6:46 pm October 24, 2012, by Chris Vivlamore
What will the Atlanta Hawks starting lineup look like on opening night? CineSport’s Brian Clark and the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore discuss this and the implementation of the Hawks’ new offense.
October 24th, 20127:00 pm
October 24th, 20127:03 pm
ECF or Bust!
October 24th, 20127:14 pm
C VIV DA MAN
October 24th, 20127:18 pm
I believe this is a 2-4 seeded team..
The [Offense] will be unstoppable!
October 24th, 20127:25 pm
more SHOOTERS MEANS MORE ROOM FOR JOSH SMITH TO WORK,,, WHEN U CANT DOUBLE JOSH HE WILL TAKE OFF.. 24 plus points per game season.. watch.. Not to mention bout 12 rebounds 4 assist 1.5 steals and 2 blocks a game…
I cant wait to here,. Kyle korver for 3 kyle korver for 3 josh with the slam .. lol..will be exciting
October 24th, 20127:27 pm
Didn’t learn much from this interview.
October 24th, 20127:28 pm
Nets and Knicks at 7:30pm
Clippers and Lakers at 10:30pm
October 24th, 20127:29 pm
Unless Josh and Horford have improved their low post game significantly, I don’t see many teams doubling them. And few teams will win much in the playoffs shooting from the outside.
October 24th, 20128:35 pm
I learned Anthony Tolliver is in front of Damion James on the current depth chart.
I’m disappointed but not surprised as LD used to love him some Josh Powell too.
October 24th, 20128:49 pm
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October 24th, 20128:52 pm
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October 24th, 20129:17 pm
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October 24th, 20129:19 pm
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October 24th, 201210:08 pm
Regarding the Hawks promotion to pay the tolls; have they ever done this before? Seems like a decent way to avertise the team. I am originally from the Palmetto/Newnan area. What about the advertising outreach to the southside and elsewhere? I realize toll roads are the exception in Atlanta,but would it be possible to do the personal type of outreach in other ways?
October 24th, 201210:13 pm
Did anybody get a look at Derrick Brown before he was cut by the Spurs? By the way, with Brown and Eddie Curry cut, it looks like Josh Powell may have a shot to make the Spurs’ roster. If he does that I will feature him on rep atl dot com. I’ll be happy for him.
October 24th, 201210:57 pm
Yep, they did this exact same thing last year after the lockout ended.
October 25th, 20123:30 am
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October 25th, 20123:41 am
It’s all fine and dandy to try and keep flexibility for a trade but why do it at the expense of a young player whose skill set is nothing like we have in the roster??
We only have SF which are either shooters, undersized, play no D, are tweener PF who can slide down, or a combination of all these four characteristics and James, although 6′7” (6′7”3/4 with shoes) plays bigger, rebounds like his life depended on that and brings perpetual hustle on the floor.
How can you guarantee that a trade would bring a player with this potential??
Not keeping James and truly evaluate him with floor time in real NBA games would be a CRIME.
October 25th, 20125:29 am
Please Danny Ferry, compel LD to keep Damien James
October 25th, 20126:10 am
The way Eddie Curry abused us, would we go out and sign him? Is he better than ZaZa?
October 25th, 20126:25 am
Curry has potential as a low post scorer due to his mass, however, he never rebounded anything remotely close to what he should based on his size.
His work ethic has been non existent. I am all for giving second opportunities, but unless you cut Petro, I don’t think we can afford ditching neither of the non guaranteed deals to accommodate a end of the bench reclamation project.
October 25th, 20127:08 am
October 25th, 20127:37 am
I am sure he is better than Petro.
October 25th, 20128:51 am
That’s not that difficult. A clothes hanger is better than Petro.
October 25th, 20128:58 am
This is one of my favorite NBA-related Tweets in a long time.
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Who the hell is John Hollinger!? #Clown
October 25th, 20128:59 am
Curry doesn’t fit very well with the uptempo style this team wants to play. I’d rather stick with what the Hawks have right now, minus Petro.
October 25th, 20129:40 am
Darnell Mayberry: James Harden went 16 for 56 from the field this preseason & 5 for 20 from 3-point range. Could the contract be weighing on him? Twitter @DarnellMayberry
October 25th, 20129:55 am
I think its the weight of the beard. It’s getting too heavy and pushing his shin down, which on the other hand is messing up his aim.
That’s the same reason why Reggie Evans can’t hit FTs.
October 25th, 201210:03 am
Joe Johnson in 32 min of action last night against NY went 4-8FG, 0-2 3Point, no FT, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 TO finishing the night with 8 pts…
Wow, soon and very soon, Brookyln will be trying to send him back to us.
October 25th, 201210:15 am
JJ is averaging roundabout the same points, shooting averages, as usual during pre-season games.
Brooklyn may have roster problems but I don’t think one of them will be JJ.
October 25th, 201210:23 am
this team could be better than people think
October 25th, 201210:27 am
That may be true but Avery Johnson betta get it together because the brooklyn fans want wins and all they are doing so far is playing alot of ISO Joe and ISO Deron, no passing, ball movement, nor assists WHATSOEVER! Brook Lopez is truly an OC (in the words of KenS) Offensive Center. No rebounding or defensive skills WHATSOEVER!
October 25th, 201210:33 am
I can understand not having a good shooting night but he wasnt that bad, going 4-8. Not sure why he only shot 8 times w/o even touching the free throw line in 32 min. Only 2 AST with Deron, Wallace and Brooks on your team?? Joe still looking average out there.
October 25th, 201210:55 am
What is striking for me is that JJ shot a whopping 1 FT in 5 games (30 minutes per)…
Joe has nothing to prove in a preseason game. My guess is most 30-YO prefer to conserve their energy for real games (unless they are shaking off the rust as part of rehab from an injury). Let the guys grinding for an NBA contract go 100 MPH.
It looks like quite a few of the bigger names in the NBA will start the season in street clothes. Joining Derrick Rose on that list are Love, Bynum, Amar’e, Dirk and potentially Kobe.
October 25th, 201211:10 am
True, most vet’s who have nothing to prove in the preseason games normally converse energy and all but Joe should at least give himself a new found goal this season and thats to go to the FT line at least 5 times a game. Preseason game are the prefect time to put that into practice. No reason at all that Joe should not try and put himself in better prosition to draw fouls.
October 25th, 201211:20 am
One of JJ’s weaknesses is his inability to get to the FT line, so I am not surprised even in a preseason game.
But if I’m a Nets fan, I wouldn’t worry about him, because I think once the season starts, JJ will do what he does, which is come close to his career averages (18, 4 and 4).
October 25th, 201211:23 am
MsDee, except that getting to the free thow line requires getting fouled. If I’m an established vet, I don’t think my preseason strategy would be to get fouled more often than usual (and risk injury). Considering the paint will be crowded with Lopez posting up, Wallace slashing through and Humphries attacking the glass, I don’t think Joe needs to worry too much about creating FTAs for himself. If anything, he will need to knock down the open jumpers his teammates will create for him.
October 25th, 201211:36 am
AJ…your comment made me look. Hawks FTA’S attempts up from 21 per game in the regular season last year to over 28 per game so far in the preseason. Don’t know if it means anything, but worth noting. Variables include offensive effort, as well as defensive effort and quality of defenders.
October 25th, 201211:57 am
Astro Joe, creating fouls doesn’t always have to come by via driving thru the lane and slashing cause u are right, could very well cause an injury but creating contact while attempting a jumper is not very hard to do. Case-in-point, how many foul attempts does Lou Williams have already? He isnt putting himself in danger of getting hurt, he just knows how to protect himself while creating contact from the defender. Joe could and should add that to his game.
October 25th, 201211:58 am
“Joe should not try and put himself in better prosition to draw fouls.”
Zaza has a better chance of making the All-Star team.
“Don’t know if it means anything, but worth noting.”
It means the Hawks now have Lou Williams on the roster.
October 25th, 201211:59 am
Ok, let’s just get the obvious topic of many future blogs debates out of the way now. Joe, Marvin, Jamal and maybe Jordan will play well for their prospective teams. Could they have help the Hawks this season, maybe so. Now it’s settle.. Let’s move on…
So nobody checked out Derrick Brown for the Spurs this preseason?
October 25th, 201212:02 pm
MsDee, it would have been good for Joe to learn how to draw fouls, I’m not doubting you. I just think when you consider his current teammates and the fact that it is preseason, he may not feel the need to make that happen now.
Just Joe, with more slashers and super-quick guys who are hard to keep in front of you, I expect our FTAs to increase. I expect that we will score more points, have more TOs, more shots blocked (our shots blocked), more FTAs and more steals. And fewer rebounds (and wins).
I loved JJ when he was here , now that’s a nets problem
October 25th, 201212:05 pm
I will be fascinated to see how all these ex-Hawks perform. Hope they all have great seasons.
October 25th, 201212:26 pm
So Atlanta has a new sports radio station, 92.9FM The Game. It is just a few days old and some of the content is extremely rough around the edges (like a host asks a question and then tells the caller they need to hold while they take a commercial break… something from high school radio).
Anyway, they seem to be interested in serving the basketball fans in Atlanta… a group that gets very, very little attention from the 2 incumbent sports stations. I’ve heard more NBA talk in 1-2 days on that station than I’ve heard in 9 months from the other guys.
They just had Josh Smith on the air (another sign of poor radio production, the interview ended suddenly without any formal “good-bye”). He disclosed a ton of information that I had never heard previously.
He had Rondo (former classmate) set-up a meeting with KG at KG’s house in California. KG provided Josh with some leadership tips for the coming season. He “really, really” wants to be an All-Star. He says that he absolutely has a chip on his shoulder and even mentioned the Bilas quote from his draft night (he brought it up unsolicited). He said the “chip” drives him to be the player that he is. He said “Joe is Joe” and that he always preferred to be a loner (off the court). He indicated that when the old teammates would go out, they would often have different sections (he specifically said that Joe would be one place, Marvin another place and other guys someplace else). During the recent preseason trip to San Antonio about a dozen of them went to dinner and then hung out afterwards together. He thinks having that off-the-court relationship will help them on the court. When asked if this will be “his team”, he said that with Joe leaving, he and Al are “next in line”. And on a side note, he says that he doesn’t have a favorite NFL team but is a HUGE Georgia Bulldogs fan and wants to earn a degree from UGA and become a member of Dawg Nation.
Unfortunately, the radio station’s website doesn’t appear to have a podcast section or I would have simply posted that link.
Again, for hoops fans, you may want to check out that station when you want to listen to sports talk radio. Rick Kamla from NBA-TV has a morning show, so I expect to hear some quality NBA news on my long commute every morning (as opposed to hearing yet another discussion about Alabama football).
October 25th, 201212:27 pm
Melvin, will you be that dismissive if Josh ever leaves?
2 FOR JOHN DREW
October 25th, 201212:36 pm
Is it just me ? … But every time a player is cut I try to justify how or why the Hawks could use this guy ( like Solomon Jones or Eddy Curry) When actually if you were to pick him up this late into camp, he’s probably going to be in street clothes anyway & you’ll have to eat Petro’s salary ….. Which is the worst of the 2 evils …. Keeping someone’s whose been in camp, but won’t contribute that much or some new guy ……. SHEEEZ
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