Atlanta Hawks: Larry Drew officially hired as coach

The Hawks officially hired Larry Drew as coach today, signing him to a two-year contract with an option for a third year.

Drew, 52, succeeds Mike Woodson, who was let go following this season. Drew was Woodson’s lead assistant and now slides into the head coach’s seat for the first time in his career.

The Hawks plan to introduce Drew as coach at a news conference Monday afternoon. From the official Hawks release:

“We are very pleased to welcome Larry as the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks,” GM Rick Sund said. “After aggressively going through the interview process with all of the candidates it became clear, with his knowledge of the game as well as his experience as player and assistant coach, he had the qualities we were looking for to lead our club. Over the last few years, a number of teams have had success hiring from within and we feel he is more than ready for the challenge.”

MC

82 comments Add your comment

SWAT Native

June 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

Let’s start this one with a positive comment: I’m happy for Drew. Good luck, I hope you do well.

Shaun Driver

June 13th, 2010
2:11 pm

Shaun Driver

June 13th, 2010
2:12 pm

damn, i dont even do that. but i mean ive never had the opportunity before; every post i go to always has a comment. But I’ve been coming here now for about a year and never said anything but I guess its finally time. But like swat said, i believe congratulations are in order, lets hope we continue moving in the right direction.

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

Swat native ,

Amen to that.

3Klub

June 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

Now the big question is what is management going to do as far as players are concerned. I vote to make a trade with New Orleans to get Collison and Okafur.

Hoops

June 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

Congratulations to Coach Larry Drew, new Head Coach for the Atlanta Hawks!!!

It will be interesting to see who he hires to be on his staff!

Are the Hawks going to trade up for a higher draft pick? There are several players that could help, but the picking will be slim @ #24.

i_am_soulstar

June 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

3Klub,

New Orleans is over the cap. They’ll trade Chris Paul before they trade Darren Collison who’s a proven starting PG but making rookie salary. Only hitch is, they’ll want a club to take one of their other excessive contracts (like Peja Stojakavic) along with Chris Paul’s contract.

T3AM DIM3

June 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

AT 1ST I WAS A LITTLE DOWN ON THE DREW SITUATION BUT AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED IVE PLAYED BASKETBALL ALL MY LIFE AND GREW UP AROUND THE NBA, AND REALLY A COACH IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BENCH PLAYER, ITS THE PLAYERS THAT WORK HARD GO TO THE GYM PRACTICE AND IN THE END THEY ARE THE ONES ON THE COURT THE COACH JUST MAKES SURE EVERYTHING FOES RIGHT!!! DREWS A GOOD GUY WITH ALOT OF EXPERIENCE AROUND THE HAWKS AND KNOWING THEM AS INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS, I REALLY DO THINK HE CAN TAKE THEM AT LEAST TO WIN A GAME IN THE SECOND ROUND..EVERY YEAR I THINK WE HAVE A CHANCE WELL AT LEAST THE LAST 2 AND THEN EITHER JOSH WILL WALK UP COURT OR TAKE SHOTS HE DOESNT NEED TO OR JOE DOESNT SHOW UP.AND SO ON AND SO ON.LIKE THEY HAVE NO MOTIVATION. LIKE WHAT THEY ARE GETTING PAID ISNT ENUFF…I LOVE THE HAWKS..DIE HARD HAWKS FAN BUT SOMETHING ELSE HAS TO CHANGE..AND FO RTHE PEOPLE WHO KNOCK BIBBY AS A PG YEA HE HAS LOST A STEP BUT IF UR SAYING HE IS WASHED UP THEN YOU HAVE NO IDEA THE CAREER TIS GUY HAS HAD AT ONE POINT HE AVERAGED 21.POINT PER GAME IN HIS CAREER..AND YEA HE HAS MISSED SOME OPEN LOOKS BUT..WOODSON HAD HIM AS A PASSER WASNT TO MANY LOOKS FOR HIM OR WILLIAMS AND I REALLY THINK IF BIBBY CAN GET INTO RYTHM EARLY AND MARVIN CAN GET 10-15 SHOTS A NITE..THIS TEAM WILL BE JUST AS GOOD AS ANYOTHER TEAM WE HAVE ALL THE TOOLS JUST NEED TO GET SOMEONE LIKE AL JEFFERSON AND MAYBE CHILLS BACK,,AND MAYBE LOL A PIECE OR 2 FOR THE BENCH AND WE WILL BE GOOD,,WE HAVE A COACH THAT WILL UTILIZE THAT INSTEAD OF JUST LETTING HTEM GET PAID FOR NOTHING..AND HEY LETS FIRE RICK SUND AND GET DANNY FERRY =) I KNOW IM RAMBLING ON HERE BUT THERES SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE HAWKS….LIKE WHY NOT DRAFT DESEAN BUTLER,, HES HURT NOW BUT HES A GREAT PLAYER OR DOMINIQUE JONES…SELL UR SECOND ROUND PICK FOR SOME CASHA ND SIGN A FERE AGENT FOR THE BENCH..WE NEED A SOLID DEFENDER AND SORRY BUT MARIO WEST DOESNT CUT IT…COLLINS HAS BEEN DONE SINCE NJ..HE CANT PLAY WITHOUT GETTING 5 FOULS IN 2 MINUTES LIKE WHO AUGHT YOU HOW TO PLAY..ANOTHER SELL THE GOD DAMN HAWKS ALREADY TO OWNERS WHO GIVE A SHI** ABOUT WINNING ALREADY AND ACTUALLY HAVE MORE THEN 5 DOLLARS AND A STICK OF BUBBLE GUM JESUS..ANYBODY THINK MAYBE MCGRADY FOR CHEAP..OR HOW ABOUT SIGN AND TRADE FOR HARRINGTON..AND EDDIE HOUSE..I MEAN LETS GET SOMETHIGN FOR JOE,,I KNOW ALS PLAYED HERE B4 BUT HE IS A PROVEN SCORER..AND EDDIE MIEK BIBBYS BROTHER IN LAW FOR ALL THAT DONT KNO..IS A PROVEN SCORER OFF THE BENCH..OR CARON BUTLER, MONTE ELLIS LET ANTHONY RANDOLPH DEVELOP ON THE BENCH AND SEND JOE TO A CRAP TEAM WHERE HE BELONGS HES A CHOKE ARTIST..WE NEED A TRUE SUPERSTAR SOMEONE WHO DEMANDS THE BALL AND THE CALLS FROM THE REFS SOMEONE WHO ISNT A LIL BIT** GETTING TO THE RIM..UMM DIDNT THE OWNER OF THE HAWKS JUST SAY HE WUD GO INTO LUXUARY TAX IF HE COULD GET LEBRON FOR MAX MONEY…OK SO DO IT MAKE AN OFFER DONT SIT THERE LIKE A DEER ON HEADLIGHTS LIKE YOU DID WITH UR COACHING JOB..B4 ITS TO LATE..STOUDEMIRES OUT THERE MELO IN 2011 SOMETHING IM TIRED OF WATCHIGN GAMES AND SEEING 5 PPLE IN THE STANDS..HOW DO U EXPECT THE HAWKS TO PLAY WITH ANY KIND OF ENTHUSIASM WHEN THERE FAN BASE ONLY SHOWS UP WHEN LA COMES TO TOWN OR BOSTON..BUT WHAT DO I KNOW IM JUST ANOTHER PISSED OFF HAWKS FAN VENTING SOME ANGER…IS IT SO MUCH TO WANT MY TEAM TO COMPETE..THE ENTIRE SEASON THEY DO GREAT..LOOK GOOD, HAD A COUPLE OF BAD LOSES BY GAME WINNERS OR LOSING 15PT LEADS WITH 3 MINUTES LEFT..IDKK.. MAYBE THE FANS SHOULD ALL OF US..NEED TO PROTEST..FOR SOMETHING IDK ..LAST YEAR..IF YOU SHOWED UP TO A GAME YOU GOT A FREE HOTDOG WOW GREAT THNX LOL..AND THEN THEY LOST..LETS FACE IT SUND SUCKS THE BEST THING HE DID FOR US WAS JAMAL..OTHER THEN THAT HE BLOWS , THE OWNERS BLOWS,, COLLINS BLOWS, TEAUGE EVERYONE IS HI ON FOR WHAT HE HAD AGREAT GAME THAT HE STARTED BUT LETS FACE IT ..HES NOT GNNA SO ANYTHIN IN THISLEAUGE..MOVE HIM…GREAT IN COLLEGE BUT IM SORRY FOR ALL YOU PPLE WHO ARE STRUNG OUT ON HIM NNOT PLAYING..IF I WAS COACH OR SUND I WOULDNT HAVE PICKED HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE….. AND FOR 3KLUB..I AGREE ON COLLISON BUT I DONT LIKE OKAAFUR..SIGN AND TRADE JOE FOR PAUL AND THROW IN EVANS EXPIRING CONTRACT MAYBE EVEN GET PEJA FOR THE BENCH HE SHOOTS LIGHTS OUT..FROM BEYOND THE ARC….OK WELL BY NOW UR PROLLY TIRED OF READING THIS SO ..TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK..

T3AM DIM3

June 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

O0O AND ONE MORE THING THEY SAID THAT IN THE DRAFT THERES NO ROTATIONAL PLAYERS ARE YOU KIDDING ME YOUR GNNA USE THE D LEAUGE ..NAH THROW THEM INTO THE NBA ON THE YOUR BENCH AND USE THEM..SERIOSULY LETS NOT HAVE THE MIN..AMOUNT OF PLAYERS THIS YEARS JESUS..THERE IS TALENT THERE IF YOU OPEN YOUR EYES..ITS JUST HOW YOU USE THE PLAYERS..IN YOUR ROTATION..LOOK AT WESLEY MATTHEWS FROM UTAH THERES A GEM..DOTN BE STUPID AND LET TALENT SLIP AWAY LIKE I SAID D.JONES. EBANKS WOULD BE A NCIE FIT FOR THIS TEAM..DEASAN BUTLER, I SAW PAPE SY’S NAME ON THE DRAFT WORK OUT TWICE YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME IF THATS WHO THEY ARE PICKING FIRST..JUST ASSUMING BY HIM BEIGN THE ONLY PLAYER TO B ON THE LIST 2 TIMES..GREATTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O'Brien

June 13th, 2010
3:14 pm

Congratulations to Coach Drew.

I was impressed that he brought out 5 guys (including Teague) to show some diagrammed sets, and to show that his offense will not be ISO dependent. That being said, whatever his offense is, the team still needs to win games. And I hope he is not bringing Ty Hill back.

Coach Woody, thanks for your 6 years. You helped our players stay out of trouble, and you helped the Hawks get to where they are. Best of luck at your next job.

lewis

June 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

Congratulations LD
27 years of NBA experience as a point guard and coach.
Show us what you’re made of.

tony

June 13th, 2010
3:25 pm

I think I’m going to like Drew because he is a fundamental type coach. I think we will see a different team next season. If Mr.Sund surround him with high IQ basketball players I believe he will be successful. Good luck coach.

The Joker

June 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

Hawks know they can not win championship. So no money was spent for coach.

SHAQ

June 13th, 2010
3:32 pm

Maybe nobody wanted the job.

LARRY BIRD

June 13th, 2010
3:34 pm

Where is John Drew???

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

A TWO year contract with who’s option, The Hawks or Drew’s? This is such a joke!

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

If nobody else wanted the job it’s because it was “on the cheap” money!
Geez!!

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

T3AM DIM3 I don’t know what basketball you’ve played or how you were “around” the NBA but if anyone is okay with this hire they don’t know squat about basketball.
This is why Atlanta sports teams suck. We have a bunch of know nothings who accept whatever massa gives them.

GADAWGG4LIFE

June 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

Congratulations to Mr. Drew, I wish him well. Its obvious all the ASG and Sund were not on the same page in the coaching search and that Sund doesn’t have as much power in the organization as has been reported. The 2 year contract speaks to the fact that the ASG is not 100% behind Drew as well. The ASG has been a mess from the start. They have to sure up their financial situation and figure out a way to buy out Belkin and unload the Thrashers to someone else or just sell both the Hawks and Thrashers to someone who has the $$$ to invest in these organizations.

Jerry West

June 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

Good luck Coach Drew!

@3Klub

If the Hawks were willing to take Okafor’s contract, the Hornets might throw in their lotto pick, and/ or take back Bibby and Zaza. I don’t think any team wants Okafor for what he makes vs. what he provides on the floor.

JeJe

June 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

NOTSO FAST

June 13th, 2010
4:14 pm

GOOD LUCK TO MR DREW. FOR BETTER OR WORST, HE IS OUR COACH. I WISH HIM WELL.HE IS PROBABLY A BETTER COACH THAN OUR OWNERS ARE OWNERS.

Rock Preston

June 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Well said Real Hawk. A 2 yr contract??? That tells me they dont have confidence in him if they go that short. Smells of cheapness!!!

drmaryb

June 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

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Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

The Real Hawk,

I guess you can count the NBA.com crew as a bunch of idiots. They favored Drew’s promotion.

young russell simmons

June 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

As an Atlantan I must say the Atlanta Spirit make it really tough to be a Hawks Fan!!!!!!!!! This organization is such a joke! The front office makes mistake after mistake and wonders why people like myself don’t renew our season tickets. This is almost as bad as passing on Chris Paul & Darren Williams and instead taking MARVIN WILLIAMS!!!!!! To make that worse they re-signed the BUM for like $50million!!!!

There were qualified head coach’s available that they could have signed for the same money!!!! Byron Scott and Avery Johnson are two that come to mind. This is a lateral move at BEST!!!!

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

We have a bunch of know nothings who accept whatever massa gives them.

I hate race baiters. Nobody could possibly be more ignorant than that.

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
4:21 pm

Since when has 37 million turned into 50 million?

drmaryb ,

I think we’re going to need something stronger than pesticide. I have something that works on everything …. :twisted:

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

June 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

June 13th, 2010
4:26 pm

LARRY DREW IS NOT THE SAME AS WOODY.

And u chumps better not jump on the Larry Drew bandwagon when he succeeds.

young russell simmons

June 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

@Big Ray 37million or 50 million, he isn’t worth 5million!!!! I guess you be okay with them giving Joe Johnson a max contract too???

eturn

June 13th, 2010
4:29 pm

Hmmm 2 year contract…I agree something dont sound right about that. But I wish Larry Drew the best.

young russell simmons

June 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

@STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter) you be sure to stay on his bandwagon when he fails!!!!

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

June 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

@ young russel simmons

Who the hell are you?

young russell simmons

June 13th, 2010
4:36 pm

@STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter) I’m that guy that realizes this is another mistake on behalf of the Atlanta Spirit! I’m that guy that wants to be a fan of all Atlanta sports teams, but this organization makes it really tough on me!

Now who the hell are YOU???

young russell simmons

June 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

@STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter) you don’t have to answer the question. I think I know your type! You’ll be calling for his head when they don’t make the playoffs next season!!!

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

June 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

@ young russel simmons

Lmao Go and change your huggies man. No matter who the hawks would’ve chosen as a coach it wouldn’t be a SURE THING. U have to give people a chance.

VoteForPrado

June 13th, 2010
4:41 pm

Congrats to Larry and prayers for success!

drmaryb

June 13th, 2010
4:52 pm

Blue-Ray
(3D – HDMI)

I see you saw that ISH too. Between that and the ALL CAPS master – Go Figure! Uuggh. ; 0

Not in the laughing mood today.

-smiles-

drmaryb

June 13th, 2010
4:57 pm

Blue-Ray
(Sharper Image)

How many times do you have to re-dress the current length of the average Coach’s contract?
Didn’t you research and disclose that the Bucks HC – COY was just extended for 2 years?

It’s the economy stupid!

Jerry West

June 13th, 2010
5:01 pm

I believe the coveted Tom Thibodeau also got a 2 yr deal with a team option for the 3rd yr (albeit at more money, but hey, he’s the brains behind the almighty Celts’ D).

Cwade3

June 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

With the two year contract, hope its possible they talked to doc and he indicated he wanted to take a year or two off and then would be interested in being the hawks coach. maybe they are just biding their time till doc will coach us.

Grandad

June 13th, 2010
5:18 pm

Shaun Driver:

If I read you correctly & that was your 1st ever post,
then ‘Welcome’ aboard. Let ‘er rip.

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
5:19 pm

Big Ray Don’t see the NBA.com crew as knowing what the Hawks need as a coach. They for certain don’t have a clue about the history of the Hawks hiring assistants and college coaches on the cheap. Those of us who have been around do.

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

Big Ray

“Veritas Curat.”

The Real Hawk

June 13th, 2010
5:23 pm

drmaryb A two year extension and a two year initial contract are not the same thing. Anyone who looks at contracts in the NBA can see that.

show me state

June 13th, 2010
5:25 pm

congrats coach drew

northcyde

June 13th, 2010
5:25 pm

It doesn’t matter if Drew is the same as Woody or not. He could still produce the same results . . or better results . . or worse results. We won’t know for sure until the season plays out.

But people will always find a reason not to support the team. The Drew hiring is just another reason not to in their eyes, along with all of the other things they talk about.

I will say this about the hiring. I think it’s was kind of foul of the ASG to offer Drew as little money as they did, considering that this is still a playoff caliber ballclub on paper ( with JJ in the mix . . even possibly without him in the mix ). But it’s no telling how much Drew was making in the first place . . . ( maybe 300K? ). So going from 300K to 1.3 million is like 4 extra years worth of pay to him. And he wasn’t in position to turn it down.

He’ll be able to use this experience as a head coach, to possibly parlay this into other coaching jobs, should things turn for the worst here. If they turn for the best, he’ll get a ton of credit for keeping the Hawks at or above where they were, at the point of his hire.

The focus won’t be on Drew until November.

But the spotlight is DEFINITELY on Sund now. You have a top 20 player to possibly sign ( or negotiate a sign and trade for ) . . a low 1st round draft pick . . a possible negotiation with Josh Childress . . and the MLE to work with.

We’ll see what he can do . . . and what the owners are willing to spend.

Dalastdon2

June 13th, 2010
5:42 pm

Congratulations Coach Drew!
Patience is finally been rewarded.
Now that’s outta da way.
Coach if you really want to change things start by letting JJ kick rocks if he wants a max deal.
If we can do a good sign and trade great. Who wants a player that thinks he’s better than he is.
Besides JJ showed the world he’s not a max player. I hear you’re gonna bring a real offense so who knows we may find that Marvin and Teague just didn’t get a real shot with Coach Woodson’s system (aka ISO Joe) for that matter I bet the entire team suffered due to his offensive system.
Either way here’s your chance Coach Drew make Atlanta proud!

The Truth

June 13th, 2010
5:45 pm

northcyde

That’s for sure, Coach Drew is not in this for the money:

iBreakdown of Larry Drew’s NBA coaching low salary goes this way, source says: $1 million, $1.5 million, and 3rd year team option for $2 mill