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Belinelli ‘still not 100 percent’ but shows he can help Hawks

Marco Belinelli says he’s not 100 percent but he looked good against the Mavs. (AP Photo) DALLAS--Hawks guard Marco Belinelli (Achilles) looked good while playing 25 minutes against the Mavericks in his first competitive game since the Oct. 1 exhibition contest at Miami. “I felt good,” Belinelli said afterwards. “I’m still not 100 percent. I’ve been...


Hawks begin longest-ever trip to start season but opponents not fearsome

Hawks begin longest-ever trip to start season but opponents not fearsome

The Hawks won’t have to face Nicolas Batum when they play at Charlotte on Friday. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) Before the NBA opened play on Tuesday, FiveThirtyEight.com’s projection system said the Hawks will win an NBA-low 26 games. The Vegas over/under for Hawks is 25 1/2 (though bettors really like the over). Considering the low expectations for...
5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury on the NBA’s opening night. Less than six minutes into the game, the guard jump toward the basket for an alley-oop that went tragically wrong. Hayward’s foot landed at a 90 degree angle from his leg. Players and fans in the stands turned away in angst. TV cameras recorded the action, before he was taken off the floor in...
Bettors back Hawks to exceed expectations

Bettors back Hawks to exceed expectations

Can Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s team win more than 25 games? (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com) The statistical projections and pundits believe the Hawks will be among the two or three worst teams in the NBA this season. Accordingly, most bookmakers have set the over/under win total for the Hawks at 25-½ games. But the betting public is bullish...
Budenholzer on changes: ‘Coaching is most important thing I’ve done’

Budenholzer on changes: ‘Coaching is most important thing I’ve done’

Mike Budenholzer returned this as only the Hawks’ coach after stepping down as team president. (Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) This was not the typical summer for Mike Budenholzer. His job description changed. His power was reduced. The final remnants of a veteran roster that he helped create were excised, giving his team a new level of obscurity. But the Hawks let him keep his stapler...
Hawks practice report: ‘gifted and talented’ defensively, ‘learning curve’ on offense

Hawks practice report: ‘gifted and talented’ defensively, ‘learning curve’ on offense

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer likes Ersan Ilyasova’s defensive grit. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the Hawks will use the same starting five at Dallas to open the season: Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon. Budenholzer thinks that can be a good group defensively. “I usually start with individually...
Will the Hawks NBA’s worst team? Experts make their predictions

Will the Hawks NBA’s worst team? Experts make their predictions

Taurean Prince (left), Dennis Schroder and coach Mike Budenholzer are key factors for Hawks this season. (AP Photo) The NBA season starts tonight. The Hawks open at Dallas tomorrow. Here is a collection of season predictions for the Hawks. FiveThirtyEight.com Projected wins (rank): 26 (29th out of 30) Notes: FiveThirtyEight’s predictions use 50,000 simulations based on its CARM-Elo...
The Hawks are upset with Schroder. They’ll penalize him … eventually

The Hawks are upset with Schroder. They’ll penalize him … eventually

Dennis Schroder in last season’s playoffs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The Atlanta Hawks — you remember them, right? NBA team? Plays in this town? — issued a statement Monday that was, even by Hawks standards, fascinating. (Read: bewildering.) Seventeen days after Dennis Schroder was arrested in DeKalb County for misdemeanor battery, Hawks general manager...
Hawks agree to contract with point guard Isaiah Taylor

Hawks agree to contract with point guard Isaiah Taylor

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM) The Hawks have agreed to a contract with point guard prospect Isaiah Taylor. The two-year contract is partially guaranteed for 2017-18. Taylor will fill the Hawks’ 15th and final roster spot and play behind Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks also have Josh Magette on a “two-way&rdquo...
Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

The Hawks said guard Dennis Schroder will face future disciplinary action from the team following his arrest last month on a misdemeanor battery charge. In a statement released by the team on Monday, general manager Travis Schlenk said the team will let the legal process play out in Schroder’s case before making a final decision on discipline. Schlenk said the team’s preliminary investigation...
Hawks practice report: Budenholzer ‘open’ to 11-man rotation

Hawks practice report: Budenholzer ‘open’ to 11-man rotation

Could Tyler Dorsey be the 11th man? (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks want to play at a faster pace. They want to create more fast-break chances. They want to be an aggressive, scrappy defensive team. It will not be easy for the Hawks to do those things over 82 games. But it would help if coach Mike Budenholzer can go deeper into his...
WATCH: Awful ‘overtime’ period at Hawks scrimmage

WATCH: Awful ‘overtime’ period at Hawks scrimmage

    The fifth segment of Hawks scrimmage at Woodward Academy today ended in a tie. Coach Mike Budehnolzer decided to settle it with a sudden death overtime: first basket wins. It did not go well. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer at media day. (AP Photo)   Related headlines WATCH: DeAndre’ Bembry reacts to Hawks picking up his contract option ...
WATCH: DeAndre’ Bembry reacts to Hawks picking up his contract option

WATCH: DeAndre’ Bembry reacts to Hawks picking up his contract option

Following Hawks practice at Woodward Academy, forward DeAndre’ Bembry talks about the team exercising his contract option for 2018-19 .   DeAndre’ Bembry (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Related headlines WATCH: Taurean Prince reacts to Hawks picking up his contract option ...
WATCH: Hawks coach Budenholzer explains why team kept Magette over Cook

WATCH: Hawks coach Budenholzer explains why team kept Magette over Cook

  The gist: Waiving Quinn Cook gave the Hawks financial flexibility to make trade with Cavs , they can find another point guard with open roster spot and they like the way Josh Magette creates open shots.   Josh Magette (AP Photo) Related headlines Hawks exercise 2018-19 contract options for Prince, Bembry ...
Hawks exercise 2018-19 contract options for Prince, Bembry

Hawks exercise 2018-19 contract options for Prince, Bembry

Taurean Prince (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks exercised the 2018-19 contract options for 2016 first-round draft picks Taurean Prince and DeAndre’ Bembry today. Under NBA rules teams have until Oct. 31 to pick up option years on rookie-scale contracts. As the No. 12 overall pick (via Utah) Prince will make $2.53 million in 2018-19. His contract includes another team option...
Hawks make roster moves

Hawks make roster moves

The Hawks on Friday waived Quinn Cook, Tyler Cavanaugh and Jeremy Evans.  The team’s roster now stands at 14 players, one less than the maximum. That doesn’t include Josh Magette, who is on a “two-way” contract that allows a maximum of 45 days on the NBA roster with the balance of the season spent at the team’s G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa.  The Hawks also...
Hawks roster set. Here’s what it looks like

Hawks roster set. Here’s what it looks like

By nearly all accounts, Dennis Schroder is the best player on Hawks roster. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Barring any changes before Wednesday’s season opener, the Hawks roster is set after the team released Quinn Cook, Jeremy Evans and Tyler Cavanaugh tonight. Cook is the most surprising of the cuts. The Hawks singed Cook as a possible third point guard and paid him $100,000...
Hawks to net two more draft picks in trade with Cavs

Hawks to net two more draft picks in trade with Cavs

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk is accumulating draft picks. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM) The Hawks and Cavaliers have agreed to a trade that will bring Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to Atlanta along with two future second-round draft picks in exchange for the draft rights to two European prospects. The Hawks will waive Jefferson and Felder once the deal is officially...
‘Hungry’ Hawks thinking playoffs, not lottery

‘Hungry’ Hawks thinking playoffs, not lottery

The Hawks have no All-Star players. The veterans added since last season are either no longer full-time NBA starters or never were. First-year general manager Travis Schlenk has promised that the Hawks will be competitive but will “live with the results” as they build for the future. Those are among the reasons why statistical projections, NBA pundits and betting markets all expect the...
Five observations from Hawks loss to Mavericks (exhibition)

Five observations from Hawks loss to Mavericks (exhibition)

Mavs guard Dennis Smith Jr. took advantage of some lackluster Hawks defense. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Five observations from the Hawks’ exhibition loss to the Mavericks at McCamish Pavilion.  1. The Hawks committed 76 turnovers over their first four games. That number is mitigated by the often-sloppy nature of exhibition games, and also because 18 of those giveaways were...
Photos: Hawks conclude exhibition season

Photos: Hawks conclude exhibition season

The Hawks hosted the Mavericks Thursday at McCamish  Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech in their final exhibition game of the preseason. The regular season opens Wednesday.
Game thread: Mavericks at Hawks (exhibition)

Game thread: Mavericks at Hawks (exhibition)

Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki is entering his 20th NBA season. (AP Photo) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, McCamish Pavilion, Georgia Tech campus TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA TV Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: None Injuries: Hawks—Miles Plumlee (quad) is out; Marco Belinelli (Achilles) is doubtful. Mavericks—  Seth Curry (leg) and Josh McRoberts (rest) are out. What to watch...
Hawks want to run but know ‘it’s not easy’

Hawks want to run but know ‘it’s not easy’

Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks tried to hold back Dennis Schroder from a run out. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks want to play at a faster pace . That means pushing the ball in transition, moving the ball quickly in the half court and playing a spirited defensive style . The Hawks are an athletic team with...
Hawks talk: Team weighs in on the coming season

Hawks talk: Team weighs in on the coming season

The new and imploded Hawks step out Wednesday in Dallas to open their 2017-18 NBA season. Time to unveil the step backward, otherwise known as the drive for the draft lottery. Time to usher in the age of irony, in which the more you win, the more you potentially lose when it comes time to pick some one-and-done next June.    And Paul Millsap is not walking through that door. Well, actually...
Leadoff: Can Tech president, Hawks vice-chair help clean up college hoops?

Leadoff: Can Tech president, Hawks vice-chair help clean up college hoops?

Georgia Tech’s president and the Hawks’ vice chairman are members of a commission named Wednesday by the NCAA to examine “a system that clearly is not working” in college basketball.  Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Hawks vice chairman/part-owner Grant Hill are among 14 people appointed to the Commission on College Basketball.  The commission...
Hawks center Plumlee out another 2-3 weeks with injury

Hawks center Plumlee out another 2-3 weeks with injury

The Hawks said center Miles Plumlee will miss another two to three weeks because of a right quad injury. The injury forced Plumlee to leave the first exhibition game on Oct. 1 and he missed the next three games. The center wasn’t listed on the injury report before the Hawks played the Grizzlies on Monday but also didn’t play in that game.  Plumlee, 29, doesn’t project to be...
Hawks practice report: Transition D still the priority over offensive boards

Hawks practice report: Transition D still the priority over offensive boards

Dewayne Dedmon can grab offensive boards but the Hawks prioritize getting back on D. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)   The Hawks have been a poor offensive rebounding team in three of coach Mike Budenholzer’s four seasons. Well, “poor” may not be the right way to say describe it. Rather, the Hawks have ranked low in offensive rebounding stats because Budenholzer...
New Hawks style suits Bembry

New Hawks style suits Bembry

DeAndre’ Bembry (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) DeAndre’ Bembry beams while thinking back to when he first heard the Hawks would play an offensive style that seems to fit him perfectly. “Shoot, me and Malcolm (Delaney) heard that and we were like, ‘Yeah!’” Bembry said. “That’s exactly what we wanted coming into the second season...
Hawks about to open regular season – do we care?

Hawks about to open regular season – do we care?

The Hawks must win games and win over fans with effort like this: Taurean Prince diving for a loose ball with the Memphis Grizzlies James Ennis III Monday night at Georgia Tech. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks preseason ends this week in the humble confines of Georgia Tech, as their regular digs undergo a makeover. Per Monday’s game against Memphis, that...
Hawks say ‘scrappy’ style gives them chance to exceed expectations

Hawks say ‘scrappy’ style gives them chance to exceed expectations

Hawks guard Kent Bazemore showing some of that scrappy style. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) In many ways, the identity the Hawks are developing now is nothing new. They’ve been a good defensive team pretty much since Mike Budenholzer was hired as coach and that’s one reason I think they’ll still be a good defensive team. What’s changed is the personnel available...
WATCH: Hawks rookie John Collins on his NBA development

WATCH: Hawks rookie John Collins on his NBA development

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Hawks rookie John Collins talks about his passing, his defense and the team’s scrappy style following the exhibition victory over the Grizzlies .     Related headlines Five observations from Hawks victory over Grizzlies (exhibition) ...
Dewayne Dedmon (!) to shoot threes as Hawks seek floor spacing

Dewayne Dedmon (!) to shoot threes as Hawks seek floor spacing

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon plans to shoot 3-pointers. (AP Photo) Dewayne Dedmon has attempted one three-point shot in 3,270 minutes played in the NBA. According to Basketball Reference, 88 percent of his 681 career shots have been from 10 feet or less including 66 percent within three feet of the basket. Dedmon has developed into a very good pick-and-roll...
NBA great and former Hawks player Connie Hawkins dies

NBA great and former Hawks player Connie Hawkins dies

Connie Hawkins, basketball's dazzling schoolyard legend who soared and swooped his way to the Hall of Fame, has died at 75. His death was announced Saturday by the Phoenix Suns, the team with which he spent his most productive NBA seasons. The Suns told The Associated Press they confirmed the death with his family but did not disclose details. Hawkins finished his career playing for the Hawks in the...
Hawks waive John Jenkins, Jordan Matthews

Hawks waive John Jenkins, Jordan Matthews

The Hawks waived John Jenkins (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The Hawks waived guards John Jenkins and Jordan Matthews on Friday night following the team’s exhibition loss at the Pistons. The Hawks had signed both players as training camp invitees. The Hawks’ roster now stands at 17 players (not including “two-way” contract player Josh Magette). The roster limit for...
Can Hawks be fun to watch even if they don’t win many games?

Can Hawks be fun to watch even if they don’t win many games?

Can Mike Budenholzer make the Hawks fun to watch? (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has spoken eloquently and philosophically ( and, in my mind, convincingly ) about embracing “the process” of rebuilding. Of course, “The Process” has become a derisive term among many NBA watchers after the Sixers marketed...
NFL player from DeKalb protests during anthem and gives critics a tip

NFL player from DeKalb protests during anthem and gives critics a tip

Stone Mountain High grad and rookie Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ukeme Eligwe has an invitation for anyone wondering why he didn’t stand for the anthem during Monday Night Football: write me a letter. “If anybody, if I’ve offended anyone, anyone who truly believes me sitting during the national anthem is hurt by it, write me a personal letter,” Eligwe said, according...
Game thread: Hawks at Cavs (exhibition)

Game thread: Hawks at Cavs (exhibition)

LeBron James (ankle) is out for the Cavs. (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM) When/where: 7 p.m. today, Quicken Loans Arena TV: Fox Sports South, NBA TV Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (triceps) and Miles Plumlee are out. Cavs—  LeBron James (ankle) and Isaiah Thomas (hip) are out; Cedi Osman (back) is questionable. What...
NBA GMs: Hawks rookie Collins is draft ‘steal,’ Budenholzer among best game coaches

NBA GMs: Hawks rookie Collins is draft ‘steal,’ Budenholzer among best game coaches

Hawks rookie John Collins (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The NBA released its GM survey today and, as expected, the rebuilding Hawks didn’t receive any votes for the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks got the sixth-most votes in that category before the 2016-17 season but since then have traded Dwight Howard to Charlotte and saw Paul Millsap...
NBA changes format of All-Star Game to player draft

NBA changes format of All-Star Game to player draft

Are you ready for an NBA All-Star Game draft? It’s happening. The NBA announced a drastic new format to the All-Star Game on Tuesday that eliminates the Eastern versus Western Conferences matchup. The game, to played in Los Angeles this season, will feature two captains who will draft teams from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves without regard for conference affiliation. The captains...
Hawks’ Ressler part of six-owner round-table discussion on NBA TV

Hawks’ Ressler part of six-owner round-table discussion on NBA TV

Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler will be part of a panel of six NBA owners to participate in a round-table discussion on NBA TV on Friday. Ressler will be joined on Open Court: Owner’s Edition by the Clippers’ Steve Ballmer, the Lakers’ Jeanie Buss, the Mavericks’ Mark Cuban, the Cavaliers’ Dan Gilbert and the Warriors Joseph Lacob. The show will air at 9:30 p.m. The...
N. Fulton native scores in NBA debut with Grizzlies

N. Fulton native scores in NBA debut with Grizzlies

Kobi Simmons didn’t play much in the pre-season opener for the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, but made the most of his chances when he was on the court. Simmons, a 6-foot-5 St. Francis High School graduate, scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in just nine minutes of action in the Grizzlies’ 92-84 win over the Orlando Magic. Wearing No. 2, Simmons had a highlight reel-worthy...
The best Hawks lineup, for now and the future

The best Hawks lineup, for now and the future

Taurean Prince (left) and Dennis Schroder are part of coach Mike Budenholzer’s best lineup. (AP Photo) Covering this Hawks team has been a new experience for me. I started covering the Heat when they traded for Shaq and became instant championship contenders (they’d win it all a year later). When I took over the Hawks beat for the AJC back in January, 2010, the...
Five observations from Hawks loss at Heat (exhibition)

Five observations from Hawks loss at Heat (exhibition)

Hawks guard Malcom Delaney shoots over Heat center Kelly Olynk. (AP Photo) MIAMI–Five observations from the Hawks’ 96-90 exhibition loss at the Heat. 1. Starting off Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said not to read much into his exhibition lineups because he plans to mix and match combinations. However, the starters for Sunday’s exhibition opener were the same he used during...
Hawks guard Schroder on arrest: ‘Everybody makes mistakes’

Hawks guard Schroder on arrest: ‘Everybody makes mistakes’

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder declined to comment in detail about his misdemeanor battery charge from Friday in Dekalb County but said he planned to learn from his latest off-court incident. “I’ve been here four years,” Schroder said in his first public comments since his arrest. “Came here at 19 and I think (showed) improvement every year. I just try to get better every...
Dennis Schroder is arrested, and I wonder if he’s ready to lead Hawks

Dennis Schroder is arrested, and I wonder if he’s ready to lead Hawks

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Brookhaven Police arrested Hawks guard Dennis Schroder at 2 a.m. this morning on a misdemeanor battery charge. You should never take a police report as gospel truth ( remember Thabo Sefolosha ?) and Schroder is entitled to his day in court. But this is not a good look for the player the...
Hawks guard Schroder arrested after fight in DeKalb County parking lot

Hawks guard Schroder arrested after fight in DeKalb County parking lot

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge early Friday morning in DeKalb County, according to court records. Schroder has been released on bail.  “We are aware of an incident involving Dennis Schroder earlier this morning,” the Hawks said in a written statement. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and out...
Is Mike Budenholzer on board with Hawks rebuild?

Is Mike Budenholzer on board with Hawks rebuild?

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer at media day. (AP Photo) Judging by the questions each man got this week, there is interest in how new Hawks GM Travis Schlenk and coach Mike Budenholzer will coexist. That makes some sense because Schlenk now has the franchise-shaping power that Budenholzer once had. But it also seems there’s a perception that there’s no way Budenholzer...
Will NBA draft lottery changes hurt Hawks?

Will NBA draft lottery changes hurt Hawks?

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk at his intro presser in June. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM)   The NBA board of governors today approved changes to the lottery system that will begin with the 2019 draft. With the new format, the three teams with the worst regular-season records each will have a percent 14 chance to win the No. 1 pick.  In the current system...
Now healthy, Hawks’ Bazemore ‘in love with the grind again’

Now healthy, Hawks’ Bazemore ‘in love with the grind again’

Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) ATHENS—The usual prescription for a player coming off a disappointing season is to spend the summer working on his game. Kent Bazemore’s frustrations last season were directly related to his health, so he spent the offseason working on his body. After a bothersome right knee and associated ailments dogged Bazemore throughout the 2016-17 season...
Photos: Media days feature plenty of former Hawks

Photos: Media days feature plenty of former Hawks

The Hawks roster for the upcoming season is significantly different than that of last year. Here’s a look at where some of the former Atlanta players landed as the NBA opened with a new season with media days this week.
VIDEO: Hawks coach Budenholzer on offensive tweaks

VIDEO: Hawks coach Budenholzer on offensive tweaks

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the Hawks want to create more driving lanes, especially for Dennis Schroder. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer at media day. (AP Photo) Follow @MCunninghamAJC on Twitter . Related headlines Here are the details on Hawks contracts Hawks to ‘practice harder’ so they can...
Renovations will reduce Philips Arena seating capacity

Renovations will reduce Philips Arena seating capacity

The renovations of Philips Arena will result in a reduction of about 2,350 seats, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said recently. During his weekly appearance on 92.9 The Game last week, Koonin said of the seating capacity “the building is down to 15,700 and that is because the suite wall is gone.” That figure who easily make Philips Arena the smallest-capacity NBA arena. The Hawks have not announced...
Here are the details on Hawks contracts

Here are the details on Hawks contracts

Kent Bazemore is the highest-paid Hawks player this season. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks have 12 players in training camp with fully-guaranteed contracts, four with partial guarantees, one player on a “two-way” contract and three players with camp invites. Here’s how they break down: Full guarantees (12) Kent Bazemore, $16.9 million Dennis Schroder, $15...
Hawks to ‘practice harder’ so they can play faster

Hawks to ‘practice harder’ so they can play faster

Dennis Schroder will be key for the Hawks to play faster. (AP Photo)   ATHENS–The era of “greater pace, greater space” for the Hawks began during the first practice of training camp today. The session went three-plus hours and the portion open to media featured a lot of transition work. That included possessions with a quick off-ball perimeter screen...
Hawks now are Schroder’s show

Hawks now are Schroder’s show

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) At his pre-camp news conference Hawks boss Travis Schlenk noted that Dennis Schroder came to the NBA from Germany as a teenager and faced cultural adjustments along with the professional challenges. The GM said that Schroder, by all internal accounts, has shown “growth” as a player and person...
Fox Sports Southeast to broadcast all regular season Hawks games

Fox Sports Southeast to broadcast all regular season Hawks games

FOX Sports Southeast will televise all 82 regular season Atlanta Hawks games during the 2017-2018 NBA season. Highlights include the Hawks season opener at the Dallas Mavericks where Atlanta will face former teammate Paul Millsap on Oct. 18. Coverage begins on Fox Sports Southeast at 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports Southeast will also broadcast exhibition games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 4, the...

Video: Hawks rookie John Collins wants to expand his game

  Hawks rookie forward John Collins dominated at Wake Forest by scoring in the paint but says he knows he has to develop a jump shot to be effective in the NBA. Related headlines ‘Greater pace, greater space’ for Hawks? Sounds good Hawks GM Travis Schlenk Q-and-A Part 2: ‘Excited’ about...
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk Q-and-A Part 2: ‘Excited’ about 2018 draft class

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk Q-and-A Part 2: ‘Excited’ about 2018 draft class

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk at his intro presser in June. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM) Here is Part 2 of the Q-and-A with Hawks GM Travis Schlenk. Part 1 is here . Q. You’ve been a coach and video guy. How do you think those experiences being with teams in that role have influenced you as an executive? A. I think the...
‘Greater pace, greater space’ for Hawks? Sounds good

‘Greater pace, greater space’ for Hawks? Sounds good

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer at media day. (AP Photo)   At media day today, someone asked Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer about his goals for the team when training camp opens tomorrow. His answer was not surprising. “Defense is always something we’ve taken a lot of pride in,” Budenholzer said. “Any team that wants to have some success and wants to...
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk Q-and-A: ‘We are going to be competitive’

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk Q-and-A: ‘We are going to be competitive’

  Hawks GM Travis Schlenk at his intro presser in June. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM) Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk met with media today in advance of the opening of training camp on Tuesday. Following are some excerpts from that session. Check back here Monday for Part 2 of my Q-and-A with Schlenk. Also see the end of...
Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

The Atlanta Hawks released DeAndre Liggins shortly after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers Monday. The Hawks sent future draft considerations to the Clippers for the former Kentucky player and cash considerations. In an expected move, the Hawks released Liggins and the journeyman player is now an unrestricted free agent. Liggins spent most of the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland...
It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (center) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliver remarks during an event celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win on the south lawn at the White House in in April. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The intersection of sports and politics has resulted in a collision that once would have been thought unthinkable: U.S. President ...
Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Tuesday in Athens. This is the final player preview leading up to camp. See below for links to all of the previous entries. Dennis Schroder Position: PG Height/Weight: 6-1, 172 Age: 24 (9/15/93) 2017-18 salary: $15.5 million CARMELO projected value: $8.5 million How acquired: 2013...
Caddie speaks, Henley responds at Tour Championship

Caddie speaks, Henley responds at Tour Championship

Russell Henley needed a pep talk. Maybe more. His caddie delivered the necessary words. Henley, the University of Georgia alum, did not get off to a good start his opening round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Thursday. In fact, he was 3-over after seven holes. “I was walking to the eighth tee and my caddie asked me if I was ready to start focusing,” Henley said. Sure...
Bazemore an eager spectator at Tour Championship

Bazemore an eager spectator at Tour Championship

This year, Kent Bazemore got an up-close look at the Tour Championship. The Hawks shooting guard and avid golfer attended the opening round of the PGA Tour playoff finale at East Lake Golf Club on Thursday. It’s an easy guess as to who Bazemore was following closely with an inside-the-ropes pass. That would be Jordan Spieth. Bazemore and Spieth have contracts with Under Armour. Bazemore met...
Hawks player preview: Taurean Prince

Hawks player preview: Taurean Prince

(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). Taurean Prince Position: SF Height/Weight: 6-8, 220 Age: 23 (3/22/94) 2017-18 salary: $2.42 million CARMELO projected value: $5.3 million How acquired: 2016 draft (No. 12 overall via trade...
Hawks add Jeremy Evans, Jordan Mathews

Hawks add Jeremy Evans, Jordan Mathews

The Atlanta Hawks announced Thursday the signing of forward Jeremy Evans and rookie guard Jordan Mathews.  The terms of Evans and Mathews’ agreements were not disclosed. Evans, 6-foot-9, played last season with Khimki in Russia after spending the 2015-2016 season with the Dallas Mavericks and the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz. Evans was drafted by the Jazz out...
Hawks player preview: Miles Plumlee

Hawks player preview: Miles Plumlee

(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). Miles Plumlee Position: C Height/Weight: 6-11, 249 Age: 29 (9/1/88) 2017-18 salary: $12.5 million CARMELO projected value: minus $0.7 million How acquired: 2017 trade (Hornets) OFFENSE Plumlee is a traditional...
Hawks player preview: Mike Muscala

Hawks player preview: Mike Muscala

(Rob Carr/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). Mike Muscala Position: C-PF Height/Weight: 6-11, 240 Age: 26 (7/1/91) 2017-18 salary: $5 million CARMELO projected value: minus $5.7 million How acquired: 2017 free agent (re-signed)...
Hawks player preview: Ersan Ilyasova

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...
VIDEO: Winning moment from Kent Bazemore’s Uno Tournament

VIDEO: Winning moment from Kent Bazemore’s Uno Tournament

Who is more excited? Kent Bazemore held his Uno Tournament Friday night as a fundraiser for his ARMS Foundation. Watch Miss Isabel Feagans as she is crowned the winner. Oh, and Bazemore’s reaction to the victory. The 10-year-old Miss Feagans was the youngest of the 150 competitors. She is the daughter of AJC staff writer Helena Oliviero. Bazemore held the fourth fundraiser for his foundation...
Hawks player preview: Tyler Dorsey

Hawks player preview: Tyler Dorsey

(Jamie Squire/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). Tyler Dorsey Position: SG Height/Weight: 6-4, 183 Age: 21 (2/14/96) 2017-18 salary: $0.82 million CARMELO projected value: minus $2 million How acquired: 2017 draft (No. 41 overall) Dorsey...
Howard donates $100,000 to start Boys & Girls Club in Charlotte

Howard donates $100,000 to start Boys & Girls Club in Charlotte

Dwight Howard made his first trip to Charlotte since his trade from Atlanta – and it was to start a Boys and Girls Club. The Starmount Academy of Excellence received $100,000 from Howard for the operational expenses to begin a Boys and Girls Club at the elementary school. Howard made his initial appearance in the city at the kickoff event on Thursday. Howard challenged students to read two books...
Photos: What’s next for Danica Patrick?

Photos: What’s next for Danica Patrick?

Female race-car driver Danica Patrick is at a career crossroads after it was determined that she will not return to NASCAR’s Stewart-Haas team next season.
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)...
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