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  1. Report: Hawks may go after David Blatt as assistant coach

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    If you ask close observers who the smartest, best coach on the international circuit is you usually hear the name David Blatt. The average fan may not know him from the guy walking his dog down their street, but those fans know the powerhouse EuroLeague team he coaches (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and they know he…

  2. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  3. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  4. What the Hawks should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Last season: Same old, same old? Progress and a step back? Stumbling backwards into success? There’s got to be some sort of ridiculous phrase to describe the Hawks’ 2011 season. Their offense took a serious step back, despite all the talk of getting out of Mike Woodson’s system. Larry Drew took over, and the Hawks…

  5. Report: Atlanta Hawks considering trading Josh Smith

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Atlanta needs to do something to shake up this team, because it is clear the current roster is a step or two behind the elite in the East. And while you can expect that Chicago and Miami will be better next season, Atlanta isn’t going to get better without some bold moves. Like trading Josh…

  6. Hawks Drew has issue with Smith’s shot selection. Now?

    May 6, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    In the first half and the start of the third quarter, Atlanta’s Josh Smith was firing away jump shots — and he was 0-for-6 from beyond 16 feet. He made up for that with four turnovers. All that frustrated coach Larry Drew, who saw that as playing into the hands of the Bulls defense, he…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  8. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  9. Might Hawks Josh Smith cost coach Larry Drew his job?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks got their heads handed to them Saturday night by the Washington Wizards. A 32-point beatdown. That would be loss number four in a row. They are stumbling toward the playoffs, and this is not a team anybody has seen flip the switch. The last two of those losses were without Josh Smith…

  10. Jamal Crawford’s dogs lead to lawsuit with landlord

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s been a rough year for Jamal Crawford. On the court, his game has taken a step back as he has tried to get used to the concept of ball movement in Larry Drew’s offense and not just going isolation all the time. (To be fair, it seems most of the Hawks have struggled with…

  11. The Atlanta Hawks are a bit of a mess

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    Even with their best player out of action, the Atlanta Hawks had no business being completely eviscerated by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Philly is a solid team, but Atlanta is supposedly superior. They’re supposedly worthy of their decent seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, even if their efficiency differential puts them just…

  12. Curiously, Jeff Teague remains glued to the bench

    Jan 24, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    Image (1) jeffteague.jpg for post 4251

    Jeff Teague is no star. He’s a second-year guard who isn’t great at initiating the offense, and isn’t much of a perimeter shooter. He isn’t the type of talent who demands playing time, but merely suggests it politely with each correctly executed possession. He makes mistakes, doesn’t often induce awe, and clearly has a lot…

  13. Atlanta’s point guard conundrum

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    At Summer League, the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff was trying to pump Jeff Teague full of confidence — he could be the starting point guard for the Hawks if he would just take the job away from Mike Bibby. He needed to find his dog. The job is available because the Hawks have a problem…

  14. Larry Drew latest in long line of coaches to talk shot selection with Josh Smith

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith’s unwavering confidence in his midrange jump shot is to be admired — he sticks with it in the face of all available evidence that he shouldn’t take it. There is something impressive about that stubbornness. In the Atlanta Hawks six games before Monday night Smith has taken 33 shots from beyond 15 feet…

  15. Larry Drew thinks Hawks may be more into partying than playing

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics came into Atlanta on the second night of a back-to-back and played with a Hoover Dam’s worth of more electricity and energy than their hosts. The Celtics were pissed about losses, the Hawks were… We don’t know. Hawks coach Larry Drew doesn’t know. But in some of the most direct post-game comments…

  16. Larry Drew’s Hawks are off to an unfortunate start

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks seem destined to repeat their successes and failures of a year ago, and that perception should persist until Larry Drew is able to show us something about the Hawks that Mike Woodson never could. Given how little we know about Drew as a head coach, I can’t give you a compelling reason…

  17. Jamal Crawford is not going quietly without an extension

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    If the Jamal Crawford extension saga were a pot of water over the stove, the first tiny bubbles have started rising to the surface. It’s not a full-on boil, but you might want to get the macaroni ready. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Crawford, and he’s starting to mentally prepare himself to play elsewhere this…

  18. Vegas has a list of odds on the first coach to get canned, and it's pretty harsh

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Like we said, a coach will get canned before the calendar flips to 2011. But who’s the unlucky guy? Turns out Vegas has its own list of candidates. The New Jersey Star-Ledger checked in with a gambling site called YouWager.com and looked at the list of prospective candidates to get canned. Essentially, if this is…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Last season: 53-29, three seed in the East. The Bucks pushed them seven games in the first round, then Orlando swept them in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew. Basically the Hawks decided to fire their coach and go for change by hiring the old coach’s right hand man. Interesting theory. Drew may have been…

  20. New Hawks head coach Larry Drew hints at a defense with less switching

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks defense has long been notable, even if it hasn’t been notably effective. Under Mike Woodson, the Hawks somewhat famously employed quick, versatile lineups of athletic players capable of switching on most every screen. It was a reasonable way to make sense of the Atlanta roster at the time, which was (and is)…

  21. Mike Bibby is the starting point guard in Atlanta. For now.

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    When the Atlanta Hawks open the season Oct. 27 in Memphis, Mike Bibby is going to be the starting point guard. That is not shocking news, but rather a situation to monitor. Bibby’s game is in decline, while Jeff Teague will enter the season with backup quarterback syndrome — every fan loves the backup quarterback…

  22. Atlanta Hawks adding novel concepts of motion, passing to offense

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Despite a team of great athletes and shooters, the Atlanta Hawks are not all that hard to defend. It was a lot of isolation basketball for Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Even when Mike Woodson was calling plays, the team was blowing him off to run more isolation. Larry Drew may have been Woodson’s assistant,…

  23. Larry Drew's plan in Atlanta: Get the Hawks to share the ball. Good luck with that.

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Larry Drew earned this shot. Make no mistake, he has spent longer on the bench as an assistant than he did in the league as a player. He paid his dues, he no-doubt knows the game. The surprise of him being named the Atlanta Hawks new head coach was that he had spent the last…

  24. Hawks hire Larry Drew as coach

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    It’s always the one right under you nose that you don’t notice. Until you do. The Atlanta Hawks have promoted assistant coach Larry Drew to the head coach position, according to multiple reports. Yahoo was first, plus there is one on NBA.com, so, we can probably trust it. It’s an interesting choice. After Mike Woodson…

  25. Hawks brass meeting to figure out coaching decision

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks appear ready to go get their coach… after just one more meeting. Nearly a month after they fired Mike Woodson and less than a week before the NBA Draft, the Hawks owners and front office are going to sit down today and decide who they want as a head coach. That according…

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