Tag:Larry Drew
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:26 am

Is Larry Drew already on the hot seat?

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. 
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:09 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:01 pm

Atlanta Hawks 'tune out' coach Larry Drew

The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly "tuned out" head coach Larry Drew. Posted by Ben Golliver larry-drew Following the team's demoralizing 99-76 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution column raises some red flags on the Atlanta Hawks very early into their 2010-2011 season.
It took the Hawks six years to stop listening to Mike Woodson. It has taken one month for them to tune out his successor. To say the effort the Hawks gave against the Boston Celtics on Monday night was amateurish is to discredit the concept of amateurism and to distort the meaning of “effort.”
Said Larry Drew, the head coach: “Very embarrassing. Very, very embarrassing. Very embarrassing. If I had to sum it up in one word: Embarrassing.”
As Pro Basketball Talk notes, Drew also raised some interesting questions about his players in a video of post-game statements uploaded by Nubyjas Wilborn.
“I told the guys I don’t know what you’re doing the night before we play. I don’t know what you’re doing away from the floor. I don’t know what it is, but something is going on that is not allowing us to play this game with an energy and a passion we should be playing with."
Those are tough words, and Drew is in a tough spot. becoming a first-time NBA head coach is never easy, not even for a long-time, well-respected assistant coach and former player like Drew. Many head coaches would prefer to get their start with a developing team or a rebuilding youth movement, where fans expectations are lessened and player motivation is high, as young cats look to earn their big-dollar post-rookie scale contracts.  For Drew and the Hawks, though, it could be worse. Despite the loss, they sit at 8-6, above average and in the playoff picture, where they've camped out for the last two or three years. It's unlikely the "embarrassment" will continue indefinitely: there's simply too much talent assembled.  The issue in Atlanta is bigger seems bigger than Drew and his ability to motivate and/or captivate the troops in the short term, however. It's never clear whether this franchise is coming or going.    After three consecutive playoff runs, the last of which ended in particularly ugly fashion to the Orlando Magic, the Hawks managed to lock up their key pieces -- Joe Johnson and Al Horford -- to contract extensions. But they also failed to add anyone of note. With no new blood, and virtually all of its starting lineup commanding 8-figure annual salaries (now or next year), it's no great surprise there might be early season motivation issues, especially against a more talented and tested opponent.  The Hawks of last spring were booed off their home court because they were resigned to their losing fate. Those Hawks are these Hawks. Nothing fundamentally has changed. There is no quick fix here as Atlanta treaded water while Boston, Orlando and the Miami Heat all improved over the summer. I suspect everyone in Atlanta's front office and coaching staff understands that situation well and, like their players last spring, are equally resigned to their fate. Barring an unlikely lineup-transforming trade, this season seems inevitably headed the way of the last three.
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