Atlanta Hawks: Rick Sund Q & A

Finally caught up with Rick Sund today. Here’s the transcript of the interview. . . .

Q. I haven’t talked to you since the end of the regular season. You did better in the playoffs but you did worst during the regular season . . .

I pretty much predicted that. I did a radio show and they brought that up that you pretty much said the team wouldn’t be as good during the regular season but better in the playoffs and that’s pretty much what we were.

Q. But do you look at regular season, where you had some blowout home losses and the offense and defense regressed and . . . .

I think other than–Oklahoma City and Chicago were the only two teams that didn’t have a lot of highs and lows during the season. Certainly LA did and Dallas did and Miami did. Your [media] colleagues had Spoelstra fired three times. So it’s been up and down and we fell right into that. We’ve been up and down. I’d like to think that helped us. I’m hoping that was one reason we were stoic during the playoffs.

Q. Do you think this core group has peaked?

No.

Q. How can it be better?

In some ways it might be a little bit like Dallas, although we were younger than Dallas. Dallas went three straight years with disappointing playoffs and eliminated in the first round and I think that prompted Cuban the other day to grab the mic and say, ‘For all you people that didn’t believe in us . . . ‘ Because they kept their core group together including Kidd and Nowitzki and Marion and they got criticized for that quite a bit. And they got beat pretty much embarrassingly, by their standards, in the last three years. I think we have learned along the way. We will look at the possibility of making our team better. We do every year. We’ve made two major trades the last two years and we will continue to look and see if there is something that makes us better.

Q. You look at Dallas, they did make a trade that helped them so . . .

Yeah, well, you asked me about the core group and that’s what I’m responding to. The core group of our players have, I think, improved every single year. I’ve had that question every year, even the year I got here: Can this core group get even better? And they have, I think, in terms of ultimately the playoffs.

Q. So you are not inclined to break it up?

I didn’t say that. I said we will continue to look. Your question was, ‘Can this core be competitive again?’ I think we were pretty competitive in the playoffs. I think we can continue to do it but I think we will look, like we do every year, to see if we can do something to make our club better.

Q. Maybe that was the wrong question, then. Do you think this group is good enough to reach your goals?

Hopefully. Hopefully.

Q. The CBA is up in the air. As it looks now you don’t have a lot of flexibility so how can you improve the team considering those constraints?

I can’t even answer that until we know what the rules are.

Q. Are you hoping to end up with more flexibility in the new CBA?

We can’t even comment on the CBA and I won’t. I think, for good reason, we have one voice, that’s David Stern. Until we get what the new collective bargaining is, it’s very, very hard to assess.

Q. Listening to Al and his comments, it’s clear he prefers to play the four and thinks he’s more effective there. Would you look to get a full-time center to accommodate him?

I don’t know. So many of the players that are really, really good, and Al is one of those, they have the ability to play dual positions. I think he’s established himself he can play five; he’s established he can play four. That’s a good combo for us.

Q. You are just back from Chicago and Minneapolis. You don’t have the No. 18 pick that you traded, but you do have the second-round pick. Any hope of getting help from the draft?

We look at the last 10 years who has been drafted between 45 and 50, because that’s kind of a grouping. It’s too early. The Chicago combine is over, the group workout in Minnesota is over. We have got some group workouts we are doing here in June and you are always hoping you can get someone who has an upside of some sort. It’s difficult to find someone to come in and find someone who can play right away. When you have a good team, it’s difficult to get someone who is drafted [even] in the first round to come in and play right away.

Q. You said after last year you are of the mind that you don’t need an MVP candidate to be a championship contender but when you look at it historically, almost every single champion has had that first team All-NBA guy so how . . .

It is going to be very hard for us to get that MVP candidate unless you pick one or two [in the draft]. And we are not picking one or two. Or unless you happen to have–a few years back when they had free-agent money, to get one in free agency. It’s going to be tough, so we are going to have to do it the hard way. We are going to have to do it similar to what Detroit did in their day, when they had the Eastern Conference finals five straight times, went to Finals and one won, where it is a collective effort. Unless we get an MVP or unless someone emerges as that kind of guy.

Q. Do you have that kind of guy?

I don’t think we have an MVP candidate.

Q. What I mean is, do you have that guy on your team who can emerge into that kind of player?

Time will tell on that. It depends on what happens in the next year or any kind of player transaction or in the future. But basically we have pretty much built it around get as much talent as we possibly can, blend it around and have a team effort. Now we’ve got two players on this roster who have made All-Pro, we have got two players made All-Star and another one knocking on the door. We’ve got a player in Hinrich who has been kind of that gritty, tough complimentary player and has made All-Defense. So it is going to have to be a collective effort.

Q. How is Teague’s health?

He is coming along fine. No surgeries.

Q. After what Teague did against Chicago, do you feel good about point guard with him and Hinrich?

I felt good about it before Chicago with Hinrich and Jeff. He should be a senior in college, graduating this year. He’s just a young guy. He’s always had some real great physical tools. He just had an opportunity where he got an opportunity for consecutive playing time and he responded well. And that’s what you have to do in this league, when your opportunity comes, take advantage of it. And to his credit, I think most of the time he has had an opportunity. . . . . Even a year ago, when we said, ‘We are going to let you play, don’t worry about it win lose or draw,’ and he had a nice game against Cleveland. This year against Boston and it was a situation where Jamal missed four or five games, Joe didn’t play, and Jeff played real good in that game. We did the trade where Mike left and he got significant minutes and in that time. To his credit he has done a really good job for a young player and only getting spot play, role playing, that when he got an opportunity to get consistent minutes he responded pretty well.

Q. Do you see that continuing going forward as far as him getting consistent minutes?

I think so. For him, it was a real confidence booster. Because it’s hard when you are a role player and waiting for your opportunity and your turn as a young player, you need to take advantage of that. And he did and that’s good for him and good for us.

Q. When there was trade speculation last fall about Josh, you talked to him and reassured him. Now that there is more speculation, and he seemed frustrated with a lot of the criticism he got during the playoffs, do you talk to him again?

No, I’ve talked to him a number of times—collectively, our team—and the age of the Internet, bloggers make trades and then media feel compelled to write, and don’t worry about that. If an opportunity presents itself to improve our club, they know we would do it. Bibby got traded, Mo got traded, we traded for Jamal, we traded our draft pick—they know we will pull the trigger. But one thing I’m not into is addition by subtraction or shopping one guy or two guys. We are looking to see what makes us better as we go forward.

Q. But I think the difference this time with Josh is the frustration is coming from him as far as saying ‘I’m taking too much of the heat.’

He hasn’t expressed that to me.

Q. Is there any chance Pape Sy will be in the plans next season?

Too early to tell. He’s under contract so he will be here unless he is involved in a trade or something. We will go forward to see how his improvement is. He didn’t get a chance for much playing time, although with Chicago I think it was good that he was on the roster because with Hinrich being hurt and a few games at the end he got to get out there and play a little bit. But he’s a a young player, too.

Q. Larry was in his first year as a head coach. How did he do?

I make comparisons to Larry with Nate McMillan. I was with Nate his first full-time year, first training camp. One time I had a kind of a real nice talk with Nate, I said, ‘You will be better in year two than you were in year one, you will be better in year three than year two, you will be better in year four than year three. Because even tough you were an assistant coach and you were a player it’s completely different position when you move over 25 inches.’ I think Larry got better. I think he was very good in the playoffs. I think his confidence level and his belief in the players and the players’ belief in him improved and that’s just the maturation process that coaches go through.

Q. Why was the team so much worse at home this season?

I don’t know. I didn’t think we would get 34 wins again at home. I felt one thing is for sure, we are a more comfortable team on the road today than the year before.

Q. I only keep bringing up the blowout home losses because you don’t usually see that with winning teams.

Every team has clunkers. We had more than you normally do. The big thing is, Can you bounce back from the clunkers? Do the clunkers affect you going into the playoffs? And they didn’t. Our team seemed to show some resiliency to those. Hopefully you don’t have them again. But we had more than you would expect.

Q. Who do you see as the teams you are chasing? Obviously there is Miami now, is it still Boston, Chicago . . .

We said last year before the season started, we wanted to keep the teams behind us, behind us and make strides in front of us. And Cleveland became Miami with LeBron. I think we made strides on Orlando and we didn’t keep Chicago behind us, they leapfrogged everybody. We did keep everybody else behind us. Again, we need to do that. It’s the same goal as Orlando, Miami, Boston. I think it is pretty much going to be the same. The league gets better. There is no question the Eastern Conference was better this year. That’s another reason I didn’t think our record would be as good but by the time the playoffs came around I thought we would be better.

Q. Larry’s offense didn’t go the way he planned as far as getting team to play that style all the time. Do you still think this . . .

I don’t know. You have got to ask that question to Larry.

Q. Joe got the contract and he had his worst year since he’s been here. He’s getting older, he had the injury, so are you concerned . . .

Well, I don’t worry about the old. When I am seeing Jason Kidd and Nowitzki and the Wades and all these people in their 30s, that doesn’t bother me. Joe has got a durable, strong . . . and he did have a lot of injuries and he had an elbow situation and pre- and post-surgery he is such a tough guy he played with that. Not really [concerned]. I was really happy with Joe’s playoffs. I thought he played really well, particuarly the games that we won, he stepped up big time, particularly in the fourth quarter. I think that’s part of the experience, being into it and the pressure. There are only three teams that have made it to the conference semifinals three consecutive years: L.A., Boston and us. Two of those teams have won the championship. Another thing with Joe, if it is correct I didn’t verify it, Joe has been to the second round a number of times and three with the Hawks. Carmelo Anthony, who was probably one of the most sought after players during the trade deal, he’s only made it to the second round once. [Note: That's correct.] Chris Paul has only made it to the second round once. Deron Williams has only made it to the second round once. All the years Kevin Garnett was with [Minnesota], he only made it once. Joe has made it three times. So he’s done a pretty good job of being the best player on your club in terms of getting there. Now his challenge and opportunity is getting to that next round. I think he gave a pretty good effort in the Chicago series.

Q. During the playoffs Joe expressed frustration with whether it was best share the ball or for him to try to do more. It seems like he never really . . .

I don’t know. That’s between him and Larrry. But from my perspective I thought he did a pretty good job. When the game was on the line, those close games. . . . You take any team. Oklahoma City. Some games Durant was really good in the fourth quarter, some games it was Westbrook; other games [Durant] was terrible in the fourth quarter. Take Miami. There were people that were criticizing Bosh in the first round. Somebody has got to do it. Most of the time, a lot of the time, it’s your best player. Other times it’s not. When Boozer did it for Chicago they were really good in those games. I try not to get too high on the highs or too low on the lows. The playoffs can really cause that. The highs and the lows of the playoffs are unbelievable from a fan and media perspective. Miami loses to Chicago in a fashion where Chicago pretty much dominated and dictated that game, and everyone wrote Miami off and said that’s it. There is no way that Miami is good enough, blah, blah, blah, blah. Dallas wins the first game, loses the second game, and [they said] ‘There is no way Dallas is going to be able to go into Oklahoma City as loud as that is and the enthusiasm.’ You don’t get too high on it. It’s a progress or it’s a leapfrog. Chicago leapfrogged. Ours is more of a progression and I think Joe did a pretty good job.

Q. When you say ‘progression’ it sounds like you think you are close to breaking through to that next level?

I thought we were pretty close this year, yeah. I really do. I think a good thing is, last year they were embarrassed in the second round. They didn’t play very good. Orlando manhandled them and they didn’t handle it very well. So they were disappointed by the embarrassment. This year they were disappointed that the opportunity was there, they were close, and they didn’t get there. There’s a big difference in the two. Big difference. I think that’s a progression. I heard Nowitzki say that the other day, ‘Hey we weren’t very happy with the last three years.’ They were concerned because they lost their last nine games to playoff teams in the Western Conference. Then they played New Orleans the last game of the season, it was meaningless, and they won. It’s all, What is your mindset? How does it go in the first playoff game, how does your momentum go? For us, they were focused in the Orlando series. They were focused in the Chicago series; Chicago beat them. But they were focused. It wasn’t a situation of them not competing or giving up. I think they thought it was going to be easier last year in the Orlando series and it wasn’t.

Q. What does the team need, in your opinion?

They need to continue to get the maturity. They need to continue to become the physical team they were in the playoffs. I think they need to deal better with the 82 games when adversity comes. This was a strange year because the whole league was like that with the exception of those two teams [Chicago and Oklahoma City]. Erik Spoelstra was fired three times by the media. You had a situation where the Lakers, three or four games before the All-Star game, ‘They’ve got to break it up. They’ve got to make a trade.’ And then they came out of the All-Star break and they win 17 of 18 games. You’ve got a situation in Dallas where Nowitzki gets hurt they lose six or seven in a row, he comes back they lose two or three more. Nobody picked Dallas. I’ve never seen a season—and maybe it’s because the league has gotten better—that was so up and down and all over the board with the playoff clubs. I think we as a team, to answer your question, we have got to stay more focused during the 82 games. We haven’t proved we are championship-caliber. We knocked on the door; we want to get there. Sometimes you will see really good championship teams coast through the year and say, ‘We are waiting for the second season.’ We can’t do that, even though we are one of the teams that the last three years made it to the second round. I think we have got to focus on that a little more during the season. I think that’s got to be one of our priorities because it helps with with positioning. I think we got a little lax on that because we have gone three straight years. Certainly we got lax at it when we got locked up the last couple weeks. Some of that, though, may have helped us because it got Teague more minutes.

Q. Those are mostly intangibles you are talking about. From a personnel standpoint, what do you think the team needs?

I don’t know. We are still in the process of evaluating that.

Q. Are you talking to Jamal about a contract extension?

I’m not going to discuss contract stuff. Jamal knows that we want to do everything in our power to bring him back but we don’t know what the [CBA] rules are yet.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

445 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

“Najeh – And I don’t like GSW too much myself either. But I do think Curry has a future – 44% from 3 point land or something? In LD’s motion O? Sounds good to me.”

No defense and an assist/turnover ratio under 2 is a bad recipe for a point guard in any system. Curry is an amazing shooter. I’m not sure he really does anything else well enough to be relied upon to be a key player on a good team.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Having only read the first few questions in this interview, Sund comes across as a little defensive. Maybe he’s getting tired of spinning the same bullsh-t as more and more evidence mounts that contradicts him. Keep up the good work MC.

Jody

May 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

@ MC,

As always, you do a great job sir. As for Rick Sunds comments…I understand he’s got to be professional in how he answers your questions, but did you really get the sense that he truly believes what he’s saying about this team? That he thinks the Hawks, as currently constructed, are going to come anywhere near contention for a title? And the statement about Joe having a great playoffs? Really????????

Your mom Rick Sund

May 27th, 2011
8:21 pm

Rick Sund is an idiot.
Enough said

HaHaHa

Tony from Stone Mountain

May 27th, 2011
8:21 pm

I think Rick Sund made some very good points when he compared the Hawks and their personal to teams across the NBA. I think he does plan to explore some trades to make the team better. But I also believe that he is looking forward to our current players to working on their games and come back more versatile next year.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2011
8:22 pm

“I think other than–Oklahoma City and Chicago were the only two teams that didn’t have a lot of highs and lows during the season. Certainly LA did and Dallas did and Miami did. Your [media] colleagues had Spoelstra fired three times. So it’s been up and down and we fell right into that. We’ve been up and down. ”

Yeah, I remember all those times when LA and Dallas and Miami were losing by 30 at home to .500 teams.

“In some ways it might be a little bit like Dallas, although we were younger than Dallas.”

Yeah, I see where the Hawks have a future Hall of Famer as a go-to guy on the current roster. Of course.

“When you have a good team, it’s difficult to get someone who is drafted [even] in the first round to come in and play right away. ”

Sure, if your coaching staff is comprised of incompetent buffoons who don’t know anything about developing young players.

“The core group of our players have, I think, improved every single year.”

I guess Jeff Teague is the only member of the core group.

“Or unless you happen to have–a few years back when they had free-agent money, to get one in free agency.”

Which, of course, the Hawks couldn’t do because Sund decided to give $20 million worth of annual salary to Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, and Zaza Pachulia in the summer of 2009.

“And to his credit, I think most of the time he has had an opportunity. . . . .”

…to collect splinters on his ass.

“I make comparisons to Larry with Nate McMillan.”

Coming from a front office that likes to compare Smoove to LeBron James, maybe they should stay away from comparisons altogether.

“There are only three teams that have made it to the conference semifinals three consecutive years: L.A., Boston and us.”

I’m surprised it took him this long to pull that out of the deck.

“Carmelo Anthony, who was probably one of the most sought after players during the trade deal, he’s only made it to the second round once. ”

He has also made it to the conference finals once, which is something this franchise HAS NEVER DONE IN THEIR ENTIRE EXISTENCE IN THIS CITY OMG QUIT SPINNING EVERYTHING YOU DOUCHEBAG SUND ASDLKFJAS;LDKFJA;SDKFJA;SDLKFJ

“You had a situation where the Lakers, three or four games before the All-Star game, ‘They’ve got to break it up. They’ve got to make a trade.’ And then they came out of the All-Star break and they win 17 of 18 games.”

Which of course amounted to sh-t because they got embarrassed in the 2nd round and are now facing an offseason of turmoil and almost certain roster changes. Maybe they should have made that trade after all.

ag

May 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

Thank you Mike for the updates, really appreciate it! Hopefully, most of these bloggers will read what was said… NO MAJOR TRADES!!! – unless we clearly get better! I can see shipping Marvin off and not resigning Jamal. I can see us targeting Barnes or other quality FA’s. Nothing major will happen.

bigdawg

May 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

Josh? See ya! Joe Johnson? Don’t let the Philips Arena door hit you in your arse! Dwight Howard? Welcome home! Jamal Crawford? Here’s a long-term contract b/c your the best pure shooter the Hawks have had since “Sweet” Lou Hudson. Al? You’re now in the 4 spot!
I know the Hawks “owners” don’t have the balls to do all that, but it really doesn’t matter b/c there WILL BE A LOCKOUT LATER THIS YEAR!

bigdawg

May 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

Oh yeah! Bye Marvin (a.k.a. Duckman).

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
8:44 pm

Why did he even bother giving an interview….not ONE person, including himself, actually will believe a word he said.

Rick Sund

May 27th, 2011
8:45 pm

My answer about the MVP is all you neeed to read, people. Good night and good luck.

sam

May 27th, 2011
8:46 pm

i hear that, its hard to get better in the NBA…and our route to championship, without an mvp caliber player is a long, tough road. i like the core playing together in theory, its just that, i hate watching them play now. if we are down, im always thinking that we’ll get blown out…if we are up, im always worried that we’ll collapse in the 3rd or worse in the 4th quarter…

sam

May 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

oh and the piston model on which are supposedly built on….was a system based on tough defensive minded players. ours is ofcourse based on slowing the game down and shooting the crap out of the ball in panic situations

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
8:51 pm

“They need to continue to get the maturity. They need to continue to become the physical team they were in the playoffs.”

Your kidding Sund??? Right???? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

The Hawks are doomed with this GM………………………..Wow………..

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
8:51 pm

There are actually people that think Dwight Howard is coming home to play in Atlanta…HAAAA LARIOUS. I think Jamal is gone, and other than him, the roster will pretty much remain the same…unfortunately

Rick Sund

May 27th, 2011
8:52 pm

Larry Brown = Larry Drew.

Same first name, same results forthcoming. BOOM!

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
8:54 pm

Sund= GWB, They really dont believe their own sh_t!!

Rick Sund

May 27th, 2011
8:55 pm

I paid $120M to guy who isn’t even an MVP candidate.

The plan is coming together, I say!

Marcus

May 27th, 2011
8:57 pm

dang ….. either Sund is Nostradamos the 2nd (anticipating your question) or he just cut you off before you could finish … was he as curt and annoyed as he came off in the text synopsis of the interview?!?

good interview questions, but he hid behind/ used the pending CBA conflict as an excuse to not answer the most pertinent off-season Hawks questions.

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
8:57 pm

MC, you should ask him if he has contemplating retiring after an incredible 31 year run in “THE NBA” as a GM??

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
8:58 pm

Sund does not equal incredible… My bad…

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
9:00 pm

I guess Sund has been doing something “right” for 30 odd yrs??? Whats that??? He keeps getting jobs??

I heard he’s a nice guy that does not have a computer on his desk..Guess he uses short hand, a calculator, and snail mail??

hmmmm.......

May 27th, 2011
9:01 pm

The Mavs didn’t have Kidd in 2006!!

Michael Cunningham

May 27th, 2011
9:01 pm

@Jody: “@ MC As always, you do a great job sir. As for Rick Sunds comments…I understand he’s got to be professional in how he answers your questions, but did you really get the sense that he truly believes what he’s saying about this team? That he thinks the Hawks, as currently constructed, are going to come anywhere near contention for a title? And the statement about Joe having a great playoffs? Really????????”

thanks . . . well, if he doesn’t believe what he’s saying he has a vested interest (i.e. his job security) in not letting on to that. the Hawks are following his plan, after all, so i don’t think he would say “this isn’t going to work” even if he doesn’t think it will. either way, he’s on record as saying he thinks they are on the right path and so now he will be judged by their performance.

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
9:09 pm

Hey Sund you are fooling yourself if you believe your on the right path..

Your team was a pathetic 13-26 against winning teams with above .500 records.. That’s progress???

That’s garbage your selling……..Aint buying…

Michael Cunningham

May 27th, 2011
9:13 pm

@Marcus: “dang ….. either Sund is Nostradamos the 2nd (anticipating your question) or he just cut you off before you could finish … was he as curt and annoyed as he came off in the text synopsis of the interview?!?”

yeah, he cut me off a few times, but it wasn’t contentious or anything (at least not from my end). i didn’t think he was annoyed. there was pleasant small talk before and after the interview. it was a professional interaction.

in my experience Sund doesn’t really like to do interviews and is really cautious about what he says. he tends to try to stick to talking points that put the team in the best light. that’s why you tend to hear a lot of repeated themes like here with the Mavs, three straight years second round, Detroit model, etc. from a selfish standpoint of course i would prefer he were more expansive so i can write better stories but it’s up to him (and his bosses) how open he wants to be.

i always say it’s not easy for coaches/players/GMs to have their work performance publicly scrutinized on a regular basis, so i don’t blame them or take it personally when they get annoyed by it. they make a lot of money and they benefit from the publicity but they are still human.

It was not a bad pick

May 27th, 2011
9:15 pm

Thanks Sund for not reading what these fair weather fans write on this blog!..Atl has been known for being a bad sports town for years…the hawks have been a final 8 team the last 3 years without playing a true CENTER….Sund understands that… with JT coming along nicely, which means no more Joe Max handling the ball all night long, all we need now is a center to let Al play pf, and when he does he will be a top 3or4 pf in the NBA…Sund knew he walked into a great situation..Billy Knight left the hawks a lot of talent and only missed on 1 pick..Sheldon Williams.which was Woody’s guy…Woody refused to play Law, so i can’t talk crap about him..Also he was the key man in the Crawford trade….I stated on the other blog that DWill and CP3 have never won ANYTHING….Sund also understands that…I would trade Josh for a center if we could,but only a center, if not keep him, i believe Marvin, if used right can be A 20PPG SCORER IN THE NBA..If we run plays for him, he could easily equal Jamal’s points off the bench also…All we need now is a 6ft10 or taller active,athletic, physical big man….if we get one, we will come out the EAST!
starting 5
C…New 6ft10 or taller guy
pf…Al..he will dominate at PF
sf..josh?..but i prefer Marvin
sg..Max..We are stuck with him, but maybe with Jt coming along he will shine
pg..JT..he will be an All Star soon

Bench
ZaZa
Marvin..
hinrich
Jamal
..another big

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
9:23 pm

*It was not a bad pick*…love the enthusiasm…unfortunately lacking on….well, I don’t want to say “intelligence” b/c not trying to be rude..but……. Only missed out on the Shelden Williams pick…are you kidding???? Would take too long to explain. And where does Atlanta get that athletic 7-footer that EVERYONE covets??? If you have one, why would you trade him???

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
9:24 pm

Oh, and you can remove Crawford from the bench…no way Atlanta can afford him in off-season, regardless of the new CBA. He wants 10 million a year!!

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
9:27 pm

And I love his scoring (sometimes)…but no defense…AT ALL

James on Pharr Rd

May 27th, 2011
9:31 pm

I have been AWOL with the blog lately, but I thought this might be worth mentioning. I know Schultz run a poll question about Bynum for Josh trade. It is safe to say after listening to LA Talk radio all week that the Hawks do not have the caliber of talent the Lakers are searching for in a trade. If they do get rid of Bynum, it is going to be for a Derron Williams, CP3, Howard-type player. And, the same can be said of Gasol.

Now, after reading Sund’s interview in which he neither confirms any problems with our team nor sets definitive objectives to get us over the hump, I have to think we are going to see the same core guys next year. And, if there are any changes it wont be grade A type players coming into Phillips.

Sund seems out of touch if you ask me: he could use more PR training if just for the sake of stroking the fan-base and it’s anxiety.

Gwinnett Fred

May 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

Spoken like a GM that doesn’t have 2 nickles to rub together in his budget.

As a life long Atlantan, I certainly hope the team does well – but with the way the Thrashers were treated like red headed step children, I fully intend to follow thru on my promise to never attend anything that would put one red cent in any of those ASG doosh-bags pockets!

James on Pharr Rd

May 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

MC

Is there any truth to the rumor that Rick Sund might have a great Managerial sense of humor? And that it is just us who don’t get it.

It was not a bad pick

May 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

@JohnGtFan

I stated a million times that taking Marvin over Dwill and CP3 was not bad..once you see JT next year, it will make you feel a lot better..CP3 and Dwill have not won anything..True the Hawks could have used both, but PGs don’t determine who wins Championships, the two starting pgs in the finals will be Kidd, and Bibby, who are both old….you do realize that the same people on this blog called for Bibby;s head while in ATL..and I repeat that if used right Marvin would be a top 10 SF in the NBA..the bulls coach called him underated and he would love to get his hands on Marvin!.The hawks only need a true big man to progress..Once Al is allowed to play his natural position, pf, he will become a dominant force…Marvin was around 14ppg for 3 seasons in a row until Jamal and his 1000 shots came along…The Hawks are not far off at all…We are actually one of the best teams in the NBA..Just check our record the last 3 years, and think about it, we did all this with no center and really no pg..We have our PG now, all we need now is a center…AL is going to be great playing PF, i can’t name 3 pf’s better than him right now..Amare, Dirk, and Blake?..you try naming another Pf better than Al…

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
9:40 pm

Sund needs to run not walk outta here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
9:44 pm

Its got be another NBA record for YOUR ATLANTA HAWKS..44 years and never been to an NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS OR A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????

I believe the HAWKS FRANCHISE are FAIR WEATHER..THE FANS ARE TIRED of the BULLSH_T!!!!!!!!!!

superiorblogman

May 27th, 2011
9:47 pm

Horrible read. Not because of MC but because Sund seems like a smart dumb guy. Arrogant and cutting MC off but not saying shi+ of any substance. This team is going nowhere until the ASG sales and they get a real GM and coach.

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
9:48 pm

CP3 is the ONLY PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY TO AVERAGE 20+ points and 10+ assist in the playoffs??? PLAYOFFS????? Can you say HALL OF FAME 1st Ballot????????????

But that arrogant sob BILLY the Self Proclaimed basketball expert Knight picked at #2 the diminutive 5′6″ Marvin DUCK Williams???Who??????????????? WTF?????????

It was not a bad pick

May 27th, 2011
9:51 pm

@SimJr

CP3 has not won anything…in the PLAYOFFS….end of discussion!

JohnGTFan

May 27th, 2011
9:56 pm

I think Marvin does have talent…and he’s shown it…no doubt about it. But it’s not ONLY the “system” and JJ that cause his issues. He’s also a head case and he’s still yet to realize his full potential(can’t coach that). And for the record, I’m a big Al Horford fan. He’ll correct his HORRIBLE post season showing…but name better PFs than him other than the 3 you mentioned…ok…Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph, Al Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, and LeMarcus Aldridge…those are just the one’s off the top of my head.

doc

May 27th, 2011
10:05 pm

nice interview MC, only the article credits the hawks with 46 wins when they finished only 3 games over .500 with 44 wins.

the hawks fell back by one to fifth from the fourth spot sund suggested as their goal and many of the selling points also were diminished to the one of three teams to go to the second round the last three years. he didnt mention it was in the very weak east and as a team that had no chance to go further whereas the other two are annual contenders for the trophy. the guy spins well as you would expect from a thirty year vet in the job.

It was not a bad pick

May 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

@JohnGTFan

Al Jefferson is not better than Al…LOL…Garnett and Duncan are old and both past their primes….Randolph?..Man..lol…If Al was given a 7ft1 center like Gasol to play along side he would better than Zach..he is bigger, faster and shoots better, before he played with Gasol, Zach was never really was a factor on a good team like Al as been…Gasol played terrible this year and without a big 7ft center (bynum), he is not better than Al, remember the 1st Boston series, where was Pau..People on this blog call Al soft, man, Pau is softer than baby Sh*t.That’s why the he plays pf instead of Center at 7ft….I would take Al over Bosh at pf..and he and Aldridge are even to me…ok, answer this ?..Other than Duncan, which of those guys on that list could have played CENTER full time without a big man beside them, for 3 years and be productive on a winning team..better yet one of the best teams in the NBA?…All the guys on your list have had a BIG guy beside them except Bosh, and Bosh has not won more than Al….bosh has Wade and LBJ now, so yeah he is winning now..Al has had 6ft7 Josh Smith beside him his whole career…All while banging with guys 6ft10 or taller….Aldridge has had Camby, Gasol, Bynum…Zach has Gasol, Garnett had Perkins!..Put Al beside a good big man and then decide!

Simjr

May 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

Hey Sund your a 10th seed out WEST………………

drmaryb (*_-)

May 27th, 2011
10:15 pm

Sund-ried!

What do you get when you leave a grape in the sun?

Answer: A raisin in the sun (the life sucked out of a fan).

Sautee

May 27th, 2011
10:19 pm

MC,

Kudos for not slapping his bald head when he cut you off multiple times before you could finish the question. I personally wouldn’t have that kind of restraint with such a buffoon.

Hawk n the Ham

May 27th, 2011
10:22 pm

Rick Sund interviews like Sarah Palin. It’s like he has some bullet points written on the palm of his hand, and spews out that garbage not matter the subject of the question. @MC, you had to literally ask him the same question TWICE, because the first time he just spit out more bullet point “intangibles”. When you asked directly all we got is the patent, “no comment”. As I speak for all Hawk fans, “SHEESH!!”

O'Brien

May 27th, 2011
10:24 pm

Great interview MC.

We are going to have to do it similar to what Detroit did in their day, when they had the Eastern Conference finals five straight times, went to Finals and one won, where it is a collective effort..

Hmm…the Pistons might be the only exception to the rule. But yet we have decided to pattern our model after the exception to the rule?

It is going to be very hard for us to get that MVP candidate unless you pick one or two [in the draft]..

Paging #2 pick Marvin Williams…Your MVP candidacy is waiting for pickup.

Or unless you happen to have–a few years back when they had free-agent money, to get one in free agency..

Paging the guy who signed the richest NBA contract last summer, and who we also gave a 5 years $70 mil contract along with trading 2 first round picks for…Your MVP candidacy is ready for pickup.

There are only three teams that have made it to the conference semifinals three consecutive years: L.A., Boston and us..

The funny thing is many of us bloggers knew Rick would say that exact comment.

Bobbo

May 27th, 2011
10:29 pm

Sund is wrong re Deron Williams. He has made it out of the first round THREE times, once to the Conference Finals.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/UTA/

O'Brien

May 27th, 2011
10:30 pm

When I am seeing Jason Kidd and Nowitzki and the Wades and all these people in their 30s, that doesn’t bother me..

This is minor, but could you let Rick know that Wade is 29.

Also, Nowitski has made all NBA first, second or third team 11 times. Kidd made 6 all NBA teams, and 9 All NBA defensive teams. So even a decline in their skills still leaves them with skills that can be utilizied on the right team, especially when the owner will spend any amount of money to give them complimentary players.

GT Alum

May 27th, 2011
10:43 pm

My only question is why isn’t Sund a politician? He’d be a perfect fit. Politics is already full of incompetent people who can only speak in spin.