to the Hawks BasketBlog! This is where you can come to read analysis and
commentary on the Hawks as well as topics around the league. Check us out
throughout the season as we will be posting new material on the Hawks, the NBA,
and maybe a few other subjects as well. Want to participate? Submit questions
and comments to us at
and we will try to answer as many as we can!
Note: the opinions expressed here are not those of the Atlanta Hawks
organization or of the NBA.
Hawks En Espanol
In an effort to please Hawks fans far and wide, here is a
link to an article about new Hawks player Esteban Batista that is running on
the Spanish website Mundo Hispanico. The Web Guy is talented at many things
(particularly ping pong and tetherball), but is sadly not fluent in Spanish. So
I have no idea what it says. But,
have 15 points in his Hawks debut against Charlotte on Wednesday, including
hitting 11-11 from the charity stripe, so it must be at least somewhat
If anyone cares to fill me in on what it says, please email it in!
In other news, lets dip into the ole' email bag and see what fans are writing
With the new developmental league agreement, will players like Batista
and Grundy be farmed out for seasoning this year? When do you project we will
trade 1 of our forwards for draft picks?
- Darrell I.
According to the
agreement with the D-League, each team may assign up to two players to their
affiliate team (the Hawks share the Arkansas RimRockers with the Cavs,
Grizzlies, and Raptors), so Hawks management could choose to send either of
those two players down there if they so choose. The only players eligible for
the D-League are either rookies or sophomores, so there are only so many players
with that option available to them.
As for projecting trades, Billy Knight has certainly shown in his tenure with
the Hawks a willingness to make deals if he thought it would help the team. So,
it's safe to say if he finds a deal he likes, he won't hesitate.
Keep those questions comin' Hawks fans...
-- The Web Guy | 5:30 p.m. 10/14/05 |
Have a comment?
Hawks Make Roster Changes
As the season draws ever closer, the Hawks began to trim their roster today,
waiving center Roderick Riley and forwards Mark Strickland and Anthony Wilkins
from the training camp roster. Here is the
In other news, if you are interested in seeing the Hawks in action, you
should check out the team's
tomorrow at Woodward Academy in College Park. The doors will open at 11:30 and
the team begins practicing at noon. And the best part? It's free! The
players will be there early collecting donations for Habitat For Humanity (to be
used to build a house for displaced victims from Hurricane Katrina), and will be
signing autographs afterwards, so don't forget to bring your favorite Hawks
memorabilia. All in all, it should be a pretty good time, so definitely come
check it out!
-- The Web Guy | 10:00 a.m. 10/14/05 |
Have a comment?
NBA.com Season Preview
If you took a break from following basketball over the summer and need to
get up to speed on what the Hawks have been up to you may as well check out the
NBA.com team-by-team preview.
With a season outlook, fantasy watch, coaching analysis, roster moves and much
more the previews have you covered.
Here's a trivia question for you: How many Hawks have won the NBA All-Star
slam dunk contest? The answer is in the preview.
-- The Web Guy | 12:25 p.m. 10/13/05 |
Have a comment?
Preseason Opening Thoughts
The first Hawks (preseason) game is in the books, as the good guys
last night to the Magic at Philips Arena. Here is
recap as well from the AJC's Sekou Smith, as well as a
short feature he did on Joe Johnson.
Though the team lost, there was plenty to be happy about from the game. Here
is one (web) guy's two cents on the first night of action:
Pachulia finished a fast break with an across-the-basket reverse layup, showing
surprising athleticism. He finished the night tied for the team lead with 18
points, mixing an impressive mid-range game with a tenaciousness under the
basket, getting to the line for ten free throws (of which he made eight).
Joe Johnson also scored 18 points, quietly I might add. That has always
impressed me about his game - it doesn't seem like he has done anything to stand
out, but then you look up and he has compiled quite a little stat sheet. Last
night he had seven assists and seven rebounds to go with his 18 points. He
seemed to force things a little at times in his attempts to get his teammates
involved, but you can chalk that up to unfamiliarity. As Johnson gets to know
his teammates better he will learn their tendencies and where they like the
ball, and you will see those types of turnovers decrease. Most of the night
though Johnson looked at ease in the playmaker role. One play in particular
stood out, where Johnson drove the lane, allowing the defense to collapse on
him, at which point he found Salim Stoudamire in the corner for a
wide-open jump shot. Look for those types of plays to occur early and often if
the Hawks are to be successful on offense this season.
saw significant playing time last night. Stoudamire didn't have his best night
shooting, hitting only 2-7 from the field, but that's no biggie. Marvin finished
the night in double figures with 12, including 8-9 from the charity stripe, and
looked like he was starting to gain confidence in himself as the game wore on.
He needs to get a little stronger around the hoop, but then again he is only 19
years old, so cut him some slack, jeez!
definitely missed. Lue gives the team a legit option at the point position, and
might have allowed the team to slide JJ over during parts of the game and
operate more as a scorer. That's not to say Stoudamire can't also provide that,
but having not played the point in college, it will take him some time to adjust
to that role.
turnovers, no surprise for the preseason. The Magic were able to consistently
get points when they needed them to maintain a small lead throughout the fourth
quarter, and every time the Hawks would force a miss Orlando were able to grab
an offensive board. But with Coach Woodson's reputation as a defense-first
coach, you can bet that the team will be working on that big time as the season
Here are some pics from the first game, courtesy of Hawks photographer Scott
Smiles abound as the Hawks took the court for the first time in 05-06
Zaza takes it to the hole
Salim shows his lefty form
Marvin got to the basket often in his Hawks debut
Joe Johnson - future fantasy basketball stud
-- The Web Guy | 11:30 a.m. 10/12/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Preseason Opener
the Hawks hit the court for the first time in the preseason opener against
Orlando at Philips Arena. This is the only chance Hawks fans will have to see
the team up close and personal at home during the preseason, so hopefully the
guys will put on a good show.
Tonight marks the long-awaited and much-anticipated debuts of Joe Johnson and
Marvin Williams, the two highest profile additions to the team. But, don't
forget about another new addition as well, second-round pick Salim Stoudamire.
Stoudamire lit up the summer league in Salt Lake City, scoring 39 points in one
game, and will not hesitate to fire away if given the opportunity. We will also
see the debuts tonight of Zaza Pachulia and John Edwards in the post, as they
compete with incumbent Jason Collier for the starting spot down low.
It's just the preseason, so don't get too excited about anything good that
happens or too upset about anything that goes wrong, but hopefully the team can
give a glimpse into what Hawks fans can expect in the upcoming season.
I know I'm ready to get it started. Who's with me?
-- The Web Guy | 5:30 p.m. 10/11/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Smile For The Cameraa
was picture day at training camp at Philips Arena. You know those video
greetings you see up on the scoreboard, or clips of players telling you to make
some noise? They were all filmed today. So were headshots, media guide pictures,
billboards pictures, video clips of players talking about their favorite TV
show, Gatorade flavor, athlete, etc. You get the picture Actually, you don't
because our flash card reader is on the fritz, but we'll see what we can do
The mood was pretty light as the players gave each other a
over their answers and tried to top each other with their poses. I've
got to say, some of the pictures are going to turn out really well. Josh Smith
had some great facial expressions and poses and Jason Collier looked like a
beast. Back in the video room Anthony Grundy had trouble keeping a straight face
giving his answers to the questions and John Edwards delivered a pretty good
rendition of 'In Da Club.' While the guys were pretty loose around the cameras
you can tell they're going to be all business once the season starts.
-- The Web Guy | 4:00
p.m. 10/10/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Coach Woodson & Marvin Williams Interviews
The Hawks were back on the practice court again today and we were
able to catch up with first round draft pick Marvin Williams and Head Coach Mike
Woodson for some audio interviews as they discussed the first week of Training
-- The Web Guy | 2:04 p.m. 10/7/05 |
Have a comment?
Alum Royal Ivey On The Red River Shootout
Well, seeing as a
certain web guy for a certain NBA team (hint: ME) is an alum of the University
of Texas, and seeing as Hawks guard Royal Ivey is also a Longhorn, we were able
to get Royal's prediction on the huge
Texas-Oklahoma game this Saturday.
here for Royal's game breakdown (not surprisingly, he thinks big things are
in store for Vince Young and co. on Saturday).
Hook 'em Horns!
-- The Web Guy | 1:30 p.m. 10/7/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Day Three
Through three days of camp, the Hawks are still spending most of their time
doing conditioning drills and working on getting in game shape. After two days
of, ummm, two-a-days, the Hawks practiced just once on Thursday, as the coaching
staff started to introduce some of the offensive plays and defensive
The mood around camp looks good. The players pay attention when the coaches
are instructing, but they still look like they are enjoying themselves. With
eight players returning from last year's squad, there is a great deal of
cameraderie, which you like to see in terms of building team chemistry. At the
end of practice Marvin Williams engaged in what appeared to be an
impromptu three-point shooting match with assistant coach Larry Drew,
with Drew showing he still has the touch that saw him average in double figures
in a ten-year NBA career.
Not enough for ya? Here are some more pics as well:
Woodson leads the team through some offensive drills
Harrington and Joe Johnson under the lights
Sorry, having a little fun with the digital camera
Harrington works on his form
-- The Web Guy | 4:30 p.m. 10/6/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Catching Up With Steve
Steve Smith was a great player for the Hawks during his
tenure in Atlanta (he was here from 1994-99), and is known as one of the class
acts of the NBA. After announcing his retirement from basketball at his alma
mater Michigan State (in a building he donated to the University, no less) last
week, he joined the Hawks this week as the color commentator for the team's TV
was at Philips Arena Tuesday to check out the team, and while there gave us a
few minutes to talk about his new role with the team and what it means to him to
be back in Atlanta.
How does it feel to be back with an organization you spent so much time
with like Atlanta?
Steve Smith: Covering the team will be great. I get to come back to a
city I always knew I would make my home. I get a chance to be around the
organization and stay involved in the NBA. It will be fun, getting to travel
with the team and getting to come to practices, but this time I don't have to
run sprints or anything.
You were supposed to join the Hawks broadcasts last year, but decided at
the last minute to remain active (Smith began the year with Charlotte and ended
with the Miami Heat). Any chance we may still see you on the court again?
SS: No, no, no (laughing). I had that itch last year, I just
wasn't ready. Now I know it's time. I still have the itch a little, but it's
time to close that chapter of my life. It was a great chapter, but now it's time
for a new one. I am a rookie at this, but I'm looking forward to it.
What will be the biggest challenge to transitioning from playing the game
on the court to talking about it off of it?
SS: Wanting to be out there will be the biggest thing. What's good
about this though is I get the chance to be around a good group of guys and get
a chance to watch basketball and impart some of the knowledge and insight of all
the things I've been through in 14 years of basketball.
How well do you feel like you know the team?
SS: Well, what's great is I know the city, not just the team. I have
always followed the Hawks, because this is where I had my most success. It's a
place I've always wanted to live, and we've been here every summer. So now I get
a chance to be back around the organization full-time and have some fun with it.
At the end of practice Tuesday, Coach Woodson called you over from the
sidelines into the huddle with all the players. What did he have to say?
SS: He was pretty much just introducing me as the new analyst, but he
was very complimentary towards me. He told the guys I've been through a lot in
this league and to pick my brain when I am around. It was really nice. Mike
Woodson is a class act; he really didn't have to do that, but he surprised me.
-- The Web Guy | 3:00 p.m. 10/5/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Day Two
Practice continues today with two practices, and everyone still appears ready to
go. Cleaning up a few things from the past couple days, let's dip into the ole'
mailbag and see what the fans are asking about:
Who is projected to be the starting 5 for the Hawks?
Thanks for writing in EJ. The answer to your question is very simple...we
have no idea!
Billy Knight's tenure as the GM for the Hawks, he has made a conscious effort to
bring in players with the versatility to play several positions. In addition,
Mike Woodson showed no hesitancy in his first season to try different
combinations of players in an attempt to find the right group to have on the
As we begin training camp, it doesn't look like that approach will be any
different. The Hawks have several players who will be in the mix for playing
time, and honestly, there are probably only two players you can write into the
opening intros with a pen - Al Harrington and Joe Johnson.
Jason Collier and
Zaza Pachulia figure to compete for time at center if you want to narrow
that position down to two, but after that, there are a lot of combinations
Woodson could consider.
Josh Smith could be featured anywhere from shooting guard to power
forward, for example. Even someone like Salim Stoudamire could be seen at
either guard spot if he is in with Johnson running the point.
Our best guess is, don't expect the starting lineup to mean too much,
especially early on - there are a lot of players on the team that will have the
opportunity to contribute whether they start or not.
Keep the questions coming out there, we will try to answer as many as we can.
-- The Web Guy | 1:00 p.m. 10/5/05 |
Have a comment?
Training Camp: Day One
After glad-handing the local press during Media Day on Monday, today it was time
for the Hawks to actually hit the court and practice for the first time as a
team in 05-06. First reaction? Everyone looks great. We will probably have a
story about this in the coming weeks, but some of the guys just look like they
are in tremendous shape, especially Josh Smith. Man, that guy has added
some muscle. Words can't really describe it, you are just going to have to take
our word for it until you see him play in person.
Hawk Talk Online
yesterday, you might have heard Al Harrington talk about how he boxed to
stay in shape this summer, and he looks great as well. Give credit to head coach
Mike Woodson for one thing - his players know what to expect from him during
workouts, an they all appear to be ready for the rigors of training camp. That's
gotta make him happy. Plus, with few established roles on the team, nearly
everyone on the roster, including newcomer Zaza Pachulia (right),
is out to prove they are deserving of significant playing time.
Right now the players are doing two-a-day practices, going from roughly 10:00
- noon in the morning and then 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the evening. After the
morning practice we caught up to the one of the guys who does figure to have his
playing time fairly established, Joe Johnson, to get his thoughts on the
first day of camp:
What was it like finally getting out there with your new teammates?
Joe Johnson: It was cool, we had a lot of fun. We are working hard and
competing. There are a lot of drills and conditioning for right now. We just
need to work together to develop some chemistry and then I think we will be
What had you heard about Coach Woodson before camp started?
JJ: Well we have talked, we had dinner together, talked about the
season and stuff like that. He is a great guy. I know he expects a lot from us,
and we just have to work hard every day right now to get ready for the season.
Does camp seem as intense as you expected under a guy like Coach Woodson?
JJ: Pretty much. You don't know how each day is going to go, you just
have to come out and put your best foot forward and just go from there. I'm just
ready to get it started.
Care to take a look inside? Here are some photos from the first day back on
Coach Woodson explaining a defensive stance to Royal Ivey and Anthony Grundy
The players line up for three-man drills
Hawks strength coach Pete Radulovic leads the team through stretches
Hawks co-owner Dominique Wilkins talks with new Hawks broadcaster Steve Smith
-- The Web Guy | 5:30 p.m. 10/4/05 |
Have a comment?
Media Day Update
day is over, and all of the local media came by to get their first look at the
team. Media day is a busy, busy day for the players, as they sit at tables to do
interviews, take pictures for publications, and film various team and
league-related video spots.
Tomorrow the guys will hit the floor for their first set of practices, and
then the real fun begins (not that media day isn't fun, but how many times can
you answer the same question before your eyes start to roll back in your
We will have in-depth interviews and updates as training camp gets underway,
so be on the lookout for that. The preseason opener is just eight days away!
-- The Web Guy | 6:00 p.m. 10/3/05 |
Have a comment?
Hawk Talk Online
just finished the latest episode of Hawk Talk Online, a special 2005-06 Media
Day Edition, with in-studio guests Sekou Smith of the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution and Hawks players Joe Johnson, Tyronn Lue,
Jason Collier, Al Harrington and Hawks co-owner Dominique Wilkins
and Hawks Exec. VP & GM Billy Knight.
-- The Web Guy | 3:30 p.m. 10/3/05 |
Have a comment?
Hawks Media Day
Alright, it's just about that
time...who's getting pumped? Though the players hit the court together for the
first time tomorrow, today they will gather on the Hawks practice court to meet
all of the local media types. We will be taping the season's first episode of
Hawk Talk Online
while we are there, so be sure to check for that later today or perhaps
tomorrow. We will be gathering tons of player interviews while we are down there
as well, so we should have a ton of new stuff for you to listen to about this
year's version of the team.
Back in a few hours!
-- The Web Guy | 12:30 p.m. 10/3/05 |
Have a comment?
Hawks Fantasy News
season is getting close, with training camp starting next week. Man, it is hard
to believe the off-season is already (just about) over. As the season
approaches, we will definitely be blogging it up big time. For now, you should
check out the NBA's
preview on the Hawks. Don't sleep on the Hawks this year for fantasy
leagues - Josh Childress was a double-double machine towards the end of
last season, and Josh Smith blocks more shots from the guard position
than maybe any player in the league (he plays a lot of minutes at forward, but
he should still qualify as a guard in most leagues).
Then of course there is Joe Johnson, who figures to be a big-time stat
stuffer for the team, especially if he handles the point. Johnson has been one
of the league-leaders in minutes per game the last couple seasons, and that
doesn't figure to change much - plus his three-point shooting provides a big
boost to his value in leagues where that stat is kept (not a guarantee, but it
counted in mine last year, so who knows?).
-- The Web Guy | 3:30 p.m. 9/26/05
Check Out The New Site!
After lots of time and effort, we are happy to announce the re-launch of
the Hawks.com homepage! Take a look at
the new design and tell us what
Hopefully the new model will be a little easier on the eyes and easier to
Some of the highlights:
. As team photographer Scott
Cunningham says, the NBA is a more vertical game than horizontal - so hopefully
the new picture sizes will capture the action on the court a little better.
new rotating top story, illustrating the biggest news in Hawks country with
the upper right-hand side of the page!
on the page (on the right-hand side), so it should be easier to find out when
and where the next games and community events are!
Check it out, we hope you
-- The Web Guy | 5:00 p.m. 9/1/05
Photos From Joe Johnson's Press
Well, the Web Guy took some pictures with his digital camera on
Friday, but often times that sorta thing is best left up to the pros. Here are
some pics from the event, straight from the lens of Hawks photographer
extraordinaire Scott Cunningham:
Alley-oop to Josh Smith?
coach Mike Woodson, Johnson, and Hawks Executive VP and GM Billy Knight
press conference took place on the main court at Philips Arena
-- The Web Guy | 10:15 p.m. 8/22/05
Joe Johnson Lands With The Hawks
After a few weeks of build up and anticipation,
finally joined the team of his choice on Friday. The Hawks introduced Johnson to
the Atlanta media on the main court of Philips Arena amidst much applause from
everyone in attendance. Earlier in the day Atlanta finally consummated a
sign-and-trade with Phoenix, acquiring the versatile player for a package
including Boris Diaw and two future conditional first-round picks.
the press conference,
Hawks.com had a chance to catch up to the brand new face of the franchise
for Five Questions:
Hawks.com: What does this day mean to you?
Joe Johnson: It means a lot. It's been a long process, and I am
glad to have it all over with. Just to get back to the South, where I grew up,
getting a fresh start, it's just great.
Hawks.com: People question
your ability to play point guard, but (Hawks Executive VP and GM) Billy Knight
says positions are overrated. What do you think?
JJ: I think
it's great to be able to play multiple places on the floor, because it means you
can help out in different ways. If the team makes a substitution, I can move to
the 2 if need be, or the 3, or even the 4 if that's what is needed. I think I'm
in a great situation here, and I am willing to do whatever the coaches ask me
Would you play some center if needed?
JJ: No doubt. Whatever Coach Woodson wants, I've got. I've got
his back 100%.
Hawks.com: You have played with Amare Stoudemire in
Phoenix, and now you join Josh Smith in Atlanta. So who is the better dunker?
JJ: Wow, that is tough. Josh has a lot of style, but Amare has more power. I
would say Josh has a little more finesse, and Amare is a little more powerful.
But they are both great dunkers.
Hawks.com: Some people have said they
think your contract is too big for a player with your experience - but it's very
similar to when Orlando shelled out ($93 million over seven years) for Tracy
McGrady. Do you think you are in a similar situation?
think there are maybe some similarities, but I'm not worried about comparisons.
This is my chance to show what I can do, and the best is yet to come. I'm just
looking forward to getting out here to start playing.
-- The Web Guy | 5:15 p.m. 8/19/05
Hunting and Pecking With Harry The Hawk
All I can say is wow. I've never been one to toot my own horn, but I can't
believe I made the national media yesterday! I mean, it's one thing to get a
national mention on a prestigious website like
SI.com, but to be talked about
an article by Jay Mohr?
The Jay Mohr?
I have been a fan of Mohr's since I first learned
how to flap my wings. We only got 3 channels in our nest growing up, and when my
mother was out looking for food on Saturday nights I often would stay up to
watch him on Saturday Night Live. The four skits he was in during
his three years on the show were my favorites!
Mohr was always a role model for me growing up as a young mascot. In
honing my craft, I often referenced his nuanced, textured work in hilarious
films such as
The Adventures Of Pluto Nash and Are We There Yet?
And when things were tough, I didn't get discouraged. I saw how well Mohr
responded to all of his disappointments, like the TV shows Action
and ESPN's Mohr Sports, and said to myself, "Hey, if Jay Mohr can
bounce back so can I!"
Thanks to the life lessons I learned from Mohr, I
eventually realized my dream of working for the Hawks. Now I get to perform at
every home game and entertain people, just like he does.
I never thought
my idol would notice the work I do at games, but I guess dreams do come true. My
new dream? Maybe someday Mohr will come down to a Hawks game and entertain the
fans with me. If he is half as funny with me as he was in
Jane Austen's Mafia!, we'll bring the house down!
-- Harry The Hawk | 2:15 p.m. 8/11/05