Atlanta Hawks: Gearon: Garnett ‘dirtiest guy in the league,’ Hawks ‘don’t get any calls’

Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. was the featured speaker today at the Third Annual Art of It Luncheon at the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The event is sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that is “focused on bridging the academic gap that exists between African-American students and their white and Asian peers.”

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter was at the event and reported the following Hawks-related highlights from Gearon’s speech.

On media coverage of Hawks’ playoff series against the Celtics

“Did you see what Al Horford did last night? The timeline for recovery for his injury is another three months. He’s not even supposed to be playing and Josh [Smith] should not be playing. Zaza [Pachulia] can’t stand up, but if we can get past this round there is a chance that we can get him back. So this is a team that is overcoming adversity. I wish . . . some of the national media or even some of the local media, more the paper than the TV guys, recognize how hard these guys are playing based on how injured they are.

“On top of all that, we don’t get any calls, which I know everybody always hears. But I’ll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we’re athletic.”

On the Hawks’ injuries

Derrick Rose goes down and the No. 1 seed is playing the No. 8 seed and everybody is like, ‘Chicago is down 3-1, that’s what you should expect with Derrick Rose down.’ Well, we’ve been playing these playoffs without Zaza, without Al Horford and Josh Smith should not be playing. Our center is Erick Dampier, God bless his heart, but he looks like a granddad. (laughter) He’s a great guy. It’s difficult enough to win a playoff series, but when you lose your whole frontline and nobody ever says, ‘Gee, you are out playing with guys that are hurt.’”

On Josh Smith and his Atlanta roots

“We wouldn’t be where we are without him. The tough thing for our team, I’m a lifelong Atlantian. I was born here. I lived the first 25 years of my life within two miles of where I was born. Right there near Piedmont Hospital. I moved to Cobb County back in 1994 when my Dad convinced me to buy a little house . . . . But the thing about our team, and it’s tough in every city. . . but when you look at the Atlanta Hawks and you know it’s tough.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

348 comments Add your comment

@DanWeiner

May 9th, 2012
3:40 pm

Michael Gearon needs to shut up.

Lacsho

May 9th, 2012
3:42 pm

Wow, he has no clue.

Pdog

May 9th, 2012
3:42 pm

Well, Michael Gearon is the worst owner in sports. Should have never gone in with people he didnt trust to buy a team.

Runner-

May 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

Sell this team already to someone who cares…

some sense

May 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

Is it just me, but are these remarks appropriate for the setting, the W. E. B. DuBois Society sponsored luncheon at the Piedmont Park Conservancy?

Any excuse to whine, I suppose.

JuliusCesaer

May 9th, 2012
3:51 pm

Not only is Kevin Garnett dirty, but the entire Celtic team plays like COWARDS. But now that we have our “BRICK WALL” back (Al Horford)–there will be no layups coming into the paint from opposing players. In games 1-4, boston players kept driving the basketball inside to the rim and slaming home dunks. Not anymore since Big Al returned. I just cant wait to see Thursdays game when the hawks go to boston and beat the Celtics. The two guys who saved our season last night was Marvin Williams (who finally justified us picking him #1), and Big Al Horford, who sealed Rondo off at the past and refused to let him inside. Rondo had to spin out of control and retreat like a cow spun out of the pasture. Normally Marvin is completely unproductive and usually gives us nothing, but last night he was like the reincarnation of Pistol Pete Maravich and we couldnt shut off his jump shot because he kept raining 3s all night!

Ty Corbin

May 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

If the Hawks don’t win this series the Heat will cake walk to the finals. Gearon is right about one thing. We are doing well considering we don’t have a single healthy nba caliber big. If we were healthy we’d win this series convincingly.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

Gearon’s right about one thing – the Celtics have been allowed to play much more physical without fouls being called on them – Teague gets mauled going to hoop with no call, constant hacking arms to strip not called.
Look at the foul-shot difference – home or away. The NBA and TV networks want Boston the advance, it appears based on the officiating difference in what constitutes a foul between the 2 teams.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
3:57 pm

‘to advance’

O'brien

May 9th, 2012
3:58 pm

Well then…May as well start the “One more year” chant for Rick and LD.

The excuse machine is already cranked up, just in case Hawks lose tomorrow night. It will be all due to injuries, so everybody will be back next year, with the hope that they can all stay healthy.

O'brien

May 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

FTPB,

Northcyde,

I agree that everything adds up, but you earn most of your money in crunch time (see Tim Tebow :smile: ), not during the second quarter.

That may work for Marvin, who is a role player, but that’s not enough from our $20 mil all-star captain.

Nobody wants to talk about a baseball hitter hitting a HR in the 3rd inning. It’s what did in the late innings, and in the bottom of the ninth, game on the line, against the other team’s closer.

Don’t tell me about the TD that the QB had in the second quarter. It’s what he did executing the 2 min drill with the game on the line.

And JJ was a no-show, and non-factor in the second half (imo). Which makes it even more baffling that with the game on the line, LD goes to iso-Joe.

O'brien

May 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

And while I agree with Gearon’s comments (Hawks dont get calls, and KG is a dirty player), I wish he had stuck to the “Hawks not getting any calls” theme.

Because the Celtics and their fans will be fired up tomorrow night. It reminds me of when Bibby called out the Celtics fans back in ‘08, and we go up there and get waxed all 4 games.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
4:04 pm

LD does not stand up for the team to the officals either. Doc and KG are constantly working the officials, and LD just meekly takes whatever they hand out.

Stand up for your players when they are getting jobbed!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

This is all more of the usual whiny nonsense from Gearon, but after Josh took it personally that the higher ups in the organization weren’t having the Hawks’ back, maybe a little whining is in order.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 9th, 2012
4:06 pm

In order to get to the free throw line, you have to drive inside and create contact. Can’t do that when you are shooting jumpers all the time.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
4:06 pm

Actually I guess it’s Pierce that was working over the official all during the time out, but he’s allowed to.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

Teague got plenty of contact to the rim that was not called.

Astro Joe

May 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

Gearon is right that the national press has ignored that we’ve been forced to use our 3rd string center during the bulk of this series… while focusing on a slightly gimpy Paul Pierce or Ray Allen.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

https://twitter.com/#!/drmaryeb

Hey yawl, Josh Smith just retweeted me again today. First was around 457pm ish last Sunday in Boston, pre game 4. I really do think Josh reads our blogs because, I’ve had a twitter account for over a year but, never knew how to use it.

I did my first tweet last week and, was following Josh for about an hour and, then he started following me instantly. Today, Josh retweeted me again a few hours ago, he only follows 814 people and has 58,912 following him. That’s why I think he reads our blog and probably has seen me on here.

I knew Jamal read us daily, but I didn’t know if any other players did or not. I think they do. Now, I wonder is Sund reads us, or the Gearon, Jr’s? LOL

Am I famous now?

Thrashers Season Ticket Holder

May 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

Gearon AIN’T exactly the cleanest or most honorable owner in the league, any league.

phil

May 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

Yawn, drmaryb….If Josh had an ounce of sense, we might could win something.

And great move by the owner giving KG even MORE incentive to come out tomorrow night and kick ass….

keep it coming, geniuses.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Well KG would likely not have heard about it if MC had not blogged about it.

Senator Blutarski

May 9th, 2012
4:18 pm

If Josh Smith does read this, I want him to know that his heart, grit and talent are appreciated by this Hawks fan.

mountain_jim

May 9th, 2012
4:21 pm

Well if Josh reads this blog all season that might explain his request for a trade out of here. :)

G

May 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Ray Allen is hurt. Paul Pierce is hurt. Rondo was suspended. This is the problem with the owners they will now say, when the Hawks lose; “Well if we had everyone at full strength it would be a different series.” It’s always someone else’s fault with this guy…

Trade Josh Smith

May 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

I wish we would get rid of Josh Smith.

Huh

May 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

Shame on you Cunningham. I was at the event. Gearon’s said the comments were off the record. They were a response to a specific question asked by a participant. Where is your journalistic integrity?

gl

May 9th, 2012
4:28 pm

It may sound like whining but there is a lot of truth in what Mike Gearon, Jr. is saying. I have tremendous respect for Kevin Garnett, however if you watch the game closely you will see where Garnett will try a cheap shot, especially in his screens. It is commonplace throughout the Association, where a player will test an opposing player’s injury just to see if it is still a problem. Gearon’s point regarding the Hawks’ injuries and their fortitude to compete through them should be applauded in the same vein as any other team on a national and local level. Check out new website http://www.atlantasportreport.com for a different point of view.

Rod from College Park

May 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

drmaryb,

Trust me, more people than you know read the blogs. Players, coaches owners……. I’m sure of it.

PaulWinchester

May 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

Trade Josh Smith: I agree with you wholeheartedly. Look at what Josh Smith did last night–sure he scored a lot of points and grabbed a lot of rebounds–but is basketball IQ is about -977 in the way that he just lollypoped the inbounds pass into Rondo, WITH OUR ENTIRE SEASON HANGING IN THE BALANCE and was content to just throw it away. I watched josh after that play–he was so deflated he turned around and didnt even hustle back on the play to defend it. He casually walked down the court as if he was a 98 year old man AND COULDNT CARE LESS ABOUT HE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. Josh Smith should be cut from the team–dont worry about trading him because Im sure nobody wants him.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

phil? don’t yawn bruh … wake up man, and cheer the team on.

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“And while I agree with Gearon’s comments (Hawks dont get calls, and KG is a dirty player), I wish he had stuck to the “Hawks not getting any calls” theme.” -Obie-
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Obie, or, maybe we will finally get some calls is the ref”s know KG is tossing elbows and pulling jersey’s on rebounds. KG also hooks his defender a lot with those bony elbows. But, like you said, we don’t need to be giving them “white board material.”

Kobe said the same thing last night, re: Bynum calling Javale McGee a bum or something. Then Javale, goes off on Bynum and outplayed his arse for 24 & 11 (i believe?). We don’t need to motivate these old C’s. An old dog can still bite.

Joe Bling

May 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

I don’t see anything in Gearon’s comments that isn’t true. Tactful, not so much. But true.

Liar

May 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

LG is a liar just like the rest of ASG. He went on and on about how the Thrashers were not going to be sold. I hope he losses all his money – jerk.

TheFalcon

May 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

Paulwinchester,

Are you a Boston fan or an Atlanta fan? Josh Smith is HURT, he has a bad knee and should not be playing this series. He is out there because he wants to win and we need him to win. He is in FACT the superstar of this team! I don’t want him traded and I don’t want him to request a trade. I love the guy! Your comments are asinine. Yes he made a mistake throwing the ball in but he was not hustling due to his injury. He carried us this season!! Enough said!

Paddy

May 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

I thought the ASG had promised to keep a low profile? I don’t believe any of those owners!

JSS

May 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

Davenpoop got to the root of the issue at 4:06… Drive the rock, make them shallow those whistle! But don’t bail them out with those jumpers!

Liar

May 9th, 2012
4:47 pm

Sorry “MG” = JERK; ASG = JERKS

ignition

May 9th, 2012
4:49 pm

Damn if he aint right about the Hawks not getting calls…
He should keep saying it Over & Over & Over again..
Worked for Mark Cubain

Section 303

May 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

What exactly did Gearon say that was not true? National media does nut suck teams like the Bulls and Celtics, while ignoring the Hawks injuries. And, 2 first half fouls on the Celtics last night? Really?!

I like guys who talk real, not just drivel that they think others want to hear. I have heard Gearon speak in person twice, and I left liking him a lot both times. I think some of you are just blindly bashing. There’s nothing Gearon said that is not true.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

Rod from CP!

Sund always says, “I don’t read the papers.” i’m sure he was lying. I agree with you, they probably do, but I wasn’t sure. MC doesn’t even read the blog anymore. I don’t think he likes his blog people like he used to. Mark Bradley actually holds long conversations with his followers.

I thought MC would at least engage us a little during these playoffs. They must not be getting paid enough granolas to bother. All MC do is tweet. I’m following him and Sekou and Brandon Leak as of last week and, MC tweeted to me, “drmaryb, I’ve never seen you on twitter before!”.

That was the last shout out from him I ever got. Sometimes, we feel like we are talking to ourselves, and many bloggers on here have awesome points of views, trade ideas and comments about how to make this team perform better. But, no one cares what we fans think it seems.

Trade Josh Smith

May 9th, 2012
4:51 pm

Paul Winchester

It happens all the time. Look back at the end of the first quarter last night. While he was complaining about not getting a foul call in the closing seconds the Celtics went right down and hit KG for a 3 to end the quarter. Where was Smoove….still on the other end complaining. i can’t tell you how pissed off it makes me watching him play. if things aren’t going his way or he’s not getting the calls it brings the entire team down. Get him the hell out

HighlightFactory

May 9th, 2012
4:53 pm

We would not be in the playoffs if it wern’t for j smoove. Respect the man! He deserves joe’s contract. Josh averaged a double doyble in the reg. Season and leads the NBA in rebounds in the playoffs. The man is a beast!

Kevin

May 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

@PaulWinchester………please quit watching the Hawks!! We don’t need anyone like you watching when you come onto the blogs with your stupid remarks. I bet your pick up games in the driveway are quite entertaining. Josh is the HEART and SOUL of this entire team. Without him and Al we don’t even come close to making the playoffs. You might want to head back outside to the driveway, I think your 6th grade neighbor is wanting his rematch……..

Chris E

May 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

I am so sick of the fans here at times and the mass media, Charles Barkley and the TNT crew!!!!! There coverage of the Hawks sucks. They hardly watch the Hawks and they are in Atlanta. The thing that hurts me most is that we as fans give them a pass and in our frustration continue to tear down our players as well. There is no way that Barkley or KS would abuse a NY or Philly team in the city. They would probably get harrassed and harragued until they stopped. Are the Hawks perfect, Absolutely Not!!! But have they been successful the last 4 years, They Absolutely Have!!! Fans stop complaining and enjoy their accomplishments!!!!! I have been a fan of the Hawks all my life(Dan Roundfield, Charlie Criss, Dominique, Mookie, Steve S on up) and the fact is this team had performed just as good or better than any of them. I wish the fans of ATL would be more ride or die. Gearon does make good points and contrary to popular belief this is a solid team. Compare them to any team in the league and how they performed in the playoffs. The truth is that not many have performed comparable to the Hawks. Do I what them to win a championship? Absolutely!!! Do I thinks Management has made some bonehead moves? Without question!!!! Did they overpay JJ? Probably so!!! Have the Hawks been successful since his acquisition and have they succeeded against all odds? Unequivocally!!! So mainstream media and ATL print media along with pseudo fans, Shut up!!!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

The Falcon

“Yes he made a mistake throwing the ball in but he was not hustling due to his injury. He carried us this season!! Enough said!”
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You’re right Falcon. Also, Josh erased that mistake when Horford made Rondo cough it up. Josh came to help Al on the trap and deflected Rondo’s pass to KG. Game Over!!! But, no one mentions the make up play.

I LOVE Josh, he is my MOST favorite Hawk, along with: MVT, Zaza, Ivan, Horford and Joe.

hawks fan

May 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

Typical AJC to publish an off the record comment at a charity event just to try to make a few headlines. If Gearon gets fined, Cunningham should pay it. Nevertheless, he is exactly right. The imbalance in the officiating is incredible, and it has cost us two games already.

Born2Buzz

May 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

Isn’t this what we expected from this Ownership group? Excuses and rationalizations on why they don’t need to make any changes. There will be no changes because the ASG has no money to do so. That is the truth.
He might be right, but no owner needs to say any player on another team is a dirty player. Just keep your mouth shut.

I think the Hawks actually have a decent collection of talent and LD is not a terrible coach. That being said, they do some of the dumbest things and repeatedly show low bball IQ. Just watch the end of the 3rd quarter last night and the very end of the game.

take bad with good

May 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

a lot of you dont know me only if you are a falcon fan I am a die hard Ga. sports fan soldier down by the sea I nmotice how stupid some of you bloggers are the owner is telling it like it is these guys are hurt IDIOTS sTEVIE WONDER CAN SEE THAT 95 per cent of you dont know what the he– you are talking about that nut thats talking about trading JOSH NEEDS TO HAVE HIS COMPUTER CONFESCATED II am one of thefew true Ga fan most of you are a bunch of sleezy, selfish,cheap banwagon jumpers the next time I will be calling you out

take bad with good

May 9th, 2012
5:00 pm

CRIS E we were typing the same time we are in sync the nay sayers get lost

Bostonfan

May 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

Do all of you Hawk fans want some cheese with that whine?
Sure you guys are injured and so are the Celtics in case you have forgotten…

Stop with all the conspiracies! You don’t win because you are not good enought or have not been tought enought to win the last five years or so. Oklahoma, San Antonio, and other small market teams seem to be doing well.
The problem with the Hawks is the culture, there are no leaders and nobody helds anybody accountable.
You will continue to be this way until you get professionals on that team.

Celtics by 10 on Thursday!