Greetings, Hawks fans-
Ken Sugiura sitting in again for MC, as he recovers from a lengthy road trip. No charter planes and fancy hotels for MC. (So much as I know, at any rate) He’s a straight road beast.
Anyway, a few tidbits from Hawks practice.
1) Larry Drew said he would probably sit down with Rick Sund Saturday to talk about possible 10-day contract guys. Apparently, El Sund was not feeling well Friday.
2) Marvin Williams came in early for treatment, didn’t practice and was to talk with Drew after practice. I saw Marvin in the locker room after I spoke with Drew but didn’t get to talk with him.
3) Drew positively raved about Jason Collins, which is the focus of the story for Saturday’s paper. I asked Drew if it’s possible the big lineup could become the de facto starting five and he said, “I can certainly see it.” Basically, the pros and cons with the big lineup are better than pros and cons with the heretofore regular lineup. Change may be a-comin’.
4) Drew acknowledged Williams’ previously mentioned less-than-giddy reaction to being dropped out of the starting five. Said Drew, “Anytime a guy goes from a starter and he has to come off the bench, it’s just been my experience most guys are not going to be jumpin for joy about it, but Marvin’s a professional and I’m sure he sees exactly what it is we’re trying to accomplish.” Drew also noted that as a bench guy, he has a chance to be the No. 1 or 2 option on the floor with the backups rather than 4 or 5 with the starters.
5) I thought this was some interesting background, and I apologize if MC’s already mentioned it. Drew said that when he got the job, he sat down and wrote down a list of things he thought would make the team better. First was, as you might guess, an offense in which players would be forced to move the ball rather than playing isolation.
Said Drew, “I also kept saying Al is not a 5. Al is a 4. I wanted to have him playing more 4.” He wasn’t sure if that could happen, though, because he didn’t want to start Zaza Pachulia because he thought he helped the team the most coming off the bench, which left Collins, whom Drew knew from his one year as an assistant with the Nets.
6) A funny Drew observation about the other Hawks big men: “Let’s say they can’t guard Dwight (Howard). They think they can guard him now because of what Jason is doing. He’s going out there and battling and banging. So it’s a little bit of a ripple effect.”