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Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:37 pm

The Hawks' brass had a conference call Thursday afternoon to discuss the three finalists for their vacant head coaching position. By the end of the call, around lunchtime, the consensus was that the team would move forward with an offer to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey.

What quickly became appparent as various factions of the team's complicated ownership group weighed in, however, was that there was really only one candidate who would fit under the team's $1.5 million annual budget for the job of replacing Mike Woodson. That was Woodson's trusted assistant, Larry Drew.

With Casey and Mark Jackson losing interest as the Hawks' low-ball approach became apparent, the team will move forward with the unproven, in-house candidate and hope that Drew can thrive in much the same way Alvin Gentry emerged as a successful internal option in Phoenix, sources told Saturday.

So the Hawks' effort to placate free agent Joe Johnson is a known quantity who served under the coach who was fired after Atlanta's uninspiring playoff loss to the Magic. One thing Drew has going for him is that some in the organization believe he can connect with difficult but talented forward Josh Smith. In fact, if Casey had been the choice, it was believed that Drew was amenable to serving on his staff as a way to bridge the gap between administrations and keep Smith engaged.

By going with Drew, the Hawks do something that is increasingly important to low-revenue teams in their financial predicament: Save money. Woodson made a little more than $2 million with incentives last season, and retaining him likely would've cost at least $2.5 million a year on a new contract.


Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:58 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

i think that the hawks made a smart move with the hiring drew i c that this could help the bAll club out i think he will make a good coach there and help the hawks and actually make them a better ball club then they are now time will tell on that though

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 1:07 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

I hear you in some ways, but I still don't see fixed. Look at some of the teams that have made it to the finals and they would never have been the teams you would have expected.

Dallas v. Miami - What?
San Antonio v. Cleveland - That was a disaster - the anti LA Boston

Orlando, Nets, Pacers, Jazz, Portalnd - these are all finals teams from the past 20 years. Not really big market teams.

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2010 12:42 am

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

But the Braves are in 1st place.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2010 4:25 am

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

Interesting comment. I was kind of surprised you didn't mention the Patrick Ewing pick that always made me think it was fixed. I have nothing against the Lakers and Celtics but it does get a bit boring. I haven't watched any of the Finals because there is no storyline or anything that hasn't been brought up a million times such as Phil leaving, will Kobe catch Michael in the number of titles, the play of the Celtics Big 3, etc, etc.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 8:24 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

The Hawks can only blame themselves for being swept by Orlando, in one ofthe worst examples of talent not showing up in a big series.
Maybe, just maybe, Larry drew can do what another young coach did when hefollowed up on the firing of Doug Collins in Chicago years ago.
Now, for sure, the Bulls had a player named Michael Jordan. This they don't hve.
But just as Phil Jackson took a tough job following a veteran and respected coach,and made the team something special.
Maybe, with grit and determination, Larry drew can do the same.
The fact that he gets along so well with Josh Smith can only be a plus.
Good luck Hawks.!
A storied and largely forgotten, though somewhat successful, franchise.
At least in the olden days, with Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagen.
Best of success to them, in the new days, under Larry Drew, who was morethan a jump shooter like Mike Woodson was as a player.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 7:52 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

I complained the other night when Berger posted saying that the Hawks were poised to hire Dewayne Casey and I am going to complain about this hire of Larry Drew as well.  Not for the fact that he is unproven, but for the fact that this is a cheap hire plain and simple and if you are going to hire this guy - who was an assistant under Mike Woodson - then why fire Woodson in the first place.  It would seem that his coaching philosophy would be the same as Woodson's and we already know that the team went as far as it could under his coaching.  Some new direction was needed and this team has the talent and should be positioned to take the next step in becoming an elite team in the NBA.  It was time to put money into a coach that brings the team and franchise some respect around the league and then gets his message of winning across to the core group of players.  Not going to happen with Larry Drew or DeWayne Casey.

Unfortunately this ownership group will never put this team over the top with the current way it operates.  Either dwindle the number of owners by buying them out or sell the team to someone who cares and wants them. 

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2010 7:31 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

the atlanta hawks will never make it to the NBA finals.This league is the most FIXED REDUNDANCY professional sports league.I mean look at the finals, boston vs lakers or since 1979 there has only been 9 championships won in 31 years.It does not matter if atlanta brought in a pat riley or phil jackson, david stern and the nba wants there poster teams in the finals and you will never see a team like atlanta, golden state, toronto, etc ever in the NBA finals.I am glad to hear the NBA cap is going down and the fact alot of teams lost millions, hopefully this is a  sign BANKRUPTCY is coming for the fixed NBA product and it goes down the drain.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2010 5:33 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

I really am tired of the ASG being so cheap. To not be willing to offer a coach over 1.5 million is the definition of being cheap. Last year around the deadline, we could have tried to make moves to move us closer to being a contender, but the owners were happy with 50 plus wins only because it would make them money, and didn't give a care about winning a championship because it would have likely made them increase the payroll.

Here's an exert from Rotoworld
New Hawks head coach Larry Drew's contract will be for two guaranteed seasons with an option for a third season, worth about $1.2 million per season.

This officially makes Drew the lowest-paid coach in the league.

I'm really hoping Arthur Blank or someone else can step up an buy the team, and is willing to spend money to help the Hawks become contenders.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 5:17 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

I feel you. Same with the braves.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:39 pm

Hawks go for budget hire in Drew

I have been a Atlanta Hawks fan since the 80's. I lost interest due to to many players becoming tugs and the only reason they played is for themself. Its all about money. I watched more Hawks games this year then I have watched in the last 10 years. I have to say that I wish the NBA would step in and remove the Hawks owners. THEY are the worst owners of any pro team in any sports. They live all over the US and they all hate one another. Why would anyone want to come and play in Atlanta with all the termoil the owner, Coachs, and players cause. If the owners keep hiring coaches that are unproven, then you go NO WHERE. Here we go again, another Atlanta team down the drain and we have nothing to look forward to next year!!!!

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