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  1. Another milestone met! The powers that be here on the Squawk allow me once a year, to remind everyone that I'm the oldest rat in the barn. Today I've made another year. God has been good to me. Today marks 85 years on His good earth. Many of you are the age of my grand children or younger. Thank you for letting this old man hang around for another year on the Squawk.
    24 points
  2. The villain is back at MSG!
    14 points
  3. That it's easier to trade Capela and get real value back with 2 additional years vs trading him at the end of this season as an expiring for not much return? ...
    14 points
  4. Surprised he’s only 25. Feels like he’s been a disappointment for much longer. I don’t hate taking a flier on him.
    12 points
  5. Half of New York has been texting/DMing me as if Franz Ferdinand was just assassinated.
    12 points
  6. Love it! I don’t know how others feel but I love how trae is embracing that villain role that the KNICKS FANS started might I add….lately in this era we’ve seen the nba try to force a rivalry (I’m not saying this one is)…but this trae young and hawks vs the Knicks feel like a more genuine hatred that has some killer Miller vibes and COULD take off and that won’t do anything but put more money in traes pocket and keep the hawks name in the national Media’s mouth
    12 points
  7. While the rest of the NBA world is eating up Sixer candy, Schlank is putting in work. Nice.
    12 points
  8. This move tells me that they won't be afraid to pay the tax in years to come.
    12 points
  9. 11 points
  10. I won't tell anyone to get it if they just don't want to. But don't dare give me the "bwah, I dunno whas init, I don't wanna put it in my body" excuse. Ask them what's actually in all these processed foods and medications and supplements these dudes eat and take. NBA should just set the rule. Whoever plays, plays. Whoever doesn't, sits and gets no check. Done.
    10 points
  11. I'm just a guy on the internet so take this with a grain of salt. The team has been (and this is not hyperbole) overjoyed with the work put in so far by Jalen and Sharife. The inside buzz is they had their best draft in the TS era and that's saying something. They feel both players are way ahead of their draft slot and maturity. They feel both players will be consistent contributors by the end of their rookie contract and that's saying a lot when you consider the players in front of them on the depth chart. The buzz is the Cooper is digesting material, learning reads and picking up....wait for it....defensive assignments, mechanics far above what they hoped for. JJ's work ethic coming in has calmed everyone's fears about his commitment and work ethic. The team is most impressed with his balance and core strength for a player his size, age. They feel they got the steals of the draft and are very impressed with the BBIQ from both players. Take that for whatever its worth. But on to Cam Reddish. See the clip :26 - :45 and you can see the work that was put into Cam's body since just last training camp. You can see he's in the gym, working on his game and body.
    10 points
  12. And here I was, before I even opened the thread, thinking Grant got sponsored by a propane and propane accessories company or something.
    10 points
  13. Clint, I love your impact on the team. I just want you to hit your bunnies this year.
    10 points
  14. I'd say "all the better for the Hawks, since they're 100% vaccinated." But in reality, there are rare-but-there breakthrough cases and probably some of the Hawks have family members are immunocompromised and can't get the vaccine at all. These players are framing it as a personal choice...but it's not just a personal choice; it's a choice that affects everyone around them (and everyone who is around everyone who is around them). Sadly, ignorance and disregard for others often go hand-in-hand. (Separate note, one of the things I'm proudest about for my Hawks is that they have the first arena in pro sports with a space for people who have sensory needs, in part because Nique has two kids--one with spina bifida and the other on the autism spectrum--who have such needs. As someone with two kids who also have sensory needs, that kind of attentiveness to accessibility and inclusiveness made me even prouder to be a Hawks fan.)
    9 points
  15. Put yourself on record. They can't be easy like "Trae averages at least 25/9". These are testing your powers of foresight. 3 things you think will happen. (1st prize is my autographed photo of @Spud2nique and @kg01's karaoke duet of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend circa 2016 at the Hawksquawk Christmas party). Here's my offering: 1. Cam Reddish moves into the starting lineup on the regular (If you're the head coach and Reddish is out playing either Bogie or Hunter, do you still have him coming off the bench?) 2. Gallo and 1 wing find a new home by the trading deadline (I can't see us not packaging them for a star at this point). 3. Trae Young or Nate McMillan receives an ejection within the first 20 games due to the new foul hunting focus. (if I'm Nate, I'm protecting my superstar on the first borderline BS call).
    9 points
  16. Nope....they're not allowed to use that excuse. The Hawks weren't allowed to use this the 1st 2 years of Trae's career when our roster sucked monkey balls especially since we were deliberately tanking.
    9 points
  17. Tv ratings are going to explode!
    9 points
  18. 9 points
  19. Not sure why you'd go here. Cam was viewed as having elite potential from day 1 and not (just) by Hawks fans. If you recall, his peers said he was the guy who would have the best career over all their draft peers including Zion: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27421425/rookies-see-reddish-not-zion-having-best-career Cam has always been seen by scouts as having elite potential. It isn't just something that Hawks fans have generated out of whole cloth because they "needed" him to be great due to the trade.
    8 points
  20. The rest of the country looking at Knick fans, like...
    8 points
  21. 8 points
  22. An update on the Huerter contract talks (I trust this about 50/50). This is more than you're getting now but less than you're asking for as far as information goes. The talks are very cordial. Both sides are engaged at the table but they aren't close....Not an angry not close, but still in a feeling each other out process. Word is Cam has continued to work in the offseason and it has weakened Huerter's position. Hunter's rehab has gone well and its weakened Kevin's position. But its not contentious, there is just nothing for anyone to stake their position on to hold the other's feet to the fire. The general feeling is Kevin is worth as much as $17+ million per on the open market if he has a good season. The Hawks want to keep him but at much less. That $17 million is a gamble though as injury or Cam's emergence could hurt Kev's value and neither side is willing to meet in the middle yet. There is no hurry. Don't expect a deal (or a choice to bet on himself) until right before the season starts.
    8 points
  23. Whoa. Between this and the "create the worst all-time Hawks team" thread, seems we've probably illuminated the masochists among us. Yes? No?
    8 points
  24. Interesting!! I didn't see this coming at all, but now that it's happened it really does make a lot of sense and continues the theme of Schlenk putting together a roster that has no glaring weaknesses or dependencies. Capela is amazing insurance if OO doesn't pan out and the contract is a very nice trade piece if any good pieces go on the market. A lot of teams/GMs make moves that are predictable and make sense, some GMs make moves that are unpredictably bad, but Schlenk keeps doing things that feel somewhat unpredictable but in hindsight make a lot of sense. He's been slowly building a stronghold of a franchise, brick by brick.
    8 points
  25. So we've locked up Trae, Collins and Cap. That's a damn solid core to build around.
    8 points
  26. Travis press conference today. 1. Dre, Clint (injection), Kevin (ankle cleaned at the end of the season) and Bogi will be limited participants to start training camp. 2. Hopefully to get a deal done with Kevin. Spoke to his agent last night. If no deal, doesn't mean one won't get done next year. 3. Hope OO will be ready by the end of December.
    7 points
  27. Thank God for the Trae pick. Blessing for us, I truly believe that.
    7 points
  28. @kg01 is there a song you like? -Griff (ya boy).. Williamson’s relationship with Griffin had also begun to sour. Although they communicate infrequently now, Griffin tried hard in Williamson’s rookie year to forge a bond. One example: During the Pelicans’ bubble stay, Griffin asked to meet with Williamson and played the piano for him. – via CHRISTIAN CLARK @ New Orleans Times-Picayune
    7 points
  29. Alright, I love these so I'll take a shot: Bogi, Heurter, and Collins shoot 40%+ from 3 for the season We're top 5 in defensive rating Trae averages 11 assists on the season and makes all-NBA third team hurting our future cap space
    7 points
  30. Guess signings like this is why at times I’m different than most of the board. I love the signing because okafor potential has always been about his inside scoring ability which is something I personally feel this team need to a certain degree and though that is not common now in this era of the nba to have a low post scoring big I do think it’s still great to have at least off the bench and it’s exactly what I wanted to see Schlenk do! I say okafor will make the team and do his part this season . He brings a different skill set the other bigs don’t have and where he lacks (defensively) the other bigs pick up at…I love teams that have great big man rotations! In 2015-2016 season I thought Danny ferry didn’t get enough credit for the outstanding big man rotation we had with horford, sap, antic, mike scott! To me that rotation was a big reason that season was so successful. Fast forward to today with this team that schlenk has built and what a crazy amount of depth overall at literally every position! A very good big man rotation is going to be awesome. PFs-Collins, Gallo, Johnson, Hunter (hunter if need be) Cs-Capela, Dieng, Okafor *Okungwu is the one special talent that fits the modern nba and can play at both big man spots no hesitation. I don’t feel that way about the other bigs but like I said they all bring something different to the table for the team. Okafor brings the inside scoring ability the others don’t quite have in the low post. Set okafor up in good position and let him go! …that’s great to have off the bench.
    7 points
  31. What's your definition of a superstar and what puts Luka so far ahead of Trae? What makes you say Trae needs to do it again to be considered a superstar? Trae is clearly the number two player in his draft and he's now widely viewed across the league as a star. The consensus is he's at a minimum a top 20 player in the league at 22. Most have him top 15. The only thing that separated Trae from Luka in the eyes of many across the league was exposure. Trae got exposure during the previous playoff run and many started to say he was a superstar.
    7 points
  32. Wow. He can simply do what nobody else on the roster can. I am really starting ride the Jalen Johnson train. I know he has not played a single real NBA game but his size, skill set, athleticism, defensive tools is hard to deny. He also seems to be laser focused on what he has to do to get on the floor. Nate is an old school coach who will ride his veterans, but it is going to be hard to keep Jalen off the court.
    7 points
  33. Although he is 6-8, he did that too damn easy. I wouldn't put it past Nique doing a dunk at least once a week, just to keep himself loose like that. That why it's not a shock for him to be dunking in his 60s. No telling how many side bets he's won proving that he can still dunk.
    7 points