Atlanta Hawks: Williams ‘excited’ about return to Atlanta

Vivlamore reporting.

Marvin Williams returns to Atlanta Friday as a member of the Jazz. The Hawksfirst-round pick, No. 2 overall in 2005, was traded in the offseason after spending his first seven seasons in the organization. Although he won’t play due to inflammation in his right knee, Williams spoke to the AJC about the trade, his time in Atlanta and what kind of reception he might receive.

Q. What are your thoughts about coming back to Atlanta?

A. I’m really, really excited. A lot of those guys I haven’t seen or talked to since last season. Just to get a chance to get back to the city and see a lot of the people in the organization, see a lot of my friends, and I’m excited to get back there.

Q. It’s hard to keep in contact with people as an NBA player. You forge relationships and after such a transition you leave it all behind. Has that been hard?

A. It was difficult for me this summer to hear about the trade. You make friends with guys and you become close to people in the organization, people around the city. It’s like you are here today and gone tomorrow. With trades, I do understand the business. It happens in the NBA. I’ve seen guys come and go as well throughout my time in Atlanta. I know trades do happen and sometimes it ends up like that.

Q. Did the trade catch up by surprise?

A. I can’t necessarily say I was expecting it. I think anytime anybody is traded they are always surprised. It was just one of those things where I was working out and a couple of buddies of mine had told me they heard I got traded. During the summer time there are always rumors going around so I really didn’t pay too much attention. When I got done working out I had a couple voice mails from Rick Sund, my agent. I called Rick Sund back and he expressed to me that I may see it on TV or on Twitter but that I was going to be traded so he wanted to let me know firsthand. I greatly appreciated that. They did everything first class. They were awesome about the whole situation. When I got back to my house, I saw across the bottom of the (TV) screen that I got traded to Utah.

Q. It was Rick Sund who called you? Not Danny Ferry?

A. Actually Danny was on the line as well. I figured Rick reached out to me because he already knew me. I had never met Danny Ferry personally. I didn’t get a chance to speak to him when he got the job.

Q. What are your reflections about your time in Atlanta?

A. I had an absolute blast, man. Looking back on it since I have been gone, I had an absolute blast. The organization, the city, took care of me and watched me grow. You know I was 19 years old when I first got drafted and left when I was 26. I grew into a man before their eyes. As a basketball player, I became a better player each year. My memories of Atlanta I will never forget. I will be forever grateful to that organization for giving me an opportunity to live my dream.

Q. What kind of reaction to you think you might get from the crowd?

A. I don’t know. I guess I haven’t really thought too much about it, to be honest. I’ve always loved Atlanta fans. They’ve always come out and shown their support. They’ve always voiced their opinion. They’ve seen my good days. They’ve seen my bad days. I guess at the end of the day I hope they know that I really did appreciate playing for those guys.

Q. How disappointing is it to return but not get a chance to play?

A. Very, very, very. You get a chance to play against your old team and go back get a chance to play in front of some of the fans that liked you once again. I’ve been going through this knee thing for the last few weeks and it’s been tough. It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to play but at the end of the day I am a member of the Utah Jazz and I have to do what’s best for this organization.

Q. How is life in Utah? How is this new part of your career going?

A. I like it. When I first got traded to Utah my first thought was ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do in Utah.’ I had never spent much time there at all. We would fly in with Atlanta, get in at 1 or 2 in the morning, play the next night and leave. I never spent much time there. The people in Utah, the community, the fans, the people in the organization, everybody has been such a huge help. They’ve made me feel so comfortable since I touched down and I’m really enjoying it out there.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Section 303

January 10th, 2013
7:28 am

I hope Marvin does not fall off the NBA landscape. His season has been a struggle. I was happy when the Hawks traded him, but he seems to be a good guy. Wish him well.

Section 303

January 10th, 2013
7:33 am

I’m still p#ssed off about Saturday night’s loss to the Celtics. One, I hate the Celtics. They’re easily my least favorite team. Second, the 2nd half of that game has set the tone for this entire losing streak. The Hawks came out afraid (you could tell sitting in the stands). Thought this team was past that, but they aren’t. Strong chance this season turns in to a total disaster. This Hawks team just might not be very good.

Ray

January 10th, 2013
7:49 am

Ray
January 10th, 2013
5:52 am

I told you guys back when the season began we’re on track to where I feel like we were going to finish only winning minimum of 40-44 games no more than 48 games max.

I’m not the least bit surprised we’ve lost some of these games. Here is the thing though at 20-14 this team currently contrusted did you expect any more when you only have 2 centers 1 that is a true center?

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Ray
January 10th, 2013
5:54 am

Typo Constructed my bad

Still I’m going to say this need to make up your mind what you’d do with Devin Harris or Lou Williams one must go and one must stay for something better if you know what I mean.

Plus looking at the way things are now as in the Big Picture people like Petro are all but gone, and if you find an upgrade people like Morrow might be gone.

These two posts carried over from the last blog that was up.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
7:51 am

it was a [turrible] pick

vava74

January 10th, 2013
8:02 am

We need a new Head Coach.

We need someone who would cherish Ivan and his attitude instead of despising him.

Laimbeer springs to mind as someone who would appreciate Ivan and would rub Al’s softness off with a metal scrub until he found the rugged PF/C hybrid we drafted.

Launching jumpers is no excuse to play soft. Laimbeer’s offensive game was based almost exclusive on 3 things: putbacks, elbow and baseline jumpers and 3 pointers.

Notwithstanding this his presence in the paint was ALWAYS felt.

Also, I don’t believe a single word that LD said about going to LA to make sure that Ivan re-signed with us.

If he did go, he must have been told to do so.

Ray

January 10th, 2013
8:06 am

Just to make that clear I carried those two posts over from the last blog.

Ray

January 10th, 2013
8:07 am

Vava74

Don’t worry after this season is done and gone we won’t hear of L.D anymore I’m certain in fact with coaching candidates that are out there right now yeah we can do a lot better than L.D at this point.

vava74

January 10th, 2013
8:14 am

I just want him out NOW.

Give the job to Conner until the end of the season. LD must go!

Lou, JJ2, KK, Josh and Ivan was the line up LD had on the floor when Irving scored the last 12 points of the 3rd quarter.

3 guys who have difficulty defending, being that 2 of them NEED to be fed shots when they are on the floor to justify playing time AND the 3rd guy being a guy who goes into 5 minutes periods in which he does not pass the rock to anyone…

Frankly, what else do we need to see to get this idiot fired?

Bandit

January 10th, 2013
8:15 am

This was a much better team with out Al Horford than with him. The A in Al is for Awful.

Last years team with out Al Kills this years team with Al ….

Al has got to go.

Just Joe

January 10th, 2013
8:18 am

Marvin is “very, very, very” disappinted he’s not going to get to go up against the defensive skills of Kyle Korver.

I also thnk it’s funny that Ferry never even took the time to meet Marvin. I think he knew before he signed his contract, that this kid had to go.

Just Joe

January 10th, 2013
8:31 am

I’m ready to see Ferry’s next trade. The first 3 were outstanding:

1) Joe Johnson for expiring contracts, a trade exception & draft picks.
2) Marvin Williams for an expiring contract.
3) Joe Johnson’s trade exception for Kyle Korver.

kuhndog

January 10th, 2013
8:38 am

I liked Marvin, good kid so so player. We definately could have got better talent with that pick.Marvin stands around on offense instead of moving w/o the ball, he did play the baselines good and was a fair defensive player. I hope he gets a warm welcome treating people with hate is not a good thing, it represents this town.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 10th, 2013
8:40 am

DF was just on 680. Did anyone catch it?

Also, is there some trick to posting here on iPhone? My username never saves

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
8:43 am

Co-sign Just Joe.

DF has set the bar very high for himself and this Franchise by stating that within 2 years hes sees an ELITE Atlanta basketball team.. He as a long way too go..

Andrew Wiggins= The next Lebron?

ag

January 10th, 2013
8:54 am

Funny, Marvin could help this team…I think…. but I did not want his contract.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 10th, 2013
8:56 am

How can a team that played so brilliantly AT OKC, MEM and destroyed the Bulls at home be losing to these teams now? Before MIN, I said anything worse than 3-1 in next 4 would be a disgrace

SMMFH

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
9:19 am

vava

Lou, KK & JJ together is a wonderful line-up
for Josh to excel.
Your point about defense notwithstanding.
The three guards you mentioned [playing together]
are not any worse than any other set of guards we have.
Teague has quit playing def for all practical purposes.
JJ & KK are well suited to team defense,
stay in position well, they are just not going to overwhelm
anyone with pressure.
Also Lou defends th pg pos at a much higher proficiency than the [2].

My overall point;
that line-up *’`should`’* have opened up the lane for Josh
to have a freakin` field day inside !

Did he take advantage ?

Please see my overall point;
which is not to extoll the virtue of three defenders,
but to reveal the opportunity Josh had and failed to see.

2nd Qtr same outfit;
Josh took three jump shots.
____________________________________________

Also understand that I see your overall point as well.

hfc95

January 10th, 2013
9:19 am

Anybody else notice Josh Smith not shoot that 3 at the end of the 3rd qtr, when he had 1.5 secs and he let it roll to half court and instead of easily getting a good look for a CHANCE at making it, he instead opts to not shoot to try to save his terrible 3pt% from being worse. THOSE are the little things that need to be changed on this team.

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
9:24 am

Mr Ferry`s problem:

Money to $pend this $ummer but other than ChrisPaul
no one to Spend it on.

There are names but nobody that`s better than who we already have.

DF is gonna have to $wing a trade … $ooner or Later.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 10th, 2013
9:29 am

There ARE FAs out there this summer

Pekovic
Hickson

I’d take either of these dudes over Toilet Tissue Al and want Josh gone

Leon

January 10th, 2013
9:34 am

I thought the Joe Johnson trade would help Marvin excel as a Hawk, but he had to go also. The trade to Utah was a good trade for him, but it will be hard to be anything else but a journey man when his contract is up. I also think Al or Josh will be traded before the deadline also.

Astro Joe

January 10th, 2013
9:37 am

Classy guy, Marvin. Huge disappointment as a basketball player but someone whose life will likely serve humanity far more than some elite ball players (like megastar who struggles to pay his mortgage on his Atlanta home).

I heard the end of the Ferry interview on the radio. He kept saying “smart, solid, fast”. Repeated it 3 or more times. I thought to myself, well the Hawks are generally 1 of 3 in those categories.

Ray

January 10th, 2013
9:41 am

Here is the thing I hate one reason I’m not up in arms about anything dealing with the Hawks this year is because I knew this was going to happen.

Some of you guys act as if this team fielded on the floor are capable of the NBA Championship if they get there they overachieved big time.

Look relax just have fun at 20-14 y’all ready to blow it up again, and then we’ll get on a 5 game win streak everyone is happy again just chill out on the ride.

I’m saying it now Dwight Howard is out of L.A I believe, and honestly even though people might not want him on this team he might not make us Contenders for the title, but getting out the 2nd round I could see.

Also Chris Paul doubt he leaves LAC now just look at what’s going on there?

I see it like this if we’re going to make any noise going to have to wait for the draft trust me trading Devin Harris for a pick somewhere around 15-25 would be a nice start.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
9:43 am

Too bad DF could not pull off a trade to get Cousins in here..The Hawks need an above average post presence on the low block every night..They have zilch as of now…

Al must be hurting? When was the last time you seen him shoot an 8 footer from 15?

Josh, shoot no more 3’s for the rest of the season.. Oh I forgot, you come to play as Bird/Josh..

Where is that mid-range? Shawty?

Ray

January 10th, 2013
9:47 am

@ Astro Joe

We’d fall into category of just fast.

Right now most fans see us as solid, but really we’re not in fact I really like some of these guys, but if there are upgrades get them like for instance I’d take Glen Davis > Ivan Johnson

That might not make people on this blog happy, but that’s a upgrade.

For the last time we are going to finally need a Center if we get one for a trade cool if not Draft one that would be good. Where is that one guy who actually dominated along with Jenkins in Summer League we need him back with the quickness lol.

Ray

January 10th, 2013
9:50 am

@ Slimjr

HA! You want Cousins here you’re asking for way more trouble then he’s worth, but who knows Mcgee changed his tune once he went to Denver so maybe Cousins might as well.

It’s just we got our own troubles with Josh do we want a second one.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
9:52 am

Zach Lowe ‏@ZachLowe_NBA
ATL has attempted 8 or fewer FTAs in 3 of last 6 games. By far their biggest weakness, as I wrote a few weeks ago: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/44408/an-eye-on-the-hawks
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mike

January 10th, 2013
9:55 am

always liked marvin, hope he has a great career…good dude

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
9:57 am

I wonder what would happen if Marvin posted up Korver. The stoppable force vs. the movable object.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
9:59 am

Marvin certainly seems like a good guy, but “it was a terrible pick” and he’s looking like he’s going to be a minimum salary player for the rest of his career after his current contract expires.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
10:02 am

“Also, is there some trick to posting here on iPhone? My username never saves”

I don’t even see a comment box when I load this blog on my iPhone.

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
10:10 am

Sure JJ and Pec are FA`s but neither are Franchise Players!

I understand there are pieces;
but that is what we are now … pieces.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
10:11 am

Peachtree Hoops has a Q&A with Al Horford up today.

hot.trod.87

January 10th, 2013
10:27 am

so emotional reading this

vava74

January 10th, 2013
10:35 am

Grandad,

Are you getting short sighted?

http://www.popcornmachine.net/cgi-bin/gameflow.cgi?date=20130109&game=ATLCLE

Josh played the whole 3rd quarter.

He was 3/4 for 6 points, 2 rebounds (both offensive) had 1 assist and 2 blocks and committed 2 fouls.

WTF did Josh wrong during that 3rd quarter? What? 1 missed 3 pointer (which I acknowledge that he should not have attempted) is what it takes for your to focus on him?

Lou monopolized the rock when he was on the floor, never got ANYONE involved (wasting KK and JJ2’s presence on the floor – KK had 2 FGA (from 3) and JJ zero FGA) and played ZERO D on Irving when that kid went on a tear.

Teague has disappointed, I don’t contest that, but to say that Lou plays or played better D at the PG slot than Teague is preposterous.

Teague usually plays better to close games, including defensively.

If you look at the link above you’ll see that CLE lead went up EXACTLY when LD took Al off and played with 3 small or defenseless guys the rest of the quarter (initially Teague, Lou, JJ2 – for 1 minute – and then KK, JJ2 and Lou for the last 3 minutes in which we were outscored by TEN points, all coming from Irving).

Since Irving scored 18 in the third quarter and the last 12 coming as consecutive points to close the quarter, at least 12 out of those 18 were scored against Lou IN THREE F&%$ING MINUTES.

This also means that AT BEST, Irving scored 6 points against Teague in the 8 minutes and 53 seconds of floor time in which he was on the floor, whilst HE (Teague) scored 7.

FACTS!!!!

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 10th, 2013
10:38 am

Najeh,

To post, you must then off mobile view on bottom of blog.

Still a royal pain in the Azz though

JM

January 10th, 2013
10:38 am

Been off the blog for a while – to much Josh vs. Al bull. But I want to know what’s up with the D. My biggest concern is the points being put-up against us. The dribble penatration and 3 point d is awful.

Best post from last blog to The Truth – “THAT PLAY WAS OFFENSIVE, LARRY DREW!!!!!!!”
Team might have started to tune LD out.

Go Hawks!

And stand up ATL! Go Falcons!

vava74

January 10th, 2013
10:39 am

Najeh,

You can change from “mobile” to “regular” at the bottom of the page and – as far as I know – only then you can post.

As for GM (JeJe)’s difficulties, I can only say the following:

1. I have no problem posting on “regular” view and it stores my name and e-mail. Perhaps you have to adjust settings on the Safari.
2. Alternatively, reduce the size of your handle; OR
3. Before posting, copy your name so you can paste it (still leaving you to fill in the e-mail address).

doc

January 10th, 2013
10:40 am

really good guy

if he could have ony come close to the numbers of the guy he was supposed to emulate al harrington. got close before he turned 22 then over the hill. go figure never seemed to work on anything to get better. good video gamer and movie critic. sweet guy and wish him well. right rod?

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
10:48 am

vava

What are we saying different ?

I said last eve;
whether it`s Josh floating or Lou not passing or whatever;
Josh should have feasted while being in the middle of that line-up.

Hell Blame LD, Blame Josh, Blame Lou …
it didn`t happen did it !

I was building on your comment.

Short sighted my ass.

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
10:51 am

I reckon if one doesn`t kiss Josh`s tail end
with every comment around here ,
then that person will be taken out and flogged.

My gosh, what is it with the
ManLove for Josh Club these Days !

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
10:55 am

vava

Maybe someone will listen now when I say
Lou nor Teague wish to throw the ball to KKorv
and it looks to be the same deal for the kid JJenkins.

Rod from College Park

January 10th, 2013
10:56 am

Welcome back Marv. LOL

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
10:58 am

No … that would never happen …
Teague;
looks at Korv coming off a screen,
then turns a blind eye.
Naw !

Grandad

January 10th, 2013
11:00 am

Some of yawl just watch what you want to see.

You don`t watch the game.

Try watching the game within the game;
I`m certain DannyFerry is watching.

Rod from College Park

January 10th, 2013
11:05 am

“I reckon if one doesn`t kiss Josh`s tail end
with every comment around here ,
then that person will be taken out and flogged.”

I reckon that when you post a bunch of nonsense, some pople here will call you out on it. Myself and Vava never agree, but trust me you and him were not saying the same thing. Tou were finding a way to blame Josh again for something that did not exist. He corrected you with facts and now you have your panty’s in a bunch.

Astro Joe

January 10th, 2013
11:07 am

Regarding summer spending spree (and possible inability to land elite players). Dallas had a lot of cap space this past summer. Dwight was supposed to be a UFA (before he agreed to stay for the extra year and then begged out of Orlando) and Deron was also available. When they failed to land an elite FA, they opted to sign players who weren’t able to find a long-term deal at the desired salary. So they gave Kamen and Mayo a contract with a 1-year opt-out. Those guys get to prove why they are worthy of a lucrative and long-term deal while Dallas maintains cap flexibility for the coming summer.

I can immediately think of two players who potentially would be in a position where they need to prove they are worthy of a long-term contract. Andrew Bynum and Greg Oden. I could envision a scenario where Bynum signs a 2 year, $20M contract with an opt-out after the first year. Oden may be closer to something like 2 years @ $15M. Because these are injury risks (which was not true with Mayo & Kamen) the team may also want some protection. If it works in the CBA, maybe both sides have the ability to end the deal after 1 season.

i think there could be some players who are more like Kamen and Mayo… productive guys who feel they are getting low-balled and refuse to sign a multi-year contract that is beneath their perceived value. Ferry could find those guys and add them as well.

None of these are ideal and clearly signing or trading for an elite player is the preferred way to go. I was just outlining maybe a plan B or C or D approach. And something that has been used by other franchises previously.

Rod from College Park

January 10th, 2013
11:10 am

“Some of yawl just watch what you want to see.

You don`t watch the game”

If you watched the game, what was your opinion of Al Horford. What’s you overall opinion of his defense. What’s your opinion of his help defense. What about his post game? Is Kyle Korver still a good defender? Lou and defends should not be included in the same sentence, and I love Lou (no homo). Are you sure you are watching the same games that we watch, or has it just become a hate on Josh thing for you. Who was the best defensive player on the floor for both teams last night?

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
11:13 am

Fact:

The Hawks shot 5 free-throws and made 2..

AllStar AL had zero,zilch,nada attempts at the Stripe!

Yes bring in Cousins..

Offensively DeMarcus> AL, Josh, and D12 @ 22 years of age already..

Just Joe

January 10th, 2013
11:15 am

They were kind of saying the same thing. Grandad said “Josh should have had a field day”…Vava showed Josh was 3 of 4 with a missed 3 pointer while playing the entire quarter (not exactly having a “field day”).

Only difference is Grandad blamed Josh for (I guess) not being assertive, and Vava blames Lou for not initiating offense & LD for what he considers a bad lineup combination.

Plenty of blame to go around in my opinion.