Today, the Atlanta Hawks took a significant step in their continued pursuit of building a Championship caliber team. Hiring Danny Ferry as their President of Basketball Operations and General Manager exemplifies the long term commitment critical to creating sustained success and being able to build an organization the right way.
For the past nine years, after retiring from the game in 2003, Ferry honed his business of basketball acumen while first working with one of the most distinguished franchises in sports, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have been a model organization for much of what Ferry has communicated to Hawks ownership regarding how he wants to build this team-unselfish, high character hard working players who are committed to the greater good of the team and can have consistent success. As a member of the front office, Ferry won another (one as a player) Championship in 2005 and then was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as their General Manager.
In Cleveland, Ferry transformed the culture, creating a Championship caliber approach both on and off the court with their basketball operations, player development system and world class practice facility. During his tenure from 2005-2010, the Cavs enjoyed the NBA’s best regular season record in both 2008–09 and 2009–10 and advanced to the 2007 NBA Finals, marking the franchise’s first, and only, trip to the NBA Finals.
“I have long been impressed by Danny’s keen understanding and creative ideas on what it takes to forge a successful team,” said Atlanta Hawks partner, Bruce Levenson. “He brings a very progressive systematic approach and a strong thought process regarding player development, both crucial to building sustainable success.”
Throughout his 13 year NBA career playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1990-2000) and the San Antonio Spurs (2000-2003), Ferry advanced to the NBA Playoffs nine different times, played a total of 917 games and won an NBA championship (San Antonio Spurs, 2003). He was coached by some of the game’s greatest, such as Lenny Wilkens and Gregg Popovich, and also grew up around the game as his father Bob Ferry played in the NBA from 1959-1969 and was a respected General Manager for the Washington Bullets for 17 years.
“I’m very excited to be here today with the opportunity to help build something special for the Hawks and the Atlanta community,” stated Danny Ferry, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. “The Hawks are dedicated to creating consistent success for our fans and doing so with the right people and the right way . I look forward to an exciting future together.”