Atlanta Hawks: Rick Sund Q-and-A

More from my interview yesterday with Hawks GM Rick Sund.

MC: What is your evaluation of the season?

Sund: There are two seasons. Once you become a real playoff team, there are two seasons. I thought we had an unbelievably great first season: 40 wins, key people hurt, the players and Larry [Drew] kept their focus. We ended up having the fourth-best record in the East. I thought with all the adversity it was really a great year with the compressed schedule and all the obstacles a team has to climb, which every team has those obstacles. I thought it was good.

The second part of the season is the playoffs and that’s disappointing. I think a great thing when you go through the [exit] interview process you get to talk to the players, and to a man—I still have a couple to do—but to a man they all think we should still be playing. And that’s a good thing. There’s disappointment in their heart. They look [at the playoffs] and feel they are good enough to be playing at the championship level.

MC: When you evaluate the team, are you able to separate out the effects of all the injuries from where you need to get better?

Sund: Two-and-a-half weeks after the season, you are a little bit more pragmatic. The emotions are out of the focus. When you look at it and you have to say, the last four years this team in the Eastern Conference has had the third-or fourth-best record either by the end of the regular season or by getting through the first round and getting to the second round. We’ve had the third- or fourth-best record in the last four years. Our goal is to get into those top two [in the East], because that’s when you have a legitimate shot to get to the finals. That’s that championship level. That’s the NBA’s version of the Final Four. You want to be one of those top two teams playing at the end of May and into June because you’ve got a legitimate shot to win a championship. We’ve fallen short of that. That’s our goal. Having said that, we have to look at our club and say where are the areas we can improve, what can we do without taking a step back. So we will have to explore all opportunities.

MC: The team’s deficiencies were mostly on offense, which came to fruition against the Celtics, a very good defensive team. From a personnel standpoint, how can the team improve offensively?

Sund: Again, you say separate the injuries, you really can’t, because if your key personnel are core members of your club, you are going to miss the points that that person may bring or the rebounds. I think we were one of the better defensive teams in the league, something last season we really wanted to focus on. I think Larry and the team did a great job. Points-wise it was Chicago one, Boston two, Philly three, Miami four, Memphis five, we are sixth. Defending in certain areas [like] field-goal percentage. In all of that, we really improved. I think that was the strength of our team. Now we have got to focus on, can we score a little more. Having said that, our offensive efficiency—which I know you are a big stat guy—was really good in the fourth quarter, particularly the last five minutes of the game. Joe [Johnson] in particular [was good] in crunch time. We were good in the fourth quarter, we were good in overtime games, close games. You are always looking at how you get better. I think some of that will come, if the team is the same, from [Jeff] Teague. Teague is going to continue to get better. He got a lot of easy shots for us in the playoffs for some of our players. Joe really improved his 3-point shooting. Marvin [Williams] shot the 3-pointer pretty good. You are asking me questions that really Larry should answer but I think, overall, the dialogue from the coaching staff and the management last year was [about] defense. We’ve got to focus on that and we can manufacture and we have enough talent to get shots.

MC: Why do you think things like good offensive efficiency in fourth quarter didn’t translate to the playoffs?

Sund: I haven’t really zeroed in on that. I think with the exception of the blowout game, all of the games—and we pretty much dominated Game 1-you take those two games out and the other four games were pretty close and could have gone either way. It was a missed shot here and a missed shot there.

MC: We saw the tension between Joe’s deliberate style that he likes to play and LD’s motion offense, something that he expressed his frustration about at one point. Can that tension be resolved with this personnel?

Sund: That question should be to Coach.

MC: Do you plan to extend a tender to Ivan [Johnson]?

Sund: I’m not going to comment on that right now.

MC: Will you try to sign Josh Smith to an extension?

Sund: I’m not going to get into contract stuff.

MC: Josh had a great year production-wise but–

Sund: I think it was the best year Josh has had, at least in the four years I’ve been here. I’ve said it for the record and I’ll say it again: Irrespective of how the voting came out, he should have been an All-Star. I thought Josh had an absolutely terrific year. He did a great job of making sure, hey, we lost some huge production with [Al] Horford and he picked it up.

MC: But his offensive efficiency fell off, and a large part of that is because he’s taking more shots away from the basket and not shooting–

Sund: You have to ask those questions to Larry.

MC: But from a personnel standpoint, do you think he fits with what Larry is trying to do offensively?

Sund: Yes.

MC: Does that mean the migration away from the basket–

Sund: Those are questions you have to ask Larry. I think he’s an All-Star player. He played a total All-Star caliber play this year. He’s been exceptional in the post. I thought his defense was great. He’s one of the better passing power forwards in the league. I think he had a very good year.

MC: Is it your perception Josh is still happy being here with the Hawks?

Sund: I’m going to have his exit interview sometime this week. But, yeah, when you read the things of him saying . . . He’s such a competitor. I was talking to his dad the other day, and he mentioned we all think we should be playing, and that’s great. And [Josh] is one of them.

MC: Can you discuss tour team salary situation going forward?

Sund: I don’t like to talk about it until we find out what the taxes are and the league does its audit. We are in a situation where we have six guys under contract and we will have to fill in either via trade, first-round pick, second-round pick. How much room [under the tax level] do we have to use the mid-level, the bi-annual. We have all of those exceptions. Its’ too early to say.

MC: Is it possible you may have to build the same way as last year, when you had to find some value with minimum-salaried guys?

Sund: Many of the good teams are going to have to finesse their way around and look at that as an option. If you don’t want to be a perennial taxpayer, you have to look at those options. . . . I thought our team this year had a legitimate chance to get to the one or two spot [in the East]. We ended up with the fourth-best record in the [East] but we thought we could still be playing. I asked ownership if we think we are going to have a chance to make a run at it, we are going to have to dip our toe into and go into the tax and pay a little bit of tax. And they did it with no problem. We are an official taxpayer this year and I thought that was a good move for us given the injuries.

MC: I know you probably haven’t had much chance to study prospects in detail, but do you have an idea of the quality of depth in the draft?

Sund: I’m a real division of labor guy and that’s Dave Pendergraft and Mike McNeive, they focus on that all the time. I am getting more involved. During the year I go out and see some people but really focusing in on the groupings, where we pick at 23 who is going to be there, who do I really need to look at, who do you like in the combines, who do you not like. Chicago [combine] has become a really good tool because it’s basically all interviews for two or three days. That’s turned out to be really more productive than even in the past, when they just play.

MC: Have you gotten a feel from Dave and Mike on what they think about the draft prospects?

Sund: They’ve handled the draft pretty good the last couple of years. We got a good player in Teague and we got a good player in [Jordan] Crawford, which we parlayed into [Kirk] Hinrich. They feel that we will get a quality player at the 23rd pick, or there are quality people there. There are a few people they like that they might want to move down to get. Who knows. It’s way too early to tell. The lottery is tonight and next week is when it really starts to focus.

MC: How do you think that Crawford trade turned out now that Hinrich’s contract is expiring?

Sund: We felt we could make a run last year. Not quite as good as this year [but] we had to get through Orlando. It was the first time in four years we didn’t have home-court advantage and many people picked Orlando to win the conference. And then we took the best team record-wise [the Bulls] where we won the first game and then won another game. Hinrich didn’t play in that [series]. We like to think if Hinrich did play we would have advanced that round. It’s just unfortunate he came in with the injury this year. But I don’t think there’s any question in my mind that we wouldn’t have advanced to the second round last year without Kirk on our team.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

535 comments Add your comment

Astro Joe

May 31st, 2012
10:11 am

I wonder if we had lost to Chicago in 6 games in 2011 with Rose averaging more in that series than he did during his MVP regular season, if Hinrich’s value would have been perceived differently?

Dawg

May 31st, 2012
10:14 am

Such enlightening information. I have so much confidence in Sund. We are in great hands. Sund is a visionary!

If you read that transcript, you have a good idea why it is hard for anyone to get excited about the direction of the Hawks.

Sugar Ray

May 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Uh oh, MC pressed him on Josh’s trending inefficiency?!

Time to get my popcorn and…. observe. :)

TMACfan

May 31st, 2012
10:26 am

Great stuff MC!

Sugar Ray

May 31st, 2012
10:26 am

“MC: But his offensive efficiency fell off, and a large part of that is because he’s taking more shots away from the basket and not shooting–

Sund: You have to ask those questions to Larry.

MC: But from a personnel standpoint, do you think he fits with what Larry is trying to do offensively?

Sund: Yes.

MC: Does that mean the migration away from the basket–

Sund: Those are questions you have to ask Larry.”

This is outstanding. It reveals everything you need to know about all three of them actually.

teedub

May 31st, 2012
10:30 am

“our offensive efficiency—which I know you are a big stat guy—was really good in the fourth quarter, particularly the last five minutes of the game. Joe [Johnson] in particular [was good] in crunch time.”

Is this spin or is he just out of touch?

AG

May 31st, 2012
10:32 am

Why would you not have had an exit interview with one of the top players? Who cares about Damp, Stack, etc – as far as exit interviews. I want to know exactly from our best player and his opinions.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 31st, 2012
10:41 am

“Once you become a real playoff team, there are two seasons.”

So I guess that means the Hawks only have one season.

“to a man—I still have a couple to do—but to a man they all think we should still be playing. And that’s a good thing. ”

Of course, the owners of this team would be perfectly happy if they were still playing and lost this series. After all, the goal is to be a top 2 team in the East, right?

“We’ve had the third- or fourth-best record in the last four years. ”

They were the 6 seed last year and had the 5th best record.

“Our goal is to get into those top two [in the East], because that’s when you have a legitimate shot to get to the finals.”

Lol.

“Points-wise it was Chicago one, Boston two, Philly three, Miami four, Memphis five, we are sixth.”

Points per game, huh? I am shocked that the Hawks haven’t started using advanced metrics yet.

“I haven’t really zeroed in on that. ”

I mean, he only has five years of evidence, right? How could he possibly know by now?

“I think with the exception of the blowout game, all of the games—and we pretty much dominated Game 1″

Domination, baby. Love those double digit playoff wins. Oh, wait…

“you take those two games out and the other four games were pretty close and could have gone either way. ”

Yeah, and if you take the 26 regular season losses out, the Hawks went undefeated.

” It was a missed shot here and a missed shot there.”

It was a missed shot here, and a missed shot there, and a missed box out here, and a bad pass there, and about twenty broken possessions… but other than that we were ELITE!

“MC: We saw the tension between Joe’s deliberate style that he likes to play and LD’s motion offense, something that he expressed his frustration about at one point. Can that tension be resolved with this personnel?

Sund: That question should be to Coach.”

LD: That question should be to Owner.

Gearon: That question should be to GM.

“Irrespective of how the voting came out, he should have been an All-Star. ”

Hey, I never said anything to promote him during the All Star selection process and now Josh is p-ssed at me and wants out, but it’s not too late to stick up for him, right? Right guys?

“MC: But from a personnel standpoint, do you think he fits with what Larry is trying to do offensively?

Sund: Yes.”

WE LOVE JUMPSHOTS.

“I’m going to have his exit interview sometime this week. But, yeah, when you read the things of him saying . . . He’s such a competitor. I was talking to his dad the other day, and he mentioned we all think we should be playing, and that’s great. And [Josh] is one of them.”

None of this answers the question as to whether he thinks Josh is happy here.

“I don’t like to talk about it until we find out what the taxes are and the league does its audit. We are in a situation where we have six guys under contract and we will have to fill in either via trade, first-round pick, second-round pick. How much room [under the tax level] do we have to use the mid-level, the bi-annual. We have all of those exceptions. Its’ too early to say.”

Something tells me he’s not going to talk about it after he finds out about taxes and what not either.

“I thought our team this year had a legitimate chance to get to the one or two spot [in the East].”

I also saw a flying pig f-cking a unicorn the other day while Bigfoot videotaped it.

“I asked ownership if we think we are going to have a chance to make a run at it, we are going to have to dip our toe into and go into the tax and pay a little bit of tax. And they did it with no problem. We are an official taxpayer this year and I thought that was a good move for us given the injuries.”

Hey Mike, Bruce, I know this is a little tough to swallow… but if we want to make a run at it, we HAVE to sign Erick Dampier. There’s no way around it.

“I’m a real division of labor guy and that’s Dave Pendergraft and Mike McNeive, they focus on that all the time.”

We love division of labor around here. Larry answers all the basketball questions, Dave and Mike answer all the personnel and scouting questions, and I play Doodle Jump all day.

“I am getting more involved. During the year I go out and see some people but really focusing in on the groupings, where we pick at 23 who is going to be there, who do I really need to look at, who do you like in the combines, who do you not like. Chicago [combine] has become a really good tool because it’s basically all interviews for two or three days. That’s turned out to be really more productive than even in the past, when they just play.”

Who needs to travel around during the season watching players play in ACTUAL GAMES when you can just watch them at the combine?

“We got a good player in Teague and we got a good player in [Jordan] Crawford, which we parlayed into [Kirk] Hinrich.”

We got one good player, and we refused to play him, so we traded another good player to hold him back even longer.

“There are a few people they like that they might want to move down to get. ”

June 28, 2012, 5:30 PM. Breaking news: Atlanta Hawks trade the #23 overall pick to the San Antonio Spurs for the #30 overall pick and $3 million cash.

“And then we took the best team record-wise [the Bulls] where we won the first game and then won another game. Hinrich didn’t play in that [series]. We like to think if Hinrich did play we would have advanced that round.”

We’d like to think that if we continued to bury Teague on the bench instead of playing him out of necessity and watching him have a breakout series, we would have been better off.

Lon Stotts

May 31st, 2012
10:47 am

The way he’s spinning things makes it sound like Sund is posturing himself for a return. Great. Parlayed JC2 into Hinrich?

Q: Is a role player ever worth one starter* and two first round picks?

Sund: Don’t forget we got Hilton Armstrong in that deal!

This guy hasn’t a clue.

*Grandpa Bibby

Bdfshjdf

May 31st, 2012
10:47 am

Nice interview, thanks for taking it up a notch and jabbing him with a few critical questions MC, you did a good job.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 31st, 2012
10:51 am

FTPB

“2nd;
It`s like someone said the other day:
[apologies to the source]
HOF in basketball includes College & international.”

Good point. I said that. And you’re right, based on his international and Olympic accomplishments, Gasol has a pretty good shot at the Hall of Fame.

With that said, I stand by what I said earlier. The only thing separating Gasol from Stoudemire and Bosh are the rings he won as a supporting player. He has won zero career playoff games as the best player on his team. If the Heat win a championship this year, Bosh has as good of a Hall of Fame case as Gasol does if not better.

If you only take NBA accomplishments into consideration, I don’t think any of those three are Hall of Famers.

I am not a huge fan of basketball-reference’s Hall of Fame probability since it seems somewhat arbitrary to me (Nash should be much higher on that list, for one), but they have Bosh actually ranked higher than Gasol right now.

“3rd;
One can make the case, PG is the 2nd best Euro
to play in the NBA.”

Yeah, and Yao is the best Chinese player to play in the NBA. Does that make him a Hall of Famer?

“4th;
Since when did Kobe win the Title by himself.
Most people recognize that Kobe woul not have won
his last two rings w/o Gasol.”

Well, he wouldn’t have won them without Bynum either, but that doesn’t make Bynum a Hall of Famer.

“5th;
What is potential anyway ?
PG has been a very productive player.
Holds most career records for Memphis franshise.”

Gerald Wallace holds most career records for the Bobcats and has been a very productive player. Doesn’t make him a Hall of Famer.

“the Kobe propaganda machine places blame on Pau
to take the responsibilty, blame, accountability from Kobe;
yet Kobe gets all the credit when LAL wins a championship.”

That is how it works for the best player on the team. The best player is usually the primary reason why a team wins a championship. Shaq was the best player on the three-peat Kobe-Shaq Lakers, so he gets the majority of the credit for those rings (from me anyway). Kobe was the best player on the last two Lakers championship teams, so he gets the majority of the credit for those.

Pau is good. At his peak, he was very good. But it is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Very Good.

WeBurn

May 31st, 2012
10:54 am

So obviously they are bringing back the same team and hoping that it will work out differently. What a joke. We’ve been trying that for years, things aren’t changing.

What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for different results.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 31st, 2012
10:56 am

^One edit to the post above: based on international accomplishments Yao will almost certainly make it to the Hall of Fame, but the question was really whether he would make it based on NBA accomplishments. I was a big fan of Yao but it would be a close call solely based on what he did in the NBA.

drmaryb .(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
10:57 am

I hope Rick stays in Atlanta. We’re getting close to having a championship team here.

Rusty

May 31st, 2012
11:00 am

He will be back!!!!!!!!! What a load of bullcrap.

Astro Joe

May 31st, 2012
11:10 am

You know the old story about how when NASA was working on the first trip to the moon, everyone in the building could speak to the same organizational mission. Supposedly, if you asked the janitor what he was doing while he swept the floor, he would answer “I am sending a man to the moon”. It is a classic story used in organizations to highlight the “everyone rowing in the same direction” thing.

Meanwhile, when asked questions about specific player performance or team tendencies, our GM with 4 toes in the building and 6 toes out the door says “go ask the head coach”.

For the upteenth time… the dysfunction starts up high and trickles down below. It is an all-consuming dysfunction.

It was not a bad pick

May 31st, 2012
11:14 am

I would have asked Sund why Marvin, who was almost the #1 pick in the draft has never been used right

Mike

May 31st, 2012
11:14 am

First of all, Great Job MC, you ask the tough questions except one.

“With all the (non)-moves that this team does, name one thing that is going to get Hawks fans excited and want to spend their hard earned money on this team and go to the arena?”

But seriously, I am thinking something else is happen behind the scenes, Give Drew and Sund (Maybe?) one extra year with lack of commitments, knowing that Josh isnt coming back, with Zaza and Jeff (RFA) contacts is up, Marvin with his option as well and other factors, I am starting to think that they have something else going on.

Besides I dont hat that a team would be so stupid to contine the same path, know in fact its going to fail and fail hard.

Rod from College Park

May 31st, 2012
11:15 am

“I thought we had an unbelievably great first season: 40 wins,”

Although we lostt to most of the above 500 teams we played. This guy is clueless. No chance in hell we have of winning a championship with Sund and Drew.

Rod from College Park

May 31st, 2012
11:17 am

“Marvin [Williams] shot the 3-pointer pretty good.”

Take a look at his numbers against playoff teams Mr. Sund. It might surprise you. SMH

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:22 am

ENTER YOUR COMMENTS HERE!

The best part about the MC Hammer -vs- GM Sund – Dance Academy Award Winner interviews are:

The Najeh Daven-Poop responses.

They are the best rebuttals of all time!
Hands down HOBF (Hall of Bloggers Fame) material. – Four Thumbs Up! – (if you like toe fkg),
- drmaryeb – The Entertainment Reporter
___________

Hey Sund! Eat … S h y t & D y e.

Rod from College Park

May 31st, 2012
11:22 am

“Points-wise it was Chicago one, Boston two, Philly three, Miami four, Memphis five, we are sixth.”

Mr. Sund. We averaged 82 ppg in the playoffs, and 96ppg in the regular season. Which one do you think is more important?

Rod from College Park

May 31st, 2012
11:25 am

drmaryb.,

I already know the answer, but there is no chance of my guy Paul (The Punisher) Williams, from Aiken, SC walking again is there?

tony

May 31st, 2012
11:26 am

Hire Chris Mullin to replace Rick Sund.

PMC

May 31st, 2012
11:27 am

But Rick, THEY’VE NEVER BEEN TO THE CONFERENCE FINALS.

My gosh it’s like they still don’t get that they are not good enough at anything in any position.

The regular season doesn’t even matter. We don’t start paying attention to the NBA until APRIL!

KevinM

May 31st, 2012
11:29 am

Sund is staying DMB because he thinks we can still reach our ‘goal’ of being a top 2 East team. BUT!

We are so close except for injuries, except for a bad ref call, except for having to go over the tax to bring in a legit couch potatoe.

How many more excuses is this GM allowed to come up with? This is a ‘1st season’ team and a lottery team in the playoffs. But for some reason, it takes more than 5 years with the same players to figure that out.

Joe has improved his 3 pt shooting…that’s funny!
Josh fits right in with what Coach wants…..um, what does Coach want? More jumpers and wasted 24 second possessions?

Please MC, his comments only rile us up. He does nothing to point out how we can improve. His only interest is not stepping back.

Well, didn’t we step back this year? 5th seed, losing in the 1st round?

What is his definition of not stepping back?

Rick Sund has no clue how to run a championship contender. And with the ASG not allowing Portland to interview him? That’s a farce because they are showing how satisfied they are.

For Rick to say his draft staff would look to move down in the draft instead of moving up tells you how limited we are. We have no interest in the top 22 guys coming out. Totally unacceptable approach for a guy who has a lot of say here in Atlanta.

Leave Rick Sund…..we’ve seen enough of your act.

PMC

May 31st, 2012
11:29 am

It’s amazing people in this city ever even walk through the doors of a professional arena.

There are no winners in the front offices of this city period. No one apparently has a clue.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:29 am

Troll Alert!

“drmaryb .(*_*).
May 31st, 2012
10:57 am

I hope Rick stays in Atlanta. We’re getting close to having a championship team here.”
__________

Why would the biggest Sund Hater on this blog say something stupid like this? Get a HANDLE – Troll!

Until something else really breaks on here, you guys will be seeing less and less of drmaryb this Summer … I’ve dusted off my “razor sharp Cheetah Thong” & I’ll be stripping a pole over at Magic City, in the meantime – (for entertainment purposes only).

smdhlmaorofKTMFCfckThe ASKGandthehorsetheyrodeinonOHyeah&F-Usund

PMC

May 31st, 2012
11:33 am

The Eastern Confrence has proven to be terrible this year with the exception of Miami, and we couldn’t compete in that playoff environment.

This team has done absolutely nothing of consequence since the team was blown up and rebuilt (poorly under Knight and Woody.

Nothing. Make the ECF ONE TIME, just once. then we can talk about great seasons.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:36 am

MC!

You did a great job of sticking your questions to elicit those BS responses from The Sund-Dance Kid. You were quite professional in your task and, exhausted that fool to reveal the truth.

A BIG shout out from me to you there!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:38 am

#1 RICKY SUND FAN!!

So long, blog babies! All I care about now is BEEFCAKES!

*smooches*

Rod from College Park

May 31st, 2012
11:41 am

“Our goal is to get into those top two [in the East], because that’s when you have a legitimate shot to get to the finals. That’s that championship level.”

Ok. So Doc Rivers has purposely rested guys at the end of the season in the past couple of years not concerned with seeding because he knew his team needed the rest. They finished 4th this year, and are playing in the ECF, but our gm is concerned about finishing in the top 2 during the regular season?

O'Brien

May 31st, 2012
11:45 am

Rod,

Najeh also posted some stats about Marvin’s 3pt %. If you take away 3 games in which he shot very well from 3, his % was really closer to 34%. And if I’m not mistaken, his 3-pt % against playoff teams were not that great either.

Same thing with JJ. Rick referenced his crunch time and 4th quarter numbers, but most of those numbers came against bad teams.

Rick also said “many people picked Orlando to win the conference”. last year. Like who? Everybody still had Miami #1, and then Orlando/Chicago fighting for the #2 spot. But I doubt people were picking Orlando to go to the NBA finals, especially after the GM made the moves he did.

And he mentioned going into LT. What he didn’t mention was we had to sell a 2nd round pick to pay for it SMH.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:55 am

Query!

“drmaryb.,

I already know the answer, but there is no chance of my guy Paul (The Punisher) Williams, from Aiken, SC walking again is there?” – Rod from College Park -
___________

“Williams, 30, severed his spinal cord when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga. Police said he was driving too fast for conditions.” – ESPN -

Rod, You are the first person to bring this to my attention – Just WOW! To answer your question, NO … Paul Williams will NEVER walk again. The brain and spinal cord is not recoverable. As a patient of spinal surgery myself, and a lifetime of severe spinal vertebrae dysfunction from congenital (birth defect) issues leading to extreme spinal cord stenosis (compression) – I know all to well how bad this is.

That is why I chose chiropractic over western allopathic medicine ( that which only treats symptoms and not root causes). This is devastating news to me, being a native of Aiken, SC. I know Paul Williams and his entire family, personally. I love and ride motorcycles myself, but, I am reconsidering that love now.

The ER doctors call motorcycle riders: organ donors for a reason. Paul Williams is LUCKY to be alive today. BTW, Joe Louis is a member of my family. Growing up, my Grandmother has a family photo of Joe Louis on her wall. I never met him though.

Thanks for the question – Rod and, for remembering that I am from Aiken, SC / Augusta, GA area. (just nine miles from Augusta – (my second home)).

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
11:57 am

I could fix that spine, after someone bends mine out for a while *wink wink*

Someone hose me off!!

Grandad

May 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

The Dumbest Response to any Two questions
I`ve ever heard in my life !
____ _ ____ _ ____ _ ____ _ ____ _ ____ _ ____ _ ____

MC:
I know you probably haven’t had much chance
to study prospects in detail,
but do you have an idea of the quality of depth in the draft?

Sund:
I’m a real division of labor guy
and that’s Dave Pendergraft and Mike McNeive,
they focus on that all the time. I am getting more involved.
____________________________________________

MC:
Have you gotten a feel from Dave and Mike
on what they think about the draft prospects?

Sund:
They’ve handled the draft pretty good the last couple of years.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 31st, 2012
12:11 pm

Kevin Everett fractured and dislocated his spinal cord and is now walking again. I don’t know if that is the same thing as “severed” though.

Cwebb

May 31st, 2012
12:17 pm

A little recap for those who don’t have the time to read it carefully:

The organisation wants to be a top 4 team in the league to have the opportunity to compete for a championship. In that regard, the regular season was good but the playoffs were a disappointment. The players felt it was possible. Injuries didn’t help them…

They were a good defensive team that now needs to improve on the offensive end. Teague improvevement seems to be the key. Sund wants to improve the team without taking a step back. He is open to all opportunities: minimum vets, trades, draft picks. If he feels the team has a chance to win it all, they will go over the cap once again.

Dave Pendergraft and Mikr McNeive are the ones that work on the 2012 draft class. They both thinks there are good players available with the 23th pick.

Btw, I’m a french hawks fan who has an english exam next week. Feel free to correct my mistakes ! I would appreciate your help !

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

The Brown Bomber! (RIP)

Joe Louis: Born: May 13, 1914
Lexington, Alabama
Died: April 12, 1981
Las Vegas, Nevada
African American boxer

African American boxer Joe Louis was world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1948. He defended his title twenty times in four years.

Early years

Joseph Louis Barrow, born on May 13, 1914, was the seventh of eight children of Munroe Barrow and Lily Reese. His father was an Alabama sharecropper and died when Joe was four. His mother took in washing to support her family. Joe was close to his large family, particularly to his mother, from whom he inherited a deep religious sentiment. His mother married Patrick Brooks, with children of his own, when Joe was seven, and the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1926.

After Brooks lost his job, Joe and his brothers shined shoes, ran errands, and sold newspapers before and after school to help out the family. Joe also worked as an assistant to an ice-wagon driver. He later said that carrying heavy ice helped him to develop his big shoulder muscles.

Final years

Unfortunately, drugs took a toll on the once indomitable (not able to be beaten) champion in his final years. In 1969, he was hospitalized after collapsing on a New York City street. While the incident was at first credited to “physical breakdown,” Louis later admitted to cocaine use and fears of a plot against his life. The following year, Louis spent five months in the hospital suffering from paranoid delusions (irrational anxiety and fear toward others). Strokes and heart ailments caused his condition to worsen. He had surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm (abnormal widening of a blood vessel) in 1977 and was thereafter confined to a wheelchair.

Despite failing health, Louis still found time to attend major boxing events. On April 12, 1981, he sat ringside at the Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick heavyweight championship bout at Caesar’s Palace. Hours after the fight, Louis went into cardiac arrest (a heart failure) and died at the age of sixty-six.

In 1994, the bronzed boxing glove that Louis used to defeat Max Schmeling was donated to the city of Detroit by the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Dubbed “The Glove That Floored Nazi Germany,” it was enshrined in a plexiglass case at the city’s Cobo Center, a monument to Louis’s enduring legacy.
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Read more: Joe Louis Biography – life, family, children, name, school, mother, information, born, drugs, contract http://www.notablebiographies.com/Lo-Ma/Louis-Joe.html#b#ixzz1wSob2Yn0
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My Father, Eddie at age 5 would hang out at the local barber shops in NYC and shine shoes for a nickel. He was moved to Aiken, SC and attended high school with my Mother (Private School for Blacks – Catholic). As a kid, my Dad would cut hair on the side and, eventually became a licensed barber in 1961. Joe Louis and he were very close and ironically, when I moved to Atlanta, GA in 1986. I started a business as a “shoe shine girl” in Buckhead where, I lived.

I could not find work right away, so instinctively I began this SHOE SHINE Business and, landed a corporate contract to “pick up and drop off shoes in office buildings. I hired 30 some odd girls to do the physical work and, we made 50K in my first month at age 21. We had shoe shine stands also at the World Congress Center Downtown- Omni, The Airport, The Marriott Marquis, Windy Hill & Marriott Airport – where I met Bobby Brown & many other celebrities.

My Mother was appalled that I was in Atlanta and, shining shoes? – But, no job was beneath me, ( i also delivered pizzas & cleaned toilets) – failure was not an option! I guess the entrepreneurial spirit was in my blood lines – hugh?

Too bad, my Mother died when I was 24 years old and, never lived to see me become a doctor. (RIP Myrtle James). Here’s my point: I never knew that Joe Louis shined shoes too and, I didn’t do it because my Father started out shining shoes – it never once crossed my mind as to why I chose to do that – Grand Hustle!

Like all women – I just love shiny shoes! I own about 3,00 pairs of Italian leather shoes. The most I’ve paid for a pair of shoes is $2,100.00 Dolce Gabana. Yikes!
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I hope my story of “The Climb” inspires someone on the blog or, their children. Unemployment is a fallacy – I you can’t find a job – CREATE ONE!

“If your job is to sweep the streets – then, become the best street sweeper that ever lived.”
- drmaryeb -

brigadier

May 31st, 2012
12:39 pm

high-sider,

are u more of a jamal crawford fan than a hawks fan or no?

newkid

May 31st, 2012
12:42 pm

A first order chump. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving group of owners.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
12:43 pm

Severed!

“Kevin Everett fractured and dislocated his spinal cord and is now walking again. I don’t know if that is the same thing as “severed” though.” – Najeh Davenpoop -
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Poop, I do not know of Kevin Everett? But, sounds like he fractured the vertebrae that houses and protects the spinal cord. The displacement of the spinal cord is bad but, to severe is to cut, like with scissors. Once the gray matter inside the cord is cut – the body does not repair or replace those neural cells. There is no possibility of healing at this point, the damage to the spinal cord is permanent and irreversible.

Sounds like Kevin was God Lucky and, probably sustained a bruised spinal cord that could heal itself with rest and, eventually, physical therapy to the surrounding ligaments and muscles that became atrophied from disuse.

Hey Poop, thanks for sharing that story with us and, broadening this conversation. This blog is amazing because of insightful and intellectual people like you.

Just Joe

May 31st, 2012
12:46 pm

Strange that Sund hasn’t talked to Josh yet. No wonder Josh doesn’t feel valued.

Golden State wanting a forward: Rudy Gay, Iguodala, Granger, Batum, Josh….

I guess their plan is to offer Richard Jefferson, Dorell Wright & the 7th pick. They don’t have cap space. They’re not trading Bogut. Noone wants Lee’s contract. Noone wants Biedrin’s contract. Not sure how they’re pulling this one off. They own the 7th, 30th, 35th, and 52nd picks.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
12:47 pm

Poop!

Also, Ice applied to the spine is critical care within five minutes of bruising and swelling to the cord. Ice and steroids is the BEST way to treat spinal cord injuries in football.

ICE, ICE, ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …. is the first thing a sports physician should do until paramedics arrive and the patient is back boarded with a C-Collar (neck brace) for ER transport and a CT-Scan can be done to assess damage. ICE, ICE, ICE, ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
12:48 pm

NEVER HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICE!

falCans

May 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

First things first WE MUST GET A PASSING PG!!! That would end all our offensive woes. We have the personnel to space the floor but Teague CAMT PASS. he can’t run the pick and roll so Josh has to stay on the perimeter. Think what could be if we had a point guard to dish on multiple pick n rolls with Al and Josh. WERE IN THE ECF if we had a true point guard. Keep Teague maybe even as the starter but his minutes must b limited unless he learns to get others involved

cp

May 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

Its no reason to even interview Sund anymore. This front office is just pathetic. I guess the Hawks will be trading down now and picking up some cash considerations.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
1:01 pm

Ghost!

“Strange that Sund hasn’t talked to Josh yet. No wonder Josh doesn’t feel valued.” – just joe -
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At first, I thought the same as you. Then, I thought – Josh probably went ghost. If he did, that is a bad sign of things to come and his commitment level to The Hawks. What I found interesting though, is that Sund has been talking to Mr. Smith instead?

Hmmm … what does that tell you?

Just Joe
O’Brien
Najeh
Grand – Daddy
KevinM
Astro Joe

What do you guys take from Sund talking to Daddy instead of Josh?

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
1:05 pm

FalCans said this:

“First things first WE MUST GET A PASSING PG!!! That would end all our offensive woes. We have the personnel to space the floor but Teague CAMT PASS. he can’t run the pick and roll so Josh has to stay on the perimeter. Think what could be if we had a point guard to dish on multiple pick n rolls with Al and Josh. WERE IN THE ECF if we had a true point guard. Keep Teague maybe even as the starter but his minutes must b limited unless he learns to get others involved”
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N I C E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FalCans, so, would you take a PG with that first pick @ #23, MOVE UP to #17, or take: Andrew Nicholson @ 6′9″ PF/C who has the size of Lamar Odom and the skills of Melo … to play SF here?

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

& trade for a Ramon Sessions?