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Is Larry Drew already on the hot seat?

Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:26 am
Larry Drew might already be on the hot seat with the way the Hawks have underperformed and are now melting down. 
Posted by Matt Moore

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it's only slightly broke, you had better be sure you don't fix the wrong part because you could lose to the Bulls by 30 at home. 

After Tuesday night's pathetic performance against the Bulls, the Atlanta Journal Constitution wonders if first-year head coach Larry Drew isn't already on the hot seat. 
This is why you don’t promote the nice-guy assistant. Because the players who’ve known him only as the nice-guy assistant will quit on him. And if you think the Hawks are still playing hard for Larry Drew, how are we to explain the misdoings of the past three weeks?

The Hawks have lost six home games in 18 days. (By way of comparison, they lost seven home games all last season.) Only one of these six losses has been by fewer than 13 points. Average margin of the six losses — 17.2 points.
via Another home blowout tells us the Hawks have quit on Drew | Mark Bradley.

Hawks fans at the blog Peachtree Hoops are feeling similarly frustrated with Drew: 
This past off season, Atlanta changed directions at coach by not really changing. I think Larry Drew is a great person, a great basketball man with a great basketball mind. He is willing to try and answer anything that you ask him before games and I think has attempted to put up a good hard working front while the building is crumbling in around him. I think he is a deserving head coach but I am not positive that he is the different voice that this team needed.
via Chicago Bulls 114, Atlanta Hawks 81 Or This Is Embarrassing - Peachtree Hoops.

Firing Mike Woodson was kind of perplexing to begin with. Despite being under fire nearly every season, he helped the team improve in win totals progressively, taking them from a laughing stock full of young players to a team that swept the Celtics in the regular season last year and would have had a better time of it had it not ended up in a terrible series of matchups against first motivated and desperately emotional Milwaukee and then matchup-advantaged Orlando.  It got beat badly by Orlando... because Orlando was really good. Yes, the team had stagnated and change can be the thing that puts your team over the top. But Woodson looks pretty good after the debacle Tuesday night. Meanwhile, it was management's decision to re-sign Joe Johnson for more than he would be worth. But the fact remains that the Hawks have two All-Stars and a third very good near All-Star (Josh Smith) along with solid players like Kirk Hinrich and, well, every other game, Marvin Williams. But the Hawks have looked sporadic and confused for most of the season. What's worse, they seem to have lost their identity. 

And it may take a coach with a stronger sense of what he wants from his team to help them find it again. 

Since: Mar 23, 2011
Posted on: March 23, 2011 3:14 pm

Is Larry Drew already on the hot seat?

If he's not, he definitly should be, and so should alot of Hawks players. I've sat through many home games and we are back to square one. No Offense and No Defense .
Joe continues to tap dance instead of shoot open shots, Josh continues to shoot jumpers instead attacking the rim, marvin just can't hit back to back jumpers, and our coach doesn't seem to motivate any of them.
Where is the motion offense installed by the new staff? Where is the motion offense they ran on 3/15 where Joe scored 36 pts in 3 qtrs. I sat at last nights game, and couldn't believe that those players where going to collect a paycheck for the effort they were giving. What a bunch of bank robbers. Yes, Everyone should blame the coach, as he is definitly in over his head, but he's not playing the games. The players should have some pride!! Why should someone who makes more in one season than many people will make in 30 lifetimes sit the fourth qtr of a blowout? Something isn't right with that.
I agree they should trade for 1st round draft picks and build around Al Horford who continues to play hard.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:31 pm

Is Larry Drew already on the hot seat?

The Hawks problems can be summed up in one word, "ownership".  They have the single worst ownership group in professional sports.  Go look it up.  The ASG is going to run this franchise into the ground.

Larry Drew should have never been promoted.  He is a fine assistant but he just didn't have the resume to take over the heach coaching duties of the Hawks.  He was only hired because he was going to be cheap.  He is in a no-win situation.  Joe Johnson is a very, very good player being paid like a superstar.  He has the talent and skill-set but just not the personality or mind set.  He should have never been signed to that mammoth of a contract.

The same goes for Marvin Williams.  He is being paid over $7 million per year and he looks lost almost every night.  He should be a matchup nightmare at the SF position.  He is a legit 6'9 and should be able to post up on most other SF's in the league.  He looks terrible some nights.

The Hawks cannot draft and overspend to keep their own players.  This team needs to be blown up and they need to restart and build around Al Horford.  Of course that's easier said than done because I seriously doubt that any other team will take on Joe Johnson's contract anytime soon.

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