14 Fun Things That Happened This Season
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This Atlanta Hawks season produced some fun moments, both on and off the court. With the draft right around the corner, our "new season" is about to begin. Here are some of the most awesome moments of 2013-14 (in no particular order):
(Story by Jaryd Wilson)
1) Dominique Wilkins recreated a 21-year-old photo.
In 1993, 'Nique did a photo shoot that included an iconic image of him tossing a ball in the air with London's Tower Bridge behind him. When we returned to London this season for the NBA Global Games, #21, now Vice President of Basketball Operations for the team, recreated the photo. Here's how awesome it was:
2) Team visits Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham
There were a lot of cool experiences in London, but perhaps none were cooler than visits to Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham Football Clubs. You don't know what "soccer" is until you've stepped inside these stadiums and experienced a match.
3) Players play soccer after practice
Our players may not have Champions League talent, but in sticking with the soccer theme from #2, we wanted to share this. After practice one day, the Atlanta Silverbacks and goalkeeper Eric Ati brough a full-sized goal onto the court, and our players took their best shots. Here are the results:
4) Kyle Korver sets three-point record
Yes, we've chronicled this in previous posts, but Korver's NBA record 127 consecutive games with a made three-pointer was downright awesome. It became one of the main themes of every game, and the fans seemed to enjoy it as well. Cheers to a new streak in 2014-15!
5) Elton Brand and Charles Oakley cook
Elton Brand decided to spend part of his down time learning how to cook with his good friend and former NBA player Charles Oakley.
6) Jeff Teague hits an unbelievable three-pointer
With Game 3 of the first-round series against the Pacers hanging in the balance, Teague made an amazing, off-balance three pointer as the shot clock expired while tip-toeing the sideline. One of the best shots of the playoffs pushed the Hawks to victory at Philips Arena.
7) Hawks have perfect All-Star weekend
The team of Dominique Wilkins, Chris Bosh and Swin Cash won the Shooting Stars Challenge for the second straight year. Rising Stars participant Pero Antic couldn't play in the challenge, but his team won. And the East, with All-Star Paul Millsap, beat the West in the All-Star Game, capping a perfect weekend for Hawks representatives. If you count the overwhelmingly positive publicity that Hawks organist Sir Foster received during the game, our record was 4-0.
9) We introduced our new secondary logo
Before Game 6 of our series with the Pacers, we unveiled a new secondary logo, which was really an evolved version of the logo we used from 1972-1995. Shortly after the season ended, we released merchandise with the new logo. The fans' response was overwhelmingly positive.
10) Mike Scott catches fire in Game 5
Scott had a Game 5 to remember at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The second year forward went 6-6 from the field, including 5-5 from three en route to 17 second quarter points to help us beat the Pacers. His first four threes came on four consecutive Atlanta possessions to open the quarter.
11) We created some awesome code of conduct videos
The NBA requires all teams to post a code of conduct message in the arena before the start of the first and third quarters of each game. Instead of a simple and boring statement, we decided to spice it up a bit. Take a look:
12) We "Pounded The Pacer"
Before Game 4 of our series with the Indiana Pacers, we allowed fans to Pound The Pacer...literally. Fans had a chance to take a sledgehammer to a 1976 AMC Pacer for $5, with all proceeds benefitting the Hawks foundation. It was fun marketing for a great cause.
13) We had a pretty dramatic week of basketball
From Dec. 23 - Jan. 3, we saw three overtime games and two other games decided by one point. We only one three of those five games, but it was the most exciting stretch of basketball we saw this season.
Dec. 23: Hawks lose 121-119 in overtime to Miami
Dec. 26: Hawks beat Cavaliers 127-125 in double overtime
Dec. 28: Hawks beat Bobcats 118-116 in overtime
Dec. 31: Hawks beat Celtics 92-91 in Boston
Jan. 3: Hawks lose 101-100 to Warriors on buzzer beater
14) We produced a great holiday card
It's become a tradition each year around the holidays, but this year's version, with this year's team, was extra special: