Atlanta Hawks: Larry Drew studying with Euro coach David Blatt

Back when Hawks coach Larry Drew added assistants Kenny Atkinson and Bob Weiss to join Lester Conner and Bob Bender, Drew said his staff was “set” for 2012-13.

But, according to a report out of Russia that was translated by Eurohoops.com, Drew is in Israel to meet with Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt. According to Eurohoops, Blatt recently signed a three-year contract with Maccabi but has a “turbulent relationship” with the club’s management.

UPDATE: Hawks GM Danny Ferry confirms that Drew is not seeking to add Blatt to his staff but went to Maccabi’s camp to observe, learn and share ideas with Blatt.

“Larry respects the international game and is enjoying the opportunity to share ideas with David Blatt,” Ferry wrote in a text message. “David is a heckuva coach and I know that Larry appreciates that David has been so open. I know Larry is enjoying the opportunity to closely watch [Maccabi's] program. It is a highly respected program.”

Blatt is an American native who played at Princeton. He coached the Russian national team to a bronze medal finish at the 2012 Olympics.

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i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
8:43 pm

I gotta check this guy out

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
8:46 pm

I wonder what Drew has in mind for Blatt, although it’s just a meeting.

Daniel

September 12th, 2012
8:48 pm

Blatt is one of the best coaches in the world, regardless of league. If the Hawks were able to bring him on, this would be monumental for the franchise.

Sneaker Pimp

September 12th, 2012
8:48 pm

It would be Ferry’s best move of this entire summer. Blatt is no joke. I was very impressed by his handling of the Russian team in the Olympics.

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
8:49 pm

But if Blatt comes on, he should be heir apparent for the head coaching gig should Drew underwhelm Danny Ferry and/or Sund.

chuckw/deadjournalist

September 12th, 2012
8:49 pm

wow, this could be huge

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

Or maybe Drew’s just studying under Blatt, in which case, I would have to tip my hat to Drew for doing what it takes to improve at his craft.

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
8:53 pm

Never mind. Ran into several other articles saying that Hawks may go after Blatt as an asst. coach.

Michael Cunningham

September 12th, 2012
9:00 pm

blog updates to report Drew is not seeking to add Blatt to staff but is at Macabi camp to observe.

Rev in Tampa

September 12th, 2012
9:09 pm

I wish it was Danny Ferry going over to meet with Blatt WITHOUT DREW.

Section 303

September 12th, 2012
9:17 pm

Did any of you watch Russia play throughout the Olympics? They were tough and the surprise team of the tournament. Blatt is a good coach, but I am not surprised he has a “trublent relationship” with his team. The guy is an a$$ buster.

NBC had him miked during a timeout, in one of Russia’s games. Blatt yelled at a player, telling him to “shutup in his (Blatt’s) huddle”. When the player offered an explanation, Blatt pulled him from the game.

Though I admire his toughness, I don’t see Blatt making it in the NBA, unless he chilled a bit. No NBA player would respond well to those tactics/reactions.

That being said, I am glad Larry Drew is studying a Euro team/coach. The Hawks are very Euro this year. They will rely on their guards and have several solid shooters. Coach Drew should benefit from being over there.

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
9:29 pm

i_am_soulstar
September 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

Or maybe Drew’s just studying under Blatt, in which case, I would have to tip my hat to Drew for doing what it takes to improve at his craft.
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Damn it, self :(

i_am_soulstar

September 12th, 2012
9:34 pm

I really like that Ferry is open to the media/fans. Rick Sund would’ve just left us to wonder.

Ra'mon

September 12th, 2012
10:52 pm

I hate this, lol. I wish it was Ferry hiring Blatt in place of Drew. Blatt would be the great outside coach for this team who has nothing invested with either player to lead the team into the new era.

hawksordie

September 13th, 2012
1:15 am

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hawksordie

September 13th, 2012
1:17 am

Hawks = 3rd place

hawksordie

September 13th, 2012
1:19 am

Run gun equals ___ we won!!!

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 13th, 2012
2:40 am

vava74

September 13th, 2012
2:52 am

This is LD’s replacement, not LD’s assistant.

This could be Ferry’s greatest and most devious move yet!

I have been advocating Blatt here since midway 2010/11. That guy CAN coach and CAN develop/recover wasted talent.

Buddy Grizzard

September 13th, 2012
3:33 am

In case you missed it, Blatt played at Princeton under Pete Carrill, the developer of the “Princeton” motion offense. This would be a natural resource for Drew to tap as he seeks to become known as a motion offense innovator. I’m sure Ferry did nothing but encourage Drew to make this trip. As I’ve said before, Ferry will do everything in his power to put Drew in a position to succeed.

Buddy Grizzard

September 13th, 2012
3:37 am

Coach Drew flies to Israel to meet with a respected international coach in an effort to improve his craft. Too bad no story about how Al Horford spent this summer with… whoever… to try to develop a post game.

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Slimjr

September 13th, 2012
8:25 am

Buddy Grizzard

September 13th, 2012
3:37 am

“Coach Drew flies to Israel to meet with a respected international coach in an effort to improve his craft. Too bad no story about how Al Horford spent this summer with… whoever… to try to develop a post game”

Preacher, Choir, Tabernacle…..

What an interesting observation..

This is a [Star] driven league. All NBA Al is a 4th or 5th option on a good day..

Andrew Nicholson, show ALL NBA AL a drop step move? Would you please? Ah forget about it. He’s not wired that way[two left feet]…………

Ken Strickland

September 13th, 2012
9:43 am

This is nothing more than a hunch on my part, but I believe DFerry is behind this move because he want’s LDrew to get an idea of how to take charge and be more of a disciplinarian. I know Ferry saw more than he wanted to see of the total disarray that took place with JJ taking it upon himself to take over the OFF to go ISO.

Now that JJs gone, I’m certain he want’s him to be more forceful and involved when it comes to Josh taking all of those illadvised jumpers, rather than planting his hard headed A$$ in the paint where he’s most effective. However, I don’t want Drew to try and break his strong spirit, just get him to control it more.

At any rate, whoever’s behind the move has made a solid decision, and I applaud it. It looks like Ferry is definitely trying to get the Hawks away from the strictly ISO one on one style of play that’s characterized this teams OFF in the past. We’ll be playing more of a team oriented OFF and DEF, much like the Spurs have done so successfully over the yrs.

If you read the article on Blatt in detail, you’ll see where it said he recently signed a 3yr contract, so he won’t be coming here to coach, even though it also said he has a turbulent relationship with management. With a GM like Ferry in place, along with ownerships financial committment in backing him, I believe the Hawks will become a new preferred destination for big named FAs.

The city of Atlanta itself already has the country’s highest number of professional athletes and coaches living in the city, or owning homes here. I can’t wait to see how Josh, Al and Teague step up in JJs absence. With the OFF firepower we have with Jenkins, Korver, Harris, LWilliams, and Morrow, Ferry wants a DEF minded SF that rebounds his position. Any scoring we get will be gravy.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see us use a SF by committee approach with Anderson providing more OFF and James providing more DEF, although both players are know for playing solid DEF. We might end up seeing a younger more OFF capable Anderson replace DStephenson as our DEF specialist at the swing position(SG/SF).

AG

September 13th, 2012
10:16 am

Ken, I don’t see how we can keep both of those guys at SF. If we do, Korver will rarely see time on the court. Therefore, why did we trade for a guy who will not play? I also don’t like that they signed Scott. Benson clearly outplayed him this Summer. I am very excited and more excited that we have heard nothing more about Pape Sy. When does camp start?

I finally heard a commercial on 680 the other day on the upcoming season. I still think the marketing dept should outsource to get us a real good catch phrase. The Falcons are Excellent in marketing the brand.

Lastly, they are advertising that dumb again the preseason game with Josh and LJ facing on another. Again, failure by our marketing dept. I will bet my life savings, Josh Smith can’t even search the Heat web page – much less be on an advertisement.

Ken Strickland

September 13th, 2012
10:23 am

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2012/9/12/3319150/hawks-training-camp-an-early-look-at-the-roster

Here’s a breakdown of our potential training camp roster. If KBenson accepts what will certainly be a camp invite, this will likely be the franchises quickest, fastest and most athletic training camp rosters ever.

antbanks

September 13th, 2012
10:25 am

not sure how observing how the INTERNATIONAL team practices or plays will translate to the american game…2 TOTALLY different styles and games….waste of time to me….

Ken Strickland

September 13th, 2012
10:33 am

AG

September 13th, 2012
10:52 am

I really hope MC and others with influence from time to time read some of the post. Again, the marketing machine for the Hawks should send MC so many press releases it is not funny. We should have had an article on what Horford did in the Olympics – despite what someone posted earlier, he averaged 18/10. We have had articles on some of the new Hawks Lou, Harris, but this trend should continue. We should not have one blog for an entire week – so long it gets old and stale. We should have a new topic to discuss if not daily – but certainly every other day.

AG

September 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Thank you Ken for finding that article. Again, these are the type of articles we should be seeing daily on the AJC blog. I do like Teague and Williams starting and I have said that all along. I hope LD really considers this – instead of how they did JC, automatically making him the 6th man.

The highlight of JJ was in 2008. If we still had that guy, this would have been a bad trade. That JJ we will never see again.

tchap

September 13th, 2012
12:05 pm

vava74

September 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

AG,

Check JJ’s career stats per 36 minutes.

His 2011/12 numbers compare well per 36 against almost all of his previous seasons.

News of JJ’s decaying game are greatly exaggerated. People forget that 2010/11 was an injury year.

If you want to talk about playoffs, then I would agree that 2007/8 against BOS was his best showing, but then, he was not yet the focus of opposing defenses since the Hawks and JJ were an “under the radar team”.

Basically, Doc and the Celts did not even bother scouting us and that is why we were kind of competitive.

Buddy Grizzard

September 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

“Why did we trade for a guy who will not play?”

Trade chip. Kover gets traded twice in one season? Bummer.

Astro Joe

September 13th, 2012
12:14 pm

I like the potential of James (less so Anderson), but don’t get it twisted, Korver WILL play. The only way to get more than one abover average shooter on the floor is to play Korver at SF.

Grandad

September 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

Buddy Grizzard / @ 3:37 am

Al did play for the DR national team and worked with Calipari.
-plus-
Just because there has been no article from MC means nothing.

Mr Grizzard;
I once expected higher quality remarks from you.
Why have you sunk to the level of our neanderthals.

vava74

September 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

Korver is a trade chip, potentially to land a draft pick from a contender needing firepower before the trade deadline.

Harris is the same, with the potential of landing eventually a better haul if he is playing well.

Neither of the two are remotely connected to the future of this franchise.

With this I am not saying that Damion Jones and James Anderson ARE, however, there is a possibility that they MIGHT BE.

Sneaker Pimp

September 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

“Too bad no story about how Al Horford spent this summer with… whoever… to try to develop a post game.”

That would be cool, but I mean, he still gets buckets. Horford and Smith are the leaders now but they are what they are — which is, two guys in the Top 20-30 range leaguwide. If there were a higher ceiling, we would have already seen it by now. Both are way too flawed to become stars.

jlewis

September 13th, 2012
12:46 pm

vava:

finally someone who makes sense, JJ was not the Hawks problem. The scapegoat is gone, now what will be the excuse when Josh starts killing momentum and Al just lets them have a free pass to the hoop or teague airballing wide open 3’s. it will take the hawks 5-10 years to get back to where they just were, if they are still in ATL…..the move is coming people.

Astro Joe

September 13th, 2012
1:15 pm

vava, I agree, but Korver needs to play to maintain any trade value. I’m less certain that Harris will be traded… no other depth at PG (and no, I don’t want to see a Donald Sloan/Brad Wanamaker getting time behind Teague). If Ferry wants to win enough to maintain some attraction for mid-tier FAs, he can’t make this a full time audition for the guys at the bootom of the roster. They will need to carve out some time while the proven assets keep the team at or above .500.

Astro Joe

September 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

Too bad we haven’t read stories about (fill in your favorite Hawk name here) working on improving their game this summer.

Of course, unless they are using a SciFi machine, it won’t likely result in a significant change in the team’s fortunes. We would need for 3-4 guys to simultaneously have career years for this roster to make the second round of the playoffs.

Astro Joe

September 13th, 2012
1:32 pm

3-4 guys who play 20+ minutes/game. If Jordan Williams has a career year while playing 5 minutes/game, that won’t provide much (if any) impact.

The Truth

September 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Too many specialty players + Too much redundancy = Too many roster spots

I was hoping Danny would make at least a two-for-one trade to free-up some roster spots to add more frontline players for depth. With this roster as currently constructed, the Hawks would be one frontline player away to becoming a certified lottery team. Losing Al (again) or Josh or Zaza in an 82-game season would put the Hawks in a terrible hole with thin depth to man the paint. A Hawks frontline depth of Petro, Williams and Scott with Ivan uncertainty sounds underwhelming to me.

Instead of a trade to balance the roster, Danny has applied a bandage-approach by inviting Anderson and James to camp. Assuming one of them makes the team; the Hawks will spend the final roster spot on a SF and add to an already crowded bunch of shooters to complete the 15 player roster. As results, the roster is still unbalance with shooters. So during the regular season, the Hawks will have capable shooters dressed-up in suits while they hope for an injury-free season to their frontline. Highly unlikely

wordsmithtom

September 13th, 2012
1:48 pm

Interesting how Ferry stays with the rebuilding mode of bringing in 2 recent 1st round picks instead of 2 old farts at then end of their careers. This suggests the rebuilding started with the JJ trade remains in full blown bull market. Now, a bit more shuffling of the deck chairs in the names acquired already should bring another big. No championship team this year, but one that can and will score. Some may play a lot better defence than bloggers predict, especially James. I like the new Hawks…don’t think the changes are over.

Ken Strickland

September 13th, 2012
1:48 pm

AG-I don’t disagree in anyway with the reasoning behind starting Teague and LWilliams. However, LWilliams is definitely a proven commodity coming off the bench, and the jury is still out on DHarris’ effectiveness coming off the bench. While both players would be at a disadvantage against bigger taller SGs, those same SGs would be at a disadvantage defending their speed and quickness.

I believe we should start thinking in terms of a 3 guard rotation of Teague, Harris and Williams, since all 3 are interchangeable. It reminds me of the extremely effective BAD BOYS 3 guard rotaton of VJohnson, JDumars, and IThomas. This is where the TEAM DEF concept comes into play, and we’ll definitely have the speed, quickness and athleticism to make it work effectively.

At this point, the success of this team actually rests with the potential of Anderson and James. If they’ve fully recovered enough to do what they were capable of doing before their injuries, then that bodes well for this team this season. They would give us 2 DEF minded swing players that can play both SG and SF. They would also allow us to go big at SG whenever the need arises, which would add more balance to our backcourt.

Astro Joe

September 13th, 2012
2:03 pm

Strickland, I doubt serious that Damion James at SG would be something LD (or any coach) would consider.

Buddy Grizzard

September 13th, 2012
2:04 pm

“Why have you sunk to the level of our neanderthals.”

Grandad, there is irrational criticism and there is valid criticism. Sure, Al played for Coach Cal on the DR team, but when they played Team USA I saw Al getting shut down by Carmelo Anthony. Didn’t see him doing a lot of work in the post there.

Meanwhile Amare Stoudamire, who has punked All-NBA out in the past, spent time this summer with Hakeem. And for the second summer in a row, the two best players alive, LeBron and KD, worked out together. Why can’t Horford hook up with Tim Duncan… or… SOMEBODY… and work on his post game? He was rated the third best center in the NBA two seasons ago then came into camp out of shape and got hurt. I doubt he’s top three this year because other players are working on their game and will be trying to move up. I see All-NBA slipping.

Ken Strickland

September 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

ASTRO JOE-You might be right on the James issue. Either way, I hope both players are fully recovered from their injuries and capable of performing at the level they both were before those injuries. If so, we’ll be in very good shape. Wouldn’t it be something if they both have solid training camps, make the active roster, and give us a boost the way IJohnson did last yr?

The Truth

September 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

James Damion with a wingspan of nearly 7′ 1″ and a height of nealy 6′8″ he could actually be PF tweener

ECF or Bust!

September 13th, 2012
2:28 pm

lotta good vibes going into this season.
anybody know what tv station the Hawx r on this year?
I expect the Hawks to surprise me again this year just like they did last year. after All Star Al Horford went down I thought it was another bad Hawx omen but we didn’t miss much till the season wore on and the players wore down a little. still we came soooo close, a shot here or a good call there and we would have retired the hated but respected celtz. these guys are winners, it’s gonna be another positive surprise this season-if we stay healthy.