Hawks GM Rick Sund answers questions, including yours!

OK, I messed up. I said I would ask Rick Sund about David Andersen, the Australian center who plays for FC Barcelona in Spain and whose NBA rights the Atlanta Hawks continue to hold, and I flat-out forgot. What can I say? We got to gabbing.

The Hawks’ general manager and I talked Wednesday for an hour and 45 minutes, and here, as promised, is a (slightly) truncated version of that extended audience. And you’ll be disappointed because Sund doesn’t volunteer any names of free agents he’d like to sign or details of any trade he’d like to make, but you’re going to have to deal with it. No GM ever talks about such things, at least not on the record, and Sund is more cautious than most.

But he is a winning conversationalist, and I think you’ll find some edification herein. And for all those who submitted questions I wound up using, you have my sincere thanks. For all those whose questions I didn’t pose, you have the same sincere thanks and my heartiest apologies. But I hope this little exercise enables you to feel, in some way, that you were part of this experimental process.

(And one final note: I just sent Sund an e-mail asking about David Andersen.)

MB: If you had to prioritize the offseason with your free agents, who would be the No. 1 target?
RS: We haven’t even put closure to the season. We put closure to it with the players last week, but the coaches have been off – they come back today. We’ll have meetings tomorrow and Friday, and then we’ll start doing the report cards on all the players. We’ll start doing analysis. I have a lot of exercises for our entire basketball staff to go through. And then we’ll look at that and start to prioritize.

MB: I guess what I’m asking is, Is Mike Bibby a greater priority than Marvin Williams?

RS: I don’t know. Is Flip [Murray] a greater priority? Is Zaza [Paculia]? We’ve got to sit down and talk about all of those, and then this year, unlike last year, we’ve got some key free agents at play – four of the players in our rotation are free agents, three of them unrestricted. And then you’ve got the [Josh] Childress chip. We’re not privy to his contract, but what I heard from his people when he left was that he has an out provision each year he can exercise. So does he want to come back, and where does he fit in? And then you throw in the draft pick and trade possibilities …

The one thing we have is a lot of moving parts, but they are moving. And you’ve got to juggle them with the other options that are available. And most of those moving parts can’t be dealt with until free agency starts in July.

MB: Are you confident you’ll have the financial wherewithal to get done what you need to do this offseason?
RS: Yeah, I am.

MB: A theoretical question. If money and free agency were not issues, would you be happy with the makeup of this team?
RS: Yeah, I like our club. The only reason I say that is there’s still growth from within. I think [Al] Horford’s going to continue to get better; I think Marvin’s going to continue to get better. I think Josh [Smith] is going to continue to get better – every year he’s gotten better … I think you still need to tweak it if you can.

MB: You said the season was an evaluation period for you. From what you saw, do you think this team and Mike Woodson fit together well?

RS: From what I saw, this team surprised me. I was not totally impressed with the team made the playoffs last season with 37 wins. I was encouraged by two things: One, their home record of 25 wins, and two, their performance in the playoffs. So this year I said I would like for this team to have a winning record and make the playoffs. Not necessarily in that order. I’d have taken making the playoffs without a winning record.

In my mind I thought, having not known this club, we would probably be fighting for the seventh or eighth spot and hopefully be above .500 for the first time in basically a five-year program. I was surprised and impressed. A playoff-caliber club has to be able to win your 25 games at home and win between 14 and 17 games on the road. That’s playoff-caliber. They won 12 the year before, which is why they were at 37 wins and not 40 or 41. Not only did they maintain that 25 [this season], they went to 31. Elite teams in this league get 30-plus wins at home and 20 wins on the road. Now we’re not elite on the road – we’re playoff-caliber. We had 16, right in the middle. The reason we got the fourth seed was that we were an elite team at home.

That impressed me. And I hated it when it happened, but in retrospect it turned out to be good that we lost at home in the playoffs because we had to win one on the road – and we did. The fourth and fifth seeds are always the toughest [series] because they’re usually pretty good home teams, and we had to win one on the road with our backs against the wall. And even better was that we got that seventh game at home, and that was a decisive win.

Let’s talk a little about [Round 2 against] Cleveland. One of my biggest disappointments was, with our team being hurt – three starters who obviously would have played tons of minutes if they’d have been healthy – we didn’t get the true barometer read with Cleveland. But there was some disappointment in our players, and that’s good. That’s the mark of a good team.

The four teams in the [conference semifinals], we beat them. That’s why we’re a playoff-caliber club. But we didn’t dominate them. We split with L.A., we split with Denver. You asked me if we’d be happy with this club going forward … I don’t know if I answered your question, but that’s the logic going into it.

MB: You had never worked with Woodson on a close basis before. Were you satisfied with what you saw?
RS: Yeah. We’re in a results business. A couple of things should be reviewed. Last year, when I came in – hired June 1 — I got a lot of e-mails on what to do on everything. From players and coaches, trades, staffing, the whole thing. I got a lot of help and suggestions. I said at that time I’m going to spend two weeks and take in as much information as I could, and my recommendation was to keep Mike. And I think he did a good job this year.

MB: This was a big thing with our readers. They see other teams having offensive coordinators or defensive coordinators. Would you be interested in that?
RS: I’ve never really thought about that. You don’t see it very often. It’s up to the coach. It’s really a question for you to ask Mike … It’s not my call.

MB: I know what you said last year about Al Horford being a center. Do you still feel that way, and do you feel like your team is big enough, given that you were outrebounded on the season?
RS: Yeah, I do.

MB: Do you still see upside for Josh?
RS: Yeah. Yeah, I do. Every year he’s gotten better, and I thought he played reasonably well in the playoffs.

MB: Understanding that you’re still in your evaluation process, what do you see as a greater need – more size up front or backcourt help?

RS: I don’t know. I’d have to look at it and talk to my staff a little more. I like Zaza. I think Zaza and Horford did a really good job at the center position. We weren’t beat at the center position very often this year.

MB: Do you talk to Childress?
RS: He’s playing right now in Greece … When their season is over, they’re going to inform us. Evidently he can opt out of his contract. If he opts out, we’d have to tender him a [one-year] qualifying offer. Otherwise he’d be an unrestricted free agent.

MB: So you’ve had no contact with him during the year?
RS: We’ve had scouts go over and watch him. [Assistant GM] Dave Pendergraph has texted him. And I’ve talked to his agents – they represent other players.

MB: And what was your read on Childress?
RS: They played it pretty close to the vest.

MB: This is another issue with our readers. Kenny Smith apparently said on TNT that the Hawks lack an identity. Do you feel your team has an identity?
RS:
I don’t pay attention to that. When I watch a game, I turn the sound down so I can draw my own conclusions. I think our identity is that we have the ability – and I think I said this to you last year – to do both [meaning fast-break and play halfcourt ball]. If the game and the tempo and the referees dictated an up-tempo game, we played it – and played it well. Like the first [playoff] game with Miami. But if it was going to be a slowdown type of game – like with Detroit – we won three games against them. I think the good teams have the ability to do both. I think sometimes people see Josh Smith’s athleticism and they think we have to be just a running team. Well, we’re not.

MB: Would you like to see the offense go a little less through Joe?
RS: That’s not for me to say. I don’t tell the coaches how to coach. I want the results, however the results may be.

MB: There was some comment after the Cleveland series that you’d go as far as you can with Joe Johnson. Do you believe that?
RS: I don’t think you can draw any conclusions from anything from the Cleveland series. They’re obviously the best team in the league over 82 games, and we were too injured. Couldn’t draw conclusions from it.

MB: Did Joe’s struggles, even against Miami, make you think he has gone as far as he can go – that this is what he is?
RS: I’m not going to throw anything on one playoff series. Joe had some big assist nights in there. I thought Joe, particularly in Game 7, stepped up. All the defenses were geared to stop him, and Joe was a part of [winning] … I’m a Joe fan, and I thought Joe played reasonably well … No, I don’t put any stock in that [appraisal of Johnson].

MB: Have you targeted any position in the draft?
RS: We’re just getting started into it. We have to zero in on it – what’s the best player and in what area do we need help most – and then you compare the two and you come up with a decision. I pretty much lean, when you’re picking 19th, to take the best player with the most potential. Particularly at 19.

MB: You liked Acie Law …
RS: I liked him. I didn’t draft him – I inherited him – but I thought it was a pretty solid draft pick, and I liked him when I saw him in college. Like most rookies, he didn’t get a lot of playing time. We knew when we brought in Flip that [Law’s] minutes were going to be suspect if Flip was a good fit, which he was. So he ended up being the ninth man, which is typical of a lot of guys in their second year. And I really thought the first half of the season he was contributing in that ninth-man role. Then he got hurt. And then, as the season progressed – and this is typical – [Woodson] tightened the rotation. That’s what you do because you want to get into the playoffs.

MB: Would you like to keep Marvin Williams?
RS: The one thing you have with free agency is that they hold some cards, too. I’ve never been one to predict anything that’s going to happen in free agency because you never know. What I do say is that I like the core of this club and I’d like to keep as much of this core as we can and I’d like to improve our club if we can with trades. If that happens, great. But what I do like about this club is that it’s young enough there can be improvement from within. When you get beyond that, then you’ve got problems. Then you’ve got to start talking about major, major moves.

MB: And you don’t feel you have to make a major move?
RS: I think we’re in a position where we can do both. If some major moves make some sense for us and we can do it, great. If not, we have growth from within. We’re in the best of all worlds at this point. We’re at the point where we are a bona fide playoff club. So we went in the past five years from bad to good. Now we’ve got to go from good to great, and that’s the really hard part in the NBA – going from good to great.

MB: Can you do that without a superstar?
RS: Define “superstar.”

MB: Is Joe?
RS: I didn’t say, “Ask me.” I said, “Define it.” [Laughter all around.] See, I listen to your questions. It gets into my theory …

MB: This is the “top 10 guys in the league” thing.
RS: You got it. Can you win championships and be an elite club with three or four players on your roster who are in the top 10 or 12 at their position? You can. Detroit showed that [in 2004]. Now [Chauncey] Billups today is an All-Pro All-Star, but he wasn’t when Detroit got it, and neither was Rich Hamilton. And neither was Tayshaun Prince. But Ben Wallace was in the top 10 of power forwards, and Rasheed [Wallace] went from a top five player in the league when he was at Portland to a top eight.

If you get enough players collectively who are in the top 12 or 13 at their position, you can win a championship. It’s been proven. And that’s what we have to do … We’ve got to do it collectively if we don’t have an MVP candidate.

Late-breaking addendum! The extremely thoughtful Rick Sund responded to the e-mail about Andersen. Quoth the GM: “We are in the process of evaluating David Andersen via film. He is in our discussions and is another ball we will be juggling. He is another moving part that we will consider.”

And now, I believe, my work here is done.

142 comments Add your comment

O'brien

May 20th, 2009
6:53 pm

Mark, I am somewhat surprised by one particular comment.

“I’d have taken making the playoffs without a winning record”.

Really Mr Sund? If thats the case, it should be no surprise that he is satisfied with the way the season went, and the job Woody has done.

Jesse

May 20th, 2009
7:13 pm

Well, at least he speaks more than Billy K. did. He didn’t give much away, but at least he said something…….

Reggie

May 20th, 2009
7:15 pm

Mark

two questions:

1. What would you do with the 19th pick?

2. What impression did you get after talking to Rick Sund?

calico

May 20th, 2009
7:26 pm

Mr. Sund needs to speak his mind on Joe cut the bullsh*t.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
7:30 pm

1. Draft a point guard. Lawson or Maynor could be available.

2. My impression is that Rick Sund knows what has to be done and is positioning himself to do it.

Thanks for asking.

RAMMA JAMMA

May 20th, 2009
7:36 pm

Don’t worry mark. Mr.Sund will(like Don Waddell)do ONLY what the ownership will allow!!! They can’t tell us anything yet b/c they haven’t been TOLD what they will be allowed to do!!! (SIGH)!!!

PD

May 20th, 2009
7:39 pm

Rasheed Wallce is coming to Atlanta again. The Hawks need size in the front line

Joe

May 20th, 2009
7:40 pm

Sund never really answered most of your questions except by either asking a question back to you or by just saying we have not done our player and team or coach evaluations as yet. Nice try for answers but Sund was too sly to commit his hand and I do not blame him, it is too soon after the season to make these important decisions on who to sign, trade, or draft.

wxwax

May 20th, 2009
7:41 pm

Probably optimistic to expect him to reveal more, I guess.

He endorsed Woody, Marvin Williams and he doesn’t want to blow-up the team. I’m a bit surprised that he’s OK with the rebounding statistic. There are other examples of his Top 10 theory and he’s right.

Good stuff, if cagey.

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 20th, 2009
7:43 pm

Your question about identity,” If the game and the tempo and the ref’s dictated…” When a team directs the tempo they control the game not the ref’s. The Hawk should run and run some more damn the ref’s.

That should be their identity.

hawks hawk

May 20th, 2009
7:48 pm

Does sound to promising but it is kinda early in the offseason. Maybe you should have wait to ask him after the free agent period started, cause really he said alot of nothing to be honest. So we see why Woodrow gets away with whatever, its all about wins and loses, and he doesn’t care about nothing else. So we can aspect the samething next season, hopefully we have a point guard or some leader on the floor, that will be a MAN and some kinda offense.While he doesn’t have to listen to Kenny Smith and the rest of the world who actually watch the HAWKS, our offense is horrible, specially once we get down and that switching defense aint no better! Just hope we get the owner thang taken care of pretty early, cause if not this might be the quickest rise and fall of team that only made it to second round and took boston to seven games.

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

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
7:49 pm

As I said, no GM is ever going to say — publicly, anyway — “I want to dump two of my starters because they can’t play a lick and then I’m going to make a run at Tim Duncan, Yao Ming and Dwight Howard, in that order.” It just doesn’t happen. And no amount of prodding is going to elicit such a comment. That’s why these guys are pros.

But I did think it was noteworthy that Rick said what he did about “growth from within.” To me, that means he thinks this core still has unfinished business and untapped potential. And that’s good. You don’t want a core that has topped out at 47 wins and a Round 1 victory.

Peachtree Hoops

May 20th, 2009
7:49 pm

Thanks for the interview. Much appreciated.

Now let the reading between the lines begin!

gcsu12

May 20th, 2009
7:49 pm

the hawks don’t have an identity. joe johnson is a good player, but not a superstar. smoove could rpresent that identity that the hawks need if he can improve his game and his iq. he is still young and could become the face of the franchise.

Sam

May 20th, 2009
8:14 pm

Lawson would be such a great fit, I feel, with his athleticism, improved jump shot and ball-handling, and on-the-court leadership. I hope he falls to 19.

Or that Blake Griffin falls to 19, that would work for me, too.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
8:15 pm

This is just me speculating, OK? But if Tywon Lawson is there at No. 19 when the Hawks pick, he won’t be on the board when Pick No. 20 comes up.

Sam

May 20th, 2009
8:18 pm

I’ve seen Lawson projected as high as 10 and as low as mid-20’s (where the Hawks took Teague)…but I just really see him as a can’t-miss pro prospect, and don’t know why he’s not more highly valued. Then again, I’m a heels fan, too, so I may be biased here.

doc

May 20th, 2009
8:21 pm

nice work mark, good stuff. couldnt expect more still some very thoughtful answers. just hope he can deliver as thus year is more challenging than last summer though the angst was greater last year with the two rfa’s. this year it is more the bidding war and budgetary constraints.

good season and enjoyed immensely my first season as a season ticket holder. it is a great time to build fan base support, just hope the basg understand how important that is as they took waaaay to long to rebuild this team into a competitive team as we have watched several others rebuild on the fly. ultimately, it looked that they took the cheap route. let us hope they dont revert to old form.

Blast

May 20th, 2009
8:24 pm

Maybe Sund was trying not to play his hand, but I can’t believe he said he was happy with Hawks rebounding effort! Hawks were killed by Cleveland in rebounds! And AL is not a center. Sund better have something(s) up his sleeve.

Ariose

May 20th, 2009
8:26 pm

Mark, Patrick Mills is better than Lawson and Maynor….

Aslo mark, do you think we should look into signining Rasheed?

John

May 20th, 2009
8:26 pm

Sekou, Do you think Atlanta will stay with the 19 pick in a weak draft? I do not. I have a feeling Bibby will be gone and Marvin and the 19 pick will be jettisoned elsewhere for a starter (Vince Carter). I think Flip is resigned and he will be the 6th man of the year next year. I’m just throwing stuff out there…just wondering….JJ as point (he can play defense, post every PG in the league, and gets into the lane to create), VC at the 2, Smoove at the 3 (I know he’s not a 3…he cannot play on the wings…but don’t really need it if VC is at the 2 and JJ at the point), Horford at the 4…and maybe Solo, ZaZa or Morris at center. Again, I’m just thinking out loud. I’d take this team over last year’s. Then again, what if Chillz comes back?

John

May 20th, 2009
8:27 pm

My apologies Mark…I didn’t mean to put “Sekou” on there…force of habit.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

I’m going to write a little something before the week is done outlining what I think might happen with Bibby, Marvin and the others. I don’t see the Hawks making a big trade with so much else on the table. And I take Rick at his word when he says he believes Horfy is a center. He’s said it in every extended conversation I’ve had with him.

And I don’t think the Hawks will sign Rasheed Wallace.

And thanks, Doc. And no apologies are needed, John. I’m honored to be mistaken for Sekou.

Acie'sGooseisCooked?

May 20th, 2009
8:43 pm

MB: You liked Acie Law …
RS: I liked him. I didn’t draft him – I inherited him LikED him Past tense????

John

May 20th, 2009
8:43 pm

Mark, I’ll take your opinions over mine…so completely disregard what I was thinking about packaging Marvin and the 19 pick. LOL Maybe Marvin and Flip (a must IMO) will be back, but the others gone. With Horford definitely relegated to playing his Hawks career out of position, I’d still like to see JJ at the point for the above reasons, someone else at the 2, Marvin resigns to play the 3, Smoove the 4 and Horford at Center. So who plays the 2 in my scenario???? The rights to Chillz (if he wants to come back) and the no.1 pick for VC? I’ve never been a huge VC fan…but if you put him with JJ….is there a better PG and SG combo in the league? Other than maybe LeBron and Mo, I want to see it!!!! They could post or create all night against everyone. And they both can play defense which takes pressure off of Smoove, Horford and ZaZa to do their things on the boards. No clue if this works financially, but kinda fun to think about it.

Volman

May 20th, 2009
8:56 pm

Mr. Bradley…love the updates. Seriously. Great work!

I know Sund can’t go too deep about questions but he tippy-toed around the Acie Law and Bibby questions (did Bibby even come up?)

I really wish you would have asked him to let up on the starters and about player development a little more. He pretty much said the only reason Woodrow burned the first 7 players was “because he wanted to get to the playoffs”. Come on now!

Great stuff though. You are really becoming an Atlanta favorite!

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
9:11 pm

This is just me guessing again, John, OK? But I don’t think the Hawks will be a major player for big-name outsiders unless they lose Marvin or Bibby.

And Volman, Bibby did come up. You’ll notice Rick ducked the second question about whether Bibby or Marvin would be the greater priority. And when Rick said he likes the core of this team, my interpretation is that Bibby is part of that core. I think the Hawks will try very hard to keep him but, as Sund said, a free agent holds some cards, too. And Bibby is unrestricted, which means there’s no matching. (Marvin is restricted, meaning there could be a sign-and-trade.)

Volman

May 20th, 2009
9:14 pm

Okay Mr. Bradley. Sorry about that..it HAS been a very long day so the Bibby talk slipped my mind.

Again, us season ticket holders and diehard Hawk fans love your work as of late. You have REALLY picked it up with the Hawks news and it is really appreciated. We cannot get enough!

I really hope that we can keep the “core” of this team together, but if there is a deal out there…we need to do it if it puts us to a “great” team.

Mr. Bradley, did I read that Sund has the OK to “spend money”?? Or did I read that correctly?

Thanks again!

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Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
9:20 pm

Thanks, Volman. And no apology is needed. There isn’t a lot about Bibby in the 60 or so inches of copy — you’re right about that.

As I understand it, NBA teams are waiting to see where the salary cap for next season falls, and where the luxury tax kicks in. And I’d imagine the Hawks will then set their own budget. So far as I know, the owners haven’t approved — or disapproved — anything yet. But it’s still only May, and the draft isn’t until June 25th, and talks with free agents can’t begin until July 1st.

I think what you read was Sund’s response to the question, “Are you confident you’ll have the money to spend that you’ll need?” At this point, as his answer would reflect, he is.

Melvin

May 20th, 2009
9:27 pm

Mark,
did you get the impression that Sund more interesting in resigning or trading JChill???
I think this is the summer that Sund has to make a decision on JChill b/c we lose his rights after this season and D.Andreson b/c of his age (29).

The Truth

May 20th, 2009
9:31 pm

Mark
Out of the whole Q&A interview, the only part that was interesting to me was your Late-breaking addendum part about Sund evaluating David Andersen. This guy looks to be a real baller on offense. His game reminds me of Jermine O’Neal. His post game is something the Hawks desperately needs. [(Check out his video)/[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZlnVzmOn3c]]

ILL-logical

May 20th, 2009
9:37 pm

Good Stuff! Informative and an imaginative use of the ajc.com franchise.Now some context: The ownership is still in dire straits economically both because of the local market for professional basketball and the the general economy. Plus their internal problems don’t help either.

Having said that,the point is they can’t afford any major moves and no major star would want to come and play here because of their financial problems.So they are left with a limited set of options regarding the current roster.And one of the limitations is the fact that Josh Childress is not a fan of Woodson’s coaching capability.

Another is the fact that while many in the Association believe Woodson is a good character guy ,few believe he is a good coach. That is one of the sidebars of getting the national media attention being a playoff team brings. Opinions and comments that the local media may gloss over are pointedly addressed by the national media experts.And let’s face it , they were quite harsh in their assessments. Not wrong in most instances but harsh none the less.

So here we are with some major issues to address because of the team’s success and cannot be avoided.

The stakes have been raised and improvement is required. And going from 47 wins to 50 is going to be extremely difficult,especially with the same weaknesses that were so glaringly exposed on national tv.
Which brings us to the threshold question: What did Mr. Sund mean when he said that they were going to honor Woodson’s contract?

uga_b

May 20th, 2009
9:37 pm

I want to believe a Detroit-style team can win but it’s hard after seeing the impact of Melo, Howard, LeBron, and Kobe. I don’t even put Howard in that category, but watching Melo and Kobe, it’s clear either one of them can win a game. Kobe’s decisiveness to the basket was awesome and a little disheartening for this Hawks fan. Joe has got the game to get fouls inside but shoots jumpers like an old man. Melo has really turned into a player. I think we may need to run the offense more through Smith who can attack the rim. Of course, the big question mark is his head followed by his shot.

John

May 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

Mark, do you think this will be a slow summer for almost every team? I mean, with the economy the way it is…I think everyone will be looking for the absolute best possible deal. We all are excited/concerned to see what Atlanta does…but I think it will be a long summer for pretty much every NBA team.

Astro Joe

May 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

Thanks Mark. Diehard Hawks fans needed to see this. Nothing very surprising in the answers but really good work and much appreciated. Did our favorite suit-wearing come up in discussion, Craig Claxton?

John

May 20th, 2009
9:39 pm

With the exception of Mark Cuban’s Mavericks of course. LOL

Fred

May 20th, 2009
9:45 pm

Interesting about Andersen, I had totally forgotten about him. It would be awesome to add him and Chill back. In that scenario, we can simply let Marvin go, which is fine by me. I would like to sign Bibby for 2 or 3 years at $6-8 million and then draft a point guard or big man, whichever is better at 19.
http://www.examiner.com/x-2723-Atlanta-Hawks-Examiner~y2009m5d20-Potential-Draft-Prospects-Patrick-Mills

Ed

May 20th, 2009
9:45 pm

My goodness what low expectations from Rick Sund for this year’s team. This interview was not very revealing except for the fact that Sund seems pretty contented with where the Hawks are . He thinks we can grow enough with the personnel we have to push forward to the next step. The same coach, the same players, the same chemistry issues, & we could possibly be looking at this same team next year.

As can be expected Sund dodged all the pointed questions & put the onus on Woody as far as his assistants go. I can’t imagine many will want to return as Woody doesn’t listen to them anyway.

Chris

May 20th, 2009
9:45 pm

The Hawks stalled in the half court set! That is a Coaching problem! Bibby couldnt guard anyone in the playoffs..better yet this year. His wheels are worn down from the kings days. offer the vet minimum $5mill. Draft a point guard (maybe trade up to the lottery if you really like someone…incl. m. williams in the trade.) and need to sign a low post back to the back player for cruch time/half court sets. inside/outside will help 3 pt shooters. Tell Josh Smith to drive the ball everytime. What do ya think bradley?

Ed

May 20th, 2009
9:51 pm

One other thing…all this talk about drafting a PG who can penetrate & dish the rock is a waste of time. Woody doesn’t want that type (ala Ty Lawson) of PG. He wants one who can knock down the outside shot once Joe decides to pass the ball after dribbling around for 15 seconds.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
9:55 pm

Whoops. Another name I forgot. First David Andersen, now Speedy Claxton.

Chris, I think Sund sees Horford as that low-post player. (And I concur.)

And thanks, Ill-logical.

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
9:56 pm

As for Childress: It pretty much depends on him. If he doesn’t opt out of his Olympiakos contract, there’s nothing the Hawks can do.

ken

May 20th, 2009
10:35 pm

hawks need a damn center. not no damn point guard in the draft. bj mullins. nbadraft.net…. get sessions in free agency

Mike is back

May 20th, 2009
10:53 pm

Mark, thanks for some what paraphrasing my question…you kept your word…you used fit I said align. I guess Gearson Sr is still RUNNING THA SHOW BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No wonder the Sund and the ASG adores Woody…they got the measuring bar LYING on the GROUND. Heh heh

EVEN THOUGH SUND DUCK ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS…GREAT JOB!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

May 20th, 2009
10:55 pm

Er, thanks, Mike.

Big Ray

May 20th, 2009
11:05 pm

Great Q&A, Mark.

You know, it’s obvious that Sund is a real old hand at this. And a few things stick out with him.

One, it’s nice to hear from a guy who is, and doesn’t mind being….candid. Two, it’s nice not to hear any crazy theories or ideas like: “People say we need a point guard. I have to laugh when I hear that.” Three, Sund was exceedingly artful when addressing Woody. He addressed Woody the way HE wanted to, not the way he was asked to. He gave Woody enough praise, but didn’t gush about him. Very clever, and I like it. You can draw no conclusions from it, but it’s still very good for print. He pretty much addressed questions about the team in similar fashion. I feel better about him already. Still interested in what he does in the draft, though I won’t be looking for yet another swingman. BUt at least we’ll be taking a #19 pick at…well, #19. Not at #2 or #5…

Malone

May 20th, 2009
11:06 pm

What about Cenk Akyol, the Turk PG?

Big Ray

May 20th, 2009
11:09 pm

Mike,

He didn’t duck ‘em. He answered what he wanted to answer, in the fashion that he chose. He’s an old, clever hand at this, and I appreciate that far more than someone who would be foolishly blunt. The whole thing is a game. Besides, he’s not going to do something stupid like let everybody in the known universe know that he’s going to take a guy at #19 in the draft, who nobody has on their board that high. Nor is he going to let any very serious internal decisions out until the time comes. Always leave ‘em asking for more…

Melvin

May 20th, 2009
11:10 pm

Mark,
If Josh opts out of his Euro contract, do you feel Sund would like to resign him?