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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Thank God for the Trae pick. Blessing for us, I truly believe that.
    7 points
  8. I was told that if you selected Trae Young over Luka it would get you fired. Looks like the entire Mavs organization is a mess after selecting Luka. Some of the blame can go to Luka and his reported attitude and playing style, but most is just incompetence all around.
    7 points
  9. Oooooh, sounds autobiographical. Do tell, AH. Do tell.
    7 points
  10. Heeey, who photoshopped that dude's head on my body?
    7 points
  11. @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
  12. There's a lot to unravel in that piece, but the first is how Satan is now very high tech savvy . Why not just use our cellphones that we have glued to us 24/7?
    6 points
  13. 6 points
  14. https://www.si.com/nba/2021/09/20/ranking-best-nba-players-top-100-2022 100 - 50 (49-30 Tuesday). Discuss 64. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks (Previous year rank: 76) Bogdanovic is a swiss-army-knife piece who can fill any hole in Atlanta’s attack. He shot 45.5% from three after March 1, and he’s a crafty and physical attacker off the bounce when teams (rightfully) attempt to sprint him off the line. Bogdanovic placed a scare into the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, tallying 68 points in his final three games on 15-35 from three. The Hawks don’t necessarily have to be the Trae Young Show to win in the postseason. A hot stretch from his backcourt partner could very well swing a series next spring. — MS 56. De’Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks (Previous rank: NR) Living up to his billing as a high-floor draft pick, the 23-year-old Hunter has rapidly emerged as a valuable supporting piece in Atlanta, capable of defending all over the perimeter and knocking down jumpers on the other end. He appeared in just 23 games last year due to a nagging knee issue, but looked like the Hawks’ second-best player preinjury, showing off vastly improved shot-creation skills. A proper, full-season jump in production could be on the table. — JW 54. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks (Previous year rank: 59) Collins is one of just a few big men who live above the rim, confidently drill above-the-break threes and are willing to harness their athletic gifts in the trenches, setting screens and crashing the boards. As an all-around offensive exclamation point, an All-Star berth may be in Collins’s future, particularly if the Hawks continue on the track they found late last year. — MP
    6 points
  15. I would fire someone who entered into a relationship with a subordinate (and management at my company would know that was off limits on the front end). The power dynamic there is a significant risk for the employer and a consenting relationship turns into a sexual harassment case very easily when the decisions on a subordinate's career advancement, bonuses, compensation, etc. are being made in part or in whole by the higher level manager. This is doubly true for top level management. If the "other" is outside of the manager's authority, then that is much less problematic. For example, a CFO dating someone from sales or supply chain who doesn't ultimately report up to the CFO is much different than the CFO dating an accountant whose boss or boss's boss probably reports to the CFO. Nothing from my personal life but I've handled enough harassment charges and lawsuits in my career to have a pretty strong opinion on that one.
    6 points
  16. Worse run, Twolves or Kangz? (Answer: yes)
    6 points
  17. Jalen is taking full advantage of this offseason. You see the youth/rawness, but look how much more fluid, smooth, and comfortable he is compared to fellow rookie Kai Jones. JJ has a ways to go but he is on the right path. That rip through series is in his bag. He's going to be a good one.
    6 points
  18. Hopefully one or two of these guys can be all stars next year with Trae.
    6 points
  19. Oh the memories! I do wonder who missed shot #12, lol.
    5 points
  20. Update: Schlenk noted that De’Andre Hunter (knee surgery) will not be a full go at the start of camp, but has progressed to playing 1-on-1 and should be ready for the start of the season. Additionally, the GM added that Bogdan Bogdanovic (PRP injection in knee), Clint Capela (PRP injection in Achilles) and Kevin Huerter (ankle procedure) will all also be limited to start camp. Schlenk did note that he expects all four players to be ready to go by opening night, which is Oct. 21 when Atlanta hosts the Dallas Mavericks. Schlenk also said that Onyeka Okongwu (shoulder surgery) is hoping to be back by late December as a personal goal, but the team remains on the original timeline that tracked him to be back some time in January. The GM added that the Hawks will be 100% vaccinated for COVID-19 before the regular season. He notes that the entire staff and all players are already vaccinated, other than one player who is receiving his second shot next week.
    5 points
  21. At 20:18 towards the very end he does mention JJ as well and how he’s been doin well in pickup and during the summer as we saw. Perimeter skills as Travis mentioned I think will be the difference in his game that puts him above other 6’9” dudes because he dribbles like he’s 6’4”, very controlled and methodical in making his moves specially for a rook. @hazer Ya… man, to hit in the 2017 draft as you enter the door on Collins is one thing, then nail your franchise in 2018 in Trae and add Huerter, then follow it up with 2 wings that are essentially and potentially 2 way stars, then the smartest and most versatile big in O last year and get 2 absolute steals this year? Are you kidding me. This might be unprecedented as far as GM drafting goes.
    5 points
  22. It is truly a great time to be a Hawks fan!
    5 points
  23. Travis come out and say the East goes through Atlanta, then drop the mic ..
    5 points
  24. Never a good idea to have an affair with a subordinate even if it is consensual.
    5 points
  25. I said a while back that Trae spoiled some since he was 'lights out' from the start so the expectations for Cam to have that same trajectory was the assumption. Some players just take time to develop and the impatience of fans rears it's ugly head when those expectation falter.
    5 points
  26. Top 10 under 25...... 1. Luka Doncic 2. Trae Young Only a player as great as Young can make you at least question whether the Atlanta Hawks actually won a trade in which they gave up the aforementioned Doncic. Remember, the Hawks also got Cam Reddish out of that deal. If he blossoms, this will be a difficult trade to evaluate down the road, the rare win-win in such a high-profile swap, as Young has already established himself as a point guard not too far from Doncic's equal. Start with the traditional numbers: Young was the only player in the league last season to average at least 25 points and nine assists. In the playoffs, he was one of only three players to average at least 28 points and nine assists, and the other two, Damian Lillard and Doncic, were eliminated in the first round. Young, on the other hand, captained the Hawks to within two wins of the NBA Finals. He was magical against the Knicks, Sixers and Bucks, completely dominating games and series with a level of comfort and confidence that belied his postseason inexperience. With more talent around him, Young curbed some of his impulsive 3-point shooting last season (he's still just a 34 percent 3-point shooter for his career, the same mark he logged in last year's postseason), trimming his triple attempts by over three per game. Instead, Young dialed in on his sublime ability to get into the paint, where he's an equal threat to hit his floater, find a lob partner or shooter vs. collapsing defenses or get to the free-throw line, which he did 546 times last season, third-most in the league behind only Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Young's 3-point attempts went back up in the playoffs, where, as mentioned, he still shot just 34 percent, but he proved that his shooting, like Doncic, impacts the game far beyond the raw numbers, and there is no denying the knack he has for making huge shots in huge moments, whether it be in clutch minutes or just at particularly crucial junctures of a run or game. The Game 7 dagger against Philly was a monster shot. Bottom line, Young is a winner. His defense, at least with Atlanta's current parts supporting him, isn't nearly as detrimental as many presumed it would be in a playoff setting (there is still some question as to how much he might be targeted defensively in a playoff series that doesn't involve the Knicks, who were woefully short on playmaking, or the Sixers, who fell into the same category last season). But even if Young can be exploited more than he was in last year's playoffs depending on the matchup, his offense is so great that I'm still putting him No. 2 on this list. 3. Jayson Tatum https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-top-10-under-25-trae-young-zion-williamson-looking-up-at-luka-doncic-deaaron-fox-barely-misses-cut/
    5 points
  27. 5 points
  28. I'm going to answer them. 1. How much better will Trae Young get? He will continue to improve mentally. He's done it every step of the way and already has a mastery of the offensive end that few can keep up with. His mid range game and floaters are going to be devastating this year. 2. Can De’Andre Hunter continue to look as good as he did? Yes if he is injury free. 3. Is this the year Cam Reddish emerges? Yes. For sure 4. Will the Hawks lock in Kevin Huerter to a new deal? No 5. What’s the next stage of development for John Collins? JC is who is which is damn good. Defense is probably the big improvement to make 6. Can Bogdan Bogdanovic be one of the five best 3-point shooters? Yes 7. Can Clint Capela be just as dominant defensively? Yes. 8. How will Jalen Johnson look alongside other pros? Good. Folks will get frustrated with the lack of playing time for him i think. 9. Who makes sense to fill the 15th roster spot? I don't know. Okafor i guess 10. How will the Hawks handle high expectations? They aren't scared of nuthin. That's the beauty of having guys all in similar stages of their careers and a few vets like Lou and Solo who don't have easily bruised egos.
    5 points
  29. In the social media age, we think because someone is not posting, they aren't working. You barely saw anything from Hunter last year and look at his improvement. You rarely see anything from JC and he's added something substantial to his game every off season. Some NBA players love the attention and others are more private. It doesn't mean they aren't working just as hard as the ones you see in the runs and training sessions.
    5 points
  30. No issues here either. But look how much having one guy, Perk, who has real knowledge of the Hawks forces the others to actually educate themselves. Finally! I agree Bogdan had an up and down season but he did have covid plus a knee injury. Can you imagine what his shooting is going to look like when his inconsistent season he shoots 44% from 3? I'm as excited to watch Bogdan this year as just about anyone. In a lot of ways he's the perfect mate to Trae in that he can hit really tough shots and handle the ball well. Trae is the best passer in the league but sometimes that two guard gets stuck with some tough spots when Trae gets forced into using a lot of the shot clock. Bogi was the best at making something out of it.
    5 points
  31. 5 points
  32. It's really weird how some of you pit some of our players against the others and run to take sides. I don't give a flying shoe who turns out to be the best just as long as one or two them reach their star potential. I'm a Hawks fan. Just want them all to be great.
    5 points
  33. Can he though? What's the basis for this? Didn't see that in Summer League - he actually struggled for the most part on defense in SL. I do agree he shows potential as a 3 level scorer, create for himself and others. Do you know who I KNOW can defend 1-4: Deandre Hunter - defended Julius Randle then slid down to defend Derrick Rose.
    5 points
  34. Ummm....are we talking about the same player? Here are Josh's FG% numbers by distance: 0-3 feet from the rim: .669% -- Great strong start here! 3-10 feet from the rim: .354% -- Wait, just moving out a few feet causes his FG% to crash to horrific lows?!? 10-16 feet from the rim: Good here we are in mid-range primetime so this should be really good, right? .266% 16-3pt range: .345% -- that is really, really bad 3pt range: ,285% -- my eyes, my eyesssss So not sure what Josh Smith you are talking about but here is how every Hawks fan should have reacted the moment Josh Smith tried to take any kind of jumper:
    5 points
  35. 30 days till tip! A munt baby! https://www.instagram.com/p/CUFlZ1iFLRr/?utm_medium=copy_linklol
    5 points
  36. That's not what a sacred cow is though. Basically a sacred cow can do no wrong, no matter how terrible they are. The players in front of Jalen are John Collins, Gallo, Hunter and Reddish (You can argue Huerter and Bogi too). Of those players, which should not have a rotation spot ahead of Jalen? It can be argued that Hunter and Reddish's ceilings are just as high, if not higher than Jalen's. Gallo is a vet and if Jalen proves he's better than Gallo then we have something cooking, but I don't expect a raw rookie to come in right away and contribute what Gallo does. To me, there are no sacred cows. The Hawks just have a very deep team and for those of us excited about Jalen, we understand that we have other young talented players too. I'm super excited for Jalen and hope he leaps frogs everyone his first year, because that's great for the Hawks. I just don't see that happening his first year and that doesn't mean I don't see the potential in Jalen. I'm super excited to see what he becomes, but I'm just excited to see what Cam, Dre, Hunter, OO, Cooper, and JC become too.
    5 points
  37. I will wait to see him play against NBA competition before proclaiming what he is or isn't - what I will say is I am excited about what I saw in Summer League.
    5 points
  38. No, I just think he's an empty stats player. Prove me wrong. 'Cause, if they did ...
    5 points
  39. LOL. You still got one leg draggin off the Trae wagon? Come on man. We don't mind that you were 3 years late. There's room for everyone.
    5 points
  40. I don't know if Jalen has all the physical tools that Josh Smith did - will have to watch more of him to truly assess. But what I do love in this comparison is that Josh had Grand Canyon sized holes in his game that with his stubborn nature were ultimately were his undoing as a player. I don't see any real holes in Jalen's game. Not that he is amazing at everything at this point but I don't see the glaring weaknesses that would make the parallel to Josh Smith really complete. Because as great as Josh was at so many things, his jumper and insistence on emphasizing jump shooting overshadows every one of his gifts. It is so early in Jalen's career that I'm not really putting expectations on him at this point. He is a very exciting upside talent that could be a huge value pick for the Hawks. I'm just eager to see him come along.
    5 points
  41. C We have more uber-talented young players than we have minutes to give right now. GS is in salary cap hell and needs to find good cheap talent they can groom to surround their expensive core. They also just drafted a player who dropped out of school early and are now trying to get rid of him. I can see why they pass on Jalen. Spurs are rebuilding, they need to hit and establish a culture, can't risk guys who aren't willing to buy in to Pop's way. OKC could have for sure, don't know why they didn't. Memphis who knows. Look. Jalen will have growing pains and take his lumps, nobody is saying he is perfect, but the talent is there. He looks really good for a guy picked 20. He looks as good if not better than JC did during his rookie offseason/summer league. It was quite obvious JC was a steal at 19, and now he is rated as a top 5 pick in his class. This 2021 class looks very VERY good so far, much better than 2017. So Im not going to predict Jalen jumps over 15 other guys, but his ceiling is sky high and he can easily make a case to have been in the top 10 let alone lottery. You do not find many kids his size that can dribble, pass, shoot and play above the rim. He is a slam dunk because players picked 20 don't flash that kind of ability right out of the gates. They usually all have holes. All Jalen needs is time and experience. The game is there.
    4 points