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Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York’s plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.  Budenholzer declined to comment Friday.  His continued interest in other coaching jobs...
Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Dennis Schroder was the lead player for the Hawks for the first time since the team drafted him in 2013. Schroder played 2,078 minutes in 67 games, and his 30.4 usage rate tied for sixth-highest in the NBA. The six players with equal or higher...

Baseball: Region champions and their tournament history

Baseball’s regular season concludes this weekend, and the state tournament begins Thursday. Here’s a look at the likely (or definite) region champions and their state-tournament history.   1 – Lowndes (19-9, 8-2) edged Colquitt County (18-9, 7-3) win the region. The Vikings are a frequent state-playoff team with eight quarterfinal-or-better finishes the past 20 years....
Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer withdrew from consideration for the Suns’ head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.  Budenholzer interviewed with Suns officials this week after the Hawks gave him permission to do so. He’s under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons after coaching them for the past five.  ESPN first reported Budenholzer&rsquo...
Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

The departures of Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway from last season’s Hawks team opened a major role on the wing for Taurean Prince. Prince proved to be durable in his second pro season with 82 starts and 2,464 minutes played. Only seven other NBA players started every game this season.  Prince emerged as a legitimate high-volume 3-point shooter in his second pro season, which is a...
Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes no sense. Welcome to the world of sports, egos and, most of...
Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

At first glance, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s interest in the Suns job doesn’t make much sense besides the franchise being located three hours from his hometown.  Budenholzer doesn’t want to be part of a long-term rebuild with the Hawks, but why would he exchange one tanking team for another? After surviving the dysfunction of the Hawks’ previous ownership, why would...
Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

The Hawks will compete in the Utah Jazz Summer League in July before they depart for the Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks will be one of the four teams in the Jazz Summer League and will play three games early in the month. An official announcement has not been made on the entrants or the schedule. The other teams are believed to be the Jazz, Spurs and 76ers. The Hawks replace the Celtics, who recently...
Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

The Timberwolves were 36-25 on Feb. 23, good for the fifth-best record in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical model projected Minnesota to finish 48-34, sixth-best in the NBA. If that’s how it turned out, the Hawks’ pick from the Timberwolves via trade would be No. 25 overall.  But the next night, Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler suffered a knee injury that required...
If Budenholzer bolts, what should Hawks get in return?

If Budenholzer bolts, what should Hawks get in return?

As a coach, Mike Budenholzer is top notch. Smart and demanding, even if he is prone to raise his voice at the kids every now and then. Give the man a whiteboard and he will draw up the sharpest inbounds play you’ve ever seen. A work of art, really.  Now that he is also an asset, coveted perhaps by one of the few teams worse than his own Hawks this season, it does no one any good to find...
What compensation could Hawks expect for letting Budenholzer leave?

What compensation could Hawks expect for letting Budenholzer leave?

If Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer decides to take another job, it almost certainly will cost his new team in the form of draft-pick compensation.  Budenholzer still is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons at about $14 million (his deal wasn’t altered when he gave up his personnel power in 2017). The Hawks have granted him permission to speak with the Suns about their open...
A guess: Budenholzer has coached his last Hawks game

A guess: Budenholzer has coached his last Hawks game

If I had to guess – and I don’t, but for the purposes of this exercise I will – I’d say Mike Budenholzer has coached his last game for the Atlanta Hawks. Once you’ve made the decision to interview for another job and that interview becomes public, it’s very difficult to return to the one you have. And I’m reasonably sure Budenholzer no longer cares much for...
Hawks grant Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to Suns about head coach vacancy

Hawks grant Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to Suns about head coach vacancy

The Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to the Suns about their vacant head coaching position, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed to azcentral.com on Friday. Budenholzer, 48, has been Hawks coach for the past five seasons after spending 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant. The Hawks were 24-58 this season, last in the Eastern Conference, after they made the playoffs...
Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

The Hawks lost both tiebreaker drawings involving their draft picks Friday.  The Mavericks won a tiebreaker against the Hawks and have the slightly better odds to win the No. 1 pick. The Mavs also will own an earlier pick than the Hawks if neither team wins one of the top three lottery picks.  The Mavericks have a 13.8 percent chance of winning the top pick and will get a pick no worse than...
NBA mock drafts: Experts see Hawks picking Jaren Jackson Jr. in top three

NBA mock drafts: Experts see Hawks picking Jaren Jackson Jr. in top three

The Hawks own three picks in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft. Their lottery pick will be between Nos. 1 and 7 overall, the pick they acquired from Minnesota is No. 18 or 19 and they have the No. 30 overall pick from Houston. The Hawks will find out the number of their first pick via the weighted lottery May 15, while tiebreaker drawings later today will determine the number of the second pick ...
Hawks’ Bembry suffered wrist fracture

Hawks’ Bembry suffered wrist fracture

Hawks swingman DeAndre’ Bembry’s bad injury luck continued into the offseason when the Hawks announced that he suffered a fractured right wrist. The team said Bembry would need four to six weeks to recover.  Bembry sustained the injury during the game at Boston on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the injury. A video replay of the game appeared to show Bembry jam his wrist...
The Hawks’ lottery candidates: Ayton, Bagley, Doncic et al.

The Hawks’ lottery candidates: Ayton, Bagley, Doncic et al.

The tanking Hawks – and I don’t say that with disapproval – tied with Dallas for the NBA’s third-worst record. According to the invaluable site Tankathon, they have a 13.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick via the lottery and a 42.8 percent shot of selecting in the top three. They cannot fall lower than No. 7.  NBAdraft.net assigns the No. 3 pick to the Hawks...
Gertz to represent Hawks at NBA Draft Lottery

Gertz to represent Hawks at NBA Draft Lottery

The Hawks hope they have a good luck charm in Jami Gertz. Gertz, the actress wife of Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler, will represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery next month. The lottery will be held on May 15 in Chicago. The lottery will determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams. The Hawks finished tied for the third-worst record, with the Mavericks, in the NBA this season at 24-58...
Hawks will have significant cap space, flexibility this summer

Hawks will have significant cap space, flexibility this summer

The Hawks are one of just five teams projected to have significant salary-cap space this summer, but don’t expect the team to use it on top free agents. Instead, GM Travis Schlenk has said his plan is to use that space to absorb salaries in trades from teams looking to shed money while acquiring draft picks and promising young players. Schlenk predicts that as many as 16 teams will be subject...
Hawks have stake in draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday

Hawks have stake in draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday

The most significant drawing of ping-pong balls for the Hawks isn’t until next month, but they have a stake in the NBA draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday. That’s when the Hawks will find out if their lottery pick will be no later than sixth or seventh overall (tiebreak with the Mavericks) and if the pick they acquired from Minnesota will be 18th or 19th overall (tiebreaker with the Spurs)...
Hawks own three first-round draft picks after T-Wolves win

Hawks own three first-round draft picks after T-Wolves win

The Hawks will have three first-round picks in the 2018 draft.  The Timberwolves secured a playoff berth with a victory over the Nuggets on Wednesday and thus will send the lottery-protected pick to the Hawks via a 2015 trade. The pick will be No. 18 or No. 19 overall, depending on the result of a tiebreak between the Timberwolves and Spurs that is decided by a random drawing of ping-pong balls...
Hawks turn into huge Timberwolves fans on Twitter

Hawks turn into huge Timberwolves fans on Twitter

The Hawks are huge Minnesota Timberwolves fans. At least they were Wednesday night. The Hawks re-named their Twitter page as ‘Timberwolves’ #1 Fans’ because a Minnesota win over Denver meant the T-Wolves would earn a playoff spot and the Hawks would receive their first-round draft pick in the NBA draft. The Hawks acquired the lottery-protected pick from Minnesota in February...
Hawks have 14 percent chance to win No. 1 draft pick, will select no later than seventh

Hawks have 14 percent chance to win No. 1 draft pick, will select no later than seventh

The Hawks have about a 14 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery and will select no later than seventh.  The Magic (25-57) beat the Wizards on Wednesday, leaving the Hawks (24-58) and Mavericks in a two-way tie for the NBA’s third-worst record. The Hawks and Mavericks will have a roughly equal chance of winning the lottery.  A weighted lottery is used to...
Hawks take solace in ‘bright spots’ from losing season

Hawks take solace in ‘bright spots’ from losing season

While waiting for questions from members of the media Wednesday, Hawks veteran Kent Bazemore offered his unsolicited assessment of the season.  “Great year,” Bazemore said cheerfully.  That drew laughter from reporters who assumed he was being sarcastic.  “No, seriously,” Bazemore said. “There’s a ton of positives.”  Bazemore was among...
Hawks offseason injury updates: Delaney, Bazemore, Schroder, Morris

Hawks offseason injury updates: Delaney, Bazemore, Schroder, Morris

The four Hawks players who ended the season sidelined by injury provided updates on their status headed into the offseason. Delaney had left ankle surgery Monday for an injury that kept him out for the final 18 games of the season. His recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks.  Delaney said he first suffered the injury while playing at Virginia Tech in 2010, but never allowed it to heal...
Biggest Hawks’ question: Is Budenholzer coming back?

Biggest Hawks’ question: Is Budenholzer coming back?

As the Hawks head into the offseason and the focus shifts to the obvious topics -- lucky ping-pong balls, potential draft picks and whether Dennis Schroder can make it through the summer without handcuffs – there’s one subject that has the potential to dwarf all others: Is Mike Budenholzer coming back? This isn’t about whether the Hawks should bring Budenholzer back as coach. They...
Hawks center Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives

Hawks center Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives on top of his $6 million salary during the 2018-19 season.  Dedmon earned the maximum incentives in his contract by surpassing thresholds of 41 games played with a combined average of 16 in points and rebounds. Dedmon played in 62 games and averaged 10 points and 7.9 rebounds.  Dedmon became a free agent last summer after...
Bazemore said ‘it hurts’ to see Hawks fans root for team to lose

Bazemore said ‘it hurts’ to see Hawks fans root for team to lose

The Hawks hurt their standing in the draft lottery by winning two games during the season’s final weekend. That created an upside-down scenario in which some Hawks fans expressed dismay because the team won games.  Two Hawks players, Kent Bazemore and Malcolm Delaney, responded to those fans on Twitter by explaining that players always play to win. Bazemore was asked about the development...
Hawks’ Schroder said he’s ‘not concerned’ about criminal battery case

Hawks’ Schroder said he’s ‘not concerned’ about criminal battery case

Hawks guard Dennis Schroder said he’s not worried about the outcome of his criminal case for battery in DeKalb County.  “I’m not concerned, really, right now,” Schroder said Wednesday, a day after the Hawks concluded their season. “I was focused on the season. Now I’ve got time to focus on it, talk to my lawyer about it. I think I meet him tomorrow, and then...
Hawks’ tank failed, but lottery luck and Minnesota win would help

Hawks’ tank failed, but lottery luck and Minnesota win would help

The Hawks met their future Tuesday night, or so they hope. They ended their season with a 121-113 loss to the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Tankopotamusses. Philly is 26-5 in the last 31 games, 50-31 overall and a darkhorse to win the Eastern Conference playoffs -- this from a team that in the previous four seasons did everything but send players onto the court blindfolded or with hubcaps...
Hawks finish tied for third in draft lottery standings

Hawks finish tied for third in draft lottery standings

The Hawks finished the season tied for third in the NBA draft lottery standings.  The Hawks (24-58) lost to the Sixers on Tuesday and the Mavericks (24-58) lost to the Suns. The Magic (24-57) also would tie for the NBA’s third-worst record if they lose at home on Wednesday to the Wizards.  The Suns (20-62) finished with the worst record in the league and thus will have the best odds...
Ten observations: Sixers 121, Hawks 113

Ten observations: Sixers 121, Hawks 113

The Sixers came to Philips Arena on a franchise record-tying 14-game winning streak. They needed a win to maintain the No. 3 playoff seed in the East and thus stay on the same side of the bracket as injury-riddled Boston and opposite top seed Toronto and LeBron James. A defeat would benefit the Hawks in the draft lottery but they’ve finished out the season playing to win. The Hawks gave a professional...
Game preview: Hawks close season against streaking Sixers at Philips Arena

Game preview: Hawks close season against streaking Sixers at Philips Arena

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out.  Sixers—Joel Embiid (oribital/concussion) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee) are out; Ben Simmons (ill) is questionable. ...
Leadoff: Hawks fans ‘say goodbye to the arena as they know it’ tonight

Leadoff: Hawks fans ‘say goodbye to the arena as they know it’ tonight

The Hawks’ final game of the season tonight also will be their final game at Philips Arena in its current form.  The interior of the arena will be dramatically different – “from roofline to baseline,” as Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says – when next season begins.  The arena is scheduled to close April 22, after hosting concerts April 20 and 21, for six months of...
Hawks still can get 2018 first-round draft pick from Minnesota

Hawks still can get 2018 first-round draft pick from Minnesota

The Hawks still could have three first-round picks in the 2018 draft.  The Timberwolves remained alive for a playoff berth after Monday’s results. If the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets at home on Wednesday, they would be assured of qualifying for the playoffs and thus send their 2018 first-round draft pick to the Hawks. The Hawks (24-57) already will have their own lottery pick plus Houston&rsquo...
Hawks will finish no better than third in draft lottery standings

Hawks will finish no better than third in draft lottery standings

The Hawks can finish no better than third in the NBA draft lottery standings after the Grizzlies lost to the Timberwolves on Monday night. With one game left for each team, the Grizzlies (22-59) will finish the season with a worse record than the Hawks (24-57). The Hawks are tied for the NBA’s third-worst record with the Mavericks and Magic, who lost to the Bucks on Monday night. The Suns (20-61)...
Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney undergoes ankle surgery

Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney undergoes ankle surgery

Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle and will require 6-8 weeks to require, the team announced Monday. Delaney hasn’t played since March 4 and the Hawks conclude their season on Tuesday.  Delaney, 29, is in his second NBA season after playing five years in Europe. This season, he started three of 54 games played with averages of 18.8 minutes, 6.3 points...
T-Wolves loss tonight would help Hawks in draft, but win would help too

T-Wolves loss tonight would help Hawks in draft, but win would help too

The Hawks will have conflicting interests at stake when the Timberwolves and Grizzlies play tonight in Minnesota.  If the Timberwolves (45-35) beat the Grizzlies (22-58) it would increase Minnesota’s chances of making the playoffs and thus sending its 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks as part of an earlier trade. But a Grizzlies loss also would mean the Hawks (24-57) can finish no better...
Hawks still can finish tied for second in lottery standings

Hawks still can finish tied for second in lottery standings

Even after winning two games in a row the Hawks have a chance to finish tied for second in the draft lottery standings. The Hawks (24-57) followed their victory at the Wizards on Friday with a win at Boston on Sunday. Later Sunday afternoon the Grizzlies (22-58) beat the Pistons.  The Hawks would tie for second in the lottery standings if they lose their finale on Tuesday against the Sixers and...
Ten observations:  Hawks 112, Celtics 106

Ten observations:  Hawks 112, Celtics 106

 This was a game with strange incentives. The Celtics are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and so the result didn’t matter in that regard. The Hawks’ draft lottery positioning would benefit from a loss but that doesn’t matter to the players, who played to win and earned consecutive road victories for the first time this season. The Hawks were down...
Game preview: Hawks at Celtics

Game preview: Hawks at Celtics

When/where: 1 p.m. today, TD Garden TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out.  Celtics—Gordon Hayward (ankle), Kyrie Irving (knee), Marcus Morris (rest), Marcus Smart (thumb) and Daniel Theis (knee) are out; Guerschon...
Hawks out of contention for best draft lottery odds

Hawks out of contention for best draft lottery odds

The Hawks won’t have the best odds to win the NBA draft lottery because they won’t finish with the league’s worst record.  The Hawks won at the Wizards on Friday, and the Suns lost at home to the Pelicans. Those results mean that, with two games to play for both teams, the Hawks (23-57) will finish with a better record than the Suns (20-60).  The Hawks have the third-worst...
Ten observations: Hawks 103, Wizards 97

Ten observations: Hawks 103, Wizards 97

The Wizards apparently didn’t get the memo from Orlando and Miami that they should take the shorthanded-but-scrappy Hawks seriously. The Hawks played with more zip and grit from the start, kept grinding when the shots stopped falling and had a strong finishing kick behind Taurean Prince. The Hawks eviscerated Washington’s half-speed pick-and-roll defense while building an 11-point lead...
Game preview: Hawks at Wizards

Game preview: Hawks at Wizards

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Capital One Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out; Taurean Prince (back) is questionable; Dewayne Dedmon (rib) and Antonius Cleveland (ankle) are probable.  Wizards—None. ...
Why Isaiah Taylor is a solid prospect for Hawks

Why Isaiah Taylor is a solid prospect for Hawks

For a while I wasn’t sure what coach Mike Budenholzer saw in point guard Isaiah Taylor. My skepticism only increased as Quinn Cook developed into a useful player for the Warriors, who reportedly are on the verge of signing him to a guaranteed deal. That’s after the Hawks cut Cook in October, kept Josh Magette and then signed Taylor.  I know there still are skeptics about Taylor...
Ten observations: Heat 115, Hawks 86

Ten observations: Heat 115, Hawks 86

Ten observations from Heat at Hawks. . . . The Heat played with purpose for only the final eight minutes or so against the Hawks on Tuesday, but that was enough for a victory over their shorthanded-but-spirited opponent. The Heat clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with that victory but still can earn a seed as high as sixth. The Heat were short-handed for the rematch but seemed to take the...
Game preview: Hawks add reinforcements for rematch with Heat

Game preview: Hawks add reinforcements for rematch with Heat

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out; Dewayne Dedmon (rib) is questionable; Antonius Cleveland (ankle) and DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal) are probable.  Heat—Dion...
Hawks gain ground on Suns in race for best draft lottery odds

Hawks gain ground on Suns in race for best draft lottery odds

The Hawks surrendered the final 11 points of the game to lose at the Heat Tuesday night. It was a tough loss for the Hawks but a clear win for their draft lottery positioning, especially because the Magic beat the Knicks and the Suns beat the Kings on the same night. Those results left the Hawks (22-56) two games behind the Suns (20-59) for the worst record and thus the best lottery odds. The Hawks...
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