Atlanta Hawks: Video: Season ends at Boston

Boston–My video report following the Hawks’ season-ending 83-80 defeat to the Celtics.

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CHUCK NORRIS

May 11th, 2012
10:10 am

KABOOM…KICKIN YOUR DOOR IN!!!

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:12 am

My post attempt from teh ‘Season’s Over; blog:

ditto to the extreme – Sect. 303 @ 8:22 am

double-ditto – Astro Joe @ 9:40 am.

man, this end of the season stuff sux. :(

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:14 am

Oh well, off to NBA Draft.net or Bleacher Report Mock drafts to see who folks think we should draft …..

did I say this sucks?

Lobosolo

May 11th, 2012
10:15 am

Hawks are one of the reasons I no longer watch the NBA… they simply don’t come to play every day… the sport has denigrated into a streetball game with too much pouting, too much posturing, poor sportsmanship, and an absence of team-oriented play… the game just pure SUCKS, and the Hawks seem too unmotivated….

CHUCK NORRIS

May 11th, 2012
10:17 am

Gotta get bigger and tougher inside next season:

Free agent Power Forwards for 2013:

Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls – $2.2 million – Restricted ($3.2 million Qualifying Offer)
DeJuan Blair, San Antonio Spurs – $1.1 million – Unrestricted
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder – $2.2 million – Restricted ($3.2 million Qualifying Offer)
Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz – $8.6 million – Unrestricted
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz – $4.8 million – Team Option ($6.0 million)

Free agent Centers for 2013:

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings – $3.9 million – Team Option ($4.9 million)
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons – $3.2 million – Team Option ($4.1 million)
Samuel Dalembert, Houston Rockets – $6.7 million – Unrestricted
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves – $4.8 million – Unrestricted*
Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 76ers – $1.7 million – Team Option ($1.8 million)
Ekpe Udoh, Milwaukee Bucks – $3.5 million – Team Option ($4.5 million)
Emeka Okafor, New Orleans Hornets – $13.5 million – Early Termination Option ($14.5 million)
Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors – $9.0 million – Early Termination Option ($9.0 million)
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs – $3.9 million – Unrestricted*
Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz – $4.3 million – Team Option ($4.5 million)

- Dwight Howard not on this list cause it aint happening.

CP

May 11th, 2012
10:18 am

Quit hating on this team Atlanta.

No Mas $$$ for the ASG

May 11th, 2012
10:20 am

Hey Gearon and you other ASG clowns…..why don’t you call TNSE and see if they will take your other team, your true love, off your hands? Maybe offer a repeat customer discount to them? Better yet, just hold onto them and let us enjoy this FAIL replay, year after year…..

Iblameurparents

May 11th, 2012
10:23 am

Gearon is right up there with Stan Kasten, in the if you don’t play or in these cases never played then shut your mouth! When the Braves played the Yankees in the WS, Kasten lamented after the Braves won in NY, “this may be the best team ever” speaking of the Braves… we went on to lose the series. Now comes Gearon from the “I like basketball” variety waking a sleeping GIANT. Not that he needed you to be a great player but you sure gave him extra motivation. The next time you have a few too many and want to impress your friends with your insights, call a cab because you are far too reckless.

John Drew

May 11th, 2012
10:25 am

I can’t believe all this talk about how the Hawks played good and didn’t fold up. This is the reason why I can’t stand this team. This team has a loser’s mentality. There is no reason why the Hawks should have lost this series to the Celtics, especially with home court advantage or disadvantage in their case. I keep reading about how proud LD is about how the Hawks played in this series. REALLY!!! I could understand if this was the 2008 team playing four years ago, but that’s not the case. The Hawks should have beaten the Celtics in five games. I hate this organization. I will never support this team again, if the Hawks front office doesn’t break up this team. It’s been four years now and this team has met its ceiling.

Astro Joe

May 11th, 2012
10:27 am

The ensemble wins games and the ensemble loses games.

But dang, I’d love to know which member of the ensemble decided not to run the right play toward the very end of last night’s game. More importantly, I hope the GM knows and does something about it… like trade his butt to a bottom-feeding team.

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:31 am

Chuck Norris,
First thing is to decide on a GM.

Then, the team (the GM) has to decide its future state of “the core”, which means decisions need to be made on Al, Smoove and Marvin. All those decisions have a domino effect on the draft and free agency. If we build around one or two of those front line starters, and regard the third/odd-man out as expendable, that sets the table for who is on the short list for draft-eligible players and NBA free agents.

Next comes the $$$ piece. How much do we/can we spend?

Then comes a decision on the “non-core” expiring contracts for all the vets (T-Mac, Capt. Kirk, Willie Green, J. Pargo, J. Collins, Dampier, Stack) and developing talent (Ivan).

Rod from College Park

May 11th, 2012
10:31 am

“There is no reason why the Hawks should have lost this series to the Celtics, especially with home court advantage or disadvantage in their case. I keep reading about how proud LD is about how the Hawks played in this series. REALLY!!! I could understand if this was the 2008 team playing four years ago, but that’s not the case. The Hawks should have beaten the Celtics in five games”

Totally agree. People on here giving props to losers. SMH

Section 303

May 11th, 2012
10:35 am

You guys think that Ivan will be back next season? I think that guy, if he is allowed to stick around, will eventually blow. I hate Boston fans (I hate all their teams, too), but I even think Ivan got a lot carried away leaving the floor last night. Can’t imagine that will go over well with an organization like the Hawks.

PD

May 11th, 2012
10:37 am

Hire Stan Van Gundy……..They need a coach that gets them fired up

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:37 am

Chuck Norris, to follow up:

I LIKE your list …a lot……… but the money cashed out is not for a backup … so if we pursue a free agent C, SF, or PF, we have to make decisions on the ones currently on the roster. We all know Smoove will be entering the last year of his deal, and we cannot handle a Dwight/Lebron type of drama in 2012-13. If it gets ugly …..

To be honest, I think if Sund stays, he saw enough from “the core” in Games 4 and 5 to keep them together, unless Smoove demands a trade this summer. If we get a new GM, all bets are off ……. but JJ’s contract is undesirable, Jeff Teague is a keeper, as is Al Horford. Smoove will move only if the money ain’t right or he is just tired of being a hometown boy.

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
10:37 am

If Sund keeps Joe, Smith, Horford, Teague and Williams together then I’d like to see us draft C-Fab Melo out of Cuse.

Astro Joe

May 11th, 2012
10:38 am

Rod, if you are saying that every year, there is only a single winner (the champion), then yes, I am giving props to a loser. if you’re saying that there is more than one winner (other than the champion), I;d be interested in knowing at what point a team is condidred a winner and is worthy of “props”.

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2012
10:38 am

Close only couints in “horseshoes”.
No accolades from me. Glad they did
not embarrass themselves.

Next year will be more of the same.

Section 303

May 11th, 2012
10:41 am

Most interesting parts of this offseason:

1. The draft: Always high on my summer viewing list. I think the Hawks should draft Draymond Green. Yes, I have a strong Spartan bias, but Green could help. He’s smart, won’t turn the ball over all the time, has a decent jump shot, and rebounds. Would be a nice add to the bench.

2. Putting the bench together: Gotta think they’re going to stay with the veteran route they started last summer. Most of the bench guys from this year were on 1-year contracts. So, who stays? Who goes? Who do they add?

3.???????

I think the entire core will be back. The ASG will use the injuries from this season as an excuse not to make any major moves. Fine. They will never convince me that Marvin should not be our amnesty guy. He needs to go. I have hit a wall with that guy that I cannot get past.

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:42 am

Sect. 303, what happened ? What did Ivan do? I live in the Philly TV market so TNT cut to the quick as soon as the game was over and Tracy Wolfson did her obligatory post-game interview w/ Paul Pierce.

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
10:44 am

People on here giving props to losers

Should we expect better than what we got?? As long as Joe is expected to be the leader of this team this is as good as it gets!! I like our roster, but not if Joe is on the roster!! We need a miracle is there another GM somewhere we can get to fall in love with Joe!!

ryan

May 11th, 2012
10:44 am

Who cares about the draft the Hawks will just trade the pick any way just don’t see much change except Josh Smith possibly being traded knowing Rick Sund he will mess that up to with history of this franchise don’t see much improvement coming .

Section 303

May 11th, 2012
10:44 am

Oh…I thought of my #3 most important part of the summer.

3. GM? If Sund leaves (you know they’ll take him back, if he wants back), then who do you get? I would like to see the ASG drop some coin on a high level GM. However, I’m also concerned anytime an outsider comes to the Hawks. No outsider understands this team. Nationally the Hawks get zero credit. A new GM would probably enter the job thinking this was a team just above the Bobcats. That is not a good thing.

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
10:45 am

Just about every Mock Draft I’ve seen so far has Fab Melo and Marcus Teague drafted after the Hawks pick. I’d be fine with either of those guys as a late round pick!!

B'Red

May 11th, 2012
10:46 am

The Hawks need a big man in the middle that can score and put pressure on the defense. I say roll the dice on on Greg Oden with a minimum contract offer, surely he cant be any worse that Dampier.

Section 303

May 11th, 2012
10:48 am

Marcus, when Ivan left the floor, he flipped off an entire row of Celtic fans. Not just flipped off as he left, but put his middle finger right in their faces. One fan even bent back to avoid contact with Ivan’s bird.

My first reaction was to laugh. But, when I thought about it, it’s not funny. That’s what got Ivan banned in Korea. He is starting to run out of chances, if the Hawks dump him. He can play, but who wants a minor league journey man headache?

In his defense, I’m sure those fans were busting on him pretty good, but he has to be able to take it. Ivan needs to put that middle finger away.

CHUCK NORRIS

May 11th, 2012
10:48 am

B’Red,

I would jump on that. Why not? And surely the guy will have something to prove. But the Hawks need a center in the worst way, another big would have gotten them past the C’s.

Mike

May 11th, 2012
10:51 am

First of all, congrads on the good season Hawks. Winning 40 games without Al and other injuries but with that say.

I think this team ceiling has been reached and this core needs to evolve or they will never get over the hump. That changes needs to started in the front office and management. I hope that Gearon and the ASG is upset and furious with what happen yesterday and they will understand that getting the playoffs is only the first step. They need to understand that if they want to see more red shirts in the crowds and more support from the media, then need to take their game up to the next level.

That means they needs to see if they can get a better GM and Coach. A coach that will get into Josh(if he here) and Joe face as well when they mess up like Teague and others. I want a coach that is going to work the official and have faith in all the players. Coach Drew has did a good job but he isnt the right coach for this team.

For the players, Joe needs to get a heart to heart chat and tell him, that he needs understand that if he contiunes to flounder in the playoffs like that. He might be looking for a job and for Josh, he is going to be a FA next year and he might be looking for a ticket out of here, find out if he wants to stay or not, if not then trade him on draft night or before trading deadline.

Rod from College Park

May 11th, 2012
10:52 am

“Rod, if you are saying that every year, there is only a single winner (the champion), then yes, I am giving props to a loser. if you’re saying that there is more than one winner (other than the champion), I;d be interested in knowing at what point a team is condidred a winner and is worthy of “props”.”

When they win a title. Especially if it’s a veteran team. If Boston lost that series, the Boston fans would not be giving tem props. They would praise them for years of service and winning a title together, knowing that they will not see those guys play together again, but not props for this season. This team was worse than last years team, as I have said all year long.

Astro Joe

May 11th, 2012
10:52 am

303, I still say using amnesty on anyone other than Joe is a BIG mistake. The last two years of Joe’s contract will be a nightmare, unless he becomes the 3rd scoring option on a conference finals type team and you stomach the deal because he brings stability and experience that is otherwise lacking. And with very little likelihood of that happening, I thihnk you have to save amnesty for Joe.

More likely, the ASG are saving amnesty for the new group… they will use that as another selling point while quietly looking for a buyer. “If there is a contract that you don’t like, you can use the amnesty clause, so don’t let that deter you from buying this team. Not to mention our GM and head coach operate on short-term deals, so you can quickly replace those guys too. This thing is ready for immediate occupancy.”

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
10:52 am

People wanting Josh Smith to get traded :roll: He’s not the problem!! Do you really trust Rick Sund to get a player back that makes us better?? The problem is Joe… The only way I trade Josh is if that’s the only way a team will take Joe!!

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
10:54 am

Marcus, when Ivan left the floor, he flipped off an entire row of Celtic fans. Not just flipped off as he left, but put his middle finger right in their faces. One fan even bent back to avoid contact with Ivan’s bird.

Who cares about getting the bird… If you drive in ATL you’ll give and recieve a few each day!!!

Marcus

May 11th, 2012
10:56 am

Think about this ….. what position on the court could we put someone in a developmental position (draft talent) such that he can be a contributor in 2012-2013?

Look at the C spot, we have Al (if he stays there, see above post on front-court decisons), then Zaza. Is a third string C really developmental, given how much (or how little) run J. Collins and Dampier got this year? Look at Daniel Orton wasting away down in ORL. Not to say he doesn’t have some issues (talent, maturity) but I always see that dude with suit and tie on. We don’t need to waste a 1st rounder on someone who is take up space and not contribute for next season, even if he is a backup.

oldboy

May 11th, 2012
10:59 am

Teague had a chance and he missed an off balance shot.
Smith had a chance and he missed a fade away jumper.
Joe had a chance and his shot was blocked.
Al had a chance and he missed a free throw.
Enough said.

High-sider

May 11th, 2012
10:59 am

…”Sund’s contract ends on June 30 and the Hawks have attempted to initiate talks about a contract extension. However, Sund, in his fourth year in Atlanta, has insisted on keeping his options open, the sources said.

While no interview with Portland had been scheduled as of late Thursday night, a meeting between Sund and the Blazers is likely..

I hope Rick goes to Portland.” – O’brien

Message to Jamal Crawford: If Rick “Dumb” Sund becomes the Blazers’ new GM, please get the hell out of Portland. This guy, “Dumb” Sund, is trying to ruin your basketball/NBA legacy and life. Do whatever it takes to avoid being “blackballed” and/or “blacklisted” [out of the NBA]. To hell with what they say about “keep[ing] your friends close and your enemies closer; that’s terrible advice. You should put as much distance as you can between yourself and your enemies unless a relationship with you and enemies is “divinely” ordained/orchestrated and is used for a “divine” purpose.

KevinM

May 11th, 2012
11:05 am

There are so many issues with this organization and its far from an easy fix:

1) NOTE to Gearon: Go ahead and take out that ad in the newspaper and apologize to all Atlanta for what stunt you pulled in your moment of glory when you were ‘off the record’. You truly hurt your team last night because you got the attention of Boston.

2) LD made plenty of mistakes in this one. He basically told us the guys didn’t listen to him in the huddle…well, if you watch the huddle, they’re all just trying to get back out on the court and freelance….I see their mannerisms when LD is talking….they hear, blah, blah, blah.
This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.

LD continued to play Josh on KG and did you see the result? It was truly painful to watch..over and over….KG saw no threat.

3) Josh, you just ended your season, but you need to take a step back and think about what you’re saying. You call out the home fans, you call out your basketball IQ…I think that says enough to me.
If given a decent offer, I am moving Josh for a wing that will be useful for us on both ends of the floor.

And flashback to Aug, 2010…..

“I hear some of you calling for a defensive-minded wing, and I hear you on that. For all the hand-wringing about center, L.D. will have some options in his frontcourt with combinations featuring Al, Josh, Zaza, Powell and Collins. But on the wing he’s looking at Marvin, J.J. and Mo. That’s, in order, a some-timey starter, a guy already doing heavy lifting at shooting guard and a guard who seemed to lose his jumper late last season playing forward.

Yet whenever I bring up Atlanta’s need for a wing, I’m always told the team feels set there and is focused on adding another 5.

– L.D. plans to play a “big” rotation against big opponents. Woody was reluctant to play Zaza and Al together but L.D. apparently is willing to do so while also regularly including Collins in that “big” rotation instead of keeping him planted on the bench. The Hawks believe that possibility has Twin motivated for next season.

This also seems to indicate that L.D. will loosen up Woody’s typically-tight rotation”

There is absolutely nothing there to show any progress here. LD has us losing the 1st round now…with our cap issues, we better do something more significant than bringing in Green, Pargo, Vlad, T-Mac and Dampier.
Their collective playoff contribution? I think they hit one jumper.

For anyone who appreciated this past season, do you see what standing pat did for us AGAIN this year? Al or no Al, we weren’t getting past our weaknesses.

Now, we have no reliable jump shooter on the bench. We have still dont’ know which team will show up each night.
We still don’t know whether a play called from the HC will be run.

I hate the season is over as much as anyone, but I gotta say if it takes losing in the 1st round to shake up this roster, then so be it.
I’m ready to get out of mediocrity.

And if we just happen to lose Sund to another team who wants mediocrity, count on a promotion from within. This doesn’t resolve the problems we have.

It’s a culture thing around here.

raoul cornoyer

May 11th, 2012
11:06 am

Hawks season ended AGAIN by Boston Celtics……thanks to Michael Gearon for firing up Kevin Garnett…..best that Garnett has played lately!!!!

PaulWinchester

May 11th, 2012
11:06 am

I dont think that the refs cost the hawks the game. I think the blame lies at the feet of Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Josh should have drove the ball to the basket when the hawks were up 79-78 with about 45 seconds left. instead he chooses to shoot a 35 foot jumpshot which misses badley. JOSH SMITH NEEDS TO BE TOLD THAT HE IS NOT PISTOL PETE MARAVICH. SOMEHOW FOR EIGHT YEARS, EVERY YEAR HE CONTINUES TO THINK HE IS AND HOISTS UP JUMP SHOTS FROM INSIDE THE HALF COURT LINE TO THE THREE-POINT CIRCLE. JOSH HAS THE ABILITY TO SHOOT AS GOOD AS PISTOL PETE IF HE WERE TO PRACTICE SHOOTING 1000 JUMPSHOTS A DAY DURING THE OFFSEASON–BUT JOSH IS WAY TO LAZY TO PREPARE TO BECOME A HALL OF FAME CALIBRE PLAYER. INSTEAD HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A MEDIOCRE PLAYER WHO JUST HATES TO WORK TO GET BETTER. IF WE KNEW THAT WHEN WE DRAFTED HIM, I’M SURE WE NEVER WOULD HAVE WASTED OUR TIME AND DRAFTED THE BUM. LAST GAME IN THE CLOSING SECONDS, JOSH GAVE THE BALL TO RONDO FOR RONDO TO CLOSE OUT THE SERIES, BUT AL HORFORD SAVED OUR SEASON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT. LAST NIGHT, JOSH DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO END OUR SEASON SO HE HOISTS A 40 FOOT JUMP SHOT TO CLOSE OUT THE GAME. WOW–WHAT A BASKETBALL GENIUS IQ THAT GUY HAS. AFTER JOSH SHOT THE BALL, COLOR ANALYST MIKE FRATELLO IMMEDIATELY SAID THAT JOSH SHOULD HAVE DROVE TO THE BASKET BECAUSE HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GOT FOULED AND MAY HAVE MADE THE LAYUP AS WELL. WELL, I HOPE THAT SOMEDAY JOSH SMITH LEARNS HOW TO PLAY BASKETBALL. UNTIL HE DOES, THE HAWKS WILL LOSE EVERY YEAR IN THE PLAYOFFS WITH A ROSTER SPOT THAT JOSH OCCUPIES WHERE HE IS MENTALLY INCAPABLE OF PLAYING CORRECT BASKETBALL. As for joe johnson, Joe is too cool to roll up his sleeves, get dirty, and become a blue color player, the way Kevin Garnett is. Kevin was absolutely vintage last night and showed you why he is a CERTAIN FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER.

mountain_jim

May 11th, 2012
11:08 am

If you read Garnet’s comments after the game

“Garnett on Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.’s comments: “First off, I want to say ‘Thank you’ to their owner for giving me some extra gas tonight. My only advice to him is next time he opens his mouth, actually know what he’s talking about, Xs and Os versus checkbooks and bottom lines. . ”

you can easily see how Gearon and our beat writer MC, by writing the column to publicise Gearon’s comments, thus spreading the story all over the NBA, helped fire up Garnett to have his best game in awhile.

Here’s hoping for new, smarter ownership, and a beat writer who actually likes the team he covers for the AJC.

KevinM

May 11th, 2012
11:08 am

“oldboy

May 11th, 2012
10:59 am
Teague had a chance and he missed an off balance shot.
Smith had a chance and he missed a fade away jumper.
Joe had a chance and his shot was blocked.
Al had a chance and he missed a free throw.
Enough said.”

With all of those examples, this team still does not WANT to draw contact for a foul. We avoid contact instead of going into the player.
See Joe on Pierce, and Teague on many of his drives to the basket.

Ray

May 11th, 2012
11:10 am

Now people talking about Greg Oden if we get him he’s out for another year yes that means this entire next season.

Greg Oden = the guy living for free off your couch.

CrαZy

May 11th, 2012
11:12 am

Paul….. I think you may have hit the caps lock key by mistake…. it’s the one right beside the A on your keyboard!!

Astro Joe

May 11th, 2012
11:15 am

Marcus, Hawks could draft a young combo guard to replace hinrich in the starting line-up (if they choose to trade Marvin or keep him on the bench). They could draft a SF with strog defensive fundamentals to develop into a starting caliber SF. They could drafta tweener in case Ivan doesn’t have the emotional stability to stay in the league. They can draft a center to develop in the NBDL, since Zaza’s contract expires in about 14 months. There are plenty of gaps that can be filled by a 1st round draft pick.

303, my guess is that other GMs and head coaches who study basketball don’t disrespect the Hawks like the national media. IMO, this team has long needed an outsider (at both GM and head coach) to change the culture. But with the current ownership situation, I just don’t see getting a top notch guy in here. it would be like convincing an Ivy League MBA to take a job with Blackberry (who may well be out of business in 1-2 years), when he could land a job with Apple.

Ray

May 11th, 2012
11:20 am

LOL! At people trying to blame Josh Smith for this loss.

Dude was hurt he was limping the whole game yet he still played because unlike Max Johnson he had heart and pride to play for.

It’s so easy to talk about Josh because of how he was when we first drafted him, but as it stands he contributed more than any other Atl Hawk this season. Al Horford is excluded because he was injured.

If I’m GM I’m building around Teague, Josh, Horford, and Zaza

Joe and Marvin plus Collins and Dampier are expendable no offence to Damp and Collins, but they were really only used for one thing and that is guarding Dwight got to get more than that from a backup C’s.

I say bring back Willie Green more times than not he was pretty big for us during the year yeah he stunk it up in the playoffs, but that’s only because it was probably is first real time being in there kind of like Jamal last two years.

T-mac may be gone don’t blame him either.

Pargo should be brought back at first I was upset with him cause he kept jacking up 3’s, but after he calmed down he was a better third string PG than I expected.

cp

May 11th, 2012
11:22 am

Greg Oden has already said he wont be playing next season. He is going to rehab and try to get healthy as possible.

There will be plenty of options in the draft when the Hawks pick. I read that they really like the pg from Washinton. He has good size and attacks the rim but he cant shoot. I like Harkless from St. Johns. Dude can rebound and plays defense. He is also a solid finisher. I think he is still only 18 so he will be a little raw. I like Fab Melo’s ability to block shots but he is a poor rebounder. I still think the Hawks will try to move some guys during the draft. I could see a team who already has a bunch of young guys be willing to move their pick for a proven player. I know the Wizards did this a few years ago. I dont know if the front office will allow the GM to break up the core though. Should be one hell of a summer

ForrestTucker

May 11th, 2012
11:24 am

Mike Woodson should get fired as Knicks Head Coach because Woodson WRECKED the Knicks the same way he WRECKED the Hawks by playing his friend Mike Bibby instead of younger, more capable point guards. If Woody gets fired in new york, woodsen should get re-hired by the Hawks to get the Hawks to the next level.

day old fries

May 11th, 2012
11:24 am

Charles, Shaq and Kenny said it best last night when saying the Hawks are just too cool, they play cool, act too cool….Kenny said only Horford is the only one that dont act cool, “He could have snot running from his nose, but he dont care, he’s there to play basketball.”……not surprising, your team usually is a reflection of the environment that surrounds it….Atlanta culture, Black Hollywood, the epicenter of Black American culture…the culture is too cool…so doesnt surprise me the Hawks are too cool as well….Boston, Philly, Chicago…they aint cool b/c they reflect a different culture…Atlanta as a whole has a loooong way to go…on and off the court.

rollow lawson

May 11th, 2012
11:25 am

The Celtics get away with bloody murder. And that foul on Marquis Daniels should have resulted in two shots and the ball. Paul Pierce also rode Joe Johnson’s back on that driving lay up. Go watch it again. His forearm was in Joe’s back and he shoved him out of bounds. No call!! Jeff Teague gets no respect from the officials. The guy was hammered when taking the ball to the basket last night. He never got a call. But the flopper Paul Pierce got bailed out repeatedly. I guess the NBA didn’t want to have a semi-finals of Philly, Atlanta, and Indy. Not enough star power I guess. Now I see what Tim Donahey was talking about!!

Ray

May 11th, 2012
11:26 am

As for the whole Trade Josh Smith BS

Most of you guys wanting to trade Josh to somewhere like Orlando don’t realize that it wouldn’t get us Dwight or it would, but it’s a rental for both teams.

Why?

Because both would bolt after the next season to somewhere like L.A or something.

Plus Trading Josh Smith would just cripple the franchise we’d be back to square one much as people don’t want to admit Josh Smith kept bringing it every game dude should have been an All-star this year and the year before last.

If the ownership wants me to appreciate them tell them to get off their ass and promote Josh Smith as the leader or at the very least promote both Horford and Smith as co-leaders without Joe Johnson(CAUSE HE’S NOT A LEADER!) Oh and for once do some advertising for your players please I don’t remember seeing Josh Smith or Horford even Johnson for that matter in commercials on T.V

KevinM

May 11th, 2012
11:28 am

Ray, the guys you get rid of are the guys you can get value in return for.

Josh and maybe Joe could be just that. Al would be the last of the 3 to be considered, but he has proven to be healthy enough to be moved.
And Al had his chance to endure himself to all Hawk fans at the line last night…..he didn’t get it done.

We aren’t contending for next year as currently built. LD is 8-10 as a playoff coach and he’s had plenty to time to prove he can coach a veteran roster. Well, the only coach he would have outcoached this year would have been Ty Corbin, if that is possible.
The road to the ECF was so wide open, and we blow it in Game 2.

As AJ reiiterated from what I said earlier, its a culture thing here in Atlanta. No national coverage, no respect.

When your team spokesman is Stackhouse, that ought to tell you how fragile our floor leaders are.