Atlanta Hawks: Pistons 94, Hawks 85

Jordan Crawford had a good night. (KIRTHMON F. DOZIER/Detroit Free Press)

Jordan Crawford had a good night. (KIRTHMON F. DOZIER/Detroit Free Press)

Auburn Hills, Mich.– Another tough one to judge as a whole because of all the missing players and L.D. giving liberal minutes to non-rotation guys.

– Turnovers were a problem again for the Hawks except this time they were more the function of getting in a hurry in transition rather than a lack of cohesion in the halfcourt. The Pistons scored 10 points off Atlanta’s nine turnovers in the first quarter.

– Here was one first-quarter sequence for J.J.: turnover, turnover, missed a rushed jumper on the break, turnover, turnover.

– But then the Hawks settled down in the second quarter and you could see some real offensive chemistry developing. They came back from 15 down to get within 55-52 at the half. Atlanta recorded nine assists on 11 field goals, turned it over just twice and was quicker and crisper than the Pistons.

– “We slowed down,” Josh said. “We have got to take our time. Everybody is not here, so for us to be in the ballgame with limited players, that is a plus for us.”

– The Hawks were particularly effective with the high-low post game between Al, Josh and J.J. Josh is a good passer, Al is nearly automatic when flashing to the free-throw line for a jumper and J.J. can post up most two guards or just shoot over them.

– Those three form a tough combination when they are in sync. “When it gets going and they get a real feel for one another, not just those three but other guys will profit from it as well,” L.D. said. “There was some encouraging things with the high-low. I can see the guys are starting to get a feel for it.”

– With Jamal and Teague back in Atlanta, JC2 (20 points, seven assists) logged a lot of minutes at point guard. He again showed off some good instincts: In the first quarter he found Evan Brock going backdoor for a dunk and had a nice drive-and-dish to Josh Powell, who had the ball stripped.

– There were a few times Crawford barked at teammates to give him the ball and get into position. “No matter if you are a rookie or not, at point guard have to be dominant and not back down,” Smoove said. “When you do that, guys will respect you. They might be like ‘What the hell are you doing?’ at first but then in the end you will get respect.”

–Crawford also did reasonably well with the tough task of chasing around Ben Gordon. The effort is there on defense if not always the awareness.

– Crawford did struggle a bit against ball pressure in the second half. “I thought he did a good job for the most part,” L.D. said. “Obviously he is not totally comfortable playing the point. I wanted to keep him in the fire and let him work through it.”

– Bibby didn’t fare well trying to get through screens to stay in front of Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. When that happened, the structure of the defense broke down and open shots weren’t t hard to find.

– I know it’s just the preseason but at this rate it’s hard to see how the Hawks can play good, straight-up D with Bibby playing major minutes. I would say it’s not a question of effort, positioning or even straight-line speed. He just can’t move laterally well enough to stay in front of ballhandlers and it puts his teammates in bad positions.

– Al was physical in the post against Ben Wallace and Greg Monroe, clearing space with his shoulder and dropping in baby hooks. Still haven’t seen too many of the counter moves he said he worked on this summer but that could be related to his balky ankle.

– Al sat the second half with soreness. He said he will play at Washington tomorrow.

– Smoove’s glove is a bit bulky. It clearly affected him on a few attempts at the rim and he said it’s tough to catch the ball: “I have got to get kind of used to it. It is still kind of tender. I have got to play because we have limited guys playing and I have to be able to give them some kind of minutes.”

– L.D. asked the players for a good effort despite the short roster. “I did get it,” he said. “I thought the guys did a great job with their energy. The thing that kind of handicapped us at the start was the turnovers. They could have easily folded their tents and called it quits for the night but they fought back.”

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

133 comments Add your comment

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
11:51 pm

Thanks MC, for explaining why JJ was commiting all of those turnovers.

MannyT

October 11th, 2010
11:55 pm

Preseason is the time to work out the kinks.

…and the better JC2 looks, the easier it is to move JC1 4 a larger (3 or 4) guy that would actually play later this season.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 11th, 2010
11:59 pm

“I would say it’s not a question of effort, positioning or even straight-line speed. He just can’t move laterally well enough to stay in front of ballhandlers and it puts his teammates in bad positions”

And this is why Teague should star. No questions asked.

cp

October 12th, 2010
12:02 am

Good breakdown MC. From the first two games I just don’t see Bibby as the starter. His contract wont become attractive to other teams probably until next year. That 3 year deal is not looking good. Should have been a team option for the third year. Good to see the guys playing hard although they were short handed. I still think we should go after Dampier. I just don’t see Collins or Etan doing much this season. Is Boone still available?

The Truth

October 12th, 2010
12:03 am

“There were a few times Crawford barked at teammates to give him the ball and get into position. “No matter if you are a rookie or not, at point guard have to be dominant and not back down,” Smoove said. “When you do that, guys will respect you”

LD I know where you are going with this experiment. If Sund doesn’t produce, JC2 maybe your best option backing up Teague off the bench. With so many guys injured, LD may also need to sign 10-day contract players just to finish the preseason.

truthspitter

October 12th, 2010
12:07 am

Please people are so funny when it comes to JJ. I could care less how many turnovers he makes as long as he makes plays. The team as a whole are committing too many turnovers though. Not just JJ. I obviously didn’t see it but I like the thought of a high low combination of Josh, Al, and JJ depending on whoever has the biggest mismatch. On the other hand, this poor defense is a concern for me, we can not let any and every team we face score on us at will like the 1st two games. As I said earlier in preseason defense should have been the focus. I also could see at some point JC2 challenging Teague and Bibby for minutes at the PG position because of his demeanor and needing to keep Jamal on the bench to provide some type of punch. The lack of defense and the fact that guys are getting hurt at such an alarming rate once again point to this team being too soft

Publix

October 12th, 2010
12:07 am

Ok SG, it’s time to let go of JC1. The man wants to go and while he is still valued pretty high, trade him for something that we can use down the stretch of the season.
How about sending him to the Clippers for Ryan Gomes. That would be perfect for us!!!!!! and not bad at all for them.

CRAWFORD for GOMES!!!!

PG- Teague/Bibby
SG- Johnson/JC2
SF- Gomes/Williams/Evans
PF- Smith/Thomas/Powell
C – Horford/Zaza/Collins

That is the perfect solution. OR???

i_am_soulstar

October 12th, 2010
12:08 am

“There were a few times Crawford barked at teammates to give him the ball and get into position.”

This is exactly what he need out of Teague. The rookie’s got a pair of brass ones.

Ramon

October 12th, 2010
12:08 am

@ Manny, it seems now that if JC1 was moved it would be for more of a defensive minded PG.

Publix

October 12th, 2010
12:17 am

if that doesn’t work, then send him to Orlando for Ryan Andersson

northcyde

October 12th, 2010
12:20 am

The blog people in the overnight and in the morning will like MC’s comment about Bibby. And that brings up the scenario that Hmmm brought up at the end of the last blog.

Should the Hawks go with Teague and Jordan at the point, and relegate Bibby to mentor status/emergency 3 point shooter?

If the motion offense doesn’t necessarily require a traditional PG that dominates the ball, and if Bibby continues to show nothing in preseason, Drew may have to make a quick early season decision on the fate of Bibby.

Could Jordan be a Randy Foye type? A guy who is a protypical 2, but passes and handles well enough to play the 1?

Going with Hmmm’s theory that we should just give up on Bibby and Evans, this could be the rotation for the guards and wings:

PG: Teague ( 30 ) – Jordan ( 18 )

G: JJ ( 22 ) – Jamal ( 26 )

F: Marvin ( 33 ) – JJ ( 15 )

This probably means that Marvin would be part of the bench unit that may look like this:

Jordan – Jamal – Marvin – Powell – Zaza/Thomas

So the question then would be . . can we at least get 12 good minutes a night playing this rotation, while JJ, Smoove, and Horford got adequate rest?

northcyde

October 12th, 2010
12:33 am

@ Truthspitter . . . JJ has 11 TOs in 2 preseason games. I was simply wondering why he had so many turnovers, and MC gave the answer. In preseason, if people are going to praise the positives, then the negatives also need to be pointed out.

Can’t have either/or. Either everything needs to be commented on, or nothing needs to be commented on.

I’m a known JJ supporter on this blog, but I do possess the objectivity to point out negatives in his game. He played a poor 1st quarter with the turnovers, but had a great 2nd quarter. Once regular season play starts, Joe Johnson is the last person I’m worried about on this team.

Big Ray

October 12th, 2010
1:00 am

Northcyde ,

I may have yanked your chain on the JJ love (okay, so I did a few times…ok…a bunch of times), but I really don’t think you’ve ever been unbalanced on the subject.

To be honest, I’m not surprised at his number of turnovers. A new offense, a modified role, playing with less experienced guys (and some scrubs)…I think it’s to be expected to a point. And it IS just preseason. We knew there would be bumps. Besides, we’re asking JJ to do things that he hasn’t done since his days in Phoenix. It will take a him a moment or two to get back in that type of groove. Same for guys who never were in that type of transition offense to begin with.

Here’s what the Jamal vs. JJ crowd needs to think about though: Jamal is missing all this time, while the kinks are getting worked out.

What do you suppose will happen when dude is out of sync AND can’t play defense?

Big Ray

October 12th, 2010
1:04 am

“The blog people in the overnight and in the morning will like MC’s comment about Bibby”

Is anyone actually reading MC? I mean beyond the head lines…. This guy is so not relevant and his views on the hawks are rather, weakly formatted. How many blogs on this page? That is before the 7 regular bubba crew members use their 5 fictitious blog names to make it seem as if there are more then 8 people hear.

Did you actual read MC? LOL

Go Woody II the sequel!

It must be comedy hour. Here’s a few more punch lines:

1) If the bubba crew is comprised of 7 regular members using 5 fictious names, then “Knuckles” must be one of them, since there is 15 comments prior to this one. Somebody’s calculator ain’t workin’…

2) Is there anything funnier than a guy who keeps leaving the same clues as to who he is, by mentioning his own branded “bubba crew” comments? Sure there is….no wait, it gets funnier….

3) A guy who regularly reads MC’s blog enough to regularly post about how no one ever reads it….except the bubba crew of course. See punchline #1 on that note…

Big Ray

October 12th, 2010
1:09 am

I’m sure Mike Bibby is just playing possum in the preseason. You know…like Shaq used to do. :lol:

I don’t know how realistic it is to expect Jamal to get moved, but I don’t know that the Hawks make that move before seeing what JC2 does in the first 10-20 regular season games. Unless a truly beneficial opportunity comes up, that is.

It’s interesting to see that JC2’s aggression and talent is coming out and confirming what we saw (but weren’t certain we should believe) in the summer league. Dude is for real, but the bright lights ain’t on yet. In the meantime, Mo Evans better be one heck of a note-taker. Veteran or not, if Marvin keeps the light turned on and JC2 keeps progressing nicely, Mr. Evans will find himself hunting for minutes. And this time he won’t have Woody to blame.

The Truth

October 12th, 2010
1:28 am

“I’m sure Mike Bibby is just playing possum in the preseason. You know…like Shaq used to do”

Ray, I’m not buying this since Bibby has every incentive to shine. Remember what he said, he wants to start. He has never come-off the bench. When he stanks it up, Teague shines

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
1:31 am

@northcyde,

You said,”MsDee . . any team looking to run a 9 or 10 man rotation will run their 2nd unit as a group. Boston will do it with their bench. Orlando does it. Phoenix does it. Miami will do it, with maybe Lebron or Wade playing with 4 bench guys.

So faulting Woody for trying to play the bench as a unit, is simply just hating on him for trying to do what every other coach tries to do.”

You see northcyde, that’s where I fault Woody, HE DIDNT HAVE A BENCH LIKE ORLANDO, LIKE BOSTON, LIKE PHOENIX, LIKE MIAMI, but yet he try and duplicate what they do??????????? He should have just used what he had WISELY!! Case-in-point, if you dont have the quality bench, you dont throw them all out there at the same time to kill a lead your starters provided for the team just to put all the starters back out there at the same time to work THAT much harder to build the lead back up, causing your starters to be run down by the time 4th quarter begins as well as being killed by playoffs time.

@Big Ump

Not sure if you were referring to me about hating on Woody but you cant hate on someone while speaking on facts. I’m not a hater of Woodson, I just think the team had enough of him, and I see why..that’s all.

cp

October 12th, 2010
1:42 am

The Truth and northcyde I think playing Teague and JC2 at the point might be the best option at this point. Bibby looks to be done. His first two games so far sound like many regular season games last year, not a lot of production.

I Heart Atlanta

October 12th, 2010
1:45 am

@ Publix
Everyone of your trade ideas SUCK

Najeh Davenpoop

October 12th, 2010
3:09 am

“Should the Hawks go with Teague and Jordan at the point, and relegate Bibby to mentor status/emergency 3 point shooter?”

Yes. Bibby should be playing the same role as his brother-in-law at this point in his career.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 12th, 2010
3:10 am

“Everyone of your trade ideas SUCK”

In his defense, nearly every trade idea posted on this blog either sucks, is completely unrealistic, or both.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 12th, 2010
3:11 am

I’m not worried about preseason turnovers too much. We are going to have to wrap our heads around the fact that the Hawks will turn it over at a higher rate this year thanks to an offensive scheme that actually believes in passing. The expectation is that the higher-percentage looks that result will offset the turnovers when it comes down to offensive efficiency, especially against good teams.

As long as they are making day to day progress in executing the new offense, they will be fine.

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
3:21 am

Najeh,

You make it sound like with this particular motion offense, it will AUTOMATICALLY create turnovers just because it involves passing the ball..is that what you are saying or am I just reading that wrong? Cause I dont believe that to be true. We shouldnt be turning the ball over period. If player 1 is not open, go to player 2 by semi-penetrating to get the off ball defender to come to you, then pass off to player 2 to start the offense. I just think the Hawks are THINKING too hard instead of taking what the defense gives them. If Teague starts the offense by passing it to JJ 1st and JJ is open for a jumper, why even pass it off to continue the offense? Heck, for that matter, if Teague sees an open drive down lane, why pass it off anyway? Create the contact, draw the foul for a 3pt play!

wordsmithtom

October 12th, 2010
4:46 am

Tough luck to LD on this back-to-back, having 6 guys out. Still, they didn’t quit. Positive. A big thumb’s up to Josh for wearing a glove and “thugging it out”. His teammates needed him, and he stood up when he could have sat.

Like hearing Jordan barking orders at point. Brass balls from a rookie. You can’t teach that. Maybe that edge stuff rubs off on Teague. We are going to need it as Bibby’s role is declining by the day.

Keep wondering if Crawford is hurt or if managment doesn’t want him playing to keep him from getting hurt while they shop him. They have nothing to prove by playing him now if he is about to be moved. I think a trade is better made come mid season, BUT, if LD is sold on JC2, then why not go ahead and roll the dice.

Mo….should have had that procedure done as soon as season ended. You’d be ready now. Bad decision.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 12th, 2010
5:07 am

Northcyde
Big Ump
Ms. Dee

All very nice pots.
These pre-season games don’t bother me at all.
Considering all the injuries, I’m fine with what I see.

Jordan Crawford is a high volume scorer and for all those
who wanted Melo, looks like we got that in Jordan.
Besides, Melo is still available – right.

Ramon said, Al said we need an impact big to be any type
of contender, and by all accounts, we haven’t done that
either. I’ve said it before and still maintain, get Dampieer
in here. He is still available and may fit the bill.

The GM should be on the spot for what he has done or not,
to improve this roster.

But, be cool about these early pre-season numbers,
L.D. Seems to be doing a fine job with this team he has.
He appears to have a solid game plan and is flexible.

_________________________________________________

I’ve Seen it all Before!

We have all seen NFL Teams go 0- 4 in pre-season and
go on to win The Lombardi Trophy.

We have all seen NFL Teams go 4 – 0 in pre-season and
not make the play-offs.

These are nothing more than talent evaluation games and
in the Hawks case, a time to install a new offense.
Coach already said TO’s will be a factor in the beginning,
until the team gels together.

So, again, Be Cool!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 12th, 2010
5:26 am

Knuckle – Up Sandwich!

Blu-Ray
(Picture Perfect)

Great job on rolling up that knuckle-sandwich like a Buritto!
I don’t like Burritos – too many beans and besides, it gives
me gas!

Clearing the Room!

Let’s Go!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 12th, 2010
5:33 am

J-Smoove!

Josh appears to be embellishing his new role as a
Team Captain so far.

Great Leadership
Great Comments

Mr. Johnson has also done a nice job is stepping up to the
mike and being vocal with Teague and Jordan.

Jamal is really over-playing his hand by not participating.
This will backfire while Jordan shines.
20 pts & 7 dimes is very nice.

Big Ump

October 12th, 2010
6:14 am

drmaryb

How everything going with you? Miss talking to you.

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
6:16 am

Believe it or not but when I attend the 1st pre-season game in Atlanta, both Crawfords’ were joking around and hanging out the whole time during warm-ups. After each timeout, Jordan C would be the 1st hand Jamal C would high-five. I dont think there is any animosity among the two, I just think Jamal C just wants to be needed with the Hawks.

Big Ump

October 12th, 2010
6:23 am

MsDee

Remember I said bloogers. You said you think the Hawks had enough of him. No problem with that. He’s not with the Hawks anymore so why keep bringing his name up? He’s gone, He’s gone. LD is the new HC now .Once again I will support him like I supported Woody. I don’t dwell on something that happened i the past, that’s over with.

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
6:36 am

@Big Ump,

I dont think I was dwelling on the past when I made this statement to Mr Trent, “Trent,

That’s why I’m more confident in LD than Woody was when it came to the bench. I believe LD is smart enough to not put all bench players in at once like Woody did just to criticize them when they dont perform up to par. LD will insert players as they need rest but will keep starters with bench players at all times.”

This is what Trent wrote prior to what I wrote, ” I hope they have gotten the basics of LD’s new system down by then, because it looks like we won’t be able to rely on our bench much at all, outside of Jamal Crawford.”

Now how am I dwelling on the past when my statement was more toward what LD has in store??

Big Ump

October 12th, 2010
6:39 am

MsDee

Woody gone.

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
7:12 am

Hmmm

October 12th, 2010
7:20 am

Northcyde, I like how you broke those minutes up. That’s how I envision it, with Pape Sy getting some spot minutes because at 6′7 225 and from what I saw of his foul-drawing ability in summerleauge, he can help us. Tenacious defender as well. Better that Mo IMHO.

“Bibby didn’t fare well trying to get through screens to stay in front of Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. When that happened, the structure of the defense broke down and open shots weren’t hard to find.”

“I know it’s just the preseason but at this rate it’s hard to see how the Hawks can play good, straight-up D with Bibby playing major minutes. I would say it’s not a question of effort, positioning or even straight-line speed. He just can’t move laterally well enough to stay in front of ballhandlers and it puts his teammates in bad positions.”

MC has finally caught on J/K.

I have an Idea that will put Bibby in a position to be really effective and not hurt us.

BIBBY CAN BE OUR NEW SHOOTING COACH!

I’m being serious…

Resign or Resign?

October 12th, 2010
7:44 am

I remember two years ago when the two big priorities were re-signing Bibby and MWilliams. They were both given big money to stay and were both worthless last year. Now the two big priorities have become two big mistakes. Trading for JCrawford saved us last year; NOT re-signing those two.

Ramon

October 12th, 2010
8:03 am

Why do I feel like John Wall is about to make a highlight reel against us tonight? I don’t think they can beat us. But without Teague, we don’t have anyone who can remotely stay in front of him.

MsDee

October 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Is Teague making the trip tonight?

tp

October 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Thanks for the thorough update MC. Say what you will about our GM, but Jordan Crawford certainly appears to be a keeper. Hopefully, that “barking” at teammates will rub off on Teague as well!

chuckw/deadjournalist

October 12th, 2010
8:14 am

don’t sleep on JC2. nick the quick may have been brought it to mentor teague, but JC2 may be the real beneficiary of his knowledge. it will be nice to see him play (assuming this fox/dish network thing gets resolved.)

JC2 is, in print, reminding my of flip … and that’s not said in a bad way.

ILL-Logical

October 12th, 2010
8:17 am

Good teams play to get to the playoffs; great teams use the regular season to prepare for the playoffs.

I believe that the Hawks are going to continue to tinker with systems and personnel for a while before settling into a groove. It may take some time ,however by the time the playoffs hit they should be ready.

jason

October 12th, 2010
8:19 am

this is off topic but I gonna miss u bobby. thank you for the joy u brought to atlanta baseball.

GeeMack

October 12th, 2010
8:45 am

MC
“It’s hard to see how the Hawks can play good, straight-up D with Bibby playing major minutes”

Then Bibby doesn’t need major minutes. With Jamal Teague and JC2 we have enough ppl to play the point without it affecting the defense. Jeff Teague should be playing 38 to 40 minutes a night anyway.

GeeMack

October 12th, 2010
9:17 am

ILL-Logical

What will they be ready for? Another quick 2nd round exit? What’s the realistic ceiling for this teams has constructed with JJ, Josh, & Horford as the core.

sam'l

October 12th, 2010
9:20 am

In my book, the younger Crawford is passing Teague for first choice in new point guard. It’s early but the impression is he knows what to do……Bibby should work on his 3 point shot day in and day out. Then, he should play that role when he’s called upon to do so. Jamal Crawford….(sigh)….He can win games. He’s fun to watch. Give him a contract and let him play. I don’t understand the NBA’s finances, but it seems to me….a winning team generates more income. Share it with the winners. I wouldn’t even trade Jamal for a center. Why bring Woodson up? I think it’s important to remember what happened last year, so we can judge how Drew is doing. My contention is that this is a very talented team and just bringing in a new coach should be worth a few more victories. We beat Boston 4-0 last year, and they lacked 4 points or they would be the champs. Maybe Drew is the final piece to the puzzle we all keep puzzling over……Right now, Dwight Howard gets about 8 fouls a game. At the regular 6, the Hawks might have a chance.

Go Hawks!…..

GeeMack

October 12th, 2010
9:20 am

Ramon

Who cares about the pre-season? John Wall can drop 100 pts & 20 ast. tonight and it wouldn’t count for 1 win in the regualr season.

KevinM

October 12th, 2010
9:25 am

One game doesn’t annoint Bibby to the bench, but it doesn’t look good if they are giving minutes to the rook.
I never saw JC2 as a PG, but his size dictates him playing there. A 4 man rotation of JJ/JC1/Teague and JC2 might be best for this team going forward.
Bibby’s value is sinking by the day…..Speedy2.0…While he has never come off the bench, he may have to find that role easy to take going forward.

I don’t think injuries are all that bad in the preseason; it allows you to see other guys and the numerous combinations that make up this roster, if there is such a thing.

What’s the word on Zaza and Etan? MC, how did they perform in spot minutes? I see the box score, but I’m interested to know how their defensive presence might impact a game?

Najeh Davenpoop

October 12th, 2010
9:26 am

“You make it sound like with this particular motion offense, it will AUTOMATICALLY create turnovers just because it involves passing the ball..is that what you are saying or am I just reading that wrong?”

What I am saying is that when there is no passing, you are less likely to see turnovers, since one guy is holding the ball for the majority of the shot clock. Unless the guy defending him is good enough defensively to steal the ball from him, the possession probably will not end in a turnover. On the other hand, when you are making multiple passes during a possession, each pass gives the defense an opportunity to step into the passing lane and steal the ball, increasing the likelihood of a turnover.

The Hawks were one of the least turnover-prone teams in the league last year, largely due to the fact that they didn’t pass the ball much on offense. In a motion offense where passing is required, chances are they will turn the ball over more this year.

For the record, I’m not complaining. I think the increase in turnovers is well worth it if the new offense is as good as advertised at creating easy scoring opportunities.

Ramon

October 12th, 2010
10:23 am

Geemack, I didn’t even say I cared about the outcome. If you noticed, I said I don’t think they can beat the Hawks. But if our starting PG is going against their starting PG, its hard not to be interested in seeing a basketball player who may be the next superstar.

Sautee

October 12th, 2010
10:32 am

Ramon,

Why do you keep running away from your original statement?

You stated in a post to Sec. 303 that: “Al has repeatedly said the the Hawks couldn’t win without him at PF”.

Al never said that. So you have falsely accused him. Why do you run from this?

If you have the proof, offer it up. Otherwise, just say, “Yeah, I took that from what he said, but he didn’t say those words”. Which is very different from stating that he “said that repeatedly”.

When you state it as a fact, then you should be willing to back it up.

Like LD said “it’s not that hard”.

Ramon

October 12th, 2010
10:49 am

Sautee, what part are you not understanding? Al stated the Hawks can’t be a contender without adding an impact big. Ok, unless he thinks the Hawks should add another power forward, the ‘impact big’ can only play center. And if he’s an ‘impact’ player, how could he have an impact on the bench? You say offer up the proof, but I’ve showed you where SteveW brought up the article that I was referring to. And on that same post, I gave the link for peachtreehoops where Al also made a very similar statement.

Not being able to be a contender, in my book (and most coaches’ book), is the equivalent of not being able to win. Now why would Al say that the Hawks need to add an impact big, but the impact big shouldn’t be on the court in crunch time? So if the impact big (which has to be a center) and Al are on the court together in crunch time, what position does that leave for Al?

Sautee, this will be my last time (after 4 times) addressing this article and topic. If you don’t understand now, you never will.