s been the face of this franchise and the team has been built around Joe.”

On his view of the Hawks’ offense

“I’m not a coach, I’m not a GM, but when you watch our team, when we move the ball, we are pretty good. Because we’ve got a deep team. We don’t have LeBron, we don’t have Kobe, but we’ve got a deep team where any night we’ve got a bunch of guys capable of performing at a high level. I look at our team kind of like the Boston Celtics of the 80s, when they had Bird, Walton, Ainge, Parrish, McHale–you don’t know on what night which guy is going to get the points. That is when we are at our best. And we’ve got two guys capable of breaking down a defense, Joe and Jamal. Not many teams have that. That is one of our strengths.”

On players’ support for Woody

“We stood by him when everyone in the world said, ‘Why are you standing by this coach with 13 wins, 27 wins, 30 wins.’ Woody is a good guy. I think one way you can judge a coach is whether players play hard for you, and these guys play hard for Woody.”

On direction of team

“It’s not easy to win 53 games, but I think it’s important you understand that as a franchise, we are not slapping each other on the back. We want to be an elite team for many years and we’ve got the core to do that because we are one of the youngest good teams in the league. I think it’s interesting that we started a youth movement. Portland did it, Oklahoma did it. Minnesota, Memphis. Maybe it’s not a good idea to go out and sign Kenyon Martin for $90 million, or trade Andre Miler for Allen Iverson, and realize that doesn’t’ work in Denver. . . . I’m gun-shy of trading for long-term, high-profile veteran, because if you look at the league historically, it’s hard.

“I’m glad we didn’t get impatient. We stayed the course and Woody was supportive of that. Coaches in this league, they lose and they trash the organization, they trash the players. It’s never them. One of the things I have always admired about Mike is when Josh was 18, 19, 20 he never said something about Josh in the paper. Childress, Marvin—he stayed the course. That’s not easy.”

On size of future payroll and using cap exceptions

“I have no idea. We haven’t made decisions based on payroll. If we had, we wouldn’t have gotten Crawford. We have always been committed to keeping our core together. Josh Smith was a restricted free agent. We knew Josh wasn’t going anywhere, but the way the league rules work with restricted free agents it’s a different process. With Joe last summer, we offered the max money we could offer him as a player. Rick is more the one to talk to about the mid-level (exception), but I’ve seen more mistakes with the mid-level than I have smart decisions.

“I love our core team, but there are two phases to this. We just finished the first phase. These questions are better asked after the postseason. I don’t know. You and I are sitting here talking today, but if we get swept first round, I might see our guys differently. I love our core, but I think what has allowed us to be successful has been flexibility. We turned Shelden Williams into Mike Bibby. That’s a pretty darn good move. We turned Acie Law and Speedy Claxton into Jamal Crawford. I don’t fault anything we have done today. I love Mo. He’s a great guy, he plays his tail off. It’s hard to find guys who do that for four minutes or 40.”

MC

180 comments Add your comment

D Hawks

April 19th, 2010
10:53 am

Interesting article. He does everything but say “We’ll do whatever it takes to lock up Woody long-term.” I think it’s pretty obvious that the key to this team staying together is how well they do this postseason.

D Hawks

April 19th, 2010
10:59 am

One more thing…it’s funny how he speaks of turning Williams into Bibby and Law and Claxton into Jamal Crawford as if those weren’t lousy deals that set us back several years to begin with. Well, at least things appear to be going the right direction now. Go Hawks!

Ree Roe

April 19th, 2010
11:02 am

I like the fact Gearon has been more visible & outspoken recently. I think we as fans need to know what our owner thinks & feels and his words are pretty much in line with how most of us feel. If Woody has an incredible run in this year’s playoffs he’ll be back. Same for Joe. I like that that’s how it will play out & I look fwd to seeing how it plays out

-REEligiously Roe!!!

Mike is Back

April 19th, 2010
11:20 am

MC, really GREAT STUFF…at a really great time!! Garson Jr seems sincere with his responses. Now the team can go out and focus on the playoff without having to worry about the silly speculative questions about the future direction of the organization that are bound to come up. I really the like the closing comments on MO…That let me know they are in tune to the players comments. That should be a big boost to the staff and the team.

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

GeeMack

April 19th, 2010
11:35 am

You also turned Chris Paul into Marvin Willam.

Willy

April 19th, 2010
11:38 am

How long till our resident experts post up to tell what’s REALLY going on with ASG? This interview didn’t sound at all consistent with the frantic babblings of our Hawks blog conspiracy theorists.

Wabe

April 19th, 2010
11:43 am

Good stuff MC.

Interesting read.

Fresh

April 19th, 2010
11:48 am

Good article MC.

This is the type of stuff we as fans need to hear more about. Right now the city is really, really warming back up to these Hawks. All we as the fans want to be sure of is that the owners are 100 percent behind this team and that they are focused on building a championship contender.

Like I’ve been saying, show us (the fans) that you want to win, and we will come and support this team night in and night out.

Once again, great article MC.

Fresh

April 19th, 2010
11:53 am

Willy,

I’m wondering the same thing lol. I don’t post much, but I follow the blog frequently throughout the day and I must say I do get a great laugh from the blog “conspiracy theorists”.

Jumpin Jack Clash

April 19th, 2010
11:56 am

That was a very interesting interview. Gearon Jr has pretty much step forward as the face of the Hawks Ownership. Perhaps he heard alot of Braves fans talking about having a faceless ownership.

I hope they are serious about locking Al Horford up this offseason as well. He has gone under the radar when it come to locking guys up long term. We let Horford hit RFA. We are asking to get screwed over. Horford has been the key to this turnaround. We finally got production out of the C position.

JeJe

April 19th, 2010
11:58 am

“When we are playing the right way we are as good as any team in the league.”

Very good, Mr. Gearon! It’s funny how about 28 other teams in the NBA say the exact same thing

JeJe

April 19th, 2010
12:01 pm

What Gearon said about the money situation has nothing to do with what Bruce Levenson told me — that both teams are losing millions of dollars every year. Also, he completely deviates on the question about Woody’s future up to Sund — all of a sudden he’s talking about Joe Johnson and what he’s done for this team.

Also, why does this guy always mention other players in the league and make comparisons? DIdn’t he say Woody was a good coach because JR Smith and J.Smoove were the same player in the draft but Josh has turned out better?

EW

April 19th, 2010
12:08 pm

I’m not sure I buy the “we haven’t made any decisions based on payroll” statement. BUT I like hearing the committment to building an elite team here. The offseason will tell if those statements are valid. Good article, looking forward to more. GO HAWKS!

Blue

April 19th, 2010
12:12 pm

Good one GeeMack ……………….. He also turned Brandon Roy into Sheldon Williams. I’m still smarting over that one.

O'Brien

April 19th, 2010
12:12 pm

Great blog MC,

“He’s done a good job. Getting the third seed, 53 wins, each year we keep getting better and better—regular season, he has done a tremendous job. But us a franchise, from the ownership down, we judge ourselves in the playoffs.”

“I love our core team, but there are two phases to this. We just finished the first phase. These questions are better asked after the postseason. I don’t know. You and I are sitting here talking today, but if we get swept first round, I might see our guys differently.”

Samuel,

Could that be why they haven’t offered your COY a contract yet? Because they want to see how the Hawks do in the playoffs. And that makes good business sense to me. Sure, they run the risk of Woody leaving to take another job, but its a risk worth taking.

Give the Hawks ownership and management credit though, because our draft mistakes have not crippled us.

Dr. Warren

April 19th, 2010
12:27 pm

The national media, including Bill Simmons this week, act as though it’s a foregone conclusion that Joe Johnson will leave for Chicago, NY, NJ, or the Clippers. Simmons claims it’s the end of the Hawks rejuvenation, and that next year, they’ll win 42 or less. I don’t agree–I think they’ll get close to the “Final Four” this year, if not make it. It does indeed depend on the next few weeks, as Gearon says.

JeJe

April 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

“Give the Hawks ownership and management credit though, because our draft mistakes have not crippled us.”

LOL. Where were you when this team won 13, 26, and 30 games?

This team made some of the most egregious drafting errors in CONSECUTIVE errors

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HawkKingBibby

April 19th, 2010
12:35 pm

Either Orlando or Clevland will expose our need for a few more nba calibur bigs. I just hope they get some in here. It seems like they are afraid to go the extra mile or extra buck to match up with the big teams.

Sautee

April 19th, 2010
12:35 pm

From the previous blog:

The KING OF BLOG RESEARCH said this:

“As for people saying to use the bench . . this is the playoffs folks. Rotations will shrink across the board.”

Last night there were 8 teams playing. 3 of those teams, the Lakers, Mavs, and Portland, used primarily an 8 man rotation. OKC used 9 and the other four
(Bobcats, Magic, Spurs and Suns) used 10.

Last I looked 3 of 8 was NOT exactly “shrinking across the board”.

But hey, I’m not a KING or anything, so maybe I just don’t know! ;-)

hawks_4_life

April 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

Love how the nay-sayers just always have to find something negative to say.

phar71

April 19th, 2010
12:48 pm

You should have asked him why, they pushed a white out, and he and his family wore blue and red shirts at the game on Saturday.

Section 303

April 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

That’s a good interview, Michael. When it gets here, this offseason is going to be an interesting one. I predict both Joe and Woody will be back.

People forget that the Hawks were basically an expansion team when Woody took over. The Hawks have not cheated the process. We have not brought in any hired gun vets (Elton Brand, Kenyon Martin) that never really do anything. The Hawks have stayed the course, built a core, and now are in a position to add pieces around the core group (Jamal Crawford).

People are never going to stop with the Chris Paul stuff (I wanted Darren Williams). But, I think the worst pick, as someone above mentioned was Sheldon Williams. Marvin may not be Chris Paul or Darren Williams, but at least he can play. We took “The Landlord” at #5 and he could not even get on the floor.

You could go through any team’s past and find mistakes. The good organizations get out of their mistakes. And, so far, the Hawks have gotten out of theirs. Sheldon Williams is gone. Speedy is gone. Acie Law is gone. In there place we have Bibby and Crawford. Not bad, if you ask me.

Section 303

April 19th, 2010
12:53 pm

Hawks_4_Life, welcome to this blog. If one didn’t know any better, he would have thought the season was done. The 53 wins and #3 seed in the East never happened. But, they did. Yet, we still have some crying about a draft that happened 5-years ago.

I question if some on here really even get enjoyment out of watching the games. This has been a great ride, so far. Sit back and enjoy it.

TigerWoods

April 19th, 2010
12:58 pm

Obrien, you are losing it. Give this set of owners credit? For what? Do you even think before you talk? Read below for educational purposes…

How can Mike Gearon compare Hawks to Celtics of 80s? Is he high or just ignorant? That team had 3-4 Hall of famers. How many think any of the current Hawks may end up in HOF? Not one.

The model for this team, is Detroit Pistons. But while that team had toughness, Hawks lacks that. Hawks have a good core of scorers, but unless owners are willing to spend money to get depth on the bench, and couple of good defensive bigs, no way this team will do any better.

You can put it on coach, and make him the scapegoat, but the fact is that Hawks have reached their potential as currently made. Orlando and Cavs both improved themselves this last offseason by adding important starting pieces. In the case of Cavs, even at trade deadline. And they have more on their bench.
What did Hawks do? Nothing.

I am sorry, this has nothing to do with coach.
As for the slow methodical rise, it goes unsaid that bad drafting, made it such a long process. For comparison look at the tremendous improvement by Thunder in one year. How many people think drafting Marvin and Sheldon, put us back years.

An owner that does not get involved in his business, not changing direction of BK until too late, and an owner who does not give green light to get more bigs, or does not look at Marvin’s situation carefully, has as much responsibility as any coach or GM. Otherwise, that owner becomes irrelevant. Unfortunately Hawks have too many irrelevant owner.

hawks_4_life

April 19th, 2010
1:03 pm

Section 303 thanks, I read it everyday but rarely comment, alot of negativity in a positive time. Its good to focus on the destination but dont forget to enjoy the ride people.

Tony from Stone Mountain

April 19th, 2010
1:04 pm

The Hawks could not have afforded Brandon Roy and Chris Paul. And what position would Brandon Roy play? Jamal would not be on the team and we would still not have Al Horford or any quality center. Be happy for the team that you have Hawks fans!

GeeMack

April 19th, 2010
1:13 pm

O’Brien

“Give the Hawks ownership and management credit though, because our draft mistakes have not crippled us”

I gotta diagree with you on this one. CP3 with Josh & Joe is a championship team this year

If CP3 is here were are looking at our 3rd consecutive 50 win season oppose to our 1st.

The areana would be full every night like Clevland and LA.

We wouldn’t be losing money the Hawks would be profiting.

So it has hurt us in more ways than one.

Michael Gearon

April 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

I think Billy Knight did a great job drafting the young core for this team. In 2004, we signed an inexperienced assistant coach named, Mike Woodson. Our team thought Woodson was a good candidate for the job. He worked under Larry Brown and was part of the 2004 Pistons championship team. We thought to ourselves “hey, this guy may be the next Red Auerbach!” Then in the draft, we selected Josh Childress over Andre Iguodala, drafted Josh Smith (who in our minds was an absolute steal) and also drafted two great players in Royal Ivey and Donta Smith. Then in 05′, we drafted Marvin Williams over Chris Paul and Deron Williams. A lot of people criticized us for making that move, but look how well Marvin has turned out for this team. He’s become a huge factor in our success. In 2006, we drafted Shelden Williams over Brandon Roy because we thought Shelden was the better player, and we thought having more role players on our team would be better than having true leaders. So, since we didn’t draft a shooting guard, I asked Billy [Knight-mare] why don’t we trade two unprotected first round picks to the Phoenix Suns for a 3-tier role player named, Joe Johnson?

We thought Joe had a lot of potential, and in our eyes could be the next Kobe Bryant. And we also needed a veteran point guard, so I asked Billy Knight “why don’t we sign an injury-prone backup to a 4-year, $25 million deal”? We thought Speedy Claxton would be a very good fit for our team. Al Horford was a steal for us in 07′. Acie Law was a very good player, and we actually thought he was the best point guard prospect in that draft. And til’ this day, we are continuing to build our team into a contender. As long as Mike Woodson is on that bench motivating our guys, Rick Sund is our GM (and we all know Sund has an eye for talent) I have nothing to worry about as a owner.

VenomSpitter

April 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Personally I think they’re gonna re-sign woody. Becuz really they don’t have to pay him alot. I’m fine with woody being here as long as we have an offensive coordinator.

hawks_4_life

April 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

I like when he said the franchise is loyal to its players. Loyalty in sports these days is none existent and its refreshing knowing the owners values his players.

O'Brien

April 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

JeJe, GeeMack,

I agree that BK made 2 HUGE draft mistakes. Marvin over CP3 or Deron, and Shelden over Roy (or anybody else). And they did set the Hawks back (as you mentioned, with 13, 26 and 30 wins).

But I dont think it “crippled” us.

This is our third straight trip to the playoffs, and 2 years in a row we have been top 4 in the East. And if we had CP3, who knows about his injuries (2 seasons out of 5).

And its possible that with his salary, the BASG could be running into financial issues paying Joe a max contract, big money to Josh, and big money to CP3 (although with him on this team, we would have had more revenue).

And what about our bench? We could not afford Crawford.

Again, I agree that BK’s draft mistakes have hurt us in more ways than one, but I dont think it crippled us. And thats my opinion.

TigerWoods,

I think the point that he was trying to make is that on any given night, Crawford could burn you, JJ could burn you, and Josh or Al could burn you. But I dont think it was wise of him to say this team reminds him of the Celtics of old. That team won championships, and the guys were HOF.

DeepDiver

April 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

TigerWoods — the Hawks did something this offseason (besides retain their core) — they traded absolute garbage for Jamal (the Microwave II) Crawford.

northcyde

April 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

Sautee . . . it’s not my fault that you don’t watch enough NBA basketball to know this trend. It’s common knowledge amongst most NBA fans who watch the game. It’s also common knowledge that playoff games are much more physical and ticky-tack fouls are called less. As well as the gameplay usually slows down significantly.

Let’s just see throughout these playoffs, if teams will continue to play 10 guys decent minutes ( not spot minutes, but decent minutes ), if they are involved in a tight game.

I know one thing . . Greg Popovich isn’t going to fool with George Hill much, if he puts up another performance like that. He’ll have no choice but to start Parker and drastically reduce Hill’s minutes. He won’t mess around much with Dejuan Blair either, if he doesn’t come to play.

But when foul trouble or injuries come about ( like they did in the Orlando and Charlotte game ), the bench guys better be ready to step up. And the coaches will play more people.

collegedude

April 19th, 2010
2:08 pm

Go Hawks

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Fundamentals

April 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

Nice to see the ownership give a few comments. We need that face, that presence to build our team. We all konw the future of our team lies in this playoff series and the next. That’s no big surpise.

I loved the intensity in the 1st half the other night. Hopefully that’ll translate into a 4-5 game series for the 1st round. Round 2 will really show us where we stand. I hope and pray for progress sake we show our abilities. I personally think we have a good shot to win, but others will whine.

Drafts come and go. If folks think our drafts in the past 5-6 years sucked so bad where were they during the 90’s and early 2000’s? We sure did rack up some superior talent there. At least we’ve got some players on the court contributing. Something our recent past never got us. Hindsight’s always 20-20. We’ve got a great team. Be proud of it. Let the past go.

Deer Should Fear! Go Hawks!

south ga boy

April 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

O’Brien, I usually agree with you on your Falcons comments, but we differ on our opinion of the Hawks. You say ownership hasn’t crippled us with our draft picks. That’s akin to saying at least Tiger didn’t murder someone, therfore his image could be worse. I don’t want to re-hash old news but Josh and Al are our only homeruns picks. Sheldon Williams, Boris Diaw and Law were absolute Busts. Childress was a semi-bust for a 6th overall pick that couldn’t start and has given us nothing the last 2 yrs by bombing in Greece. Marvin has not played up to the potential of a No. 2 overall pick. The ASG does not inspire confidence for their fanbase, thank you very much. I see the Hawks being at a real tipping point in the next few weeks. Franchises, all across Sports, work and build, thru differing philosophies (ie: thru the draft, or free agencies, or trades, veterans or youth, strong coaching, mortgaging everything for a potential superstar, or as in the Hawks trying to rise thru a CORE of players) and they reach a point where they peak and stall, or they peak and fall, or they bust thru to an elite status. We have reached that place with the Hawks. They bust thru and beat at least Orlando or Olando and Cleveland. They lose in the 2nd rd in 5 games and realize they have hit their head on their ceiling, or they lose to the Magic, cant re-sign JJ, fire Woody and fall back to mediocrity. I hope they bust thru. I hope we advance to at least the 3rd rd and re-sign JJ. I hope we continue with Woody because coaching stability is highly underrated in pro sports. I hope we Hawks fans, who suffered thru a 13 win season, are rewarded with a deep playoff run and a “sky’s the limit outlook on the future.” I HOPE. I HOPE…….

Sautee

April 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

The KING OF RESEARCH said this:

“Sautee . . . it’s not my fault that you don’t watch enough NBA basketball to know this trend.”

You freakin’ arrogant prick! You have NO IDEA how much basketball I have or have not watched, but because I have the unmitigated gall to challenge your statement, you are ready to suggest that my “lack of watching” is the cause of my egregious error. BTW, I’m 60 and have been following the NBA since I was 8.

And yes, for years the “accepted norm” was that coaches shortened their benches in the playoffs. But for the last few years, I’ve noticed subtle changes in that trend. That’s why I showed you the Finals results, which DID make my point.

Last night’s games seem to bear me out. But God forbid I should challenge the GREAT KING OF BLOG RESEARCH with my puny view.

And it was laughable that you somehow thought I was attacking Woodson and his rotations by questioning your statement. No, northcyde, I was attacking YOU and your arrogance. That very arrogance led to you ASSUMING that I was after Woodson. I was not.

Stop with the condescension. You have an opinion, like all of us. But no more.

You weaken your good points (and you DO have some) when you act like your knowledge is superior to anyone else’s.

JeJe

April 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

“He worked under Larry Brown and was part of the 2004 Pistons championship team. We thought to ourselves “hey, this guy may be the next Red Auerbach!” Then in the draft, we selected Josh Childress over Andre Iguodala, drafted Josh Smith (who in our minds was an absolute steal) and also drafted two great players in Royal Ivey and Donta Smith. Then in 05′, we drafted Marvin Williams over Chris Paul and Deron Williams. A lot of people criticized us for making that move, but look how well Marvin has turned out for this team. He’s become a huge factor in our success. In 2006, we drafted Shelden Williams over Brandon Roy because we thought Shelden was the better player, and we thought having more role players on our team would be better than having true leaders. So, since we didn’t draft a shooting guard, I asked Billy [Knight-mare] why don’t we trade two unprotected first round picks to the Phoenix Suns for a 3-tier role player named, Joe Johnson?

We thought Joe had a lot of potential, and in our eyes ”

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost died reading that first paragraph

Wha?

April 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

You think that Boris Diaw was an “absolute Bust”? The man was picked at #21. He’s done damned well for that pick. Just because Woody didnt know how to use him don’t make him a bust

Rick Sund

April 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

Did you hear my boss? I agree with everything he said we had some GREAT drafts and we TURNED Shelden Williams into Mike “the defensive architect” Bibby. As I told you our STANDARD for being ELITE is the REGULAR SEASON not the PLAYOFFS. That’s why he said “It’s not easy to win 53 GAMES and we want to be ELITE for many years to come” My boss said it best we STAYED THE COURSE and did not get IMPATIENT. It’s not about CHAMPIONSHIPS and if any fans thinks it is then they aren’t REAL FANS!

Late Merin

April 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

I’m new around these parts. Judging from the comments on here today, I guess the Hawks must have lost Game 1 in a blowout, right?

Fresh

April 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

Late Merin,

Naw, we just have alot of retards such as JeJe that only purpose in life is to patrol the Hawks blog and talk absolute BS all day.

hawks_4_life

April 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

Late Merin

Cosigned!!!

northcyde

April 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

Sautee . . if you’re going to do a little “online sparring” with people, you need to be able to keep your composure a little bit better. I knew exactly what would push your button, and you fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Don’t let that happen again.

My points are usually backed up by facts. So if being an “arrogant prick” means that I state the facts, so be it. Like I said . . . keep an eye on those teams that went “10 deep” in Game 1, and see if they’ll continue to do that throughout the rest of the playoffs.

Hopefully, Woody will resist the urge to go 10 deep, and keep with his 8 man rotation ( while playing the other 2 guys spot minutes at best ). The playoffs are not the time to be playing scrub players. If they can’t play, or aren’t producing . . keep them off the floor.

RODNEY KING

April 19th, 2010
3:29 pm

CANT WE ALL JUST GET ALONG!!!!!GEEZ WE ARE WINNING~!!!!!!

hawks_4_life

April 19th, 2010
3:31 pm

I think people sometimes forget what it means to be a fan, and not an armchair player/coach/gm/owner!!!!!!

GO HAWKS!!

BRING IT ON HOME

Mike is Back

April 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

Fresh, good point…guys like JeJe are just crow stuffed regulars operating under another name. That’s cool though…the reality is…that we are all Hawks fans. Why else would someone dedicate so much time to a Hawks blog. lol

For Real

April 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Woody please use this starting line-up against the Magic and Cavs:

Joe – 6′7″
Marvin – 6′10″
Josh – 6′9″
Al – 6′10″
ZaZa – 7′0

LouFan

April 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

These blogs are quite entertaining to say the least.

@south ga boy
I love your optimism and touch of reality.

I agree that the Hawks are at a crossroads this year and much is expected of them. Being a fan of the Hawks all my life, I have enjoyed the ups and downs. From the times of Mookie, Matumbo, Steve, and Dominique…. To the 13 win season. I have seen the ups and downs. Everything takes time though, and hopefully this year we break through.

Unfortunately, championships are important to any organization… Yet, I would be grateful if the make it to the ECF. If we beat a top seed team we can finally start earning the respect we deserve and keep going to new levels. We have a lot of immigrants to the state… I mean from other States… And we win over these fans and pack the stadium by winning playoff games. It has to be a progression.

I, as many fans, hope that we can get that satisfaction this year. Maybe not Finals, or a championship… But a first time ECF for the Hawks. We are behind you Hawks, but you have something to prove! I will always be a Hawks fan, but there is nothing wrong with some a** kicking in the process.

GO HAWKS!