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Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

Returning from a lackluster road trip and hosting the slumping Chicago Sky, the Atlanta Dream needed some home cooking on its annual Pride Night. It didn’t get it. The Dream’s offense couldn’t keep pace in an 82-78 loss Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta (5-6) has lost five of its last six games. “Tough game to lose,” Dream coach Michael Cooper said. “But...


Hawks draft Collins after his rapid rise

Hawks draft Collins after his rapid rise

Maybe John Collins surprised himself. Maybe not. Collins entered Wake Forest as a three-star recruit two years ago. He averaged just 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes a game as a freshman. That was just the beginning. Collins took a huge step forward and averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 27 minutes as a sophomore. He earned All-ACC first-team and ACC Most Improved Player honors. The...
Fans react: Hawks draft Wake Forest’s John Collins

Fans react: Hawks draft Wake Forest’s John Collins

With the No. 19 overall pick in Thursday night’s 2017 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Wake Forest power forward John Collins. Collins, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds last season with the Demon Deacons. “We’re very excited to add John to the Atlanta Hawks,” Hawks general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk said....
Cordinier arrives in Atlanta, will play summer league

Cordinier arrives in Atlanta, will play summer league

Isaia Cordinier, the Hawks’ second-round pick from last year, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday and will play in the team’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Cordinier, the 44th overall pick, played in his native France last season for Olympique Antibes of the Pro A League. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he expects draft picks John Collins and Tyler Dorsey from this...
Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Jaron Blossomgame, a Chattahoochee High grad and former Clemson forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at pick No. 59 in the NBA draft. Blossomgame considered entering the draft last year before electing to stay in school. He said he worked out for 13 teams, including the Spurs, before Thursday. In the one-and-done era, college seniors typically slip. Five years at Clemson provided the &ldquo...
Hawks select Oregon’s Dorsey in second round (updated)

Hawks select Oregon’s Dorsey in second round (updated)

The Hawks selected Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey with their first second-round pick, No. 41 overall, in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Dorsey, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season. He shot .423 (88 of 208) from 3-point range, a strength. Dorsey raised his draft profile with an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 23.8 points...
Surprise, Hawks able to select Wake Forest’s Collins at No. 19

Surprise, Hawks able to select Wake Forest’s Collins at No. 19

The Hawks didn’t expect John Collins to be available. He was. So, they quickly selected the sophomore power forward from Wake Forest with the No. 19 pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday. “Our philosophy is going to be best player available,” general manager Travis Schlenk said. “We had him ranked in the top 15. He was on the board. We went with him.” Collins, 6-foot-10,...
De’Aaron Fox goes to Sacramento Kings at No. 5

De’Aaron Fox goes to Sacramento Kings at No. 5

The Sacramento Kings added Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft. Fox is a high energy, defensive-minded guard who reportedly impressed teams with his fiery play. While his shot is a work in progress, Fox’s athletic ability makes him as tantalizing a prospect as any in this class. Facing fellow point guard Lonzo Ball, selected second by Los Angeles, in...
Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson fourth overall

Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson fourth overall

The Phoenix Suns added another piece to their young core, taking Kansas forward Josh Jackson with the fourth pick in the NBA draft. Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3 assists at Kansas. Jackson is cut from a similar cloth of fellow former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins. Jackson is among the best pure athletes in the class. While his jump shot is concerning, he showed signs of life down the stretch...
Boston Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with third pick

Boston Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with third pick

The Boston Celtics, having passed on the opportunity to pick first in the 2017 NBA draft, selected Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick. Tatum is highly regarded by scouts for his isolation scoring prowess. Tatum is a classic one-on-one type player, coincidently compared often with former Celtics forward Paul Pierce. While not an excellent shooter, Tatum has an advanced offensive repertoire...
Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA’s Lonzo Ball second overall

Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA’s Lonzo Ball second overall

The Los Angeles Lakers, as expected, selected UCLA product Lonzo Ball with the second pick in the NBA draft. Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists while guiding the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in his only season in Westwood. Ball drew praise for controlling an up-tempo and excelling as a passer. Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar, had been vocal about their desire to see...
Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall

Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Fultz, considered the consensus top prospect by most draft outlets, averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season with the Huskies. Washington has had back-to-back top eight draft choices, with Marquese Chriss going eighth to Phoenix in 2016. Philadelphia acquired the first pick from...
Schlenk: Several teams showed ‘significant interest’ in Howard

Schlenk: Several teams showed ‘significant interest’ in Howard

The Hawks had several teams show “significant interest” in Dwight Howard before the team traded the center to the Hornets on Tuesday. New general manager Travis Schlenk insisted the move does not signal a rebuild. Schlenk said three or four teams inquired about Howard when he first took the job and began speaking to other teams around the league. “When I first got the job, one of...
Despite perception, Dwight Howard is Hall of Famer

Despite perception, Dwight Howard is Hall of Famer

The past five years haven’t been great for Dwight Howard’s career. Despite putting together many very good seasons, the overall perception of Howard has sunk since he left Orlando in 2012. While with the Magic, Howard was dominant and even carried an underwhelming roster to the 2008 NBA Finals. But due to locker room drama and some bad relationships with media, many fans have viewed Howard...
Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But...
Draft Day Thread: Best player available? (updated)

Draft Day Thread: Best player available? (updated)

The first-round draft board from a year ago. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)   UPDATE: The Hawks selected Wake Forest sophomore power forward John Collins with the 19th pick.
What Millsap max contract looks like with new salary-cap projection

What Millsap max contract looks like with new salary-cap projection

Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday night that NBA teams have been informed that the 2017-18 salary cap is now projected to be $99 million. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that a memo was sent to teams with the adjusted figure. That is a $5 million increase from last season, but a $2 million decrease than the once projected $101 million. Four-time All-Star power forward Paul Millsap of the Hawks...
LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

The countdown to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta reaches a milestone today: 200 days to go. On Jan. 8, the college football championship will be decided at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, marking the first time the sport’s champion will be crowned in Atlanta. Two hundred days may seem like a lot of time. For event organizers, it’s not. The Atlanta Football Host...
Hawks assistant Spahija named head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Hawks assistant Spahija named head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Hawks assistant coach Neven Spahija has been named head basketball coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and will return overseas to continue his career. Spahija’s agent, Danko Drakulic, posted on Twitter that a contract had been signed. David Pick reported that the deal runs through 2020 with the team in Israel. Spahija indicated such a deal probable earlier this week. Spahija, from Croatia, joined the...
Five players the Hawks could select at No. 19

Five players the Hawks could select at No. 19

The Hawks have the No. 19 overall pick of the first round in Thursday’s NBA Draft. General manager Travis Schlenk said the Hawks are looking at nine players the team figures to be available with the selection. Schlenk declined to identify the specific players but has said the Hawks will draft the best player available with an emphasis on character, length and athleticism. Here are five players...
My analysis of Howard trade: It was about locker room not court

My analysis of Howard trade: It was about locker room not court

The Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard squeezes the ball before the start of play against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) Dwight Howard didn’t change. The Atlanta native is no longer a member of the Hawks. The former eight All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year did little about a reputation that...
What the Howard trade means for the Hawks

What the Howard trade means for the Hawks

The Dwight Howard era is over in Atlanta. What many considered an unmovable contract was indeed movable. The Hawks traded the Atlanta native Howard to the Hornets late Tuesday night in the first move by new general manager Travis Schlenk. The deal returned Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli. The teams also swapped second-round picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft with the Hawks sending No. 31 for No...
Dwight Howard asks for trade, draft predictions 9 minutes before trade to Hornets

Dwight Howard asks for trade, draft predictions 9 minutes before trade to Hornets

Nine minutes before news broke that Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was part of a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, Howard asked his Twitter followers if they had any thoughts about NBA trades or the upcoming NBA Draft. The news that Howard and the Hawks’ 31st pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft would be traded for Hornets’ Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick in...
Going to Philips Arena will cost an extra $3 per ticket

Going to Philips Arena will cost an extra $3 per ticket

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, the early buzz in Atlanta sports. Hawks fans and others attending events at Philips Arena will pay an additional $3 per ticket as part of the deal to renovate the arena. The facility-admissions surcharge will go toward, among other things, the cost of traffic management around Philips. According to the terms of the deal, it is the responsibility of the Hawks “to...
Dwight Howard gone? Yes, and the Hawks’ rebuild has begun

Dwight Howard gone? Yes, and the Hawks’ rebuild has begun

Dwight Howard, shown not playing in an elimination game. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical broke the news that the Atlanta Hawks are sending Dwight Howard to Charlotte for Marco Belinelli and Mason Plumlee and an exchange of Round 2 picks.
Hawks trade Dwight Howard to Hornets (updated)

Hawks trade Dwight Howard to Hornets (updated)

The Dwight Howard homecoming lasted one season. The Hawks traded the Atlanta native to the Hornets on Tuesday. The deal was agreed upon in the evening and made official after a late-night trade call. The Hawks receive Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and a second-round pick, No. 41, in Thursday’s NBA Draft in the deal. The Hawks will also send a second-round pick, No. 31 overall in this draft...
Hawks in College Park now a ‘G League’ team

Hawks in College Park now a ‘G League’ team

NBA players who go to the minors won’t go to the D-League anymore. As of Tuesday, the NBA changed the name of the NBA Development League to the NBA G League.  That’s G as in Gatorade.  “This is a pivotal moment for the NBA G League,” G League President Malcolm Turner said in a news release Tuesday. “The league is experiencing unprecedented success both on and...
My Boston Globe mock draft pick for the Hawks was ….

My Boston Globe mock draft pick for the Hawks was ….

Jarrett Allen of the Texas Longhorns drives to the basket on Lucas Siewert of the Colorado Buffaloes in the first half during the consolation game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center on November 22, 2016 in Brooklyn.
Even with prospect of no Millsap, Hawks not focused on big in draft

Even with prospect of no Millsap, Hawks not focused on big in draft

The Hawks need a big man. Maybe two or three. Paul Millsap leads a list of the Hawks’ unrestricted free agents that includes Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova. The roster will have just one center (Dwight Howard) and one power forward (Ryan Kelly) come July 1. Don’t expect that the Hawks, despite what appears to be a glaring need, will select a center or power forward during the NBA Draft...
LEADOFF: Hawks ‘set to begin’ Philips Arena renovation today

LEADOFF: Hawks ‘set to begin’ Philips Arena renovation today

The Atlanta City Council late Monday voted to approve the deal to renovate Philips Arena, and the Hawks will waste no time getting started. Asked when the work will begin, Hawks spokesman Garin Narain responded Monday night: “Construction is set to begin tomorrow.” Philips Arena hosted its final event until next basketball season Saturday and will be closed for approximately the next...
Schlenk: ‘No pressure’ for Hawks to move up in NBA Draft

Schlenk: ‘No pressure’ for Hawks to move up in NBA Draft

The Hawks are stuck in the middle. The team enters Thursday’s NBA Draft with the No. 19 overall pick of the first round. This year’s draft has a core group of 11 players, point-guard laden, that most around the league consider to be the top of the class. That leaves the Hawks to select from a group of players that could be chosen anywhere between 12th overall to early second round. New...
Iwundu may be without a position — and that’s a good thing

Iwundu may be without a position — and that’s a good thing

Wesley Iwundu is position-less. And that’s a good thing. The Kansas State senior is listed as a shooting guard, but his versatility — on offense and defense — will be a plus in today’s evolving NBA. Iwundu worked out for the Hawks last week ahead of the NBA Draft on Thursday and could be a possibility for a team with three selections at Nos. 19, 31 and 60. “Right now...
Swanigan, Blossomgame among those to work out for Hawks Friday

Swanigan, Blossomgame among those to work out for Hawks Friday

The Hawks had several power forwards and shooting guards in for a workout on Friday ahead of next week’s NBA Draft. Among the power forwards were Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame. Swanigan, a sophomore, averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last season. He is ranked as the No. 27 prospect by Draft Express. Blossomgame, a senior, averaged 17.7 points and 6...
Hawks will look for length and athletic ability, not need, in draft

Hawks will look for length and athletic ability, not need, in draft

Travis Schlenk sent text messages. The Hawks’ general manager watched from high in an Atlanta hotel, his temporary home, as the Golden State Warriors won another NBA championship with a Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Schlenk wanted those in his employ to get a better idea of how his former team won its second title in three years. The players on that roster share...
Hawks open summer-league play against Nets

Hawks open summer-league play against Nets

The Hawks will play the Nets, Pelicans and Bulls in their first three games of the Las Vegas Summer League. The schedule of the first games in the tournament that runs from July 7-17 on the campus of the UNLV was released Thursday. The Hawks’ entry will play: The Nets at 8 p.m. (ET) July 7 at Cox Pavilion on NBA TV. The Pelicans at 4 p.m. (ET) July 9 at Cox Pavilion...
Oklahoma State’s Evans among those to work out for Hawks on Thursday

Oklahoma State’s Evans among those to work out for Hawks on Thursday

Jawun Evans, a former Oklahoma State point guard, is among six players who will work out for the Hawks on Thursday ahead of the NBA Draft. Evans, a sophomore, is ranked as the No. 29 draft prospect by Draft Express. He averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season. The Hawks have three selections in the June 22 draft, Nos. 19, 31 and 60. Evans would be a candidate for either of the...
Schlenk on Millsap: He ‘might get better offers than we can make him’

Schlenk on Millsap: He ‘might get better offers than we can make him’

The Hawks want to keep Paul Millsap but there likely will not be a maximum contract offer made to the four-time All-Star power forward. New general manager Travis Schlenk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that retaining Millsap remains a priority. However, he acknowledged that Millsap may receive better offers elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent next month. “We are going to make Paul...
Gonzaga’s Karnowski part of Hawks’ pre-draft workout Wednesday

Gonzaga’s Karnowski part of Hawks’ pre-draft workout Wednesday

The Hawks had six players in for workouts on Wednesday ahead of the NBA Draft including Gonzaga center Prezemek Karnowski. Karnowski averaged 12.2 point and 5.8 rebounds as a senior for Gonzaga last season that including the NCAA National Championship game. Also in for a workout were: * Jabari Bird, the California senior shooting guard who averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. * Milton...
Final list of early-entry candidates for NBA Draft

Final list of early-entry candidates for NBA Draft

The NBA Draft will be held on June 22 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) The NBA released the final list of players that will remain early-entry candidates for the 2017 draft on Tuesday.
500,000 Atlanta homes watched NBA Finals Game 5

500,000 Atlanta homes watched NBA Finals Game 5

More than 500,000 homes in the Atlanta TV market watched Monday night as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA championship. ABC’s telecast of NBA Finals-clinching Game 5 posted a 21.0 rating in Atlanta, higher than in any other metered market outside the states of the participating teams. Two markets in California (San Francisco-Oakland and Sacramento) and two...
Syracuse’s Lydon, UCLA’s Leaf among those to work out for Hawks Tuesday

Syracuse’s Lydon, UCLA’s Leaf among those to work out for Hawks Tuesday

Tyler Lydon and TJ Leaf highlighted a group of six players who worked out for the Hawks on Tuesday ahead of the NBA Draft. Lydon, a forward from Syracuse, averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds last season as a sophomore. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Lydon is ranked as the No. 22 prospect by Draft Express. Leaf, a power forward from UCLA, averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last season as a freshman...
Ex-UGA star Frazier to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Ex-UGA star Frazier to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Georgia point guard J.J. Frazier was one of six players to work out for the Hawks on Monday ahead of the NBA Draft. Frazier, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound senior, averaged 19.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds for Georgia this season. The Hawks hosted five other players, including four ranked in the Top 100 prospects by Draft Express. SMU’s Semi Ojeleye is ranked No. 28 by Draft Express. The...
Hawks likely looking to select big man at No. 19

Hawks likely looking to select big man at No. 19

Justin Patton (23) of the Creighton Bluejays handles the ball against the Rhode Island Rams during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California.
Indiana’s Bryant, BYU’s Mika work out for Hawks

Indiana’s Bryant, BYU’s Mika work out for Hawks

The Hawks had a couple of big men in for workouts on Friday with Indiana center Thomas Bryant and BYU center Eric Mika visiting Atlanta. The two were part of a workout group that included North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Kansas guard Frank Mason, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu and Notre Dame small forward V.J. Beachem. Bryant, 6-foot-10, 241 pounds, is the No. 38 ranked prospect by Draft...
North Carolina’s Jackson impresses Hawks in pre-draft workout

North Carolina’s Jackson impresses Hawks in pre-draft workout

Justin Jackson has performed on the biggest stage. It has served the North Carolina junior forward well in preparation for the coming NBA Draft. Jackson has played in two consecutive NCAA Championship games, winning this year’s national title with the Tar Heels. He is well aware of the scrutiny that comes with such success. Jackson worked out for the Hawks on Friday in advance of the draft on...
Iwundu works out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Iwundu works out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Wesley Iwundu, the Kansas State shooting guard, worked out for the Hawks on Friday in advance of the NBA Draft. The Hawks were the 12th stop for the senior, who has six more workouts scheduled. Iwundu, 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. He had 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists in an NCAA Tournament win over Wake Forest. He had 19 points, four...
Hawks get second look at Utah’s Kuzma

Hawks get second look at Utah’s Kuzma

The Hawks got another look at Kyle Kuzma with a second pre-NBA draft workout this week. The Utah power forward worked out for the Hawks on Thursday. The 6-foot-9, 221-pound power forward also worked was in Atlanta in late April. Kuzma is ranked the No. 42 draft prospect by Draft Express. Among the others to work out for the Hawks this week were Texas center Jarrett Allen, North Carolina point guard...
Vanderbilt’s Kornet making NBA teams take a second look

Vanderbilt’s Kornet making NBA teams take a second look

Luke Kornet turned heads. Now plenty of teams want a second look at the 7-foot-1 center from Vanderbilt in advance of the NBA Draft. Kornet dealt with a left knee injury for much of his senior season at the SEC school. Following a recent workout held by his agency, Tandem Sports and Entertainment, interest in the versatile big man has grown. Kornet worked out for the Hawks on Thursday, his eighth...
Britt hopes to turn heads, get summer league invitation

Britt hopes to turn heads, get summer league invitation

Now, it’s time for Nate Britt to show what he can do outside the North Carolina system. The senior point guard was part of the Tar Heels’ back-to-back NCAA national championship-game appearances, including the title-winning team this year. Britt is working out for teams ahead of the NBA Draft in hopes of showing off his individual skills. He worked out for the Hawks on Tuesday and expects...
Beachem, Peak to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Beachem, Peak to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

V.J. Beachem and L.J. Peak will have a pre-draft workouts with the Hawks, both said after sessions with other teams Wednesday. Beachem, a forward from Notre Dame, completed a workout with the Hornets on Wednesday and will head to Atlanta. Beachem, 6-foot-8, 200 pounds, averaged 14.5 points during his senior season at Notre Dame. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 34.2 minutes in 36 games. Draft Express...
North Carolina’s Jackson, Vanderbilt’s Kornet to work out for Hawks

North Carolina’s Jackson, Vanderbilt’s Kornet to work out for Hawks

Justin Jackson and Luke Kornet will have a pre-draft workout for the Hawks this week. North Carolina’s Jackson, the ACC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American, will be in Atlanta on Friday. Vanderbilt’s Kornet will be in Thursday. Jackson led North Carolina in scoring at 18.4 points per game on the way to an NCAA national championship during his junior season. A 6-foot-8, 193-pound...
LEADOFF: College Football Playoff puts ‘game plan in place’ for Atlanta

LEADOFF: College Football Playoff puts ‘game plan in place’ for Atlanta

College Football Playoff staffers made another of their regular visits to Atlanta on Tuesday, continuing preparations to hold the upcoming season’s national championship game here. “We’ve got a number of staff, different contractors (and) partners from ESPN here, as we do every month, to be able to put a game plan in place,” CFP chief operating officer Michael Kelly said. &ldquo...
Dwight Howard said he is working on 3-point shot

Dwight Howard said he is working on 3-point shot

Dwight Howard has been working on his shot. His 3-point shot that is. The Hawks center appeared on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Tuesday and said he has been working this offseason with his shooting coach in Atlanta to expand his game. “I’ve been working on my 3’s, really trying to add some range to my game,” Howard said. “Which is going to be weird for people...
Allen fights through long pre-draft workout with Hawks

Allen fights through long pre-draft workout with Hawks

Jarrett Allen spent a long day in Atlanta on Monday. The early-entry draft candidate had a grueling pre-draft workout with the Hawks. He also had lunch and dinner with members of the coaching staff and front office. It was well into the evening before the freshman center out of Texas was done with his visit. “They said that I did well,” Allen said. “They liked how I fought through...
Two punch U.S. Open ticket at Hawks Ridge, Love must wait

Two punch U.S. Open ticket at Hawks Ridge, Love must wait

BALL GROUND – America’s secondary school calendar continues to play havoc with the U.S. Open. First it was Phil Mickelson, who announced his intentions to skip the one major that has eluded him in order to attend his daughter’s high school graduation, scheduled for Thursday of Open (June 15). Now it is Alex Smalley’s dad faced with a sticky conflict. Terry Smalley expects to...
North Carolina’s Britt to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

North Carolina’s Britt to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

North Carolina senior point guard Nate Britt will work out for the Hawks on Tuesday in advance of the NBA Draft. Britt appeared in 151 games for the Tar Heels, including the NCAA National Championship games in 2016 and 2017. He appeared in 39 games as a senior last season and averaged 4.4 points and 2.3 assists in 19.1 minutes as a rotational player. Britt had 10 points and five assists in the Tar...
Former Hawks coach Brown recipient of Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Hawks coach Brown recipient of Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Hawks head coach Hubie Brown was named a co-recipient of the 2017 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association. Brown was honored along with long-time Warriors coach Al Attles, the NBCA announced Sunday. “I am tremendously honored to be the co-recipient of the 2017 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award because of the significance and status of the...
Will the Schlenk/Budenholzer partnership be a happy marriage?

Will the Schlenk/Budenholzer partnership be a happy marriage?

This isn’t to say that what the Hawks are doing can’t work. We’ve just seen a similar arrangement bring an Atlanta franchise within an eyelash of a championship. (More about that later.) But this is to say there’s a risk. On Friday, the Hawks introduced Travis Schlenk as head of basketball operations and general manager. The first of those responsibilities was held by the man...
Q&A with Travis Schlenk, Hawks general manager

Q&A with Travis Schlenk, Hawks general manager

The Hawks introduced Travis Schlenk as the team’s new general manager and head of basketball operations Friday. The following are questions asked of Schlenk during and after the formal news conference on several subjects, including the Hawks’ draft preparation, his scouting eye and the luxury tax. A: Obviously I’m a lot more comfortable with the second-round guys. Right now, all...
Hawks’ Schlenk has done it all — but can he do this job?

Hawks’ Schlenk has done it all — but can he do this job?

Short of setting the budget and signing checks, Travis Schlenk can pretty much do anything he wants in his new job. He can sign anybody, trade anybody, draft anybody. He can tell any player, “I’m sure you’re a fine human being, but if I give you that big of a contract, I might as well duct-tape myself to this desk chair roll into the nearest lake.” But Travis Schlenk just has...
Texas’ Allen to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

Texas’ Allen to work out for Hawks ahead of NBA Draft

With a new general manager Travis Schlenk in place, the Hawks will resume pre-NBA Draft workouts in Atlanta on Monday. One of the participants in the session will be Texas freshman center Jarrett Allen. Allen, 6-foot-11, 224 pounds, measured a 7-foot-5 1/2 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach at the NBA Scouting Combine last month. Allen led the Big 12 in field-goal percentage (.567) and Texas in rebounds...
Schlenk: There is still a place for Howard with Hawks

Schlenk: There is still a place for Howard with Hawks

There remains a place on the Hawks for Dwight Howard, according to new general manager Travis Schlenk. The Hawks signed Howard to a three-year, $70.5 million deal as an unrestricted free agent last season. There are two years remaining on the contract after an up-and-down season that had the center on the bench in the fourth quarters of several close games, including the playoffs. “Listen, Dwight...
Schlenk in charge of Hawks’ basketball operations in start of new era

Schlenk in charge of Hawks’ basketball operations in start of new era

Travis Schlenk is in charge of decisions related to the Hawks’ basketball operations. There should be no doubt. The Hawks presented their new general manager at a Philips Arena news conference on Friday. The team made the hire last week, and Schlenk officially began his tenure with the introduction. It is important to note that Schlenk’s title includes head of basketball operations. Yes...
Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan has harsh words for Hawks center Dwight Howard

Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan has harsh words for Hawks center Dwight Howard

Between segments on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan harshly criticized Hawks center Dwight Howard after the Washington Post named Howard the NBA’s 27th-best player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976. “There is no bigger towering piece of excrement than Dwight Howard, I’ll tell you that,” Ryan said, while looking over the Post&rsquo...
Lee to coach Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League entry

Lee to coach Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League entry

Charles Lee will coach the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. The Hawks will again compete in the 24-team tournament from July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Lee has been an assistant with the Hawks the past three seasons. This will be his first stint as summer league coach. Assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Taylor Jenkins have filled...
Fox Sports Southeast to air Schlenk introductory press conference

Fox Sports Southeast to air Schlenk introductory press conference

The introductory news conference for Hawks new general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk will be televised by Fox Sports Southeast on Friday. The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Philips Arena. It is not open to the public. Andre Aldridge will serve as the anchor for the network’s coverage. In addition to Schlenk, Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler is scheduled...
After trade from Hawks, Korver finds himself in NBA Finals

After trade from Hawks, Korver finds himself in NBA Finals

Kyle Korver watched last season’s NBA Finals from his couch. Now, after a midseason trade from the Hawks, he will make his first appearance in the championship series. The Hawks traded the sharp-shooting guard to the Cavaliers in January, a move that ended his four-plus year career in Atlanta and returned a first-round pick. Once the shock of the move subsided, Korver thought there was a real...
Schlenk wants to avoid bad contracts, that’s bad sign for Millsap

Schlenk wants to avoid bad contracts, that’s bad sign for Millsap

Travis Schlenk left the Golden State Warriors, the best organization in basketball, to assume control of the declining Hawks, who last claimed the title of NBA’s best in 1958. So the good news is he doesn’t have big shoes to fill. In fact, he should bring his own shoes. It’s always risky to pre-judge first-time general managers, like first-time head coaches, because they’ve...
Dream meets Stars in matinee

Dream meets Stars in matinee

With the defensive quickness and leadership of guard Layshia Clarendon, the Dream defeated the San Antonio Stars 77-70 on Wednesday afternoon after trailing by double-digits in the first half. After falling behind by a game-high of 12 points in the second quarter, the Dream went on a 14-4 run and narrowed the Stars lead to one point — the closest the score had been since the first three minutes...
Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

A lengthy to-do list awaits Travis Schlenk. When he officially begins his duties as the Hawks new general manager and head of basketball operations on Thursday there will be franchise-altering decisions to make in the next two months. He inherits a roster with six unrestricted free agents, one restricted free agent and eight players under contract to varying degrees. The draft is June 22 and the Hawks...
New Hawks GM Schlenk already focused on important upcoming decisions

New Hawks GM Schlenk already focused on important upcoming decisions

Travis Schlenk already is on the job. Although the start date for the Hawks’ new general manager and head of basketball operations is not until June 1, Schlenk arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday. A day ahead of the official announcement of his hire, Schlenk had dinner with head coach Mike Budenholzer. The two met again Thursday morning and have already started to go over the roster and the number...
NBA legend West endorsed Schlenk for Hawks’ GM

NBA legend West endorsed Schlenk for Hawks’ GM

Travis Schlenk has the full endorsement of Jerry West. That goes a long way. The Hawks announced the hire of Schlenk as the franchise’s new general manager Thursday. The 41-year-old Schlenk arrives after spending the past 12 years with the Golden State Warriors, the past five as assistant general manager. Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler spoke to West as part of the search process and got...
Hawks announce hire of Schlenk as new GM (updated)

Hawks announce hire of Schlenk as new GM (updated)

Travis Schlenk will get an early start at his new job. On the same day that the Golden State Warriors begin play in the NBA Finals, the organization’s third consecutive trip to the championship series, Schlenk will take over the Hawks. The Hawks announced the hire of Schlenk as the team’s new general manager and head of basketball operations Thursday. After Schlenk spent the past 12 seasons...
Job 1 for the Hawks and Schlenk: Look to a time beyond LeBron

Job 1 for the Hawks and Schlenk: Look to a time beyond LeBron

The Hawks are set to hire Travis Schlenk, once on Ron Jirsa’s staff at Georgia and lately the assistant general manager with Golden State, as GM. This would mean Schlenk is moving from the NBA West, which the Warriors have ruled for three seasons, to the East. If you’re a GM based in the NBA East, here are your starting points: 1. LeBron James’ team is about to win the East for a...
Hawks close to hiring executive with UGA ties as GM

Hawks close to hiring executive with UGA ties as GM

The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of hiring Travis Schlenk for their vacant general manager position, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed. Schlenk currently is the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors. The 41-year-old Schlenk has spent the past 12 seasons with the Warriors, including the past five as the assistant to general manager Bob Myers. Details of a contract are being...
Three weeks later, there’s lack of clarity on Hawks’ GM search

Three weeks later, there’s lack of clarity on Hawks’ GM search

The list of names that have been connected to the Hawks’ general manager vacancy includes, but possibly is not limited to, Chauncey Billups, David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Tommy Sheppard, Travis Schlenk, Gersson Rosas, Brandon Williams, Michael Zarren, Brent Barry, Troy Weaver, Neil Olshey, Sam Hinkie, Mark Hughes, Scott Perry, Trajan Langdon, I believe the 16 candidates who did not make it past...
Smith: ‘Don’t deny the former Hawk’ in GM search

Smith: ‘Don’t deny the former Hawk’ in GM search

Steve Smith asks one thing as the Hawks search for a new general manager. The former Hawks star player wants to make sure the franchise looks at one of its own as part of the candidate search. “The one thing I would ask of this Hawks organization is don’t deny the former Hawk,” Smith said in a radio interview with 92.9 FM on Monday. “… I hope the Atlanta Hawks and the...
Hawks ownership informed Millsap won’t opt in for player option

Hawks ownership informed Millsap won’t opt in for player option

Hawks ownership was informed that Paul Millsap does not intend to exercise his player option for the 2017-18 season, according to a person familiar with the situation. However, the four-time All-Star power forward did not need to inform the team of such an intention and could still exercise the final year of his contract up until June 23. A player does not opt out of the player option unless there...
Home opener is here, so what is this Dream made of?

Home opener is here, so what is this Dream made of?

If there is one certain similarity between the Dream’s absent star and the woman most counted upon to fill this hole in the basketball cosmos, it is that they both are made of the same raw materials. It’s the stuff that starts to squawk like a debutante with no cellphone service when dragged month over month, year over year across the cheese grater that is a woman’s professional...
Hawks interviewed 12 at NBA Scouting Combine

Hawks interviewed 12 at NBA Scouting Combine

The Hawks were assigned 12 players to interview at the recently completed NBA Scouting Combine. There were 67 draft-eligible players at the combine in Chicago, where many took part in drills and scrimmages. NBA teams are randomly assigned players for individual interviews. The Hawks interviewed: * Jarrett Allen, Texas, Center * Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, Point guard * John Collins, Wake Forest,...
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