Atlanta Hawks: A behind-the-scenes look at the team facilities

Vivlamore reporting.

As promised -  long ago -  here is the photo gallery offering a behind-the-scenes look at the Hawks and their facilities at Philips Arena. I took over 60 photos but trimmed them down to the 20 you will see by clicking on the link below. I tried to have some fun with it as well so don’t take my comments too seriously!

Enjoy.

http://www.ajc.com/gallery/sports/inside-look-hawks-world/g6n3/#2923092

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High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
3:59 pm

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
4:00 pm

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
4:01 pm

Geez, LD’s Coach of the Month honors lasted about 25 minutes (if that). That was a very short celebration. CViv ain’t got no time for balloons and confetti. :lol:

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
4:02 pm

C-Viv, can you get Coca-Cola’s “secret formula”?

mike

January 2nd, 2013
4:04 pm

Chris,

How does it compare to other facilities around the league? I know Philips is around 12 years old but it seems to be aging nicely.

NCBravesFan

January 2nd, 2013
4:06 pm

Good stuff, CViv. Do you happen to know how much (if any) things have changed with the facilities since Ferry took over – or have any sense for what he plans to add or change down the line?

Great work, sir!

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
4:12 pm

Very cool, C-Viv. I appreciate the lagniappe that you give Hawks fans.

WeBurn

January 2nd, 2013
4:15 pm

Great pictures, very interesting. Thanks for taking the time, it was worth it.

O'Brien

January 2nd, 2013
4:40 pm

Thanks for the pics C-Viv.

I was looking for a dog house in LD’s office, but I didn’t see one. I’m sure its there somewhere though :twisted:

doc

January 2nd, 2013
5:40 pm

gdad, instead of seeing you write that:

“by the 30th game of the season ld would be finished” ;-(

i distinctly remember it as:

“by the 30th game of the season ld will be celebrated!!!!!”

cudos for that!!!

yes, you are the man!!! right on bro at the 30th game no less.

“sometimes if you walk out on a limb it will crack, just remember how to fly.”

quote from “jonathan seagull”, from back in the 70’s … early. he was a philosopher.

maybe not, heh heh

yes today it is fun being a hawks fan. i do enjoy drew’s more cerebral take as he works to explain his team beyond energy. if you listen he may say that after every game, he does come back with intelligent things beyond “we got to rebound and play defense better” over and over again. he also comes out of timeouts with a plan that works. that is something his predecessor didnt which actually hurt us because it allowed teams to set up for the iso joe, in a big way.

slimj, knicks are quickly getting out of balance bro offensively. look out. it is not about the point guard as woody never had one.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
5:42 pm

aj, once they hit the ground cviv was onto the next one.

“one blog at a time” is the way he thinks.

kbb

January 2nd, 2013
5:50 pm

Great pics, I enjoyed the insiders view of the facility

pointguardslim

January 2nd, 2013
6:13 pm

C-Viv the salideshow isnt working. Am I the only one?

Ken Strickland

January 2nd, 2013
6:15 pm

LDrew isn’t the quickest at making changes or adjustments, particularly when it comes to personnel, but unlike his predessor, he’scertainly not opposed to making them. As he’s slowly started to change his rotations, the team correspondingly gets better.

One the other hand, if he expects our DEF to improve, especially our perimeter DEF, he needs to stop playing musical chairs with our starting lineup. Good consistent DEF, especially on the perimeter, requires continuity and familiarity, which comes with the same players consistently working together.

Achieving those things will be difficult if he continues to wait until the last min to decide who’ll start at SG or SF. It’s going to be very interesting to see what he does with JJenkins and his rotation when DHarris and AMorrow return.

I really like a guard rotation of SGs LWilliams/JJenkins, and PGs JTeague/DHarris. It looks like KKorver/AMorrow will be our SF rotation. It also appears that DStevenson is contributing more on OFF than on DEF. His DEF seems to consist of show more than substance, like GRANDAD pointed out.

One last thing. I appears that JJenkins is trying to play mistake free basketball, and won’t take a shot unless his wide open. When he does decide to be aggressive and take it to the basket, he’s usually been successful. He’s going to be a very solid SG if he continues to get consistent mins and encouraged to be more aggressive offensively.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
6:17 pm

@aj

“Trade him for Salim Stoudemire… he NEVER suggested that there was value in practice or film study.”

my friend salim did say there were great virtues in a vegetarian diet though. probably will last him longer than an nba career. heh heh

doc

January 2nd, 2013
6:19 pm

and ken is not the quickest for giving up saying hogwarts to you and anal moron in caps for believing what you do but we love him anyway. ;-)

doc

January 2nd, 2013
6:26 pm

la·gniappe
[lan-yap, lan-yap] Show IPA
noun
1.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
2.
a gratuity or tip.
3.
an unexpected or indirect benefit.

ok now you topped me. just steal my thunder aj.

still surprised no reaction to my “only appreciation for a trojan was the magnum form” in saying i was plesed my bees beat usc.

must be an old crowd here.

sorry ken, i meant it as anal minded moron.

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
7:00 pm

FTPB

“Drew named Coach of the Month”

LoL, after the way the Hawks got exposed on defense in that Houston game with LD making no “effective” adjustments on Carlos Delfino, this coach of the yr announcement seems odd. Dude probably had a career night being left wide-open for 4-qtrs, raining deep 3’s at a rate of 75%. While LD is a “good” offense x’s and o’s coach especially out of timeouts, his lots-of-talk defense strategy can be summed in 3 words:

“Hope They Miss”

But results matters in the NBA and LD did have a very good month so he should get props for that. But as he enjoys this temporary accolade, the Hawks defense is drifting negatively though the win against The Hornets was a flash of how their earlier victories were won, on stiffening defense instead of just out scoring the opponents.

Kryptonite is to Superman what “dribble-penetration” is to the Hawks, A KILLER

This all points to Jeff Teague lazy-defense where most of his one-on-one matchups have had career nights; as this continues to happen, it will also continue to feed the scouting reports; while this highlights the Hawks weaknesses, it will make winning harder and harder. Even the Hornets tried to exploit this but Josh late stellar “help” defense compensated. But using Josh as a security blanket for this is not sustainable.

If LD doesn’t address this chronic defensive problem sooner rather than later, the Coach of the Month honors will become a routine joke (on these blogs) as the season progress.

Ken Strickland

January 2nd, 2013
7:31 pm

DOC-The master of instigation. I was going to correct you and say it was ANAL MINDED MORON, but you corrected it before I could respond. I agree with you that this is a wonderful time to be a Hawks fan.

Isn’t it amazing that we can be in what amounts to a total rebuild yr and still end up with the best and most exciting team we’ve had in over a decade? I believe this team will only get better after we get healthy and everyone’s role becomes more defined.

I just can’t help but wonder how much better we’d be with DJames as our starting or backup SF and KBenson instead of Petro. We’d definitely be quicker, faster, younger, more athletic and better defensively. Let’s face it, DJames would be a much better DEF option against the LJames and CAnthony’s than Korver or Morrow.

THE TRUTH-Drew won coach of the month honors not coach of the yr.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
7:40 pm

ken i do pay more attention than folks might believe.

pleasant new year for you and much ggod health my friend.

btw ken, tell these anal minded morons for me that i really was a strong vick fan until he undermined us all and the franchise in his sorry misguided decisions made outside of the lines. if only he had used the time on his playbook. ;-)

ken, i know you were here saying the same thing to let the process work before accusing him hopeful it would not be true.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 2nd, 2013
7:44 pm

FTPB

“Truth be told, my rant for the past few years is less about Teague and Jenkins and more about bloggers who simply can’t admit that even while they are more knowledgeable than the average fan, their ability to evaluate a player’s individual readiness vs. the team’s managaement staff is extremely lacking. ”

You are confusing the concepts of “ability” and “access to information”. Of course a team’s management staff will have more information about a player than we ever will. On its own, that doesn’t mean they have any more ability to make the right decision regarding how to handle that player than we do. Making the right decision using that superior information requires the same analytical and observational skills that anyone who posts on this blog uses. Nothing about their position gives them superior analytical and observational skills. If all you needed was superior access to information to be able to make the right decision, Billy Knight wouldn’t have picked Shelden Williams, who everyone on the planet knew was going to be a disappointment at best as the #5 overall pick.

There are, without a doubt, some situations where the people in the building will have information that completely changes their decision, information that would completely change our opinions if we had it. There are also other situations — like when your perimeter defense is a sieve and your promising first round PG is sitting on the bench behind a washed up corpse — where the limited information we bloggers have is more than enough to see that the decisions made by the management staff are wrong.

This is a blog where people express opinions. If we are just supposed to defer on every opinion to the almighty management staff because they have more access to information, Vivlamore might as well close comments. Might as well just grab pom poms and do the Gangnam Style with the A-Town Dancers if our opinions are that meaningless.

SteveW

January 2nd, 2013
7:49 pm

Great pics CViv!!

CViv – Can you come on a blog and say like, “Blog closing in 5 minutes” or something? It would help.

tjhook

January 2nd, 2013
7:50 pm

The Hawks need a post player or at least someone who looks to attack the basket on dribble penetration that is taller than 6′3.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 2nd, 2013
7:53 pm

Regarding LD’s award, from Hoopshype’s Twitter:

HoopsHype ‏@hoopshype
Never won Coach of the Year: Jerry Sloan, George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman. Get my point?
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4h HoopsHype ‏@hoopshype
Recent winners: Sam Mitchell, Mike Brown, Scott Brooks, Byron Scott, Mike D’Antoni.
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4h HoopsHype ‏@hoopshype
But how much does that award matter when Coach of the Year is not really that prestigious anyway.
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4h HoopsHype ‏@hoopshype
Much has been made of Avery Johnson being named Coach of the Month, then getting waived.
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Point being that coaches have not always been recognized for their achievements corresponding to how good they actually are.

Regardless, LD has done a pretty good job this year in my opinion. Obviously some things I can nitpick, first and foremost his underuse of Ivan, but that’s true of pretty much any coach. The Hawks have exceeded everyone’s expectations (including mine), nobody is really underachieving on the team, and he seems to be pushing mostly the right buttons to squeeze the most of what he’s got. Congrats to LD on a well deserved award.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 2nd, 2013
8:02 pm

Hey C-Viv, is the practice court on the same level as the regular court? Above? Below?

Slimjr

January 2nd, 2013
8:12 pm

Billy Knight with his access to “superior intel” f -ed up 3 out of 4 lottery picks…

These stiffs were not ready and Management was lacking……

Sorry doc we’ll have to agree to disagree on this topic:

Raymond Felton is the floor General and Glue for the New York Knickerbockers.. He was the guy who takes up the slack to help jump start his teammates including Carmelo.. If you watched the the two Knick beat-downs over Miami, Raymond play a strategic role by attacking and setting the table.. He is fearless probing the oppositions defensive schemes and has the ability to exploit those weakness in an instant..He makes good decisions on the fly time and again.Yes he was having his best season since he was drafted as a #5 lottery pick after DWill and will be sorely missed over the next 4-6 weeks.

The offense will sputter more times than not, even with the return of Amare’ until the floor general [Raymond Felton] returns..

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
8:16 pm

“THE TRUTH-Drew won coach of the month honors not coach of the yr.” – KS

Ken, I never said he did. Where did you read that from?

Slimjr

January 2nd, 2013
8:31 pm

BTW, if anyone believes Mr. Blank had no clue about the extra curricular activity that MV7 was involved in, there maybe a large bridge in Brooklyn available for sale… LOL!

Question: why was that QB in Pittsburgh not thrown in jail for the next 30 years? Hmmmmmm

Slimjr

January 2nd, 2013
8:39 pm

F.T.P.B

“Jenkins’ recent play prompted coach Larry Drew to pronounce following Tuesday’s win over the Hornets: “I’ve got to find some minutes for him.”

Jenkins, the first-round draft pick (No. 23 overall) out of Vanderbilt, has been used sparingly this season. However, with guards Devin Harris and Anthony Morrow injured Drew looked to the far end of his bench. Jenkins responded by averaging 9.3 points in 17 minutes. He shot 68.2 percent from the field (15 of 22), including 75 percent (6 of 8) from 3-point range.”

THis guy has the best jumper on the team.. Picture perfect form.. Kids should watch him and learn how to shoot

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
8:44 pm

Strickland, no comments about LD’s Coach of the Month award or Jenkins’ comment about how film study and practice have helped him become more comfortable with the NBA game?

doc, the trojan comment was a classic.

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
8:52 pm

Najeh, not looking for folk to simply defer to the facts as reported by CViv. What I try to bring to the table is the possible perspective of the Hawks management staff. Of course, I don’t have access either, I am offering MY opinion of what may be driving their decisions. If a young player offers tremendous promise but fails to apply lessons taught in practice, seems heck-bent on using his athleticism without a respect for the athleticism of the NBA competition and lacks some fundamental understanding of the team’s offensive and defensive playbook, then rewarding that player with playing time will potentially ruin that player’s career. I’d also add that he wasn’t physically strong enough in his early career to be as productive as he is now. Both he and George Hill have greatly benefited from hiting the weight room.

I think it is quite plausible that the way Teague was handled has been nothing short of a tremendous blessing for him. I think it is quite possible that he could have gone the “Nate Robinson” route… a guy who bounces around the league trying to control his own athletic arrogance. Instead, someone sat him down, made him master his floater, improve his spot-up 3 pointer, learn how to play better fundamental defense, grow his confidence to do more than “pass the ball when he crossed the half court line”, etc. I think it is conceivable that the Hawks and Teague came to a fork in the road and opted for the path less traveled and it has helped both parties greatly. And had they chosen the “I don’t care how unprepared he is, throw him out there path”, he may have become the basketball version of Joey Divine (at worse, Nate at best). I wish the same had happened for Josh in 2005-07, that playing time was denied until he conquered those internal issues that would limit his long-term potential.

Often, the Teague debate centers around Bibby’s incompetence. It seems to me that Hawks management decided not to ruin Teague’s potential career to compensate for Bibby’s shortcomings. The put the youngster ahead of the team.

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
8:56 pm

BKN is puttiin’ a beatdown on OKC (in OKC)? (smh)

SteveW, I with ya on C-Viv giving us some sort of blog-closing countdown such as a two-, five- or ten-minute warning. Maybe, C-Viv could get us (bloggers) some type of “countdown app” on the blog (page); that would be cool. I hate when my post is essentially erased, “flushed down the ‘electronic toilet’” or “eaten by the ‘blog monster.’”

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
8:59 pm

doc, lagniappe. I got a little “something extra” the other day at Publix. I asked for 2 pounds of shrimp for the family dinner and after the lady weighed it and printed out the price tag, she put another 4-5 shrimp in the bag and said “Happy New Year”.

Lagniappe… a little something extra.

CViv is constantly giving his readers lagniappe.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
9:02 pm

slim “in felton i trust” j, just warning you. it maybe bigger than felton as kidd was off last night though he had 30 minutes burn.

agree felton has shown promise but never given the reins. it will be interesting how he manages things when it gets tight. he was going great guns when the knicks traded him then had to find time in denver then didnt have a good “situation” in portland.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
9:04 pm

thanks aj. one big guy to another. heh heh

lagniappe chuckle.

Slimjr

January 2nd, 2013
9:11 pm

I got a word for you guys. Its call {acid-reflux}.

It occurs when 4 of 5 starters shoot zero free-throws in a beat-down loss. hehehe

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
9:14 pm

So I thought the Celtics’ wows were supposed to be over once they got off the road. Currently losing by ~15 late in the 3rd quarter against the Grizzlies. Game is on NBA TV. Heinsohn is almost speechless (we should be so lucky).

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
9:30 pm

@Astro Joe (and doc)
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Astro Joe
January 2nd, 2013
9:14 pm

So I thought the Celtics’ wows were supposed to be over once they got off the road. Currently losing by ~15 late in the 3rd quarter against the Grizzlies. Game is on NBA TV. Heinsohn is almost speechless (we should be so lucky).
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Did you mean “woes” instead of “wows”? Would that be considered a “grammatical (assistance) lagniappe”? You know like “giving a little extra” (help with grammar). (LOL)

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lagniappe

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
9:37 pm

Or help with spelling?

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
9:38 pm

High-sider, no just bad spelling and poor editing.

Celtics cut it to 5… Jason Terry is making sure Avery Bradley doesn’t steal his minutes.

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
9:45 pm

Astro Joe, I was just kidding – no harm intended.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
9:48 pm

maybe the thunder are playing with a bit more lagniappe as they grind away at the bkn lead.

jj is pouring them in tonight.

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
9:50 pm

H-S, I’m married… my skin is pretty thick (battle scars). :lol:

Melvin

January 2nd, 2013
10:02 pm

doc

January 2nd, 2013
10:11 pm

cant wait for ld to say, we didnt have enough lagniappe on the boards and in transition tonight to account for a loss. or the bench was really ready with the lagniappe once it was requested. their contracts really dont suggest they play that well, got to give it to them when they lagniappe it.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
10:13 pm

high sider, aj is also a true vet. i sit back and wait for someone to get under his thick hide and enjoy the fun.

oops, meant skin sorry.

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
10:16 pm

This Nets team tonight is what a lot of (Nets) “wishful thinkers” expected. BKN is on the verge of beating OKC in OKC.

Durant just got ejected.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
10:23 pm

seems nets finish with a flourish.

O'Brien

January 2nd, 2013
10:43 pm

doc,

The reason Kidd was off last night is because Woody played him at PG (since Felton was injured). Kidd has struggled at PG. When they have had success this season, it is with Kidd playing backup SG.

As a matter of fact, Woody went with some rookie unknown PG in the 4th, with Kidd at SG, and thats when the Knicks went on their run (but fell just short).

it reminds me of Bibby’s last days with the Hawks.

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
10:44 pm

Bob Weiss is thinking, “if PJ can make a come back…”