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Kris Humphries debuts with Hawks

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

The Hawks are now 2-0 with Kris Humphries. Check out his stats below. He went +24 in the first game vs the Lakers and +2 in the second game vs the Clippers.

Grantland on Kyle Korver

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

From Grantland

The above play — the backside handoff — looks downright Spurs-ian, and it may as well be Manu Ginobili taking a handoff from Tim Duncan or Boris Diaw. That’s no coincidence of course, as Budenholzer served as an assistant in the Spurs organization from 1996 to 2013 before taking the Hawks gig last summer. He knows what smart basketball looks like, and he deserves a ton of credit for designing and implementing a new motion offense that evokes San Antonio’s movements and has quickly become one of the few watchable NBA things east of the Mississippi River.

Offseason Chatters

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Pro Basketball has the Hawks at 11th in their August 1st Power Rankings.  This was about where we hovered around last season in most rankings.  The one team that has made a huge jump since last year and that is also in our division is the Wizards.  I also think the Wizards are going to be much more tough this year and may jump us in the standings.  The Wizards/Hawks match ups will be a lot more fun to watch, at the very least.  The site also mentions that Jamal Crawford, Joe and Bibby is “perhaps most potent backcourt in the league.”  I’d like to see if that turns out to be true, as it seems Bibby is declining.  Crawford in my mind is 50/50 whether he comes out ballin’ or not.  From radio interviews, etc, it seems like he is pumped to be in Atlanta, though.

Al Horford is going to China to participate in the Basketball Without Borders program, so says The Raw Feed.  Al was also chilling out with his old Florida mates yesterday, according to Billy Donovan on Twitter.

Hoopsworld is talking about free agents still remaining, including Flip Murray, who looks like he is going to his home in Philadelphia.  They also mention Joe Smith “giving strong consideration to the Atlanta Hawks.”  The blog also mentions that former Hawks, Mr. Candace Parker, was a possibly replacement for Lamar Odom in LA.  That is funny.

The Bucks waived Salim Stoudamire, reports Inside Hoops.  Why couldn’t he ever be an NBA sharpshooter?  A guess with a 2nd round pick you get what you get…

Hopefully more later…..

Woodson Bibby Exchange

Monday, May 4th, 2009

First of all, congrats to the Hawks for being in the 2nd wound of the NBA playoffs.  Who woulda thounk it.  Hopefully I put my writing shoes on a write a series wrap and/orpreview for the Cavs games.  But for now, from Sekou’s blog over on AJC, comes this exchange between Woody and Bibby.

MIKE BIBBY’S BEST SHOT of the entire first round of the playoffs came before halftime of Sunday in Game 7 and it had nothing to do with his 3-point stroke.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson roasted him for passing the ball to Smith in the corner on in the final seconds. As Smith’s 24-footer bounced off the rim with 10.9 seconds left, Woodson jumped Bibby’s case for making the pass.

The surprise was Bibby’s response. He jumped Woodson right back, much to the delight of those of us sitting close enough to hear the entire exchange.

“If you don’t want me to throw to him put him somewhere else,” Bibby shouted. “He’s wide [@*&$%] open. Wide open. What do you want me to do? If you don’t want him shooting that then put him somewhere else. You tell him.”

After getting it back as good as he gave it, Woodson crossed his arms, did a pirouette and smiled at everyone watching as he strolled back toward the Hawks’ bench.

Woodson said later it was the first time Bibby’s “really lit into” him. And that’s why he was smiling about it. He loved seeing that kind of fire and emotion from his veteran point guard.

Former Atlanta Hawks Center Dikembe Mutombo Calls it Quits

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

After injuring his knee last night in playoff action at the Rose Garden, Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo says his career is over.   He hurt his knee while getting tangled up with Portland TrailBlazer center Greg Oden.   Dikembe played 18 seasons in the NBA and was an eight time all-star.  He is also a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and is second on the all-time block list with 1,196 blocks.  Mutombo played for Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and most recently with Houston.

I will remember Dikembe for his Atlanta Hawks days.  I think any true Hawks fan will remember Dikembe waving his finger to the crowd after making a block.  He said that this meant not in the House of Mutombo.   Watching Dikembe was always fun and I will always connect with Hawks greats such as Coach Lenny Wilkins, Mookie Blaylock, and Steve Smith.  I will also remember when Dikembe led the Denver Nuggets to an upset of Shawn Kemp and company in the NBA playoffs.  Denver was an eight seed.  Dikembe was also a model citizen off the court and is well known for his Humanitarian work.  I remember when George Bush honored him in his State of the Union Address in 2007.  Mutombo will be sorely missed in the NBA, but I am sure we will hear a lot more from him in the near future.

11th Man of the Year!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

ELEVENTH MAN AWARD: Mario West, Atlanta Hawks

There is a certain status that goes along with being a team’s 12th man. After all, M.L. Carr won rings and got famous doing that in Boston, and Jack Haley dominated the balloting for years during his run as Dennis Rodman‘s chaperone. Besides, those guys rarely break a sweat. The 11th man, however, actually plays — just not very much. No one in the league this season has appeared in as many games (51) for as few minutes (199) as West, an undrafted free agent from George Tech in 2007 who saw more action last season.


Marvin Williams Update and other thoughts

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

First of all:

The Hawks have no immediate timetable for Williams, who missed his third straight game. A third-year veteran who has benefited from more aggressive play and an accurate jumper this season, Williams was examined in Durham, N.C., on Wednesday, but coach Woodson indicated the tests were inconclusive. “I think more than anything he’s going to have to rest and then do core work,” Woodson said. “That’s what I’m hearing.”

What does this mean? Well who cares the Hawks are undefeated with Mo Evans in the starting lineup and Joe Johnson who has turned on the scoring in Marvin’s absence. I really hope we get a fully healthy Marvin back as soon as possible but the birds are looking good right now with streak busting wins against the Pistons, Hornets and Jazz as well as an easy W over the Pacers. I’m gonna give the gold star for these wins to Mr. Joe Johnson. I’ve been sore on him and Smooth lately and I have to give them both credit but especially to Johnson. Thirty points in 3 straight games is nothing to sneeze at and we should praise Joe. This is what a team captain needs to do. When the Hawks have been stuck in this .500ish funk since about New Years its nice to see the superstar taking over, making up for Marvin, and most importantly, making sure there is a one more number in the win column at the end of the day.

Josh Smith….what can you say. He definitely looks better lately. 10 & 5 Friday, 22 & 12 vs the Jazz, 13 & 13 vs the Hornets, and 19& 12 vs the Pistons. Rebounds are fun, eh Josh? That looks good but what is not fun is the field goal and free throw percentages (43% & 67% respectively). That free throw percentage is actually better than his season average and he’s kinda looked good at the line lately but that comes with a price. Ya see, Smooth makes a few free throws and he gains way too much confidence and thinks he now has permission to shoot as many way too far away jumpers as he wants. So that’s bad. But ya know, hustling and getting boards and missing jumpers is better than just missing jumpers so I’ll take it.

Miami is on our heels. I don’t know how but they are. Dwayne Wade is utterly sick if you’ve seen the highlights of the past week (if there is actually voting, Dwayne and Joe should be 1-2 in player of the week). Really I’m glad for Wade, ’cause as the Kobe fan that I am I think maybe Wade can steal some MVP votes from Bron-Bron and the MVP can go to the true best player and MVP in the league Kobe f’n Bryant. Anyways, Miami is on our heels and the tough wins we are getting right now our nice. Honestly, if you told me we would go 2 and 1 vs Detroit, New Orleans and Utah this home stand I would have taken it, but instead we are 3 and 0 and look like a team to contend with. As of right now our Hollinger Odds are 100%. Uhh, that’s pretty good.

All this comes with Bibby in a slump. He hasn’t really recovered since landing with the flu on the west coast swing a few weeks ago (some of us think he got real real drunk partying with old friends in Sacramento – have I told you about the Kings of the early ’00s? Peja, Hedo, Vlade, Pollard, Christie, Bibby. It looked like a holocaust survivors all star team. And the best thing was Adelman always rocked that Hitler stache. Anyways, we digress). It’s nice to be getting some W’s without Bibby clicking but it sure would be even better with him getting more than 2 points and 2 dimes like he did vs Utah on Wednesday.

Marvin Williams – he went to Duke to see a back specialist? Shouldn’t he have gone to Chapel Hill? I really don’t know what to think about this. We are really good without Marvin playing this year, I don’t know how to check the stats but I think we are undefeated. Again, I don’t have the stats to back this up but the Hawks seem to play well with one member of their core five out for the past few years. I can’t explain it but ya know what, who cares? Wins are wins. I could analyze more but we’ll save that for losses and savor the wins. Block party vs the Jail Blazers Sunday (man, I wish they still had Zach Randolph – check this out Clippers video from the other day, makes you glad we’re not bad). We got beat by them a coupla weeks ago, but I think the Hawks played well. Really, not a lot of teams beat the Blazers in the Rose Garden and we looked better than I expected. Hopefully I’ll see you at Phillips on Sunday, I’ll be the one with the JT jersey.

FYI: Former NBDLer Thomas Gardner and Josh McRoberts (for the Pacers) both recorded 1.74 trillions on Friday night. Thats a lot of 0’s, but only victory cigar action for Woodson’s crew.

Facebook, Twitter, and nice win last night

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

in an attempt to get more readers to Stotts Era you’d think we would try to post more often, with higher quality.  Instead we are resorting to making goofy facebook pages as well as twitter.  First of all, here is our facebook link.  Go there now and be our friend.  Second of all, here is our twitter page.  If you don’t know what twitter is I’m not gonna explain it.  But I think it will be a way to get more Stotts Era content to you, in smaller, more hilarious bursts.  I lot of it will be random NBA content as well.  You can see the twitter widget on the sidebar here to the right and I am gonna put it in this post in case we are all too lazy to post for a while. Here it is, for now, in this post:

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    Third of all, I have no clue how the Hawks win except we did hold the Jazz to no field goals for over 5 minutes at the end of the game tonight.  Huge.

    Marvin out tonight

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    At least according to the Atlanta Hawks Twitter:  He’s got a sore back.  I am gonna try to post a game preview today but I may not get to it.  Nice win on Saturday, hopefully we will convert that into momentum.  Also check it out the Hawks’ Twitter page, they gave me a shout out.

    J Chill article

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009