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Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2010 3:13 pm
 
Making a decision on Mike Woodson's future is the Hawks "No. 1 priority" this offseason, and it will be resolved quickly, a person with knowledge of the team's plans told CBSSports.com.

"With respect to Woody, and in fairness to him, I think it will be resolved soon, one way or another," the person said.

The Hawks won 53 games, their fifth straight regular-season improvement under Woodson, who coached the entire season on the last year of his contract without an extension. Hawks GM Rick Sund has a long-standing policy not to do contract extensions during the season.

But Woodson's legacy has been tarnished by Atlanta's four-game implosion against the Magic, a sweep in which the Hawks were outscored by 101 points. It was the Hawks' second straight season-ending sweep, coming on the heels of last season's 4-0 loss to the Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.

Woodson's salary with bonuses exceeded $2 million this season, and rival executives don't expect the Hawks to offer much more than that on a new deal -- which could be a recipe for Woodson's quick exit. Woodson is represented by Joe Glass, who also represents Bobcats coach Larry Brown -- which essentially means Woodson's future is tied to Brown's.

Woodson has been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers' opening as a package deal with Brown, who would replace Ed Stefanski as team president. To this point, Woodson and Brown are about the only two people in the NBA who haven't interviewed for the Sixers' job. Sources are skeptical of the Sixers' enthusiasm for turning the basketball decisions over to Brown if he isn't coaching. Some executives believe the Clippers remain the most sensible option for Brown as coach and team president, despite Brown's comments in an interview this week that he is having difficulty being away from his family in Philadelphia.

One consideration for the Hawks, sources say, is to make Woodson a firm offer within the next week. If the offer isn't to his liking, "It'll give him an opportunity to get involved for other jobs," said one person familiar with the team's plans.

The other hot-button issue for the Hawks is the future of Joe Johnson, who had a miserable series against Orlando and made it worse with comments critical of fans who had booed the team at home. One person close to Johnson said the circumstances may have made it less likely for Johnson to bolt the placid environment of Atlanta for a pressure-cooker like New York. Going to Chicago to play with Derrick Rose and "let Rose take all the daggers," a source said, might be a more attractive option. But sources say the Hawks' brass haven't ruled out Johnson returning to Atlanta.





Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

we could use the mle to get salmons on board.  we could also use the bilevel exeption to get shawn.  "this post is full of so much stupid it't not even funny" is a wonderfully gramatically sound statement in and of itself.  Sure it's pretty slim chances but this team has to spend money to get people in the stands and to compete past the 2nd round. LOL! Salmons would never sign for the MLE. Especially for a team like the Hawks.





Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 7:39 am
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

blow me bstech, don't read it if you don't want to



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

we could use the mle to get salmons on board.  we could also use the bilevel exeption to get shawn.  "this post is full of so much stupid it't not even funny" is a wonderfully gramatically sound statement in and of itself.  Sure it's pretty slim chances but this team has to spend money to get people in the stands and to compete past the 2nd round.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

While I have been a fan as long as you, we part ways with "lifelong", because the NBA is too boring lately. I watched more Hawks this year though, and I think the players they have collected, mainly through lottery picks by having dreadful records, are quite adequate.
In no sport is a coach more important, and Woodson has become the limiting factor. To get past the second round they need another all star and a better coach.
The kind of coach who can beat you with his, or beat you with yours. If the confused Hawk ownership can find that guy they really don't need but a single player to compete with this year's Magic team. These players can be kept together with a Pat Riley kind of coach. Anybody out there who knows the league better than me want to fill in that blank?




Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2010 3:07 am
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

I fully agree with you, redfoxes. The problem is not Woodson. The Hawks were simply overmatched against Orlando. That was the nightmare matchup for Atlanta - the Hawks simply do not match up well against Orlando's size, quickness and versatility. However, that being said, it is important to note that the team does need to make some changes to continue to progress.

Change number one is to make a decision on Johnson. My own take is that this series was an aberration. Johnson is in many ways a supremely gifted player and he typically plays both ends of the court. However, the Magic utterly smothered him and he was unable to gut his way through an awful shooting series. Credit the Magic defense. I would bring Johnson back, UNLESS the Hawks can get a legitimate low-post scoring threat. That is the main weapon they lacked - they are insanely athletic, but they have no real low-post threat and they are seriously undersized along the front line - especially dealing with team like Orlando, Cleveland and the Lakers. 

Change number two is to get the team to embrace some sort of team game. The Hawks are an incredibly selfish team - their assists are usually low and they get most of their points off individual forays, as opposed to ball and player movement. Compare the way Utah (to use only one example) gets their points as opposed to the way Atlanta does. Huge difference. Atlanta needs someone to knock some sense into them. Can Woodson? I am not in any position to say either way. But if he is not, that is the only reason I would consider replacing him - I think he has done an excellent job overall with this group. However, their selfishness is a feature that needs to be changed if they intend to become a serious championship threat. Comapre them with Phoenix, a much less talented team. But Phoenix plays a much more unselfish game. Thus they are still playing while Atlanta's season is done.

I would not blame Woodson for the way the season ended. But management needs to address the two issues documented above. The team needs a real threat in the low post and they must get rid of their selfishness if they are planning to advance in the playoffs. Otherwise, they will remain the Denver Nuggets of the East - a hugely talented team that has no chance of advancing past the second round of the playoffs. 





Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 1:41 am
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

ets make either thunder dan marjele the coach.  or even mark jackson.  give them a chance.  they should be cheaper and wanting to prove themselves.  then trade a resigned jj and bibby to philly for iggy and dalambert.  Then next year start teague with iggy and jamal at the wings with smooth and al down low.  Second unit we sign shawn livingston and john salmons add marvin , zaza , and our draft pick to it and we have depth without breaking the bank.  NO MATTER WHAT we cant have the 20th highest payroll in the NBA and hope to have the depth orlando and others have.
This post is full of so much stupid it's not even funny.

Learn about the NBA Salary Cap before making ridiciulous predictions like this. The chances of this happening are pretty slim to none. Especially the part about getting John Salmons onto your AAU team as a backup wing.



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

lets make either thunder dan marjele the coach.  or even mark jackson.  give them a chance.  they should be cheaper and wanting to prove themselves.  then trade a resigned jj and bibby to philly for iggy and dalambert.  Then next year start teague with iggy and jamal at the wings with smooth and al down low.  Second unit we sign shawn livingston and john salmons add marvin , zaza , and our draft pick to it and we have depth without breaking the bank.  NO MATTER WHAT we cant have the 20th highest payroll in the NBA and hope to have the depth orlando and others have.



Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

man please shut up....who wants to read any of that book you wrote



Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

As a lifelong fan of the  who remembers going to empty games at the Omni to watch 'Nique and spudd and the boys I am disgusted by what I saw from these Hawks this playoffs. Woodson has to go.  The absolute worst halfcourt offense in the NBA is his responsibility not that of the players or management.  What is the main job of a coach?  To put the players given in the right places for the best chances of success and make necessary adjustments as the games/season progresses to continue the chances of success.  Woodson has never made an adjustment since he has been here.  The 1 pass and shift 4 guys to one side to watch the other guy play 1 on 1 basketball is on Woodson.  I heard someone say that there is no way he makes those play calls from the sideline, but that doesn't matter.  Its even worse if he didn't call them because he should pull the team aside and demand they run the offense he wants them to run.  If they don't then he needs to take action.  But he doesn't he just stands there with his arms crossed.  Not to mention if you listen to him in the huddle when he is miked, the best he has to offer is "we need to rebound better and get the ball in the basket."  Seriously, thats what you tell 5 year olds.  TAKE CHARGE OF THE TEAM IN THE HUDDLE AND HAVE A PLAN!  I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt all the way up to game 2 in Orlando when I watched  loaf up the court, turn the ball over multiple times, and basically act like a petulant child and Woodson just watched him do all this and never did a thing about it.  Josh should have been on the bench.  His refusal to handle his players will cost Woodson his job.  
However, Woodson is not the only problem with this team.  Not only do we need a new more motivating and strong coach, I completely agree with the idea of trying to trade off Bibby, and Josh Smith and even .  I can live with Williams because I think he is being misused as a starter but Bibby and Smith should be packaged to find a point or center.  Joe Johnson should be dealt in a sign and trade (idealy to New York for  but that is probably a pipe dream) for a true center.  Horford is the heart of this team and should be built around as a 4 not a 5.  I also agree with begging like crazy to get Childress back next year.  He is a long defender who gives tons of effort that this team sorely needs.
With a few key tweaks that are possible this team can be set for a long run but if just left as is this team has peaked and will never be more than a successful regular season team that is a second round playoff doormat.



Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 6:00 pm
 

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

As a lifelong fan of the  who remembers going to empty games at the Omni to watch 'Nique and spudd and the boys I am disgusted by what I saw from these Hawks this playoffs.  Dynasty is right in that Woodson has to go.  The absolute worst halfcourt offense in the NBA is his responsibility not that of the players or management.  What is the main job of a coach?  To put the players given in the right places for the best chances of success and make necessary adjustments as the games/season progresses to continue the chances of success.  Woodson has never made an adjustment since he has been here.  The 1 pass and shift 4 guys to one side to watch the other guy play 1 on 1 basketball is on Woodson.  I heard someone say that there is no way he makes those play calls from the sideline, but that doesn't matter.  Its even worse if he didn't call them because he should pull the team aside and demand they run the offense he wants them to run.  If they don't then he needs to take action.  But he doesn't he just stands there with his arms crossed.  Not to mention if you listen to him in the huddle when he is miked, the best he has to offer is "we need to rebound better and get the ball in the basket."  Seriously, thats what you tell 5 year olds.  TAKE CHARGE OF THE TEAM IN THE HUDDLE AND HAVE A PLAN!  I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt all the way up to game 2 in Orlando when I watched  loaf up the court, turn the ball over multiple times, and basically act like a petulant child and Woodson just watched him do all this and never did a thing about it.  Josh should have been on the bench.  His refusal to handle his players will cost Woodson his job.  
However, Woodson is not the only problem with this team.  Not only do we need a new more motivating and strong coach, I completely agree with the idea of trying to trade off Bibby, and Josh Smith and even .  I can live with Williams because I think he is being misused as a starter but Bibby and Smith should be packaged to find a point or center.  Joe Johnson should be dealt in a sign and trade (idealy to New York for  but that is probably a pipe dream) for a true center.  Horford is the heart of this team and should be built around as a 4 not a 5.  I also agree with begging like crazy to get Childress back next year.  He is a long defender who gives tons of effort that this team sorely needs.
With a few key tweaks that are possible this team can be set for a long run but if just left as is this team has peaked and will never be more than a successful regular season team that is a second round playoff doormat.


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