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Hawks player preview: Ersan Ilyasova

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Ersan Ilyasova Position: PF Height/Weight: 6-10, 235 Age: 30 (5/15/87) 2017-18 salary: $6 million CARMELO projected value: minus $8.1 million How acquired: 2017 free agent (re-signed) OFFENSE...


Hawks agree to training camp deal with Jeremy Evans

Hawks agree to training camp deal with Jeremy Evans

The Hawks have agreed to a contract with forward Jeremy Evans, according to a person familiar with the situation. The former NBA Slam Dunk Champion will come to training camp with the team. Evans, 30, played six NBA seasons, including his first five with the Jazz. He also played one season with the Mavericks, his last in the league, in 2015-16. He has career averages of 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds...
Belinelli’s run in EuroBasket ends

Belinelli’s run in EuroBasket ends

Now, Marco Belinelli’s run in the EuroBasket 2017 tournament is over. The new Hawks guard scored a team-high 18 points, despite a poor shooting performance, in Italy’s 83-67 loss to Serbia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Istanbul. The loss came a day after Dennis Schroder and Germany were eliminated. No more Hawks players remain in the international tournament. Belinelli was 5 of...
Hawks’ DeAndre Bembry out 4-6 weeks

Hawks’ DeAndre Bembry out 4-6 weeks

Hawks wing DeAndre Bembry will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right tricep. The Hawks announced the news Wednesday. The injury was revealed by an MRI exam at Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center on Friday. Bembry has been working at the Hawks’ facilities during much of the offseason. He will be held out of basketball activities during the down time, which will include the start of training camp...
Hawks player preview: Dewayne Dedmon

Hawks player preview: Dewayne Dedmon

(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Dewayne Dedmon     Position: C Height/Weight: 7-0, 245 Age: 28 (8/12/89) 2017-18 salary: $6 million CARMELO projected value: $9.1 million How acquired: 2017 free...
Schroder scores 27 points, Germany eliminated from EuroBasket 2017

Schroder scores 27 points, Germany eliminated from EuroBasket 2017

EuroBasket 2017 is over for Dennis Schroder. Not before the Hawks point guard did some impressive work. Schroder led Germany to the quarterfinals of the tournament before it ended with an 84-72 loss to defending champion Spain on Tuesday. Schroder had 27 points, eight assists, four rebounds and seven turnovers in the game played in Istanbul. Schroder was 12 of 23 from the field, including 3 of 4 from...
Hawks player preview: Quinn Cook

Hawks player preview: Quinn Cook

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Quinn Cook Position: PG Height/Weight: 6-2, 179 Age: 24 (3/23/93) 2017-18 salary: $1.31 million CARMELO projected value: N/A How acquired: 2017 free agent OFFENSE Cook was a high-usage...
Hawks player preview: John Collins

Hawks player preview: John Collins

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). John Collins Position: PF/C Height/Weight: 6-10, 225 Age: 20 (9/23/97) 2017-18 salary: $1.94 million CARMELO projected value: $0.5 million How acquired: 2017 draft (No. 19 overall)...
Schroder scores 21 points to help Germany to EuroBasket quarterfinals

Schroder scores 21 points to help Germany to EuroBasket quarterfinals

Dennis Schroder helped Germany advance to the quarterfinals of the EuroBasket 2017 Tournament with a victory over France on Saturday. Germany won the opening single-elimination round game 84-81 in the game played in Istanbul. Schroder, the Hawks’ starting point guard, finished with 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers. Schroder was 5 of 15 from the field, missing...
Hawks player preview: Nicolas Brussino

Hawks player preview: Nicolas Brussino

(AP Photo) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Nicolas Brussino Position: SG/SF Height/Weight: 6-8, 215 Age: 24 (3/2/93) 2017-18 salary: $1.31 million CARMELO projected value: minus $0.2 million How acquired: 2017 waivers (Mavericks) OFFENSE Brussino ...
Hawks player preview: DeAndre’ Bembry

Hawks player preview: DeAndre’ Bembry

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). DeAndre’ Bembry Position: SF/SG Height/Weight: 6-6, 210 Age: 23 (7/4/94) 2017-18 salary: $1.57 million CARMELO projected value: minus $0.3 million How acquired: 2016 draft (No....
Now wearing No. 4 for the Hawks ...

Now wearing No. 4 for the Hawks ...

So long, Paul Millsap. Now wearing No. 4 for the Hawks … Quinn Cook. The Hawks announced the signing of the free-agent point guard Wednesday. According to the team, Cook will wear the uniform number donned by Millsap during his four all-star seasons with the Hawks. Millsap signed with the Nuggets as a free agent this summer after the Hawks did not make him a contract offer. Cook, from Duke...
Germany moving on behind Schroder’s 26 points

Germany moving on behind Schroder’s 26 points

Dennis Schroder scored 26 points for Germany in an 89-72 loss to Lithuania in the final game of pool play in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 tournament. The Hawks point guard led his national team past the opening round for the first time since 2011. Germany advanced to the single-elimination round of the 24-team tournament by finishing second in Pool B with a 3-2 record. Germany will face France, which...
Hawks player preview: Marco Belinelli

Hawks player preview: Marco Belinelli

(Rob Carr /Getty Images) Marco Belinelli Position: SG/SF Height/Weight: 6-5, 210 Age: 31 (3/25/86) 2017-18 salary: $6.6 million CARMELO projected value: minus $2.9 million How acquired: 2017 trade (Hornets) OFFENSE Belinelli has attempted 5,191 shots during his NBA career and 71 percent of them were from beyond 16 feet, including 44 percent from beyond the 3-point...
Hawks center Miles Plumlee cited on marijuana charge

Hawks center Miles Plumlee cited on marijuana charge

Hawks center Miles Plumlee recently was cited on a charge of marijuana possession. The Shelter Island Record, citing a police report, said Plumlee was arrested on Aug. 20 and issued a “field appearance ticket” for misdemeanor marijuana possession. The report said Plumlee and two other individuals posted $100 cash bail. “We are aware of the situation involving Miles,” the...
Germany (Schroder) bests Italy (Belinelli) in EuroBasket 2017

Germany (Schroder) bests Italy (Belinelli) in EuroBasket 2017

Dennis Schroder scored a game-high 17 points to lead Germany to a 61-55 victory over Italy in a Pool B game of the EuroBasket 2017 Tournament on Tuesday. The Italian team featured Schroder’s new Hawks teammate Marco Belinelli, who finished with 12 points. The game was played in Tel Aviv, Israel. Schroder scored six points in the fourth quarter to pace Germany, which leads the group standings...
Hawks’ Bazemore to again host UNO, Celebrity Golf tournaments

Hawks’ Bazemore to again host UNO, Celebrity Golf tournaments

It’s time to again test your UNO luck against Kent Bazemore. The Hawks player will host his Fourth Annual Celebrity Weekend to benefit his ARMS Foundation. The public is invited to participate in an UNO tournament on Sept. 15 and a celebrity golf tournament on Sept. 18. Bazemore founded the ARMS Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, to promote, motivate and inspire young children who aspire to be...
Hawks to introduce three free-agent signees

Hawks to introduce three free-agent signees

The Hawks will formally introduce three free agents, all of whom previously agreed to deals with the team, on Wednesday. The team will sign guards Quinn Cook and Josh Magette and forward Tyler Cavanaugh. Cook agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the team. He will attend training camp later this month and is expected to compete for a third point guard position. Magette will sign a two-way...
Hawks player preview: Luke Babbitt

Hawks player preview: Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt (right) had probably his best career season in 2016-17 with the Heat. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. Starting today, I’ll be previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Luke Babbitt Position: PF/SF Height/Weight: 6-9, 225 Age: 28 (6/20/89) 2017-18 salary: $1.97 million CARMELO...
Hawks great Dikembe Mutombo plans Atlanta concert to help hurricane victims

Hawks great Dikembe Mutombo plans Atlanta concert to help hurricane victims

Former Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo is known for his big smile. He’s also shown that he has an enormous heart. Mutombo, who also played for the Houston Rockets during his 18-year NBA career, has announced he’s donating $50,000 to a Hurricane Harvey relief fund.  The NBA Hall of Famer also is planning a benefit concert in Atlanta to raise money to assist victims of the storm...
Hawks’ Bazemore receives Atlanta’s highest citizen honor

Hawks’ Bazemore receives Atlanta’s highest citizen honor

Kent Bazemore received the Phoenix Award - Atlanta’s highest citizen honor - for his achievements and service to the city. The award was presented by Mayor Kasim Reed in a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday. The Hawks guard has been involved in many charitable efforts since he signed with the team in 2014. His ARMS Foundation is dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth a path to a quality education...
Schroder carries Germany to win - in a big way

Schroder carries Germany to win - in a big way

The German national team now belongs to Dennis Schroder. No doubt. After Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki stepped away from international competition, the young Atlanta Hawks point guard is the leader of his country’s basketball team. Schroder had a game-high 32 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Germany’s 75-63 victory over Ukraine Thursday in the opening game of the FIBA EuroBasket...
Could Budenholzer coach the Hawks out of prime lottery position?

Could Budenholzer coach the Hawks out of prime lottery position?

“Where’d my team go?” (Kathy Willens/AP photo) Hello. It’s me again, just sitting around waiting for the rain to stop and college football to commence. And in my sitting/waiting, the thought occurred: Could Mike Budenholzer be the first coach in history to be fired for winning too much? Faithful correspondent Jimmy Shapiro sent along the over/under...
LeBron James is highest-rated player on NBA 2K18

LeBron James is highest-rated player on NBA 2K18

LeBron James has the highest player rating on the NBA 2K18 video game. The player ratings for the top 10 were released Wednesday and James scored a 97. That is one better than Kevin Durant (96). The rest of the top-10 players are: Kawhi Leonard (95), James Harden (95), Stephen Curry (94), Russell Westbrook (94), Anthony Davis (94), DeMarcus Cousins (92), Paul George (91) and Giannis  Antetokounmpo...
Once more, with feeling: Atlanta is the capital of college football

Once more, with feeling: Atlanta is the capital of college football

Here’s how we roll in the A-T-L. (Curtis Compton/AJC) As the fictitious San Franciscan Harry Callahan famously proclaimed: A man has to know his limitations. So should a city. We in Atlanta have our weaknesses. We’re not very good at selling out Braves playoff games, not that there have been any lately. The sight of Cubs/Packers/Steelers/Yankees/Celtics fans in...
Oddsmaker lists Hawks with second-lowest NBA win total

Oddsmaker lists Hawks with second-lowest NBA win total

Another Las Vegas oddsmaker is not high on the Hawks this season. Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists the Hawks’ win total at 25.5 for the 2017-18 season. Only the Bulls have a lower total at 21.5. The oddsmaker lists the Nets (28.5), Knicks (30.5), Magic (33.5), 76ers (42.5) and Heat (43.5) with higher win totals than the Hawks. The projected did not sit well with at least one member of the...
BayHawks to hold open tryout in Atlanta

BayHawks to hold open tryout in Atlanta

The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the Hawks, will hold an open tryout next month in Atlanta. The tryout will be held Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia State University Sports Arena. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $150. Staff members from both the BayHawks and Hawks will be on hand to evaluate all participants. Players will be taken through a series of skill work...
Weekend Predictions (sound check): ‘Sack Schultz 2017’ now open!

Weekend Predictions (sound check): ‘Sack Schultz 2017’ now open!

You can win $2,500! (Old journalism training: Don’t bury the lead. #NotFakeNews.) Weekend Predictions, our traditional weekly mutant writing and investment newsletter, which is not to be confused with old journalism, begins again later this week. In conjunction with Predictions, the popular “Sack Schultz” contest also returns ...
@Twitter me this: Is it @FootballUGA’s turn in the @SEC?

@Twitter me this: Is it @FootballUGA’s turn in the @SEC?

Former Georgia coach Mark Richt tweeted this photo of his surprise breakfast with recruit Jacob Eason in Washington Nov. 15, 2015. If the intent was to excite the masses and strengthen his hold on his job, it didn’t work. (via Twitter.com/MarkRicht) On Feb. 13, 2009, amid veiled threats of termination, or worse, careful scrutinizing of past and future expense accounts, ...
Hawks’ home exhibition games at McCamish

Hawks’ home exhibition games at McCamish

The Hawks will play their two home exhibition games at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. Philips Arena is undergoing the first phase of renovations that are expected to be done well in advance of the Hawks regular-season home opener Oct. 27. The team released its five-game exhibition schedule Thursday. All the opponents and dates were previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution....
Hawks All-Time Team … or so says NBA 2K18

Hawks All-Time Team … or so says NBA 2K18

Dominique Wilkins gets emotional as he watches his statue is being unveiled at Philips Arena on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Atlanta Hawks unveiled a large statue of former legendary Hawks player Dominique Wilkins on Thursday at Philips Arena. Measuring 13½ feet in height, the statue was unveiled at a private luncheon and ceremony on the arena floor. HYOSUB SHIN...
Smart, still growing as head coach, has some ‘regrets’ about first season

Smart, still growing as head coach, has some ‘regrets’ about first season

March 21, 2017, Athens: Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart manages a smile while taking the field to watch over the first day of spring football practice at the University of Georgia on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Athens. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com ATHENS – There is a learning curve for a first-time head coach. Kirby Smart may have studied under one of the greats, had...
Hawks will play exhibition at Pistons

Hawks will play exhibition at Pistons

The Hawks will play the Pistons as part of a five-game exhibition schedule this year. The game will be in Detroit at the new Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 6. The Hawks have not released their preseason slate. However, four of the other games have already been disclosed based on opponent releases. The Hawks will play at the Heat, Pistons and Cavaliers and host the Pistons and Grizzlies. The home games...
Payne brought needed change to Masters and his somewhat secret world

Payne brought needed change to Masters and his somewhat secret world

Billy Payne oversaw a number of changes at Augusta National. Among those: accepting female members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) The Grand Pooh-bah of an exclusive golf club is stepping down. As high-profile transitions go, this won’t traumatize the sports world or anybody who lives in the real world, most of...
The tanking Hawks could get well soon: The 2018 draft looks loaded

The tanking Hawks could get well soon: The 2018 draft looks loaded

This is Marvin Bagley III. You’ll hear more about him. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) It’s still baseball season, and it’s about to be football season. My calendar works just fine, thanks for asking. But two major bits of basketball news — so major that they’re more blobs than bits — have occurred, and they’ll have a direct effect on the...
Hawks again to open training camp at UGA

Hawks again to open training camp at UGA

For the fifth consecutive season, the Hawks will hold the first three days of training camp on the campus of the University of Georgia. The dates will be Sept. 26-28. The Hawks have held the opening sessions at Georgia all four years under coach Mike Budenholzer. This year, the Hawks will hold media day Sept. 25 and then travel for practices at the Coliseum Training Facility. The team typically holds...
NBA teams have fun with eclipse

NBA teams have fun with eclipse

The world watched the 2017 solar eclipse. And the lifetime event was more than reason enough for several NBA teams to have some fun on social media. The following are tweets several teams posted:  
Hawks agree to two-year deal with Cook

Hawks agree to two-year deal with Cook

The Hawks have agreed to terms with Quinn Cook to a two-year partially guaranteed contract and the guard will come to training camp next month, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks are familiar with Cook, who played exceptionally well against them in the Las Vegas Summer League last month. Cook played for the Pelicans’ entry and his performance included a 26-point game...
Kyrie Irving in Atlanta ... for AEBL playoffs

Kyrie Irving in Atlanta ... for AEBL playoffs

Kyrie Irving was in Atlanta on Sunday. It’s not what you think. The Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, who recently requested a trade, was part of the championship winning team in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League on Sunday. Irving was joined by fellow NBA players Lou Williams and Iman Shumpert in a 104-102 overtime victory over The Skill Factory in the pro-am summer league. Williams...
Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Dwight Howard referred to his last several NBA seasons as a “mess” several times in a recent interview. That includes last year playing for his hometown Hawks. Howard was traded to the Hornets earlier this summer. In praise of a reunion with Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant with the Magic when Howard entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick and had his best seasons,...
Hawks land jersey sponsorship deal with Sharecare

Hawks land jersey sponsorship deal with Sharecare

For the first time, the Hawks will wear an advertising patch on their uniforms, beginning with the 2017-18 season.  The Hawks and Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare have reached agreement on a five-year deal that will put the Sharecare logo on the front left shoulder of the players’ game jerseys, team and company executives told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2...
Last chance for entry into FedEx Cup playoffs

Last chance for entry into FedEx Cup playoffs

This is the final week for players to jump into the FedEx Cup playoffs and begin their journey to East Lake.  This week’s Wyndham Championship offers players one last opportunity to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The final 125 spots – and the top 125 exempt players for the 2017-18 season – will be determined by Sunday.  There is hope. Since the FedEx Cup playoffs began...
No national TV games for rebuilding Hawks

No national TV games for rebuilding Hawks

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s team is expected to struggle. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks face the prospect of a tough rebuilding season in 2017-18 and the NBA has determined that not many people outside of the area want to see them. The schedule released by the league on Monday  features zero Hawks games on national television broadcasts...
Early glimpse of Hawks’ Nike uniforms

Early glimpse of Hawks’ Nike uniforms

The apparel partnership between the NBA and Nike begins this season, and teams have been releasing what their new-look uniforms this week. The Hawks have not yet released pictures of their uniforms. However, the gray uniform was revealed in a photo shoot of the rookie class taken by the NBA on Friday. Rookies John Collins and Tyler Dorsey represented the Hawks and wear the uniform. It appears largely...
Among recent champions, Spieth looks better than Garcia in PGA

Among recent champions, Spieth looks better than Garcia in PGA

Jordan Spieth crouches near his ball on the first fairway during first round action of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club Thursday in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer) CHARLOTTE — There is a point in any great athlete’s career when he’s suddenly in the club — famous to even the famous. Jordan Spieth’s moment came last month. In Cabo San...
Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) reacts during NFL football training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The potential biggest distraction of Falcons’ training camp never really left the station. The team reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with Devonta Freeman. The life of the contract would be worth ...
Reeling Dream fall to Lynx as second-half comeback falls short

Reeling Dream fall to Lynx as second-half comeback falls short

The slumping Dream haven’t played “big time basketball.” Losers of four in a row and seven of nine, the last team the Dream probably wanted to see was the 20-3 Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx proved why it’s the best team in the WNBA, extinguishing a second-half rally and defeating Atlanta 81-72 at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday. The Dream has dropped eight consecutive matchups with the...
Hawks exhibition schedule includes Heat, Grizzlies

Hawks exhibition schedule includes Heat, Grizzlies

The Hawks have not released their exhibition schedule for the 2017-18 season but two games are set based on those published by opponents. The Hawks will open the exhibition season at the Heat on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat announced their home exhibition schedule last week. The Hawks will host – sort of – the Grizzlies on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Grizzlies released...
Hawks to sign, introduce Babbitt Wednesday

Hawks to sign, introduce Babbitt Wednesday

The Hawks will sign and introduce Luke Babbitt at a news conference Wednesday. The free-agent forward agreed to a one-year contract with the team last week. The Hawks announced the news conference, but did not name Babbitt because a contract has yet to be signed. The veteran minimum contract is for $1.9 million. Babbitt played last season for the Heat and averaged 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 15.7...
Bazemore, Howard call for ‘Man Up’ to support Dream

Bazemore, Howard call for ‘Man Up’ to support Dream

Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard know the Atlanta Dream face a big test when they host the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. Both players called for local mans to ‘Man Up’ and support the Dream against the top team in the WNBA. The Dream host the Lynx at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion. The Lynx have the best record in the WNBA at 20-3 and lead the Western Conference. The Dream are currently...
ESPN rates Hawks the NBA’s worst team. That’s not a bad thing

ESPN rates Hawks the NBA’s worst team. That’s not a bad thing

“Tanking is fun, Tony.” (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider this week graded the 30 NBA teams’ offseasons: He assigned the Atlanta Hawks a D-plus , which wasn’t even the worst in the East. (The Bulls and Pacers and Knicks got a big fat F, the latter in no small part for lavishing $71 million on ex-Hawk...
Shaquille O’Neal says he’ll run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020

Shaquille O’Neal says he’ll run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020

One of the NBA’s biggest might be one of Henry County’s finest some day.  Retired basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says he’s serious about a career in law enforcement and he told The Washington Post that he plans to run for sheriff in Henry County in 2020.  Keith McBrayer has been Henry County’s sheriff since 2008. The 45-year-old O’Neal...
Free exhibit puts spotlight on longtime Hawks photographer’s images

Free exhibit puts spotlight on longtime Hawks photographer’s images

As the Atlanta Hawks photographer for the past 40 years, Scott Cunningham has captured key moments night after night, year after year — from a high-flying Dominique Wilkins to a finger-wagging Dikembe Mutombo to a more recent image of a fearless, ultra-fast Dennis Schroder. Standing in front of a poster-size image of a soaring Wilkins taken in 1991, Cunningham smiles wistfully and reminisces...
ESPN projects Hawks to finish with NBA’s worst record (27 wins)

ESPN projects Hawks to finish with NBA’s worst record (27 wins)

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk (left) and Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler hold a basketball during the press conference to officially introduce the new GM in June. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) Atlanta sports fans should be conditioned to this after watching the Braves for most of the last three seasons. But the Hawks have dived into a major/long-term rebuilding project...
Everything you want to know about VAR in MLS

Everything you want to know about VAR in MLS

The room is stifling, with only a floor fan to move the air around. But the focus isn’t on why the bay doors aren’t open on a summer Chicago day. Instead, eyes are seduced by the big red button sitting just in front of four computer screens. No, the button doesn’t launch nuclear warheads, but its bright color and comical size does scream “push me.” Some soccer purists...
For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

Braves rookie infielder Ozzie Albies was recalled from Triple A Gwinnett and made his major league debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) There’s a story in Greek mythology in which Icarus attempts to escape Crete by using wings made of feathers and wax. The problem was Icarus was like all punk millennials and he ignored...
NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

Malik Beasley was one of the best basketball players St. Francis High School ever had. The Alpharetta native scored 1,959 points and grabbed 728 rebounds for the Knights and led them to two state titles before he graduated and went to Florida State. In May, the high school retired his No. 5 jersey. Now in the NBA and playing with the Denver Nuggets, Beasley is coming back to north Fulton County...
Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gestures speaks to the media on the first day of preseason camp on Monday in Athens. (AP photo) ATHENS – There were times in Kirby Smart’s first season when he used the, “It takes time to turn around a big ship” analogy, which probably weren’t the best choice of words to fall back on because the program he inherited was coming off...
Hawks waive Diamond Stone

Hawks waive Diamond Stone

The Hawks waived Diamond Stone on Monday in a move that came just weeks after the team acquired the center in a three-way trade with the Clippers and Nuggets earlier this month. Stone, 6-foot-11, 260 pounds, played in four games for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League this month after the trade. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. Stone had a fully guaranteed...
Mystics take down Dream, 77-70

Mystics take down Dream, 77-70

Led by an impressive performance by Emma Meesseman, the Washington Mystics never trailed after the early going in a 77-70 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta’s offense struggled early and was never able to overcome a lead that settled around 10 points for most of the afternoon. “I’m still proud of our team,” coach Michael Cooper said. “Washington...
Hawks sign Cavanaugh to partial guarantee rookie deal

Hawks sign Cavanaugh to partial guarantee rookie deal

The Hawks signed Tyler Cavanaugh to a partial guaranteed rookie contract Friday. The undrafted forward out of George Washington will attend training camp and then likely will play for the Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. The 6-foot-9 Cavanaugh played for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month. He appeared in two games and averaged 3.0 points...
Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Hawks second-round draft pick Alpha Kaba signed with ASVEL of the French Pro A League and will continue his career overseas next season. The power forward/center signed a three-year deal with the French team, it was announced by his agent Friday. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk has said from draft night in June that it was likely the prospect would again play overseas. Schlenk confirmed the signing...
N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

Lorenzo Brown is back in the NBA. The 26-year-old Roswell native signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday for the 2017-18 season. Brown, who played at Centennial High School before heading to Hargrave Military Academy and then N.C. State, has been an NBA journeyman since he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013’s second round. Since then, the 6-foot-5 guard...
Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

In a historical game from Layshia Clarendon, the Atlanta Dream took down the Phoenix Mercury 99-91 in overtime on Tuesday. The Mercury completely controlled the first half, but Atlanta used the help of its hometown fans in a momentous third period that brought it all the way back from an 18-point deficit. “I told them at the half, we’ve got to limit their 3-point attempts, we’ve...
Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

  This is the room that houses the controls for the hypothetically retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may work some time in 2017. (Jeff Schultz/jschultz@ajc.com) The chief of communications for Falcons owner Arthur Blank emerged from the room, closed the door behind him and delivered the verdict. “You can’t go in there,” Brett Jewkes...
Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project. The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a rookie. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9...
Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Matthew Kaminski has been the organist for the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He’s played his tunes plenty of times at Turner Field, but when the Braves packed up and moved to Cobb County for SunTrust Park, so did he. His popularity has grown for playing distracting and funny songs as the opposing batters approach the plate, like theme songs from “The Office” or “Veggie Tales...
After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

No NBA team spent a draft pick on Alpharetta native Kobi Simmons in the 2017 draft, but the Memphis Grizzlies signed the 6-foot-5 guard as a free agent shortly after. A month after signing his rookie contract and playing in the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas, Simmons decided it was time to pay back one of the loves of his life, his mother. Simmons bought his mom a Range Rover and surprised...
Hawks will have uniform options in 2017

Hawks will have uniform options in 2017

The NBA this week announced that the league would forgo traditional “home” and “away” jerseys next season. Teams will have four uniform options, or rather “editions,”  from new supplier Nike to pick from on any given night. Home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn, while  visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within...
Hawks to introduce Ilyasova, Dedmon on Friday

Hawks to introduce Ilyasova, Dedmon on Friday

The Hawks will hold a news conference Friday to announce two of their free-agent signings — Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon. The players have not officially signed with the team, but will do so before the afternoon conference. Ilyasova agreed to a one-year, $6 million. The forward was acquired in a February trade with the 76ers. He played in 26 games for the Hawks after the trade and averaged...
Hawks not a good team but could be very good in one area

Hawks not a good team but could be very good in one area

Mike Budenholzer knows how to coach defense. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Hawks boss Travis Schlenk has started the rebuild that his front-office predecessors (and his current owner) botched . The roster is pretty much full, the early reviews are in and, predictably, they are not good. The betting markets set the over/under win total for the...
Hawks saved $4 million in buyout of Crawford

Hawks saved $4 million in buyout of Crawford

The Hawks saved $4 million on the contract of Jamal Crawford. The team bought out the contract of the guard acquired in a three-way trade earlier this month, which allowed the former Hawks player to become an unrestricted free agent. Crawford was owed $14.2 million and $3 million over the next two seasons, a total of $17.2 million. The Hawks bought out the contract for $10.9 million and $2.3 million...
Collins named to LVSL First Team

Collins named to LVSL First Team

Hawks rookie forward John Collins was named to the Las Vegas Summer League first team, the NBA announced Monday. Collins, the first-round pick (No. 19 overall), started all five games for the Hawks and averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.0 minutes. His field-goal percentage of .593 led all players with at least 50 attempts and his rebound total was tied for fifth. Collins had...
Dwight Howard doesn’t pull punches, fights back on Twitter

Dwight Howard doesn’t pull punches, fights back on Twitter

It’s been almost a month since Dwight Howard was traded from Atlanta to Charlotte. Howard has spent his summer working on more than his three-point shooting.  The former Hawks star spent his weekend in Atlanta chatting up fans on Twitter. He answered most questions cordially. He talked about how he’s looking forward to being a Hornet and talked some history from his days in Orlando...
Hawks end summer league with win over Rockets

Hawks end summer league with win over Rockets

The Hawks ended the Las Vegas Summer League with a 92-86 victory over the Rockets on Friday. They finished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Trent Lockett started and led the Hawks with 17 points. The forward added five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. The Hawks did not play last year’s first-round draft picks DeAndre Bembry and Taurean Prince and this year’s second-round...
Hawks sign Dorsey to two-year deal

Hawks sign Dorsey to two-year deal

The Hawks signed rookie guard Tyler Dorsey to a two-year guaranteed minimum contract Friday. The second-round pick agreed to the deal earlier this month. Dorsey, the 41st overall selection in June, averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.0 minutes last season for Oregon. The guard helped Oregon reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He was also All-Pac 12 honorable mention....
Cam Newton unveils new Under Armour shoes, a tribute to Atlanta

Cam Newton unveils new Under Armour shoes, a tribute to Atlanta

Forrest Gump’s mother said you can tell a lot about a person by what shoes they’re wearing. Where they’re going and where they have been. After folks in the Westside Cultural Arts Center got past the large black hat, denim jacket and green pants that Cam Newton was wearing on Thursday night, their eyes wandered down to his kicks. And the 6-foot-5 Atlanta native and former NFL MVP&rsquo...
A humble John Collins making highlights at Summer League

A humble John Collins making highlights at Summer League

For Atlanta Hawks rookie John Collins, humility comes naturally. He’s a kind young man, and self-aggrandizement is not in his genetic code. That said, you’ll have to excuse what it’s taken for him to fully appreciate the fact he was the 19th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, that being him typing his name into a Google search bar. “It’s going to take me a...
Schroder to play in NBA Africa Game 2017

Schroder to play in NBA Africa Game 2017

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder will take part in the NBA Africa Game 2017 as rosters for the exhibition games were announced Thursday. The second edition of the game will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa on Aug. 5 and feature Team Africa versus Team World. The game is played in conjunction with the NBA and the NBA Players Association and support UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and...
Hawks agree to deal with Ilyasova

Hawks agree to deal with Ilyasova

The Hawks agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with free agent Ersan Ilyasova on Wednesday, according to a person familar with the situation. The deal was first reported by The Vertical. Ilyasova returns to the Hawks after the forward appeared in 26 regular-season games last season after he was acquired in February. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24 minutes during the regular season...
Updated Hawks salary cap and depth chart

Updated Hawks salary cap and depth chart

Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) drives the ball past Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Atlanta. The Grizzlies defeated the Hawks 103-91. (AP Photo/Branden Camp) The Hawks now have 13 players under contract for next season. The recent agreements with Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova...
Another big game for Collins but Hawks fall to Pelicans

Another big game for Collins but Hawks fall to Pelicans

The Atlanta Hawks have one game remaining in the Las Vegas Summer League after they were upset by the Pelicans 105-95 on Wednesday. The Hawks will play the Rockets game at 4 p.m. Friday on ESPNU to conclude the tournament. The Hawks just missed a first-round bye and were seeded ninth. The Pelicans were seeded last at 24th. The Hawks narrowly defeated the Pelicans in the opening round Sunday. First-round...
Dorsey to miss Hawks summer league game

Dorsey to miss Hawks summer league game

Hawks second-round draft pick Tyler Dorsey will not play against the Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League Wednesday. Dorsey suffered a right ankle sprain in the Hawks final opening round game on Monday. The guard was ruled out after suffering the injury in the second quarter against the Bulls. He returned to the bench with his ankle taped. Dorsey played just six minutes before the injury. The Hawks...
Hawks get rematch with Pelicans in summer league

Hawks get rematch with Pelicans in summer league

The Hawks were seeded ninth after the opening round of the Las Vegas Summer League and will play the 24th-seeded Pelicans on Wednesday. The Hawks (2-1), who just missed out on a bye, will play at 4 p.m. on NBA TV to begin the tournament portion of play. The winner of the game will play the eighth-seeded Spurs at 4 p.m. Thursday on NBA TV. The loser of the game will play the loser of the Nuggets-Rockets...
Hawks agree to deal with center Dewayne Dedmon

Hawks agree to deal with center Dewayne Dedmon

The Hawks agreed to a contract with unrestricted free agent center Dewayne Dedmon on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal is two years, $14 million with the second year a player option. The Hawks have not announced the deal. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that the team was in negotiations with several free agents...
Q and A: Schlenk says Hawks plan is to invest in the future

Q and A: Schlenk says Hawks plan is to invest in the future

Investing in the future. That is the term Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk prefers when speaking on the current state of the team. While some will say rebuild and some will say tank, Schlenk doesn’t see it that way. “Investing in the future,” Schlenk said of the Hawks plans. “We are going to be young. We are going to be fun. We are going to develop our talent. We are going...
Observations from Hawks summer league win over Bulls

Observations from Hawks summer league win over Bulls

The priority are players who will be Hawks next year. The Hawks have 17 players on their Las Vegas Summer League roster but the majority of the playing time has and will go to the group that will go beyond the tournament. “During the practices, some guys have earned some minutes,” said Hawks assistant Charles Lee, who is coaching the summer league entry. “You can’t play 17...
Dorsey suffers right ankle injury (updated)

Dorsey suffers right ankle injury (updated)

Hawks second-round draft pick Tyler Dorsey suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of Monday’s 75-55 victory over the Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League game. Dorsey went to the ground hard after a drive to the basket and foul with less than four minutes remaining in the second quarter. He remained down until trainers could help him from the floor...
Prince doesn’t agree with low expectations for Hawks

Prince doesn’t agree with low expectations for Hawks

Taurean Prince wants to win. It doesn’t matter the current or future composition of the Hawks roster. The second-year forward was vehement when questioned about the Hawks’ low expectations next season considering the transformation of the team. “No, no, no,” Prince said when asked if next season could be difficult considering the changes to the roster. “I disagree. I...
Muscala calls decision to return to Hawks a ‘no-brainer’

Muscala calls decision to return to Hawks a ‘no-brainer’

Mike Muscala got engaged, bought a house, built a home gym and experienced free agency for the first time. Life has a changed for the Hawks center this summer. Yet one facet remained the same. Muscala will continue to play in Atlanta. Muscala agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Hawks as an unrestricted free agent last week. The deal calls for a second-year player option meaning Muscala...
Delaney working to avoid repeat of how first season ended

Delaney working to avoid repeat of how first season ended

Malcolm Delaney sees his first NBA season as a tale of two halves. The Hawks backup point guard was a prominent part of the rotation for much of the season until his playing time decreased the final month of the regular season and the playoffs. Delaney said he has spent his summer trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again. “For me, I think I did well the first half and the second half...
Observations from Hawks’ summer league win over Pelicans

Observations from Hawks’ summer league win over Pelicans

Don’t tell Charles Lee summer league games are meaningless. The Hawks assistant is serving as the head coach of the Las Vegas Summer League entry and couldn’t help a fist pump when after locking up an 84-82 victory over the Pelicans Sunday. “This is a chance for all of us to get our competitive juices out, a chance for our young guys to get some quality game reps,” Lee said...
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