Atlanta Hawks: The next phase of the Ferry Project gets underway

Vivlamore reporting. Here is the training camp preview story that will appear in Sunday’s paper. I hope you enjoy.

Call it the Ferry Project.

When Danny Ferry took over as Hawks general manager in June he considered his inheritance a good team. However, not one that was capable of bringing Atlanta an NBA championship.

So Ferry set about his re-construction project on a team that had made the playoffs five straight seasons. He jettisoned six-time all-star Joe Johnson and his max contract to the Nets. He sent former first-round draft pick Marvin Williams to the Jazz. Johnson and Williams made up two-fifths of the starting lineup who will need to be replaced. There is nearly an entire new group of bench players.

The Hawks opening training camp Monday with only five returning players – Josh Smith, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia and Ivan Johnson. That’s it.

“Our depth is going to be good, we are going to have some speed and we are going to be able to shoot the basketball,” Ferry said. “I do expect us to be very competitive this year. Going forward, there are several road maps we can take. There are three ways to get players – strong drafts, free agency and trades. I think we are in all of those areas in good position going forward to put ourselves in a situation where we can be good for a long time as well as win the NBA championship.”

An NBA title – that’s the end game after all.

Coach Larry Drew, entering the final year of his contract, said he was in complete agreement with Ferry’s assessment of the franchise.

“It kind of reminds me of my years when I was in L.A. with the Lakers,” Drew said. “It is an organization that has always been accustomed to winning and success and just didn’t settle for mediocrity. I get the same feeling. It’s not just about getting to the playoffs, it’s about winning the whole thing. Where this club was, I think everybody was in agreement where this club was, and it was probably time to make a change.”

Enter: Devin Harris, John Jenkins, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, Mike Scott, DeShawn Stevenson and Louis Williams.

Exit: Jason Collins, Erick Dampier, Willie Green, Kirk Hinrich, Tracy McGrady, Jannero Pargo and Vladimir Radmanovic along with Johnson and Williams.

“We understand that this is part of the business,” said Pachulia, who joined the Hawks the same summer as Johnson and Williams. “It’s about winning games. We are going to get a chance to do something great for the fans, the city, the organization. That’s what matters.”

The Hawks will have to replace the scoring and versatility of Johnson and Williams. Johnson averaged 20.9 points per game in his seven years with the Hawks (10,606 points in 508 games). He averaged 18.9 points last season. Williams averaged 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in his seven years with the Hawks after being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Drew had the flexibility with the 6-foot-7 Johnson and the 6-9 Williams to move them between shooting guard and small forward creating matchup problems for opposing teams.

Drew said this version of the Hawks will be a little less versatile and smaller in the backcourt. The strengths will be a team that is faster, can shoot from the perimeter and has more depth. The bench was considered a strength last season.

“It’s very difficult and it’s going to be a challenge for me,” Drew said. “When you bring in a lot of new faces, and this year having to replace a couple guys out of the starting lineup, it makes it a tough challenge. Last year, even with the short season and the lockout, by bringing the core guys back they already knew everything. It was a matter of teaching the other guys what we do, bringing them up to speed. This is going to be totally different. … It’s challenge that I embrace.”

The key to the season may be decided defensively. There is no question this version of the Hawks can shoot, pass and get up and down the court, Drew said. The coach is waiting to see if this group can guard.

Training camp will give Ferry, Drew and the coaching staff the chance to see how fast the new and old can blend.

Five straight trips to the playoffs without moving past the second round have left something to be desired.

“Our goal is to always try to improve and I use the term a lot to try to get over the hump,” Drew said. “When I first got to Atlanta, we went through a rebuilding process. The goal was to get to the playoffs and then we finally got to the playoffs. Now that we’ve reached the playoffs, we want to try to get to the next level.”

The first step is about to be taken in a new era of Hawks basketball.

- Chris Vivlamore


* Drew on rotation at point guard, center

* Initial training camp roster released

* Wanted: Two new starters

* Who is the on-court leader?

* Smith “unlikely” to re-sign during season

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September 28th, 2012
5:32 pm


September 28th, 2012
5:53 pm


September 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Man C-Viv is woooorkin!

The Truth

September 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

“It’s very difficult and it’s going to be a challenge for me,” Drew said. “When you bring in a lot of new faces, and this year having to replace a couple guys out of the starting lineup, it makes it a tough challenge”

Nice move LD in lowering the expectation. Maybe Danny will be sympathetic if you fall short.


September 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Start zaza keep James n Benson


September 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

Good article Viv!

Ken Strickland

September 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

How in the devil can this not be potentially the best team we’ve had in over a decade? We have considerably more talent, depth, speed, quickness, athleticism, youth and stamina, as well as shooting and penetrating ability. We now have a 3 guard rotation that can take their man off the dribble without the need for clearouts and ISOs.

If Teague starts, he’ll actually have a former Allstar PG backing him up(DHarris), instead of an over the hill under performing backup(Hinrich). We’ll also have a SMOY caliber PG/SG(LWilliams) coming off the bench, which duplicates what we had with JCrawford, except Lou actually plays DEF and PG with an above average degree of skill.

We’ll have at least three 3pt shooters(Korver, Morrow, Jenkins) with higher 3pt FG% than anyone on last yrs team. The return of AHorford will increase the scoring, rebounding, assists, shot blocks, and interior DEF over what we got from Zaza as our starting C. About the only way any of our SG candidates can fail to do better than Hinrich’s 6.6PPG is to play with only 1 hand.

IJohnson returns with a yr of NBA experience and far more confidence under his belt, and with Zaza coming off the bench rather than starting, along with the addition of Petro, he won’t have to play C. We’ll be at least 2-3 deep in proven talent at every position except SF, which could change depending on how James and Anderson perform in camp.

Some fans are convinced that we can’t improve, or even remain as competitive, without JJs 6′7″ 240lb frame, his 18.8PPG, his DEF, ball handling and passing ability, but I beg to differ. First, Horford’s return, along with his very efficient 15.3PPG, should basically replace JJs 18.8PPG with him getting more shots and inside scoring opportunities.

This will be due to more fastbreak opportunities and having a 3 guard rotation(Teague, Harris, Williams) that can penetrate and dish, and run more effective pick and rolls, or pick and pops, which is his specialty. Last yr Hinrich was an almost total OFF liability, and Zaza wasn’t much of an OFF threat. That left Teague as the only starter capable of penetrating without needing a clearout, and JJ as our only effective outside shooter.

As a result, the lane was usually clogged. Therefore Josh reverted back to drifting outside and launching long range jumpers. With the return of AHorford and his deadly midrange jumper, along with the effective 3pt shooters we now have in Williams, Jenkins, Morrow, and Korver, and the one step off the dribble penetrating ability we have with Teague, Harris, and Williams, you can bet the lane won’t be clogged this yr.

If Josh goes inside and remains there for the most part, and we get solid all around production from our SF, this will definitely be a #2 seed EC team that’s capable of getting beyond the 2nd rd.


September 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

C-Viv must have signed an agreement whereby he is paid per Blog entry…


September 28th, 2012
7:11 pm

Ken, very good assessment. Great to have info daily of the camp. This season I am going to come to the preseason just to see our Hawks. I also plan on going to quite a few games this year. I am very excited.

Also, keeping ZaZa on the bench makes us a much better player. The SG/SF position is really going to be interesting. If Anderson, Tolliver and Jones work out – we really will have a deep team. ESPN has all the player projections. Our starting lineup is projected:

PG – J. Teague
SG- A. Morrow
SF – K. Korver
PF – J. Smith
C- A. Horford

That is a lineup that will fill it up, but I would like at least two perpetrators on the floor at one time. That is why I would start Lou. The bench with Harris penetrating and dishing to Morrow, Korver or Jenkins.


September 28th, 2012
7:17 pm

grimey, I agree, would like to James and Benson win their spots also.

Truth, I think Drew is trying to lower expectations, but we all know a 8 or 7 seed is good enough. Either way I think he’s going next summer


September 28th, 2012
7:18 pm

Zone defense has given Hawks fits for several seasons. With our current team, it is no way a team can play zone. We are like the Magic with I think better shooters. That is why we need at least two slashers to keep teams honest.


September 28th, 2012
7:24 pm

Ken, AG simple put we can’t defend at the 2 or 3! You can’t win against good teams and you will struggle against ok teams with those kind of holes. And the problem is enhanced by the fact we have only one real rim protector, without size to deter people. Again if we get an 8 or 7 spot we’ve over achieved.


September 28th, 2012
7:24 pm

Hawks: Who starts at SG and SF?
6:54AM ET
Atlanta Hawks


The Atlanta Hawks traded starters Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams, so going into training camp, who will take their spots at shooting guard and small forward?

“It’s an open competition,” head coach Larry Drew told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t have an idea but part of this whole process is looking at different combinations and a lot of our camp is going to be about that. Just to get a real feel for the 10-11 new faces that we have coming in here. I don’t want to pigeon hole and say this is who is going to be the starter. I don’t want to do that. I want to go out and starting next Tuesday, I want guys to go out and know that they have an opportunity, particularly if they show they are capable of being a starter and if their play speaks in volume,”

Drew wouldn’t tip his hand about those two positions, however Anthony Morrow will likely be the starting shooting guard and Kyle Korver the small forward. The three spots already locked up are Devin Harris (point guard), Josh Smith (power forward) and Al Horford (center).

- Really, D. Harris at point? Again, in a vote of confidence, LD should name JT0 the starter. Not a great vote of confidence. At least Ferry backs JT0.

Abandoned Hawk

September 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

Which one of you spoke with the GM of the Rockets today?


September 28th, 2012
9:39 pm

What would Mike Woodson do with this line up? He’d be in trouble. No one can play ISO bball.


September 28th, 2012
9:45 pm

So what happened to michael cunningham. Did he get fired for being an idiot?


September 28th, 2012
9:46 pm

C-VIV , you remind me of …. DF, he came in blowing the doors off !!!!!!!! Keep it up, my man !!!!!!!


September 28th, 2012
10:48 pm

Remember Mike Bibby when he became a hawk at the age of 30? Remember how quick he declined by the time he was 32? Korver turns 32 in March. That wasLaker killer Mike Bibby,who was a leader, shot threes, AND took care of the ball.

I don’t like Korver starting. He plays NO defense whatsoever. He gives you leadership and 3point shooting. Absolutely nothing else. Compensating for Korvers deficiencies by putting Josh Smith on Lebrons and Durants is just not worth it. I’d rather have korver on whoever their backups are and deal.

Josh Smith is just going to have to take good shots. I question the theory that lining Josh at PF makes him take less jump shots. It’s either a good shot or not. If him lining up at PF and SF changes his shots that dramatically then it only makes sense to trade him. We cant have everyone play out of position just for him. We cant complain about size every single year and keep that theory alive at the same time. Something has to give.


September 28th, 2012
10:56 pm

I can’t believe that LD would be so stupid to start Harris over JT. It seems he is already trying to screw JT,way to go dumbass trying to screw with JT, I know you are trying to build his confident ,screw you dummy.

steven a smith

September 28th, 2012
10:59 pm

I would love to see Benson get into the rotation. Right now, this young man clearly is the best Center on the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team moving forward. Keith Benson could very well be our future at the “5″


September 28th, 2012
11:03 pm

I don’t understand all the hate. Does everyone really think Teague is better than Harris? He has speed and quickness, but he is still developing, promising but developing. You don’t want to mess up his confidence, but I think Harris is better at this point. I think both would start, but all depending on training camp.

Ken Strickland

September 28th, 2012
11:13 pm

KWOODEN1-Can you honestly say you can remember us having more than 1 rim protector(JSmith) over the last decade? And where did you get the idea that we can’t defend the 2 or the 3? You don’t even know who our starting 2 or the 3 will be, so how can you make a statement like that?

It’s been established that both DJames and JAnderson are solid wing defenders, so if either one gets the starting nod at SF, it would make your statement even more bogus than it already is. Do you think we’d be unable to defend the 3 if JSmith or DStevenson get the nod at SF? I don’t understand how some of you can come up with these totally unstantiated assumptions with absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of who will be playing the positions.

Over the last few yrs, we’ve managed to make the playoffs and garner mid to high playoff seeds with total DEF liabilities like Bibby and Jamal. Last yr Hinrich was an OFF liability and came very close to being a DEF liability. Can you explain why you think a team that’s acquired more talent, speed, quickness, athleticism, depth, shooting, penetrating ability, youth and stamina, plus having its Allstar C return, can underperform to the point where you don’t feel it can possibly do as well as last yrs far less talented and versatile team?

Ken Strickland

September 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

STEVEN A SMITH-I have to give credit where credit is due. Just when I think you can’t possibly come up with a statement that’s more stupid than your last, you totally prove me wrong. Your 10:59pm statement takes your stupidity to a different level altogether.


September 28th, 2012
11:21 pm

steven a I hope Benson can develop into a good 5. From what I saw in the summer league he played well, but he’s going to get pushed around against the real centers in this league. Right now, Horford is still our best option at center and then Zaza against the really strong guys. Right now I think our best rotation is:



The last time I watched Stevenson, he looked useless, I hope I’m wrong though. I like Scott’s offensive but Ivan is just more ready to play. My problem is our line-up has no chance against Miami, Boston, Indiana, possibly NY.

Winning Championship Takes Superstars

September 28th, 2012
11:23 pm

At least 3. We have none. Zero Nada Zelch. No hope of bringing any here either. So yeah keep Balling on a budget. Drew is a Lame duck waiting to be baked.


September 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

KenI understand what your saying, but those guys still have to make the team! I’ve penciled in James as starter myself, but he’s proven nothing in this league. Even though he got hurt, when he started he was playing for a defensively challenged NJ team. Harris and Korver are terrible at best, and Morrow plays defense sometimes! Lou is a good defender but much to small against big shooting guards. So basically James or Anderson have to make the team, because I hope that your not depending on Stevenson to play any meaningful minutes. His game logs look very shaky and the few times I remember him playing, he looked finished. You can call it bogus all you want but the fact is Ferry brought in 2 SFs, knowing there was a problem, but we all know elite defenders don’t sit out in Free Agency waiting to be asked to come to a camp!

Ken Strickland

September 28th, 2012
11:38 pm

HAWKFAN12-Why do you think Harris is a better PG that Teague at this point? You admitted that Teague is still developing with more promise. Let’s compare their production from last yr.


PG% 44.5(47.6), 3pt% 36.2(34.2), FT% 74.6(75.7), RPG 1.8(2.4), APG 5.0(4.9), BPG .02(.6), TOPG 1.9(2.2), PPG 11.2(12.6). Based on this statistical comparison, and contrary to what you believe about Harris being the better of the 2, it looks like the still developing and promising Teague is the better PG, plus he’s far more likely to get even better.


September 28th, 2012
11:44 pm

Ken Also, I didn’t say this team could be competitive against most teams in this league, my point is they can’t compete against elite teams. Clearly James and/or Anderson are going to make the team and one of them should clearly start at SF. But to say JT,Morrow,James,Smoove,Horford are better than JT,JJ,Marvin,Smoove,Horford – just doesn’t make much sense! I’m not a Marvin fan either, but I’m pretty sure James isn’t better right now. (possibly in the future) And Morrow against JJ, isn’t even in a discussion!

Ken Strickland

September 29th, 2012
12:00 am

KWOODEN1-Your assessment of Harris’ DEF abilities is in complete opposition to his scouting reports. I actually read one scouting report that claimed he was an Allstar caliber defender. And the fact that you believe Morrow plays DEF sometimes actually indicates he’s more than capable of playing DEF.

If you’ve penciled in James, even though you say he’s proven nothing, then how can you say what he can’t do, especially defensively? You say LWilliams is a good defender, which he is, but he’s had success in this league long enough that continuing to make his height/size an issue is absurd.

If you stop and think about it, one could easily say the Miami Heat is also an undersized and vertically challenged team with an undersized backcourt. By defeating the much taller Thunder, they proved that height isn’t everything.

Section 303

September 29th, 2012
12:07 am

Ken, I want to agree with you. I think this team will be good. It could contend for the 4th spot in the East, provided injuries do not kill the team.

I think they will be fine on offense. Teague should be better. I love Lou Williams. Josh Smith will be an All Star this season. And, Al Horford will continue to roll. Plus, I look forward to watching Teague, Williams, and Harris take the ball to the hole. They will have options, either shoot or pass to one of many shooters. Offense will be fine.

I am a little concerned about defense. I think that is where not having Joe Johnson will be felt the most. Have my doubts on Lou Williams or Devin Harris manning the perimeter D.

Can’t wait for this season to get started.


September 29th, 2012
1:32 am

If LD screws around withJT this year I hope that Danny puts a stop to it fast JT has all ready taken to much crap already from Woody & LD to last a life time.

Harry Hawk

September 29th, 2012
2:01 am

Eh. We’ll be competitive but won’t contend for anything. It’s gonna take a trade of Josh or Horford to really put a capper on the refurbishing. I like both players, but neither player is good enough to be the top dog. We need a top dog. If Ferry can swing that, he will be a stone genius.


September 29th, 2012
2:51 am

” The coach is waiting to see if this group can guard ” … [C-Viv]

If that is a direct quote … or even an accurate summation of his feelings:
it tells me enough !

Any Coach worth his salt will impose his will.
If `n said coach (any coach) wishes for hsi team to “defend with tenacity”
then see to it ! … [e g; Thibs]

This team will defend if [LD] has the [will].
Josh, Al, Zaza, and Teaguer have been here;
doesn`t he know what they will do ?

Be patient.
Danny Ferry will not put up with insubordination -or- imperfection.

I was LD`s advocate a yr ago due to his surrounding ” culture “.
This yr = no excuses.


September 29th, 2012
2:54 am

I agree LD is a goner next season.


September 29th, 2012
3:36 am

Also, LD talking about the organization not settling for mediocrity is yet another funny remark by the car salesman that LD is…

… the “last couple of years’ mediocrity” were a direct consequence of having a MEDIOCRE HEAD COACH “leading” two very decent NBA rosters.

Actually, make it TWO mediocre head coaches “leading” FOUR very decent NBA rosters.


September 29th, 2012
3:51 am

The Truth,

Jefferson’ playing weight right now is on or around 290lbs and one of the gripes of UTA’s fans is that he is perennially borderline out of shape.

I very much doubt that with his current weight and after the serious injuries he suffered on his legs he is as fast as he was.

Jefferson’s worth comes from his old school low post presence and offensive game, although he is not known to be particularly good on the other side of the court on D.

Just Joe

September 29th, 2012
5:45 am

All you need to know about Devin Harris…..his team has never made the playoffs when he averages 30 minutes or more per game. Utah last year gave him 27 per game as the starter, but Watson and Tinsley played heavy minutes as his backups. Teague is your man.

Just Joe

September 29th, 2012
6:20 am

You hope that Stevenson’s numbers last year were just a product of a veteran being on a bad team, or perhaps them using him wrong.

On the offensive side, this guy just wants to shoot 3’s. In 2010/11 with Dallas, of his 330 FG attempts, 249 were 3’s. He was averaging 3.5 attempts in only 16 minutes per game. He hit 38% that year, which you’ll take if he’s also defending lights out. shows that Stevenson locked up opposing SG’s that year with an opponents PER of 9.7 at that position.

Last year with NJ? 145 of 172 attempts were 3’s. Opponent’s PER at SG of 9.0. Problems were that he missed his 3’s (28%) and NJ had him play most of his minutes at SF.

I will say this, I have no idea where you’d get points, but Jeff Teague, Deshawn Stevenson, Damion James, Josh Smith, and Ivan Johnson would be a scary group of defenders to put on the floor if you needed to get a stop at the end of a game.

Ken Strickland

September 29th, 2012
9:22 am

Obviously some of you are content to believe rumors that you hear about a particular player, or believe you’re experts at determining what a player definitely can’t do. With our abundance of SGs, Drew can afford to bench or limit the mins of anyone that doesn’t put forth an effort to defend his position. There are no unknowns at SG, other than JJenkins, so there will be no more of that keeping Teague anchored to the bench to protect Bibby BS.

In fact, Drew knows full well that retaining his job will depend on how well he manages his players and what they do, like getting Josh to curtail his bad habit of losing focus by arguing with refs, and launching 3s when he should be near the basket. If DHarris starts and has a good season, it could end up being rather difficult and expensive to retain him, especially if he wants to go elsewhere.

Teague will be a restricted FA after the season, so we can retain him by matching any offer he receives. He’s a lot younger and was more productive than Harris, which was important considering it was his 1st yr as a starter. Plus, Ferry is committed to having our younger players with talent and potential developed by our coaching staff, and Teague definitely fits that criteria.

I just don’t see Harris at this stage of his career being able to outperform Teague to the point where he’s a clear cut choice to start. The only way Harris beats Teague out is if Drew has a flashback and pulls that veteran preference BS he pulled with Bibby over Teague. With Ferry openly stating he wanted a SF that defends, and you know he’d like one that rebounds as well, it’s highly unlikely that Korver will get the nod.

It’s most likely that SF will come down to James or Anderson, with Josh or Morrow, and maybe even Stevenson, as potential candidates. At SG, LWilliams will most likely end up providing firepower off the bench, and with Harris and Teague being redundant, it appears that SG will come down to Morrow and Jenkins.

Jenkins appears to be the most consistent and polished shooter of the bunch, even though he’s an unproven rookie. But since he’s signed and will be around for a few yrs, unlike the other SG candidates, and Ferry definitely wants him fully developed, he just might get a better chance to win our starting SG spot than most might expect.

When determing if a starting lineup or team is better or worse without a certain player, like JJ, you have to look at more than just individual production. JJ did add a dimension that helped carry this team most of the time. But he also injected a slow down walk it up clearout ISO style of play that best suited him, but not his teammates. It also made it difficult to maintain any ball or player movement or OFF continuity.

Individually the additions of Williams, Harris, Morrow, and Jenkins to the backcourt might not replace what JJ did. However, they are certainly capable of adding a totally different dimension to the OFF we play collectively. Returning players like Horford, Josh, Teague, Zaza and Ivan, as well as our new additions, could very well end up giving us more production team wise, rather than individually.

Sherman to the Sea

September 29th, 2012
10:01 am

Love all the speculation about the starting lineups, makes anticipation fun time. Whoever starts, I will just be thrilled to see an offense that does not feature iso-Joe bog down and take an illadvised shot at the shotclock buzzer. Agree totally with Ken that we should be a better team with so many more options than before. Bring it on! Go Hawks.

Gray Mule

September 29th, 2012
10:40 am

Ken Strickland – - What you are saying about this year’s Hawks
makes a lot of sense. I find myself agreeing with your posts most
of the time.

Some posters say that this year’s Hawk team can’t compete with
any of the top teams in the NBA. This great knowledge comes with
never having seen them play. Wow! You sure are smart if you know this.

Last year’s Hawks usually had a score of 90-85 with them winning their
share of games. This year, I expect the scores to be 105-98 with our
Hawks winning their share.

“On any given night” we will see this team win some games you didn’t
expect and lose some that they should have won.

Two things we still don’t know. The final roster and the health of any and
all of our players… Those two things will determine how high in the playoff
standings we are at years end. I expect us to be there.



September 29th, 2012
10:54 am

Vivlamore said the Hawks opening training camp Monday with only 5 returning players. “Josh Smith, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia, and Ivan Johnson. THAT’S IT”. That’s it??


September 29th, 2012
11:00 am

Of coure Uncle Larry’s gonna agree with everything Ferry says. lol. After all, he’s just 82 games away from being an assistant FOR LIFE.


September 29th, 2012
11:32 am


Gray Mule

September 29th, 2012
2:02 pm

Off topic question: Does any one know why the AJC has no one
covering our own WNBA team, The Dream?
They are in the playoffs right now and all we see is the A.P. coverage.
They won their first game Friday night.

Why no AJC reporter covering them?


September 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

Paul Johnson might be outta here b4 LD. lol.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

Are any of the Hawks pre-season games going to be on TV?


September 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

Yeah, good question Clyde. C-Viv what will be the television coverage for the per-season games?

Buddy Grizzard

September 29th, 2012
5:04 pm

“would anyone entertain a deal centered around Trevor Ariza and a 1st rd pick for Devin Harris? Ariza has a large player option for next year”

Not really excited about Ariza, nor were the last couple GMs he’s worked for.


September 29th, 2012
5:37 pm

28-47 against the Elite does not bring to mind being good. [Homers] are great Cool-aid drinkers..

“The tap is open, keep em coming” unknown

Hey Danny 47-28 is good.. If not GREAT! A Contender for real..He’s going to need two or three legit AllStars or one SuperStar and a Allstar or two, to compete for the O’Brien Trophy.. Stiffs need not apply.

Danny knows he has a long way to go [2-4] years if not longer..If All NBA becomes a 5th option as a starter, you know you have Finals material…As a 2nd or 3rd option? Forget about it…