Atlanta Hawks: Drew named Coach of the Month

Hawks coach Larry Drew was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for December in the Eastern Conference after guiding his team to a 10-5 record. (AP Photo)

Hawks coach Larry Drew was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for December in the Eastern Conference after guiding his team to a 10-5 record. (AP Photo)

Vivlamore reporting.

Coach Larry Drew was named the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month for December, the NBA announced Wednesday.

The Hawks went 10-5 in December, tying the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks had winning streaks of four, three and two games during the month. They also won two overtime games.

Other nominees from the East were the Heats’ Erik Spoelstra, the Pacers’ Frank Vogel and the Knicks’ Mike Woodson. The Clippers’ Vinny Del Negro was named the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month.

Drew said Hawks general manager Danny Ferry broke the news to him about the selection.

“I had no idea I was in the running,” Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s always good to be recognized. I’m deeply honored to be selected. I share this honor with my entire coaching staff. They deserve this honor for all the hard work they’ve put in.

“My mind set has always been to just take it game by game.”

Overall, the Hawks are 20-10 and in third place in the Eastern Conference. They are just 1-1/2  games behind Southeast Division foe the Heat and a half game behind the Knicks. They also have the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 9-5.

Drew, who is in the final year of his contract with the Hawks, is the fourth Hawks head coach to be honored at Coach of the Month, joining Mike Fratello, Bob Weiss and Lenny Wilkins.

- Chris Vivlamore

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63 comments Add your comment

Jason S

January 2nd, 2013
3:16 pm

MsDee

January 2nd, 2013
3:19 pm

What!! Go Coach Drew!! Well Danny Ferry, looks like Drew will be your coach for atleast 3 more years

Jeff

January 2nd, 2013
3:22 pm

omen-He will be fired in two months ask Avery Johnson

Jason S

January 2nd, 2013
3:23 pm

As much as many of us bloggers are hesitant to give coach Drew credit, he definitely deserves it. It has done a helleva job this year. Many of us thought the Hawks would be lottery bound. I figured they would be a middling Eastern Conference playoff team. Coach Drew and the Hawks have exceeded expectations (so far).

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
3:24 pm

Congrats to LD! It must have been all of those practices and film study sessions that delivered this award. :twisted:

Today has been an AWFUL blog day for Strickland. :lol:

Melvin

January 2nd, 2013
3:27 pm

Congrats to LD….

Stone

January 2nd, 2013
3:28 pm

Congrats LD!! You are finally getting Josh Smith to stop shutting as much and allow the real shooters do theirjob…Now if we can get Josh to stop going after the Refs and play defense when he shoots these crazy, low percentage shoots then The Hawks can go far and we ll can e proud…Dont get me wrong I dont hate Josh he just needs someone (coaching) to notice and correct what we all notice…did I say that????? Congrats again LD

Melvin

January 2nd, 2013
3:29 pm

If LD and the Hawks goes on an extend win streak, there I say he could be the East All Star game coach. Hawks are only 1.5 games behind Miami for the East best record….

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
3:35 pm

Player of the Week honors for Al and Josh and now Coach of the Month honors for LD. A guess the national media refuses to discount the achievements of the Hawks because of their strength of schedule, because of the minute allocation of their rookies, because of the way past players have been handled, because of their shot selection or because of their fondness for battling bigger players in the paint. Silly media, all they care about is the winning percentage, I guess.

Bernie Matt

January 2nd, 2013
3:37 pm

It’s about time someone recognized! I mean it’s like “oh no Josh is not an all-star” and then “oh LD is so-so as a coach”. I mean you people can’t have it both ways. We either have some allstars on this team or we have the coach of the year. I prefer to think it’s a little of both. But hey, what do I know? Oh that’s right basketball!

Geronimo

January 2nd, 2013
3:45 pm

Good for LD, it appears he has earned the respect of peers around the league, even if it’s hard for some Hawks “fans” to give him credit.

Jamaaliver

January 2nd, 2013
3:47 pm

Methinks there’s a good chcne Drew is brought back on another contract. He’s earned it. Seriously. First Hawks coach with an overall winning record here since Lenny Wilkens.

Swingman912

January 2nd, 2013
3:48 pm

He ahd to ge it sooner or later. I mean really, who would’ve predicted a 20-10 record to this point? We were thought to be rebuilding and we’re 3rd in the East, and we just went 3-1 on a 4 game road trip. Gotta give credit where credit is due…SALUTE

MsDee

January 2nd, 2013
3:54 pm

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard/forward James Anderson to a multi-year deal. To make room on the roster, the Rockets have released guard Daequan Cook. Anderson (6-6, 215, Oklahoma State), who actually began the 2012-13 season with Rio Grande Valley.

Not sure how James Anderson is getting all this attention???

High-sider

January 2nd, 2013
3:58 pm

Congrats “Long-term Deal” (LD).

Grandad

January 2nd, 2013
3:59 pm

I told yawl !

30 Games ………………………… I just didn`t say what ?

Who`da thunk ?

I admit to my wrongheadedness.

I am mucho glad I was mistaken with my harbinger,
as our Hawks are remarkably fun to watch.
_____________________________________________

Now;
does DF go for the long ball at the trade deadline,
to see how far this team can go,
or remain patient, waiting on what may or may not be
procurable this coming summer ?

O'Brien

January 2nd, 2013
4:00 pm

Congrats to LD. Well deserved. I wonder if Ken S still thinks DF needs to come out and endorse LD publicly if he is satisfied with the job he is doing.

I’m with Jeff though. Avery Johnson won Coach of the month for October, and November, only to be fired in December, so LD better watch out, because our schedule gets tougher.

Just Joe

January 2nd, 2013
4:01 pm

The multi-year part of Anderson’s deal is a little deceiving. The second & third year are not guaranteed. Houston has done this several times. It gives them the option of keeping the player on the cheap if they work out, but also the ability to cut a player loose without a big hit.

I still don’t see how Anderson over Cook makes much difference for that team though.

MsDee

January 2nd, 2013
4:02 pm

People say how soft our schedule has been but we are in 3rd place while both Miami AND the Knicks have lost to teams we HAVE BEATEN!! Oh and good point, Melvin, we are only a few games back from being #1 for Drew to coach his 1st All-Star game!! And how come if Drew gets that honor to coach the East, I BELIEVE THE EAST WILL BEAT THE WEST! Drew with an allstar crew, like Woodson with NY, is a very smart x’s & o’s coach. I believe he can deliver the right plays/line-up to get a WIN. What do u guys think??

kojak

January 2nd, 2013
4:04 pm

Trade Josh now

Just Joe

January 2nd, 2013
4:05 pm

Happy for LD. Still can’t stand his offensive philosophy, but the results don’t lie.

Sameba

January 2nd, 2013
4:09 pm

Grandad:

20 point blowouts in several games and tough losses to GS, 76ers, Rockets etc.. etc.., for the 3rd seed team is a shame. However, I would rate LD’s coaching as B at this point, considering he has no legit SF on the roster.

Heisenberg

January 2nd, 2013
4:11 pm

Good for LD & Hawks, but Vinne D & Clips have to wonder what they have to do if not losing a game the whole month does not get any love.

O'Brien

January 2nd, 2013
4:25 pm

FTPB,

AJ

OB, I agree and I actually think Howard will sign with the Hawks. I think the comradery that the team has built in record time will also be a HUGE selling point, especially after some of the tongue lashings the Lakers get from Kobe. I’m still of the opinion that Howard won’t get us to the promised land but I do honestly believe that he will be wearing a Hawks uniform at the start of the ‘13-14 season..

2 other things working in the Hawks favor: 1) Rick Sund has been replaced by Danny Ferry and 2) Ownership has taken a step back, and let DF be the man.

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
4:26 pm

I wouldn’t make any long term commitments based on 30 regular season games. He deserves the monthly award but hopefully Ferry’s evaluation includes more than the first 2 months of the season.

Geez, some of y’all sound like dudes who are ready to pop the big question after a handful of really good dates. Slow your roll.

Heisenberg

January 2nd, 2013
4:32 pm

My big issue I have with going after Howard in free agency is Hawks would have to move Horford to free up salary space to sign him. They better get some seriously good young and cheap players, draft picks, & first born male offspring in any trade of Big Al.

Grandad

January 2nd, 2013
4:40 pm

AJ

Actually, LD is and has built a resume over 2+ yrs.

I`m still not sold, but one must give the guy props when due.

LD is doin` something Right.
The coupling with Ferry may have been just the ticket for LDrew
to push him further towards being his best as a coach.
“We shall see”
I think DFerry has pushed LD to do some things that otherwise
he may not have felt comfortable doing.
Also sending him to Israel for coaching clinic shows Ferry
wishes for the team and LD to succeed.
Ferry is building a sustainable winning culture
that is much bigger than signing this or that player.

Grandad

January 2nd, 2013
4:44 pm

Heisenberg

Your screen name gets my attn and respect !

2 FOR JOHN DREW

January 2nd, 2013
5:02 pm

Grandad ….. I do remember your 30 game proclamation for LD …… At least, you humbled-down & man-up to what you said.

Ardilla

January 2nd, 2013
5:12 pm

LD needs to better utilize his bench, but props to him. I still hope we don’t sign him at the end of the season, though. DF, trade Smoove NOW while his value is high.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

January 2nd, 2013
5:20 pm

I find myself watching the boxscores ….. to see what the Brooklyn Nets, and the Utah Jaazz are doing. It’s not that I hate Joe Johnson,& Marvin Williams or anything like that ….. But considering how the Hawks are jelling …. seeing how these 2 guys are performing so far w/ their new teams ….. Seems as though DF made the right moves ….. seems as though that non-chalant attitude is gone …. I hope DF continues making good moves moving forward …. And I hope we beat the brakes off of Utah & Brooklyn … LOL

Grandad

January 2nd, 2013
5:22 pm

2 FOR JD

A man has to be Humble when he is wrong more often than not.

Two of the Best lessons learned in my career:
(1) The best way to learn something – is to teach it !
*(2)* Learn from my mistakes !
** Many / Most of my coaching stratagems, scemes, & philosophy
were a result of miscues, back-fires, corrections, or
challenging myself after a loss to [fix-it] whatever needed fixin`.

Nate ArchiBALL

January 2nd, 2013
5:25 pm

Heisenberg – Vinny’s ok

The Atlanta Hawks’ Larry Drew and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Vinny Del Negro today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Grandad

January 2nd, 2013
5:25 pm

*schemes*~scemes~

Heisenberg

January 2nd, 2013
5:48 pm

Thanx for the update Nate … and the respect Grandad.

kbb

January 2nd, 2013
5:50 pm

Congrats to LD, he is doing a very good job with the team

Rusty

January 2nd, 2013
6:46 pm

Play Ivan coach of the month

JOE

January 2nd, 2013
6:46 pm

BIG JEFF T .FAN BUT NEED TO STEP UP MORE THAN ONE TIME A WEEK.

tjhook

January 2nd, 2013
6:49 pm

Congratulations to LD for his accomplishments thus far and the accolade of Coach of the month. I am a person who had a negative view of his coaching ability (mainly that he is duplicitous with his players) and I am not a big fan of his offensive philosophy (Jump-shot Jesus) but his attention to detail is showing up on the court and in the mentality of the players.
I am concerned that this is a one-year wonder because the holdovers were augmented by players who have solid NBA backgrounds and appear to bring solid on-court IQ to the roster (particularly Korver and Williams). All of our frontcourt players bring warrior mentalities to the game but are not proficient guys when it comes to posting up. I know it is unpopular to suggest this, but this team needs a post player like Pau Gasol or Derrick Williams. Gasol is a proven commodity but you acknowledge that he will be a linchpin to this offense’s attack, providing contrast to this team’s perimeter prowess. He and Horford are asked to do the same thing for their teams, but the Hawks need a guy who can get his own shot down low and the Lakers need someone with Al’s energy.
Derrick Williams, who I can believe can be obtained by trading Anthony Morrow and Anthony Tolliver, is an inside-outside player who would probrably play great alongside Josh Smith. None of the Hawks save Horford move to the basket without the basketball and LD clearly likes Josh having the ball in the high post. Zaza’s hands are too bad to trust as a give-and-go option, but watching Williams play in Minnesota and at Arizona makes me believe that he could flourish in our motion offense because he is quick enough to be a single defender on an inside post or dribble-drive attack. The trade will also free John Jenkins to receive more playing time without devaluing Devin Harris’ role as a utility backcourt guy.

tjhook

January 2nd, 2013
6:51 pm

Jump shot Jesus: meaning you shoot enough jumpers some of them will have to start going in. In Jesus’ name. And Danny Ferry has brought the team quite a few jump shooters . . . I just wish he would have put a couple of slashing forwards on the squad, so we can get some three-point plays as well as three-point baskets.

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
6:54 pm

“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.

tjhook

January 2nd, 2013
7:00 pm

Extra: I believe LD got this award because Ferry brought in guys who have done nothing but executed the game plan seamlessly, win or lose. Atlanta is not a team known to make an excessive amount of turnovers each game. And I think a team full of veterans (former starters) is the reason. Harris, Stevenson, Morrow, Korver, Williams, (groan) Tolliver – all have brought a positive attitude to the court and it shows in the play not allowing our more emotional players (Teague, Smoove, Ivan) to not make out play on the court uneven. We will be losing a number of those players after the season so it will be interesting to see what direction LD could or would be willing to take the team.

Astro Joe

January 2nd, 2013
7:17 pm

Grandad, last season, the Hawks only won 40% of their games against winning competition and lost in the first round of the playoffs. So including last season really works against LD (IMO). We’re only 30 games into what appears to be a better version of LD and I wouldn’t think about a contract extension until the postseason… especially if I came into the job with a well-honed wish list of head coaching candidates (which Ferry surely had in his pocket). No disrespect intended, he is doing a very nice job. But again, we’re only a few dates after his off-season make-over.

Sameba

January 2nd, 2013
7:29 pm

The Truth
January 2nd, 2013
6:54 pm

Excellent post…

Duluth Joe

January 2nd, 2013
7:42 pm

Well deserved for coach Drew. Congrats and hopefully more to come

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 2nd, 2013
8:19 pm

Judgements should be reserved until after the playoffs…where everyone is truly tested. If he can take this group into the ECF then he deserves an extension for sure. Anything less and its up for evaluation.

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 2nd, 2013
8:24 pm

Also agree with The Truth’s post 100%.

Teague is way too selective on D and gambles at the expense of allowing his man past him way too often. He continues to improve but this issue along with poor finishing at the rim are his weakest points currently. Could be a great player if he continues to improve though…….

Rusty

January 2nd, 2013
8:48 pm

It seems to me that JT often leaves his man to play help defense & sometimes it leaves him in trouble.

darrell starks

January 2nd, 2013
9:15 pm

Congratulation LD

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

January 2nd, 2013
9:22 pm

LD is finding a good niche for coaching.

His rotation is a little better, plus he finally realize a deep rotation keep your players fresh for the year and also make your team better.

I STILL BELIEVE ZAZA SHOULD STARTE, But you can’t argue with a 20 win and only 10 loss so far.

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!