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  1. Atlanta's blessed with the Hardest Working Folks in broadcast sports media. Happy trails! ~lw3
  2. He's been with the Hawks for a minute. Marty's bio from a recent podcast: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-leave-your-mark-62217819/episode/there-is-no-end-zone-in-81971770/ ~lw3
  3. I'm too lazy to go back and edit, but the 24th (the date of the Eastern Conference Final) is Saturday at 8 PM, not Friday night. Or, as the fans will call it, "ssssssssssssSaturday". ~lw3
  4. Not directly related but just FYI for locals not already in the know: Hawks coverage from the AJC over the next couple weeks might be limited, because Sarah Spencer's getting hitched! Congrats to Sarah. (EDIT: "I'm told" C-Viv is still milling about, and he wrote up a Draft article for AJC a few days ago, so I expect he'll lead the charge with local AJC Hawks coverage until Sarah's honeymoon ends.) ~lw3
  5. This young man was thwarting Embiid and Giannis as best he could with a torn shoulder? More like Okingwu, amirite? https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31859473/atlanta-hawks-onyeka-okongwu-6-months-shoulder-surgery-sources-say ~lw3
  6. I'm sorry, Josef and the Amazing Technicolor Five Stripes, but my allegiances are strained tonight! I'm sure there will be ample references and opinions about Skyline Chili tonight when Atlanta United takes on FC Cincinnati (8 PM Eastern, FS1, 92.9 FM in ATL, FOX Deportes en Espanol). But at the same time over on ESPN's The Deuce, "my" new NHL team will officially be building from the ground up! Seattle gets to make up for the Sonicsheist of many moons ago by filling their new Kraken roster with actual pro hockey players. The Expansion Draft is this evening, and while I couldn't tell you any names aside from Carey Price (Montreal! wyd?) that NHL teams left exposed, there'll be an array of Seattle-area sportsmen and entertainers (somebody pls make room for Jamal Crawford!) presenting the newest members to the team with a wicked awesome nickname. I tried to latch onto the Preds in Smashville and the Bunch o' Jerks in Raleigh, but it just doesn't feel right settling for the hottest thing nearby after the Thrash bailed for Manitoba. I have long been a sucker for cool team logos and Seattle's hits the mark just right. I haven't been this excited about a hockey logo since the Macon Whoopee! (they used a fig leaf instead of a maple leaf, because, yeah, you get it!) As for United, at least they feel a little more like their name these days with the third-coach-in-a-calendar-year gone and a relieved Josef back to rule the roost around the net. But it's still going to take some gelling with key players not yet back to aid interim coach Rob Valentino in his quest to become a futbol McMillan. Sharing the same points-per-game total as Atlanta, Cincy is one of two MLS sides (Miami) that has yet to notch a home W. With the visitors still short-staffed, they'd be wise to put their best footie forward this evening. I'll be sure to switch back and check in whenever they schmaltz around with Russell and the Wilsons too much. Until then... Let's Get It Kraken! Let's Go United! ~lw3
  7. Simple and plain: happy trails to Chelsea Lane! ~lw3
  8. How 'bout just for overtime? That way, everybody gets their standard 48 minutes but we no longer run the risk of Joe-Johnson-versus-Utah for 7 OTs on a Wednesday back-to-back. I'd set the bar high at 20 points for both teams to reach so a hot streak out of the gates doesn't end the OT phase too quickly. Of course the downside is if the game comes down to Smooves on both sides jacking up bad shots and dragging the outcomes out interminably, but sensible coaches oughta keep that from happening too often. Vegas would have fun setting lines on who is most likely to hit the game-winners. ~lw3
  9. All I'll say is it's a fantastic way to scout out the Ringers at LA Fitness. ~lw3
  10. "Parliamo di practica?" I count all 12 guys there, so that's gotta be a good sign. ~lwtre
  11. It feels like everybody in that town is circling around Olshey Gotta Go / Shoulda Been Gone but he's just been clogging the drain for years, while Jody and the Allens, crediting Olshey for the perpetual Lillard Magic that comes around playoff time, won't pull the plug. ~lw3
  12. I think it's GREAT for exhibitions. Official games, not so much. But TBT has me tuning in at just about every fourth quarter I can find! Has Bawb started doing Play-by-Play yet or is he doing the later rounds? I keep listening out for him, although Eric Collins does a nice job. ~lw3
  13. Jerami Grant got back on the floor last night in the win over the Spaniards. So he tags into Team USA's flight to Tokyo, while Zach LaQuarantine, at least for the moment, tags out. ~lw3
  14. EARLY QUALIFYING OFFER DECISION REPORTS BLAZERS – Zach Collins ($7.36 million QO Declined) PLAYER OPTION DECISIONS DUE -- AUGUST 1 MAVERICKS – Josh Richardson ($11.62 million) CLIPPERS – Serge Ibaka ($9.72 million), Kawhi Leonard ($36.02 million) BUCKS – Bobby Portis ($3.80 million) TEAM OPTION DECISIONS DUE -- AUGUST 1 BULLS –Ryan Arcidiacono ($3 million) MAVERICKS – Willie Cauley-Stein ($4.10 million) ROCKETS – Avery Bradley ($5.92 million) PACERS – Edmond Sumner ($2.32 million) GRIZZLIES – Justise Winslow ($13 million) heat – Goran Dragic ($19.44 million), Andre Iguodala ($15 million), Omer Yurtseven ($1.52 million; unguaranteed thru season start if exercised) PELICANS – Didi Louzada ($1.52 million) KNICKS – Mitchell Robinson ($1.80 million; Restricted FA-eligible if Team Option declined) SPURS – DaQuan Jeffries ($1.70 million) QUALIFYING OFFER DECISIONS DUE -- AUGUST 1 HAWKS – John Collins ($7.71 million QO), Brandon Goodwin ($2.12 million QO) NETS – Bruce Brown ($4.74 million QO), Mike James ($1.87 million QO) HORNETS – Devonte’ Graham ($4.74 million QO), Malik Monk ($7.32 million QO), Brad Wanamaker ($2.82 million QO) BULLS – Javonte Green ($1.90 million QO), Lauri Markkanen ($9.03 million QO) CAVALIERS – Jarrett Allen ($7.71 million QO) PISTONS – Hamidou Diallo ($2.08 million QO), Dennis Smith ($7.71 million QO) ROCKETS – D.J. Wilson ($6.42 million QO) LAKERS – Talen Horton-Tucker ($1.90 million QO) heat – Kendrick Nunn ($4.74 million QO), Victor Oladipo ($4.74 million QO) BUCKS – Thanasis Antetokounmpo ($2.13 million QO) TIMBERWOLVES – Jarred Vanderbilt ($2.08 million QO) PELICANS – Lonzo Ball ($14.36 million QO), Josh Hart ($5.24 million QO) THUNDER – Tony Bradley ($5.28 million QO), Svi Mykhailiuk ($2.08 million QO) MAGIC – Ignas Brazdeikis ($1.89 million QO) KINGS – Terence Davis ($1.90 million QO) RAPTORS – Gary Trent, Jr. ($2.08 million QO) JAZZ – Juwan Morgan ($1.90 million QO) WIZARDS – Isaac Bonga ($2.08 million QO) AUGUST 1 HORNETS – Full Guarantee for Jalen McDaniels ($1.78 million) BULLS – Full Guarantee for Tomas Satoransky ($10 million; $5 million already Guaranteed) BULLS – Full Guarantee for Thaddeus Young ($13.55 million; $6 million already Guaranteed) MAVERICKS – Full Guarantee for Jalen Brunson ($1.80 million) PISTONS – Full Guarantee for Cory Joseph ($12.6 million; $2.4 million already Guaranteed) ROCKETS – Full Guarantee for KJ Martin ($1.52 million) BLAZERS – Full Guarantee for Jusuf Nurkic ($12 million; $4 million already Guaranteed) AUGUST 2 NBA – Free Agency Moratorium Period (Team Negotiations with Players) Begins (6:00 PM Eastern) NUGGETS – Full Guarantee for Vlatko Cancar ($1.78 million) 76ERS – Full Guarantee for George Hill ($10.05 million; $1.28 million already Guaranteed) JAZZ – Full Guarantee for Matt Thomas ($1.78 million) LAST DAY FOR DESIGNATED VETERAN EXTENSIONS -- AUGUST 2 HAWKS – Tony Snell, Lou Williams CELTICS – Evan Fournier, Semi Ojeleye NETS – Bruce Brown (without Qualifying Offer), Spencer Dinwiddie HORNETS – Devonte’ Graham (without Qualifying Offer), Cody Zeller BULLS – Cristiano Felicio MAVERICKS – Tim Hardaway, Jr., Josh Richardson (if Player Option declined) NUGGETS – Will Barton PISTONS – Hamidou Diallo (without Qualifying Offer) ROCKETS – Kelly Olynyk PACERS – Doug McDermott LAKERS – Dennis Schröder GRIZZLIES – Justise Winslow (if Team Option declined) heat – Nemanja Bjelica, Victor Oladipo BUCKS – PJ Tucker TIMBERWOLVES – Jarred Vanderbilt (without Qualifying Offer) PELICANS – James Johnson KNICKS – Mitchell Robinson (if Team Option declined and without Qualifying Offer) THUNDER – Svi Mykhailiuk (without Qualifying Offer) MAGIC – Otto Porter SUNS – Abdel Nader, Chris Paul BLAZERS – Norman Powell (if Player Option declined) SPURS – Patty Mills, DeMar DeRozan RAPTORS – Gary Trent, Jr. (without Qualifying Offer) JAZZ – Mike Conley, Georges Niang WIZARDS – Isaac Bonga (without Qualifying Offer) AUGUST 3 NBA – Official Start of 2021-22 Season (12:01 AM Eastern) AUGUST 4 THUNDER – Full Guarantee for Vit Krejci (Salary TBD; actual date ‘TBD’) THUNDER – Full Guarantee for Isaiah Roby ($1.78 million) RAPTORS – Full Guarantee for Aron Baynes ($7.35 million) AUGUST 5 RAPTORS – Full Guarantee for Paul Watson ($1.70 million) AUGUST 6 NBA – Free Agency Moratorium Period Ends (12:01 PM Eastern) RAPTORS – Full Guarantee for DeAndre’ Bembry ($1.98 million) AUGUST 7 WARRIORS – Full Guarantee for Mychal Mulder ($1.78 million; actual date ‘TBD’) WARRIORS – Full Guarantee for Alen Smailagic ($1.78 million) PACERS – Full Guarantee for Kelan Martin ($1.70 million) WIZARDS – Full Guarantee for Anthony Gill ($1.52 million) AUGUST 8 BUCKS – Full Guarantee for Sam Merrill ($1.52 million; $500k already Guaranteed) RAPTORS – Full Guarantee for Chris Boucher ($7.02 million) RAPTORS – Partial Guarantee for Yuta Watanabe ($375k of $1.76 million) AUGUST 9 MAGIC – Full Guarantee for Dwayne Bacon ($1.82 million) KINGS – Full Guarantee for Damian Jones ($1,98 million) KINGS – Partial Guarantee for Chimezie Metu ($881k of $1.76 million) AUGUST 10 PISTONS – Full Guarantee for Tyler Cook ($1.70 million) AUGUST 11 WARRIORS – Partial Guarantee for Gary Payton II ($659k of $1.98 million) AUGUST 15 KINGS – Full Guarantee for Justin James ($1.90 million) AUGUST 16 HORNETS – Full Guarantee for Caleb Martin ($1.78 million) HORNETS – Full Guarantee for Cody Martin ($1.78 million) NUGGETS – Partial Guarantee for P.J. Dozier ($200k of $1.91 million) PISTONS – Full Guarantee for Rodney McGruder ($5 million) WARRIORS – Partial Guarantee for Damion Lee ($500k of $1.91 million) AUGUST 20 GRIZZLIES – Full Guarantee for Jontay Porter ($1.95 million; $300k already Guaranteed) SPURS – Full Guarantee for Drew Eubanks ($1.76 million; $500k already Guaranteed) RAPTORS – Partial Guarantee for Freddie Gillespie ($50k of $1.52 million) AUGUST 21 TIMBERWOLVES – Full Guarantee for Naz Reid ($1.78 million) AUGUST 27 RAPTORS – Full Guarantee for Rodney Hood ($10.85 million) AUGUST 31 KNICKS – Full Guarantee for Julius Randle ($19.8 million; $4 million already Guaranteed) ~lw3
  15. 22-5 up in Greater Boston for the Free Jacks (New England's having a nice weekend versus ATL teams, eh?), versus a half-staffed Rugby ATL club, They're on FS1 and about to punt off the second half for folks interested in a sneak-peek ahead of this week's conference final. ~lw3
  16. After a couple of last-minute appeals, it appears one Atlanta Dream member will be making her Olympic dreams come true... with Nigeria! CORRECTION: I may have spoken to soon... ... nonetheless, she and the Ogwumikes are on the Nigeria "Select Team" at least, and they're now suited up to face a Team USA squad that's reeling after losing consecutive warmups with WNBA All-Stars and Australia. ~lw3