Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  21 responses

Larry Drew Thinks Fight Was Good for the Hawks

The Marvin Williams/Shawne Williams tilt last week was highly entertaining, and according to Larry Drew, it was a good psychological boost for his team (even though Marvin clearly lost). The AJC reports: “Hawks forward Marvin Williams said he doesn’t expect any carryover from his scuffle with Knicks counterpart Shawne Williams when the teams meet again in a couple weeks. But coach Larry Drew thinks the fracas with New York on Friday could have some positive effects on the perception of his team’s toughness. ‘I really do,’ Drew said. ‘I don’t condone fighting in any shape, form or fashion. But I know this is a game where emotions do get high. The one thing as a team, you don’t want to be labeled a ‘soft’ team. … You don’t want to be put into a situation where you feel things got tough and you backed away because that [reputation] will carry around the league.’”

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  • riggs

    if that was a fight then whenever pacquiao fights its genocide

  • vtrobot

    marvin “lost”? so you’re saying that someone “won” that “fight”? interesting.

  • http://zenguu Max

    @ vtrobot
    Williams beat his ass

  • Fat Lever

    I think that fight was good for The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and that’s about it.

  • robb

    @Max that wasn’t a fight, there was no winner.

  • fruizm

    which williams won???

  • toinefan88

    Williams def won. It was obvious. Williams didn’t do any damage in that fight.

  • toinefan88

    Another thing this Williams on Williams violence really disturbs me.

  • vtrobot

    @max: if you’re making a joke, that’s funny. if you’re being serious, that’s also quite funny. i think the worst that marvin got was when he slipped on the floor.

  • jt

    its true, you dont want to be labelled a soft team… just ask the raptors :(

  • JC

    Marvin even pushen Josh Smith, what an idiot

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Amar’e with the box out!!

  • youngmuggsy

    No mention of Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason or the general toughness of guys in the 90s in contrast to today’s players?
    Slam commentors you surprise me.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Hawks are so soft this year its silly…..just mediocre in every facet…..shoulda never fired Mike Woodson…..you can’t fire the architect and finish the building…

  • robb


  • http://zenguu Max

    Lol @ Robb

  • snasty10

    how do you consider that a fight? i saw one half a$$ punch thrown by marvin that whiffed, this would make charles oakley mad

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    whenever people mention tough, they mention like 5 guys from the 80s/90s and thats all they got.

    The game is different now.

  • EGOT

    So, he DOES condone fighting then, right? Gotta love it.

  • MikeC.

    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlatS54e6_s&feature=related Lots of old-school NBA ‘brawls’. The best part is around the 1:55 mark where one of the Davis boys mushes a ref right in the mouth after punching a Kings player in the back of the head. Maybe the players in the 80′s and 90′s weren’t actually tougher than the players today, but they sure did get away with a lot more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Anyone who thinks the Hawks should have kept Woodson has clearly never seen a Hawks game in their lives. Larry Drew isn’t Gregg Popovich but pretty much anyone is an upgrade over Woody.