Wilkins to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Atlanta Sports Council will recognize Hawks great Dominique Wilkins with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Wilkins will be honored as part of the award ceremony on Feb. 27 at the Fox Theatre.

According to the Sports Council, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the sports world and their community throughout their career.  Wilkins joins past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Hank Aaron (2006), Vince Dooley (2007), Billy Payne (2008), Ted Turner (2009), Tom Cousins (2010) and Bobby Cox (2011).

Wilkins currently serves in the Hawks front office and as an analyst for Fox Sports South telecasts.

Other awards will be given in the following categories: Coach of the Year, Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Female and Male High School Scholar Athlete of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year and Sports Person of the Year.

Tickets for the event, $195 apiece or $1,750 for a table of 10, can be purchased by visiting www.atlantasportsawards.com.

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Joe Mama

January 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

Just Joe

January 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

Congrats Nique!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 25th, 2012
12:54 pm

$195? That is a pretty huge nimber.

Ra'mon

January 25th, 2012
1:31 pm

Congrats Wilkins!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 25th, 2012
1:37 pm

New blog up.

For what it’s worth (not much), Hollinger’s crazy computer models give the Hawks a 48.9% chance of winning the division and a 11.5% chance at the #1 seed — both better odds than Miami or Orlando.

vava74

January 25th, 2012
2:14 pm

Najeh,

Knowing Hollinger’s stance on the Hawks, he is probably on the phone with his IT guys to fix his whole set up :-D

Astro Joe

January 25th, 2012
2:24 pm

Congrats to ‘Nique. I wonder if his tailor voted for him? :twisted:

FreshFromATL

January 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

So Hinrich will be back tonight, wonder how much room for error Teague gets now…

STRETCH

January 25th, 2012
2:46 pm

Whats this i hear about Keyon Martin?

Rufus1

January 25th, 2012
2:54 pm

STRETCH

January 25th, 2012
3:09 pm

From ESPN Insider:

If Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge wants to begin the rebuilding process in earnest, he should start with trading Pierce and getting good value in return. Pierce’s contract is relatively friendly; he is owed about $48 million through 2014. Pierce appears to be close to fully recovered, so it behooves Ainge to trade him while Pierce’s value holds and before another injury befalls the 34-year-old small forward. Though most of these trades might entail including other ancillary players, here are the central pieces to five trades that best fit Pierce and the Celtics:

1. Pierce to the Atlanta Hawks for PF Josh Smith
Smith is an athletic and versatile forward. He is a big-time rebounder and shot-blocker and can defend multiple positions. He can handle and pass for a big man while also being able to step away from the basket and knock down the perimeter shot. However, there is a problem with their team chemistry. Smith desperately needs a veteran coach like Doc Rivers to get him to play hard, help him with shot selection and drive him to be the best player he can be. The Hawks would benefit with the addition of a player of Pierce’s veteran stature. Frankly, the Hawks need a star, a go-to player who is not afraid to be the face of the franchise.

joe

January 25th, 2012
3:17 pm

that’s OK.Jeff if coach bring Hinrich in,if you fell you got to bring your game up,then do it,push each other,that will only make you and the team better.Don’t worrie about coach,just do your thing.

Rod from College Park

January 25th, 2012
3:22 pm

From last blog,

vava74,

“1. You are comparing Jamal aged 30 with Vinnie aged 35 when his game was decaying. Try comparing with Vinnie in 88/89 OK? Vinnie’s FG% from the field was typically around .46, not .42.”

No, I actually compared them at about the same time in their careers. Those were Jamal’s year 13 stats, and those were Vinny’s year 14 stats. Vinny’s year 13 stats were not even comparable to Jamal, they were much worse, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Same amout of wear and tear.

“2. You are comparing Jamal playing 30.2 minutes per game with Vinnie playing 29.1 (again in his last season with the Pistons when he was older and playing the second highest minutes per game average since 82/83).

Try to compare Jamal with Vinnie’s production on all stats when he was playing 24/25 minutes* which was his normal average.”

This was the same time in their careers. Age might be different, but they had played in the league the same amount of years. It’s not Jamal’s fault that he was able to leave school early and play in the NBA. The comparison I made was very fair. Same point in their careers, same amount of minutes.

“3. You are not valuing 1.7 rebounds per game MORE from the G spot which is way wrong when dissing my argument of Vinnie’s much better all round game. Rebounding wins games and a guy coming off the bench averaging 3.4 rebounds per game on 29 minutes is pretty good whilst Jamal is KNOWN to be the poorest most disinterested rebounder in the league.”

Much easier to rebound rhe ball from the shooting guard position, than from the point guard position. If you watched the Hawks, you would know that Jamal was our primary back up point guard last year. That explains the difference. Plus I never heard Drew once say we need Jamal to crash the boards, and battle for rebounds. That’s like saying Dominique was not a good rebounder. We will never know that because his coach did not ask him to be a rebounder because Kevin Willis was down low grabbing everything.

“4. You did not present stats on TURNOVERS: 1.44 for Vinnie against 1.91 for Jamal (I acknowledge that AS A HAWK, Jamal was better than previously and that he improved there too).”

Vinnie did not play the point either, so I would expect his turnovers to be lower. He was a catch and shoot guy. I also did not present the fact that Jamal went to the line and drew fouls much more than Vinnie, and shot a much higher percentage from the free throw line. He also was able to score more points, while playing in less games. Sometimes if your wrong, its ok to admit it. Your hate for Jamal clouds your judgement. There is no logical explanation for you to be fond of Vinnie Johnson, but to hate Jamal Crawford. The same guy basketball wise, but Jamal is more versatile.

Spyro

January 25th, 2012
3:26 pm

Stretch, that maybe from ESPN Insider, but it exactly what your name is: a stretch. (was that intended?) For example, when someone brought up that trade to Zach Harper from ESPN, and his reaction was, “Why would Atlanta ever do that?!?”

STRETCH

January 25th, 2012
3:31 pm

LOL, yeah i know but its nice to dream a little.

Can you imagine a weapon in the starting lineup like Pierce to go along with JJ, JT and Al?

Cause as is currently stands, they are getting absolutely nothing from the SF position.

Melvin

January 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

No thank you to Pierce unless the Celtics want Marvin…LOL

Rod from College Park

January 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Ken Strickland,

“ROD FROM CP-I don’t think any of Jamal’s HCs asked him to ignore playing any DEF whatsoever, or to be a streak shooter, or take so many shots to score. The Hawks have managed to improve greatly upon what Jamal provided by signing and utilizing castoffs and minimum contract players that aren’t afraid of playing DEF.”

I personally don’t think Jamal ignored playing defense. He actually put forth effort, I just don’t think he is a good defensive player. Especially when having to guard younger smaller quicker guards. Remember Jamal is 6′5. Not sure if I’m correct, but I seem to remember the Hawks getting off to good starts the last couple of years. i think it’s way to early to detemine if this team is better. Ultimately if we don’t get out of the second round this year, then the team is not better. Alot of these castoffs might be better defensively, but will they be able to score, and affect the team in the playoffs the way Jamal did. We shall see.

Rufus1

January 25th, 2012
3:37 pm

I would love Pierce…

but we can’t win a title without Josh’s defensive presence.

Astro Joe

January 25th, 2012
3:38 pm

Pierce is incapable of being the face of any franchise other than the Boston Celtics. He can’t jettison into another playoff team and become the unquestioned leader.

I sure hope that Teague isn’t as allergic to internal competiton as some of his diehard fans. I wonder how some of y’all respond to competition in your personal workplace/school.

Rod from College Park

January 25th, 2012
3:38 pm

“No thank you to Pierce unless the Celtics want Marvin…LOL”

Melvin, you know knowbody wants Marvin. I don’t think there are many D-league teams who would want Marvin.

Astro Joe

January 25th, 2012
3:41 pm

melvin wouldn’t trade Josh for LeBron, Wade and Gabrielle Union. :lol:

Melvin

January 25th, 2012
3:47 pm

Astro,

I would trade Josh straight up for Gabrielle Union (and some Heat dancers)…

But you on the other hand want Josh out of ATL on the first bus/train/plane leaving…

Melvin

January 25th, 2012
3:50 pm

Rod,

I wonder if the Lakers would take Marvin for their TPE (from the Odom trade)? At least they wouldn’t be giving up a warm body…LOL

Astro Joe

January 25th, 2012
3:55 pm

Melvin, I like today’s Josh, yesterday’s Josh I would have driven to the bus station. But we’re still not going to advance further unless we land someone better than our current 3 captains.

Shooter

January 25th, 2012
4:09 pm

I’m not sure a blockbuster trade is needed for the Hawks.

With the lack of practice time these teams are getting this year with the schedule, I really think the Hawks having the same core for the most part is really going to be a huge advantage for them.

I think the only thing I would really look to do is bench Marvin for Vlad Rad, and show Joe Johnson the tape from the 4th qtr of the Bucks game and tell him “if you play like this every night we can do big things”

Just Joe

January 25th, 2012
4:17 pm

Rebounding will have to be addressed. It’s the reason we were dominated in our playoff series against Chicago, and we’re smaller now than we were then. We’re currently ranked 15th in total rebounds (and dropping), and 21st in offensive rebounds (and dropping).

Shooter

January 25th, 2012
4:28 pm

Bulls got more rebounds because Hawks missed more shots than them. Its not like they had the same shooting %. Execute your offense and play good D and rebounds will take care of themselves.

rollow lawson

January 25th, 2012
4:32 pm

If we trade Josh, who is going to guard the basket? Zaza? Twin? Pierce? Get real with those trade rumors!!

rollow lawson

January 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Go sign Rasheed!!!

rollow lawson

January 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Rasheed can be our James “Buddha” Edwards

Rod from College Park

January 25th, 2012
4:35 pm

Melvin,

I doubt it because Marvin has a couple of years left on his deal, and then he has a player option. Nobody wants to be stuck with him for 4 more years.

Just Joe

January 25th, 2012
4:39 pm

Shooter…Did you watch the beatdown we took in Philly last week? We held Philly to 41% shooting. We shot 43%. Turnovers were high for both teams. We lost by 14 because we gave up a ton of offensive rebounds, while we’ve been routinely pulling down less than 10 offensive boards a game. You have to rebound on both ends of the floor.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

I’d trade Josh for Pierce if this was 2005. Right now, that’s a stupid trade for the Hawks, regardless of the need for a face of the franchise. Pierce is no better than any member of the Hawks’ core right now.

Melvin

January 25th, 2012
4:51 pm

Astro,

You will hate tomorrow’s Josh…LOL

Melvin

January 25th, 2012
4:52 pm

Rod,

Please dont extend the night mare. I think Marvin has less than 4yrs after this season left on his contract including the player option….

O'Brien

January 25th, 2012
4:56 pm

I think the Lakers would rather their player exception expire instead of using it on Marvin. And I dont blame.

Stretch,

2 years, $32 mil for Pierce isn’t a bad deal. But 1) I would be concerned about him and his age (he turns 35 this year) and 2)Who would be our PF?

I would take Ray Allen, and start JJ at SF. The problem is we dont have any good trade pieces.

O'Brien

January 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

To be fair to Jamal, I think he tries to play defense. Where he doesn’t try is rebounding. All that being said, I would have liked to have Jamal on the team. But 1)We dont have the money and 2) LD does not know how to utilize him effectively. LD played him at PG (which he isn’t), and would play 30 minutes regardless of whether he was hot or cold.

Rod,

In the Hawks-Blazers game, Jamal started off 2-9 (if I’m not mistaken), and then got hot in the 4th.

O'Brien

January 25th, 2012
5:05 pm

Kevin Love; 4 years, $60 mil extension. I think that is good value. As somebody else mentioned, I think Josh will be looking for a similar extension, and the Hawks will not have the luxury of matching.

vava74

January 25th, 2012
5:33 pm

Rod,

Again you look completely lost when discussing Vinnie / Jamal.

You cannot compare the players’ 13th season when they are 5 years apart in age. A guy who is 35 and has 13 years of NBA will almost in 99% of the cases be closer to the twilight of his career than a guy who is 30 and has 13 years of NBA.

It’s a no contest. If you want to eliminate that variable look at their career numbers as I mentioned at the bottom of my post.

The year you compared Vinnie with Jamal was Vinnie’s second downhill year.

His numbers were better per game on that year than on the previous one but he also played more minutes.

The only acceptable comparison would be with the year I mentioned which was ot even his best year but was still a very good one.

The rebounding argument is crap and Nique was also a disinterested rebounder at times. Everyone knows that Nique suffered in a lesser extent of the same defects that Jamal does so your argument plays in my favour.

I absolutely love Nique. He is the reason why I love the NBA and the reason why I am a Hawks’ fan.

I used to live in denial as a kid always saying that Nique was better than Jordan but the harsh reality is that he wasn’t and that he only became a really good player when he came back from his Achilles injury stronger, more focused, playing better d, rebounding and passing (posting career highs) and was leading us to a good run when he was traded.

But I digress. The fact is that you are the one who looks at Jamal without any objectivity.

Jamal’s game resembles Vinnie’s but they are miles apart. MILES.

heat check

January 25th, 2012
5:33 pm

Nique’s an analyst? I haven’t heard him analyze anything. Unless “good looking shot” counts.

vava74

January 25th, 2012
5:36 pm

Career bests at rebounding and assists were on the previous year to the year of the playoff run and to the trade.

Just Joe

January 25th, 2012
5:39 pm

O’Brien…..I think the Hawks would be happy to give Josh somewhere around 4 years & $50-$65M depending on his performance over the next 130+/- games.

Love is younger, bigger, and more skilled than Josh.

If you take Josh’s 2013 salary and just give him a 5-8% raise over the next 4 years, he’d earn somewhere around $64M over those 4 years. I think he’s worth that if he continues this month’s pace over the next season & a half, and stays healthy.

Trojan

January 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

Rasheed Wallace?

briggy

January 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

vava74,
excellent post about nique and jordan early on in their career nique used to be talked on par with jordan because they both were big time scorers a years progressed jordan became better player. nique got better as he got older. players that r comparable to nique melo, vince carter, mcgrady glen robinson

Truth

January 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

multiple bankruptcies, divorces, kids out of wedlock. What a joke.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 25th, 2012
7:26 pm

Maybe Nique can weigh in on this.

https://twitter.com/#!/JayBilas/status/162330060890701824

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 25th, 2012
7:30 pm

Congratulations Mr. Wilkins!

You’re the reason I became a fan of the Hawks and then the NBA. You’re fantastic.

Compilation of last blog

January 25th, 2012
7:34 pm

DS

January 25th, 2012
10:51 am

Joe Mamma: I never heard anyone saying Al is lazy or injury prone. Most people would say he’s the hardest working player in the Hawks and very consistent. What makes you think he’s lazy and injury prone (other than his recent injury)?
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O’Brien

January 25th, 2012
10:29 am

Joe Mama,

You said Perhaps that way he is so disappointed in Al’s selfish and unrealistic demands, which is the true source of the grumblings in the locker room..

Did you read that somewhere? In everything I’ve read, Josh has nothing but good things to say about Al. So what’s your source?
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SteveW

January 25th, 2012
10:51 am

Yea, can somebody please post the source for the Al vs. Marvin, Josh, and JJ locker room confrontation. I can’t find it by googling.

Section 303

January 25th, 2012
8:00 pm

No thanks on Paul Pierce. I would hope the Hawks would not even consider the trade. SI writer Chris Mannix proposed the samething in this week’s magazine.

National writers are so f’ing stupid. They spend the year covering 5 teams (Knicks, Celtics, Bulls, Lakers, Heat). They know so little about the other teams that stupid trades like Josh for Pierce are proposed. And, just so they know. Joe, right now, way better than Pierce. That one is a no contest. So, F them with their dumb “Hawks need a go to scorer ” take.

doc

January 25th, 2012
8:06 pm

one of the best bargains in the league and he was only one of the players that stupid guy dolans gave up to pay mega millions to melo:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4468

4 yrs at 42 mil. would love it if marvin came close to those nimbers of 17.5 and 6.