Oct 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Larry Drew is going to coach the Atlanta Hawks through this season.
He’ll get a season to show what he can do with a less-talented roster but one built to run. (The Hawks have said they would run more for five seasons now, we’ll need proof.) He’ll get a season to build a relationship with new general manager Danny Ferry.
But if there is a “a coaching change is coming” triad it is a coach in the last year of his contract, with a team that has less talent than the season before, and a new GM looking to make his mark.
All of that describes Drew. He gets it, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“The situation is what it is, the contract is what it is, the timing is what it is,” he said. “I have a contract I have to honor and I’m going to do that. I’m going to come out every day and give it my all. I know it’s not the best situation to be in, but I look at it as a challenge. It’s an opportunity.”
What else can he do — he needs to win and win over Ferry.
But his fate may lie in the bigger decisions coming to Atlanta — what kind of team is Ferry going to try to build and how is he going about it? The question of if Drew fits with that follows from there, and we don’t have a clear answer to the first question yet.
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