Trae Young’s first NBA game is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. He will start at point guard for the Hawks against the Knicks. It’s the first game of a long season for Young, but it’s also the beginning of an era. It’s not exactly right to say that the franchise’s future is riding on Young becoming a star. It’s not exactly wrong, either.
Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry
The Hawks picked up the fourth-year options on Taurean
Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been reluctant to name his starting point guard, but he did so without hesitation Monday. Rookie Trae Young will start his first regular-season NBA game alongside expected starters Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Vince Carter and Alex Lin. The Atlanta Hawks face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday to open the 2018-19 season. Young, the No....
That’s the thing about a 30-footer – they are almost always wide open. Trae Young knows it. The Hawks rookie point guard hit a game-winning shot from well past the 3-point line last week for an exhibition win against the Spurs. Much focus has been – and will be – on Young’s shooting when the NBA regular season begins Wednesday.
The Hawks waived C.J. Anderson, R.J. Hunter and Thomas Robinson on Saturday. The moves brings the roster to 17 players, which includes the two-way contracts of Jaylen Adams and Alex Poythress. The team can have a maximum of 15 players on the roster, so Adams and Poythress will be sent to the team’s G League affiliate in Erie, Pa., when the league begins.
Jeremy Lin scored 20 but the Hawks lost to the Heat 119-113 Friday night in Miami. It was the final preseason game for the Hawks, who finished 2-3. Alex Len scored 14, Kent Bazemore added 13, Trae Young and Tyler Dorsey both had 11 and Alex Poythress finished with 10 for the Hawks. Young went 4-for-9 from the field and had five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.
Kent Bazemore is the last man standing. Four seasons ago, the 2014-15 Hawks were a 60-win team and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. It seems like so long ago. One by one each player left in different ways.
The Hawks will be without John Collins for at least the first three games of the regular season with a left ankle injury. He is expected to be out at least 10 days. Collins had an MRI exam Monday that revealed mild inflammation and soreness in his left ankle. He underwent a non-surgical procedure that day, described as an injection by a person familiar with the situation.
When architects first presented designs for the renovation of what was then called Philips Arena, they proposed placing four video boards in the corners of the building instead of hanging a customary board above the court. “We told them, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting; that’s engaging; that’s aggressive,’” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin recalled.
This time last year, Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey was preparing for his first regular-season NBA game and admittedly had a few jitters. In his second season, those nerves are gone.
Tonight, on the softball field, Central-Carroll claimed their first-round class AAAA series after a 4-2 victory over Stephens County in game three of the series. In game three of the Heard County vs. Union County series, the Panthers battled back after tying the series to defeat Union County 10-5. After game two of the Houston County vs.
Take that, from the start to the finish. Trae Young hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to give the Hawks a 130-127 victory over the Spurs in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. Young finished with 22 points, seven assists and two steals – and a muscle flex after the game-winner.
If Lloyd Pierce knows who will start at point guard for the Hawks in the regular season, he still is not saying. Rookie Trae Young has started each of the Hawks’ three exhibition games, including Wednesday’s contest against the Spurs at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
John Collins will miss the remainder of the exhibition season as he battles left ankle soreness. The issue raises the concern that the Hawks’ second-year forward could miss the start of the regular season. After playing in the preseason opener, Collins did not play in the second half against the Grizzlies on Friday.
The Hawks open the 2018-19 season Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks (7 p.m., FSSO). » More: Highlights of Hawks’ schedule The Hawks will make their lone national television appearance in the debut of Atlanta’s State Farm Arena against the Dallas Mavericks Oct. 24.
The Hawks made two minor roster moves on Tuesday. Isaac Humphries was waived a day after the forward/center signed. The Hawks will retain the G League rights to Humphries, who played in his native Australia and Serbia, and he could eventually end up with the team’s affiliate in Erie. The Hawks also signed C.J. Anderson, a guard who played four seasons at UMass. He averaged 10.6 points, 5.
The Hawk signed Isaac Humphries in a deal that will eventual place the forward/center with the G League affiliate in Erie. The native of Australia played in 26 games for the Sydney Kings of the NBL last season and averaged 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 16.5 minutes. He had a .583 shooting percentage. He also played in 12 games for FMP Beograd in Serbia last year.
Dennis Schroder had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in helping the Thunder to a 113-94 exhibition victory over the Hawks Sunday in a game played in Tulsa. Schroder, the former Hawks first-round pick, was traded to the Thunder in the offense. The point guard did all his damage in 27 minutes. Paul George led the Thunder (2-1) with a game-high 22 points.
The Hawks will be without John Collins and Jeremy Lin for Sunday’s exhibition game against the Thunder. The team issued an injury report Saturday with Collins (left ankle soreness) and Lin (rest) added. Collins started but did not play the second half in Friday’s exhibition loss at the Grizzles.
Senior running back Cam Moore scored on a 7-yard run in the final moments of the game to seal a 23-7 Allatoona victory against host Harrison — its first win over the Hoyas in school history.
The Hawks dropped a 120-110 decision to the Grizzlies Friday night in an exhibition game in Memphis. Tyler Dorsey got a start for the Hawks with Taurean Prince back in Atlanta due to flu-like symptoms. Dorsey led the Hawks with 18 points. He was 7 of 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Rookie Trae Young added 15 points, five assists and two steals.
Hawks rookie Omari Spellman returned to practice Wednesday, the team announced with several other updates to injured players. Spellman experienced left shin soreness last month and an MRI confirmed soft tissue inflammation. Following seven days of rest, the forward is back to full basketball activity.
The annual general manager survey from NBA.com was released on Wednesday at the Hawks were absent from the most categories including ranking in the Eastern Conference and individual predictions such as MVP and best players by position. There were two notes of interest regarding rookies in the survey.
The Hawks waived center Cole Aldrich on Tuesday. The move brings the training camp roster to 19 players. Aldrich was signed to a non-guaranteed contract on Sept. 18. Aldrich did not appear in the Hawks’ exhibition opener Monday night.
De’Andre Bembry scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as the Atlanta Hawks defeated New Orleans 116-102 Monday in their exhibition opener at McCamish Pavilion. » Box score: Pelicans at Hawks (exhibition) John Collins added 18 points and Alex Poythress 13 as the Hawks (1-0) won in Lloyd Pierce’s preseason coaching debut.
Mill Creek defeated the Peachtree Ridge Lions at home, coasting on a 42-0 halftime lead to the 49-7 final. Parker Wroble returned the opening kickoff 90 yards before scoring the first of his two rushing touchdowns minutes later.
Tonight on the gridiron, the Eastside Eagles walked away with a solid 58-15 victory over Luella. A 43-yard field goal from Senior kicker Kade Mote was the only scoring play of the first quarter, followed by a go-ahead touchdown from Luella in the second with a 2-point conversion.
Thomas Robinson wants to kiss the court every time he enters the Hawks’ practice facility. During his first five seasons in the NBA, Robinson didn’t realize how lucky he was to be playing professional basketball, but at the age of 27, he realizes he took much of his success for granted.
A quiet man can coach, Lloyd Pierce will tell you, well, quietly. Yet confidently, if the listener only understands that volume does not always equal conviction. Said the new Hawks coach, smiling, “My voice doesn’t go that high.” “There are different ways to show emotion, to show passion, to lead.
Currently residing in the basement of the Hawks’ organizational chart, R.J. Hunter is not about to pick scabs or big-time a teammate. You can, after all, live on one shot for only so long. In 2015, Hunter made the most famous bucket in Georgia State history – admittedly a short list – when his 35-footer with four seconds left completed an upset of No.
Stay healthy. It’s really that simple.
As the Hawks continue their rebuild, general manager Travis Schlenk reminded again that the team could have as many as three first-round draft picks next season. The team added Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman in the 2018 draft and all could make an impact this season with the start of training camp on Tuesday. The Hawks could also have up to three second-round draft picks next year.
The Hawks added two more players to their injury list with Daniel Hamilton and Omari
John Collins has been a power forward much of his basketball career. It appears he will remain in the role as he begins his second NBA season with the Hawks. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the power forward and center were described as interchangeable positions as there was an emphasis on spacing and the 3-point shot.
Lloyd Pierce smiled at the attempt to tip his hand. The Hawks coach is not saying who will be the team’s starting point guard when the 2018-19 NBA season begins. Or perhaps he doesn’t know yet. On the roster are veteran Jeremy Lin and first-round draft pick Trae Young.
The Hawks will be without Dewayne Dedmon and Justin Anderson when training camp begins next week as each returns from an injury. Dedmon suffered an avulsion fracture in his left ankle during a workout on Aug. 27. The injury was discovered following an X-ray and MRI exam. The center was placed in a walking boot following the diagnosis. Following a re-evaluation, Dedmon no longer needed the boot.
After retiring from playing basketball three years ago, Jarvis Hayes is ready to become a full-time coach. The former Georgia Bulldog star played in the NBA and in Turkey, Russia, Israel, Italy, Romania and Qatar. When the ball stopped bouncing, he coached AAU for a bit and also worked for NBA TV and the SEC Network.
The Hawks will bring a maximum 20 players to training camp next week. The team signed free-agent center Cole Aldrich to a training camp deal on Tuesday for the final spot. The roster consists of 15 players under guaranteed contracts along with two-way players Alex Poythress and Jaylen Adams. R.J. Hunter and Thomas Robinson previously agreed to training camp deals to round out the group.
After getting waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobi Simmons didn’t spend too much time on the NBA’s free agent market. Two weeks later, the Alpharetta native has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Cavs signing Simmons is “likely.
The Atlanta Hawks are holding upcoming job interviews to fill about 500 jobs at the all-new State Farm Arena. The venue will continue its hiring in areas including guest experience, security, retail, custodial and food services. Interviews with interested applicants, who must first pre-register online, will be held on Sunday and Monday at the Georgia Aquarium.
Keep your eyes on the court in 2018. Not the ball, the shoes. The NBA has relaxed its sneaker policy for the upcoming season, allowing players to wear shoes of any color for all games. Players had been required to don shoes with black, white or team colors.
Former Georgia State basketball star R.J. Hunter will return to town with a chance to continue his hoops career. The Hawks announced Friday the signing of Hunter, who helped carry the Panthers to an upset victory against Baylor in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Hunter played for his dad, Ron Hunter, and twice was chosen Sun Belt player of the year. He also is GSU’s all-time leading scorer.
During Thursday night football, Drew went up early on Lovejoy 14-6 entering the half. The Titans managed to keep the lead for the majority of the third, scoring 18 more points, but the Wildcats mounted a comeback and took a 34-32 lead. They shutout Drew for the rest of the game to claim a 44-32 victory and get their second win of the season.
Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon suffered a left ankle injury, determined to be an avulsion fracture after medical tests including an X-ray and MRI exam. The injury, which occurred during a workout on Aug. 27, is not considered serious. Dedmon will wear a walking boot and be re-evaluated in a week, according to the team.
I thought the Hawks and State Farm reached an agreement on naming rights for the team’s arena. I was mistaken. What really happened is the basketball team and the insurance company reached an agreement to transform the city of Atlanta. Seriously, that’s what they said.