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Some premium spaces sold out at remade Philips Arena, Hawks say

Some premium spaces sold out at remade Philips Arena, Hawks say

As work continues on the makeover of Philips Arena, the Hawks announced Monday that several of the building’s new premium spaces are sold out for the 2018-19 season.  The $192.5 million renovation of the arena is scheduled for completion in mid-October. The Hawks will start the season with three road games before returning to Philips for their home opener Oct. 24 against the Dallas Mavericks...
Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Our city is full of some of the most passionate sports fans in the whole country, if not the world. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered the most dedicated sports fans for each of our beloved teams. Think of the fans that show up in great numbers for their favorite team, represent those teams and players in signature garb or even the fans that remain committed −whether the team wins or...
Aunt-niece duo win Kent Bazemore’s UNO Tournament 

Aunt-niece duo win Kent Bazemore’s UNO Tournament 

An aunt-niece duo won Kent Bazemore’s third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night to benefit his ARMS Foundation. After several rounds of UNO, Jessica Woghiren and her 8-year-old niece, Success Lawani, were victorious.  “It was a lot of fun and I never thought we would win the tournament,” said Jessica Woghiren, an attorney who lives in Gwinnett County...
After three road games, it’s Young vs. Doncic in Hawks’ home opener

After three road games, it’s Young vs. Doncic in Hawks’ home opener

The Hawks open the 2018-19 season with three road games and then return home for their lone national television appearance. The NBA will take full advantage of draft-day drama in that first game at the renovated Philips Arena. After starting the season at the Knicks on Oct. 17, the Hawks play at the Grizzlies and the Cavaliers. The home opener will come against the Mavericks on Oct. 24 and will be...
How to play in Kent Bazemore’s UNO tournament Saturday 

How to play in Kent Bazemore’s UNO tournament Saturday 

Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore will host his third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night in Atlanta to benefit his ARMS Foundation.  The evening -- which promises to be fun, festive and filled with competitive UNO games (against dozens of competitors including professional NBA players) -- is open to the public. For tickets and more information, go to www.ARMSFoundation...
LOOK: Hawks send Carmelo Anthony an Atlanta jersey 

LOOK: Hawks send Carmelo Anthony an Atlanta jersey 

The Atlanta Hawks sent Carmelo Anthony a jersey to commemorate his short time with Atlanta.  Anthony spent five days as a member of the Hawks before finalizing his buyout. He was waived by the Hawks on July 30. According to Yahoo Sports NFL Insider Shams Charania, Anthony verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets on Aug. 7.  Los Angeles Laker LeBron James jokingly congratulated...
Hawks announce changes to basketball operations staff

Hawks announce changes to basketball operations staff

The Hawks announced several changes to the team’s basketball operations staff on Thursday, including the addition of Chelsea Lane as executive director of athletic performance. As previously reported, Lane joins the Hawks from the Warriors. The team also added Michael Irr as head strength and conditioning coach, John Dusel as assistant athletic trainer/strength and conditioning and Ty Terrell...
Meet the 2018 AJC Super 11

Meet the 2018 AJC Super 11

For the first time since the Super 11’s inception in 1985, there are no running backs on the AJC’s list of the best high school players in the state. There are no quarterbacks, either, but that’s happened before. The state produced the two best high school quarterbacks in the country last year, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. The running back situation might be a sign of the times...
No Christmas Day game for Hawks - but soon says rookie

No Christmas Day game for Hawks - but soon says rookie

The Hawks won’t play on Christmas Day – again. Even before the slate of holiday games was announced, rookie Trae Young vowed it wouldn’t be long before the Hawks were a part of the NBA tradition. The first-round pick posted on social media Tuesday night with a tweet that read: “We’ll have a Christmas Day game soon … #JustWait.” It included praying hands and...
Not a gimmick: Big3 3-on-3 basketball league earning its place

Not a gimmick: Big3 3-on-3 basketball league earning its place

It’s not just a gimmick. That’s how Jim Jackson sees the Big3 as the second season of the 3-on-3 basketball league nears its conclusion. Jackson, the former Hawks player, serves as an analyst on the Fox broadcasts. The final games in the eight-team league will be held Friday at the Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett before the playoffs next week in Dallas and championship the following...
LeBron James doesn’t need you to defend his intelligence and it doesn’t help, anyway

LeBron James doesn’t need you to defend his intelligence and it doesn’t help, anyway

Over the weekend the President of the United States of America took time out from his busy schedule of golfing and grifting to call LeBron James dumb on Twitter. Fortunately Donald Trump could do so without disruption to another important aspect of his job, watching cable news for hours, because he was reacting to something he saw James say on TV.  The president’s schoolyard...
Hawks expected to start season on road as arena renovations conclude

Hawks expected to start season on road as arena renovations conclude

The Hawks are expected to start the 2018-19 NBA season on the road with the finishing touches being put on the extensive renovations to Philips Arena. The final of the $192.5 million three-phase major construction project at the arena, completed over two years, is said to be on time and will be ready for the NBA season. The schedule for the 2018-19 NBA season could be announced within the next two...
Hawks notes: Kevin Huerter cleared after hand surgery

Hawks notes: Kevin Huerter cleared after hand surgery

Kevin Huerter has been 100 percent cleared for all basketball activities after the Hawks’ first-round draft pick had the start of his rookie offseason interrupted by hand surgery. The Hawks selected Huerter with the 19th pick in the 2018 NBA draft – one of three first-round selections by the team – in June. They selected the shooting guard out of Maryland after he had surgery. Huerter...
Athletes defend LeBron James after President Trump questions his intelligence

Athletes defend LeBron James after President Trump questions his intelligence

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed an attack on the state's favorite son LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent athletes. Trump blasted James after seemingly watching an interview the former Cleveland Cavaliers star did earlier in the week with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which...
Excited for new opportunity, Len signs $8.5 million deal to join Hawks

Excited for new opportunity, Len signs $8.5 million deal to join Hawks

Ukrainian-born Alex Len isn’t necessarily a prime candidate to have grown up an Atlanta Hawks fan. But he did. “Our first Ukrainian NBA player was Alexander Volkov,” Len said Friday afternoon. “He played on the team here. So I grew up kind of watching Atlanta a little bit. It was before my time, but he was the first NBA player out here.” On Friday afternoon, Len signed...
No ring chaser, NBA is still in Vince Carter’s blood

No ring chaser, NBA is still in Vince Carter’s blood

Ring chaser? That’s not Vince Carter. Not that the 41-year-old hasn’t had a chance in his 20-season NBA career. The eight-time All-Star, who recently agreed to a one-year contract with the Hawks, doesn’t have a problem with those players who move to a championship contender. For some, the move toward the ultimate aspiration comes late in a career. For others, especially recently...
Atlanta Hawks hiring 900 people for the newly renovated Philips Arena

Atlanta Hawks hiring 900 people for the newly renovated Philips Arena

The Atlanta Hawks are  filling more than 900 new jobs for the newly renovated and transformed Philips Arena. Positions will include everything from jobs in guest services, housekeeping and security to bartenders and servers.    To apply for jobs go to the Hawks employment page, transformation.hawks.com/employment/ The Hawks plans to  participate in a job fair at Georgia State...
The MLS All-Star game reminds us that we’re a soccer town 

The MLS All-Star game reminds us that we’re a soccer town 

We’ve been spoiled by Big Events. In the 22 years after the Olympics, the biggies keep coming thicker and faster. To wit: Jan. 8, 2018: The College Football Playoff title game between Georgia and Alabama. (If you don’t count overtime, they finished as co-champs.) Feb. 3, 2019: The Super Bowl, surely between the Falcons, who play here on a regular basis, and the Patriots. (Have those two...
It’s official: Hawks’ buyout and waiver of Carmelo Anthony complete

It’s official: Hawks’ buyout and waiver of Carmelo Anthony complete

The Carmelo Anthony in Atlanta era is over – before it began. As planned when the Hawks acquired Anthony as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers, the forward was bought out and waived. The transaction was completed and the official announcement came Monday. Anthony was due $27.9 million on his expiring contract. He gave back $2.4 million, the amount of the veteran’s minimum...
No ‘meet the coach’ session for new Hawk Justin Anderson

No ‘meet the coach’ session for new Hawk Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson can skip the ‘meet the coach’ session. The newest Hawks player arrived after a trade with the 76ers, made official earlier this week, with two very familiar faces waiting on the coaching staff. The small forward played for new Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce when he was an assistant with the 76ers. He played for new Hawks lead assistant Melvin Hunt when he was with the Mavericks...
Hawks’ John Collins to play in NBA Africa Game

Hawks’ John Collins to play in NBA Africa Game

The Hawks’ John Collins will take part in the NBA Africa Game 2018, the league announced Friday. The second-year forward will be part of Team World in the game against Team World to be played on Aug. 4 in Pretoria, South Africa. It will be the third year the NBA and National Basketball Players Association have held the exhibition game featuring Team Africa with players born in Africa or with...
Hawks 2018 preseason schedule set

Hawks 2018 preseason schedule set

The Hawks announced their 2018 preseason schedule, a slate of five exhibitions that include two home contests at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.  The Hawks will play the Pelicans on Oct. 1 to open the schedule and the Spurs on Oct. 10 as home games at Tech. Road games include at the Grizzlies, at the Thunder in Tulsa, Okla. and at the Heat. The game against the Thunder will be return...
Muscala thankful for his time in Atlanta

Muscala thankful for his time in Atlanta

Mike Muscala picked a bad time to take a nap. He awoke last Thursday to many missed text messages and phone calls. A day after he was part of a rumored trade from the Hawks, the only NBA team he has known, the forward/center was part of a three-team deal that has him headed to the 76ers. The trade, also involving the Thunder, was made official Wednesday. “I figured something had happened,&rdquo...
Payback is a ... Carter about to join Willis in 21-season club

Payback is a ... Carter about to join Willis in 21-season club

What’s that they say about payback? When Vince Carter was playing for the Raptors as a rookie in 1998, there was an old guy in the locker room. Kevin Willis was the subject of many jokes from Carter and teammates as the 36-year-old was in his 14th NBA season. Ancient, they said. Willis played 21 NBA seasons, including two stints with the Hawks, and is one of three players with the record longevity...
Hawks will reduce concessions prices at Philips Arena

Hawks will reduce concessions prices at Philips Arena

Add the price lists at the concession stands to all the other things being rebuilt at Philips Arena.  When the arena, currently closed for a massive renovation, reopens for the Hawks’ season, prices will be reduced by an average of about 50 percent on 11 popular food and beverage items, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said.  Taking a page from the Falcons’ playbook at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Hawks sign Vince Carter, NBA’s oldest player, to one-year deal

Hawks sign Vince Carter, NBA’s oldest player, to one-year deal

Needing a veteran in a rebuilding locker room full of young players, the Hawks will sign the NBA’s eldest statesman. The Hawks agreed to terms with Vince Carter on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, the veteran minimum, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 41-year-old Carter is entering his 21st NBA season. The NBA’s oldest active player, he is one of seven players in league...
Carmelo Anthony is a Hawk - for a very short time

Carmelo Anthony is a Hawk - for a very short time

Carmelo Anthony is a Hawk. Don’t go out and buy a jersey just yet. It’s only for a very short time. The Hawks completed the previously reported three-team trade, involving the Thunder and 76ers, on Wednesday. Anthony comes to the Hawks from the Thunder as part of the deal but will never play for the franchise. Anthony and his $27.9 million remaining on his expiring contract will be bought...
Hawks sign Alex Poythress to two-way contract

Hawks sign Alex Poythress to two-way contract

The Hawks agreed to terms with Alex Poythress on a two-way contract on Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks have not announced the deal. The 6-foot-7 forward played last season with the Pacers. Also played for the 76ers in 2016-17 after going undrafted out of the University of Kentucky. Over the two seasons, Poythress has appeared in 31 games and averaged 2.9 points...
Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all. The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal. It likely won’t be made official until after the agreed-upon three-team...
Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

The Hawks waived Antonius Cleveland on Saturday. Cleveland had a non-guaranteed contract worth $1.378 million. The move will help the Hawks complete the three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers agreed upon Thursday involving Dennis Schroder. Cleveland appeared in four games with the Hawks last season. The guard averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes. He also was a part of the Hawks&rsquo...
How Hawks spent $20 million this offseason and what it means going forward

How Hawks spent $20 million this offseason and what it means going forward

The Hawks wanted to collect salary cap space and draft assets as part of their on-going rebuilding effort. They have both - in abundance. Now, what they do with that collection to turn the franchise back into a contender and how fast it can be done remains to be seen. Hold on to your seats, this could still be a bumpy ride for a while. After a 24-win season in 2017-18, the Hawks entered the offseason...
A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him

A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him

The Atlanta Hawks are trading for Camelo Anthony– so they can cut him. This tells us all we need to know about Anthony, once a big deal, and the Hawks, who are systematically removing every trace of the Danny Ferry/Mike Budenholzer years, not that many remained. (The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Esteemed colleague Chris Vivlamore reports that the transaction...
Hawks deal Schroder to Thunder in three-team trade

Hawks deal Schroder to Thunder in three-team trade

The at-times tumultuous tenure of Dennis Schroder with the Hawks is over. In a move that has been all but certain for weeks, the Hawks parted ways with Schroder as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation. In addition to sending their starting point guard to the Thunder, the Hawks will send forward/center Mike Muscala to the...
Hawks waive guard Jaylen Morris

Hawks waive guard Jaylen Morris

The Hawks waived Jaylen Morris on Thursday. The agent for the shooting guard asked for his release to pursue other opportunities after being told Morris would not be on the team’s opening day roster. The shooting guard appeared in six games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes.  Morris was on the Hawks’ entry in the recently...
Noel Gillespie named head coach of the Erie BayHawks

Noel Gillespie named head coach of the Erie BayHawks

Noel Gillespie was named head coach of the Erie BayHawks, the Hawks G League affiliate, the team announced Thursday. Gillespie, 40, spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets G League affiliate.  “We are really excited to welcome Noel to the BayHawks family,” BayHawks general manager Derek Pierce said in a statement. “Noel is a well-respected...
Hawks-Thunder talks involving Anthony may be on again to include Schroder

Hawks-Thunder talks involving Anthony may be on again to include Schroder

The Hawks and Thunder had preliminary talks two weeks ago about a trade that would involve Carmelo Anthony coming to Atlanta, but those discussions were never serious. That might have changed. After the Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Nets, taking $13.8 million of their available $20 million in cap space with his salary and trade kicker, there is a report that the teams are...
Young named All-Second Team in Las Vegas Summer League

Young named All-Second Team in Las Vegas Summer League

Hawks rookie Trae Young was named to the All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League Second Team, it was announced Tuesday. Young, the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft last month, appeared in four games in Las Vegas for the Hawks’ entry. He averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes. In one game, Young played just one half after suffering a right quad contusion. Young shot 38...
It’s time for Kent Bazemore’s renowned UNO tournament

It’s time for Kent Bazemore’s renowned UNO tournament

It’s UNO time. And yes, the championship belt again is up for grabs.  Kent Bazemore will host his fifth annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament next month to benefit his ARMS Foundation. The Hawks guard will hold the fundraiser on Aug. 11 for the UNO tournament and Aug. 13 for the golf tournament. Among those expected to attend the weekend events are the Hawks’ John Collins, the...
What does enigmatic LSU have for Bulldogs and rest of SEC this season?

What does enigmatic LSU have for Bulldogs and rest of SEC this season?

Like the summer weather in Atlanta and a stock broker’s mood, LSU defies prediction. The Tigers are the roulette wheel of the SEC, the tumbling dice, the game of chance.   This is of particular interest/concern around certain parts of Georgia on those rare years that the Bulldogs have a date with the great unknown of the SEC West. Like this year, Oct. 13 to be precise, at its stadium...
Hawks to play two exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion

Hawks to play two exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion

The Hawks will play their two home exhibition games at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech this season. The complete exhibition schedule, which will consist of five games, has not been released. As was the case last year with ongoing renovations to Philips Arena, home preseason games will be played at Tech. Here are the three games that have been released by opponents: Oct. 7 at Thunder...
Hawks add ‘high-character’ Jeremy Lin, continue to seek trades for Dennis Schroder 

Hawks add ‘high-character’ Jeremy Lin, continue to seek trades for Dennis Schroder 

The Hawks executed a trade last week in which they acquired point guard Jeremy Lin from the Nets. As part of the deal the Hawks also received a second-round draft pick in 2025 and the chance to get a better second-round pick in 2020, but Lin is the centerpiece.  Lin has played 37 games over the past two seasons and will count about $14 million against the Hawks’ salary...
Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

The Hawks completed two summer events, competing in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer League, with a roster comprised of first-year and rookie players. After losing all three games in Utah, the Hawks went 3-3 in Nevada before their run ended on Friday. Here are five things we learned from the team’s trip to Las Vegas. 1. Young’s OK: It’s summer league. The competition is certainly...
New look Kaba helps Hawks win summer league finale

New look Kaba helps Hawks win summer league finale

Alpha Kaba has a new look. The Hawks 2017 second-round pick, taken with the 60th and final selection, has reworked his body while playing in Europe last season. And it’s noticeable. “You can tell he found the weight room in France,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said of the center from the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this week. Kaba had 14 points, 15 rebounds and four...
Spellman leads Hawks in summer league loss to Trail Blazers

Spellman leads Hawks in summer league loss to Trail Blazers

The Hawks will conclude their appearance in the Las Vegas Summer League with a game against the Clippers Friday. The game will be played at 10:30 p.m. and air on NBA TV. The Hawks dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament portion of the event after a 95-69 loss to the Trail Blazers Thursday. The Hawks (2-3) got 20 points and five rebounds from rookie Omari Spellman. Antonius Cleveland...
Hawks acquire Jeremy Lin in trade with Nets

Hawks acquire Jeremy Lin in trade with Nets

The Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin and a 2025 second-round draft pick from the Nets in a trade that was completed Friday. As part of the deal, the Hawks also sent the Nets a top-55 protected draft pick in 2020 (via Portland) and the rights to Isaia Cordinier and acquired the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Nets in the 2023 draft. The trade for Lin is the latest signal that incumbent...
Young, Collins out as Hawks get summer league rematch with Trail Blazers

Young, Collins out as Hawks get summer league rematch with Trail Blazers

Update: The Hawks will play the Trail Blazers with a depleted lineup. Trae Young and John Collins were held out. Young has appeared in all six summer league games after being the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. Collins has sat out the past two games after last year’s first-round pick had solid outings in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The Hawks were also without Tyler Dorsey (right groin tightness)...
Schlenk: Hawks’ ‘free agency is going to be trades’

Schlenk: Hawks’ ‘free agency is going to be trades’

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk sat down with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while at the Las Vegas Summer League this week. He spoke on a number of issues, including the struggles of No. 5 overall pick Trae Young and the team’s plans (or lack thereof) to build the roster in free agency ahead of the coming season. Q. What was the concern level with Trae Young got off to a slow start?...
Hawks face Pacers to open tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League

Hawks face Pacers to open tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League

The Hawks will play the Pacers in the opening game of the tournament portion of the Las Vegas Summer League. The game will be Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and air on NBA TV. The Hawks ended the three-game preliminary portion of the league with a 1-2 record, the lone victory coming Tuesday against the Bulls. The Pacers were also 1-2 in the preliminary round. If the Hawks win, they would play the Trail...
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