Hawks Travel Log
Hawks West Coast Travel Guide
By Jon Cooper
The Atlanta Hawks end the first half of the season and begin the second half with a five-game road trip that includes their second and final West Coast road trip and concludes with their second visit of the year to the Windy City.
Since they don't visit most of these venues more than once a year (they see Los Angeles, which has the Lakers and Clippers and Chicago, which is in the Eastern Conference, twice), Hawks fans may not know much about the people, places and things their team will see on this trip.
With the help of veterans Tyronn Lue and Lorenzen Wright, Hawks fans can now get a better idea of what their team is facing and what they do to off the court to unwind.
And away we go!!!
Fri., Feb. 9 @ Phoenix, 9 p.m. ET
Arena: America West Arena (18,442 capacity)
Mascot: The Gorilla
Dance Team: Suns Dancers
Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni
Hawks 2006-07 Record vs. Phoenix: 0-0
Hawks All-Time Record vs. Phoenix: 44-58
Current Series Streak: Phoenix 5 wins
Current Streak in Phoenix: Phoenix 2 wins
Last Meeting: Phoenix 110 @ Atlanta 106 (1/27/06)
Last Meeting in Phoenix: Phoenix 112, Atlanta 94 (12/4/05)
Suns Players To Watch: Steve Nash, Amare Stoudamire, Shawn Marion Hawks Link To the Suns: Joe Johnson played three-plus years in the Valley of the Suns, before being traded on Aug. 19, 2005 for Boris Diaw and two conditional draft picks.
Other area ties: Salim Stoudamire went to school at the University of Arizona (although Arizona State is closer to Phoenix).
LUE: "I've never hung out in Phoenix before. I enjoy the weather, but other than that, I haven't really been out. I go to the mall across the street from the hotel, that's about it. Other than that, I don't really hang out in Phoenix."
LORENZEN: "Usually we stay in the Ritz-Carlton. They have a nice mall across the street that you can walk to, go to The Cheesecake Factory and get something to eat. They have a movie theater next store, so you can go catch a movie. That pretty much sums up Phoenix for me."
Sun., Feb. 11 @ Golden State, 9 p.m. ET
Head Coach: Don Nelson
Hawks 2006-07 Record vs. Golden State: 1-0
Hawks All-Time Record vs. Golden State: 135-131
Atlanta Hawks All-Time Record vs. Golden State: 51-54
Current Series Streak: Atlanta 1 win
Current Streak in Golden State: Golden State 4 wins
Last Meeting: @ Atlanta 115*-94 (1/31/07)
Last Meeting in Golden State: Golden State 122-97 (11/2/05)
Warriors Players To Watch: Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Al Harrington
Hawks link to the Warriors: Speedy Claxton played the entire 2003-04 season and part of the '04-05 season with the Warriors. Al Harrington played two seasons in Atlanta (2004-06) and Stephen Jackson one year ('03-04). Jackson was traded to Indiana on July 15, 2004, bringing Harrington to the Hawks. Assistant Coach David Fizdale served as an assistant coach for the Warriors during the 2003-04 season. Assistant Coach Greg Ballard played with the Warriors from 1985 through 1987.
Other area ties: Josh Childress went to college at nearby Stanford University.
LUE: "I like to go to Crustaceans, in San Francisco. It's a restaurant. They have it only in L.A. and Oakland."
LORENZEN: "I don't do too much in Golden State. I pretty much stay in my hotel room, order room service in, probably the baked chicken, and order a movie on the TV. There isn't too much I do over there."
The 115 points are a season high. The Hawks also hit a season-best 11 3-point field goals.
Mon. Feb. 12 @ Utah, 9:00 p.m. ET
Head Coach: Jerry Sloan
Hawks 2006-07 Record vs. Utah: 0-1
Atlanta All-Time Record vs. Utah: 35-44
Current Series Streak: Utah 8 wins
Current Streak in Utah: Utah 12 wins
Last Meeting: Utah 112, @ Atlanta 106 (12/20/06)^ Last Meeting in Utah: Utah 95, Atlanta 83 (12/7/05)
Jazz Players To Watch: Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, and Deron Williams.
Hawks Link To the Jazz: Utah assistant coach Tyrone Corbin played four seasons in Atlanta (1994-95, and 1996-99).Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, and Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko and guard Gordon Giricek served as coaches for Basketball Without Borders - Europe.
Other area ties: The Hawks annually compete in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League, which takes place at Salt Lake Community College's Life Time Activities Center (LAC). This past year, Marvin Williams was MVP of the week-long tournament (a tournament-high 23.2 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, .549 field goal percentage and .
879 free throw percentage).
LUE: "I stay in the hotel and order my grape juice. They have the best grape juice up there. I don't know why, it's awesome, though.
But there isn't too much to do in Utah."
LORENZEN: "Actually, Utah's cool. One of my fondest memories was a couple of years ago, I took my kids with me. We took a carriage ride through downtown. It was fun. My favorite place to go is P.F.
Chang's. My first playoffs were in Utah. That's probably my finest memory."
Wed. Feb. 14 @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET
Head Coach: Mike Dunleavy
Hawks 2006-07 Record vs. L.A.: 1-0
Atlanta All-Time Record vs. L.A.: 63-34
Current Series Streak: Atlanta 1 win
Current Streak in Los Angeles: Los Angeles 3 wins Last Meeting: @ Atlanta 86, L.A. 74 (1/6/07) Last Meeting in Los Angeles: L.A. 92, Atlanta 77 (11/4/05)
Clippers Players To Watch: Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Sam Cassell.
Hawks Link To the Clippers: Lorenzen Wright was drafted by the Clippers with the seventh pick of the 1996 Draft and traded to Atlanta on Aug. 8, 1999 for two future first-round picks... NBA Hall of Famer and current Hawks Vice President of Basketball, Dominique Wilkins was traded to the Clippers, along with a future draft pick, for Danny Manning on Feb. 24, 1994.Assistant coach Larry Drew played with the Clippers for two seasons (1986-88).Hawks Minor League Coordinator/Scout played two seasons with the Clippers (1993-95), where he teamed with Dominique.Clippers center Zeljko Rebraca played three games with the Hawks during the 2003-04 season, averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds - he sat out 24 with lower back soreness - after being acquired along with Bob Sura, Chris Mills and a first- round pick in the Feb. 22, 2004 three-team deal that sent Rasheed Wallace and Mike James to Detroit and Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter to Boston.
Other area ties: Drew still lives in Los Angeles and runs the Advanced Guard Academy during the off-season.
LUE: "Again, I like to go to Crustaceans to go and eat. It originated in Oakland, in the Bay Area and they only have it in San Francisco and L.A., but it's awesome.
"My favorite memory is winning two championships. The atmosphere was great. My teammates were great. They were a lot like my big brothers.
Pretty much everybody in L.A. is a Laker fan. Just having the tradition of winning and trying to uphold that tradition every time you step onto the floor. Everyone appreciates the Lakers in L.A. The Clippers are on the rise right now. Last year they were playing great. They're having some tough times right now but I'm pretty sure that they'll get it together with the veteran team they have."
LORENZEN: "The Clippers have some die-hard fans. The people in L.A. support them. I know it's a whole lot better now, since they've started winning, but it was always good. They always had their own fans. Of course, you're always the second team. The Lakers are so overwhelming and strong with marketing and everything, that you're always going to be the second team, but you didn't notice it whenever you went out. They showed you the same respect.
"My best memory is probably getting drafted there and living there for three years. It was fun. The weather's nice, you barbecue all year round (laughs). One of my fondest memories was barbecuing in December. They have a lot of places that I like to eat - Aunt Kizzy's, Jerry's [Famous] Deli, a lot of places."
Tue. Feb. 20 @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., ET
Head Coach: Scott Skiles
Hawks 2006-07 Record vs. Chicago: 0-2
Hawks All-Time Record vs. Chicago: 91-106
Atlanta All-Time Record vs. Chicago: 79-101
Current Series Streak: Chicago 9 wins
Current Streak in Chicago: Chicago 4 wins Last Meeting: @ Chicago 94, Atlanta 86 (1/23/07)
Last Meeting in Chicago: Chicago 94, Atlanta 86 (1/23/07)
Bulls Players To Watch: Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Wallace.
Hawks Link To the Bulls: Dominique Wilkins' trophy for winning the
1988 Slam Dunk contest is housed in the trophy case at the United Center, along with other Michael Jordan and Bulls memorabilia.
Other area ties: Marvin Williams' tip in with 1:26 remaining put the University of North Carolina ahead of the University of Illinois for good in the 2005 NCAA Championship Game.Assistant coach Bob Bender coached four years at Illinois State University, winning two Missouri Valley Championships, one MVC conference tournament, and earning one NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. He was MVC Coach of the Year in 1992 and Illinois Collegiate Coach of the Year.
LUE: "My favorite thing about Chicago is the statue of Michael Jordan that they have right there, that's my favorite thing because they built a statue of me right there, too.
"Right by the hotel, they have a nice outside shop where they have Louis Vuitton and Burberry, and all that stuff. I like to go do that."
LORENZEN: "Chicago is a very nice city. But it's usually always cold when we go there. They have some really nice shops, but I don't do too much in that cold. I'm usually in the hotel in Chicago."