Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  56 responses

New Hawks Owner: ‘I Want to Bring a Championship to Atlanta’

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Alex Meruelo is the new man in charge in the ATL. And he very clearly means business.

Meruelo, a man most Hawks fans have probably never heard of before, comes into town with big ideas, and a promise to shake things up. Aside from boasts about bringing an NBA title to Atlanta, even more critically, the new boss says he has no plans to move the team to another city.

From the AJC:

Although his primary residence and business will remain in Southern California, Meruelo said he plans to spend a lot of time in Atlanta and to buy a home here. “If you look at my previous … business ventures, I’m very hands-on, and this will be no different,” he said. Asked if there is any scenario in which he would seek to move the Hawks out of Atlanta, Meruelo said: “Absolutely no. None.”

He also said: “I want to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta.”

Owning an NBA team, he said, “has been a dream of mine and a passion, and you’ll definitely see that as I become, hopefully, the owner in a short period of time.”

Alex Meruelo — the NBA’s first Hispanic owner — made his fortune in the pizza chain business, and eventually branched out into real estate development, construction, banking, television, and he owns a hotel-casino.

The media in Atlanta is excited about the new owner, mostly because this means the previous ownership group can’t screw things up anymore. And this could signal that changes at the management and coaching levels could also be forthcoming in the very near future.

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Well, I want breastmilk from a cambodian immigrant. I got dreams too!

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    That’s straight Cambo right there son! Can he undo Joe Johnsons hefty salary?

  • Fat Lever

    Well…duh. Actions speak louder than words. The same goes for the new ownership group for my Sixers.

  • Yesse

    He got some work to do then. He has to make some huge deals.

  • lexluther703

    lol good one brah.. the chi and miami gon be runnin thangs for years to come

  • kj

    Unless he gets a superstar PG and Al Horford becomes a dominant offensive Center, that dream is far from happening

  • DieselMechanic

    What owner doesn’t want to win a the championship?

  • RoG23

    Only chance they got, is to sign the hometown hero dwight howard!

  • mike

    At the very least, he’ll bring a party size pizza…

  • alex80

    It is a good day for BB. Bring that ring ,Papi!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Good luck with that

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    And I wanna marry 23-year old Pam Grier. It’s cool to dream.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Hawks ownership trade Joe Johnson or Smith, thats your team stars. Get some draft picks back and a veteran player. Pay Howard or Deron Williams, which one agrees, too much money for one of them to pass up and you got a winner. BOOK IT!!

  • kbj

    Yea??? and I want a couple mill in my bank acct. Cant always get want you want. Especially when your top player has max contract but isnt assertive in crunch time.

  • jufu

    and not just 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7…

    i sense a party in atlanta

  • garick

    Gotta get rid of jsmoove he’s not a naturral 3 and has no range. Keep al at 4 and find a big body for C. Obv dwight would be the target, but chandler works…gortat…ect. they’re a few changed away from the ECF I believe.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    Other than Donald Stirling what owner isn’t trying to win Championships?

  • Riggs

    co-sign on 23 year old pam grier. Shoot even pam grier of present tense can still get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    What team does Stirling run again?

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    Clippers – and my fault it’s Sterling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Oh….dang the Clippers :/

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I think clippers have chance to make deep playoff run. Book it!! Brandon Jennings <3

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    Someone usin Taylor’s name again…….His gets abused more then anyone else. — And the CLippers have a shot at making the playoffs. Not actually winning there

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It was sarcasm this is the real Taylor nbk

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    oh haha all that Brandon Jennings stuff had me fooled

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Yeah remember CatKiller and Stephan Jackson? Haha that’s what I was going for there

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    lol CatKiller hates Stephen Jackson, to the point where he’ll throw something about him into a church discussion.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21


  • CubicleWorker

    In other news, the NBA is locked out

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Umm, is “Championship” a new style of pizza? Chicago, New York, Deep Dish, Thin Crust, Championship. I wonder what a Championship pizza is topped off with, Champagne?

  • http://slamonline BossTerrry

    *YAWN* Thats what they all say..

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    2:27 wasn’t me who the f*ck hacked me

  • http://www.ballislife.com/video/jordan50pointgames nbk

    you understand my confusion….

  • O

    An owner ever say, “I’m aiming to never win a Championship and actually sink this franchise”???

  • http://cnbc.com DaReal_JTaylor21

    Ok this is the real JTaylor. The other dude is probably the seed. And I think this new ownership won’t affect ATL at all

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Love Alex Meruelo’s passion.
    He cried on the stage during introductory proceedings.

  • C Da Tyrant

    So does dan gilbert

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Would the real JTaylor please stand up?

  • Double J

    Oh man you want to your team to win?!!?!? I’ve never heard of such a thing, what a profound owner, this homie is gonna change the game!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I repeat, would the real JTaylor please stand up?

    We got a problem here..

  • EJ

    Oh my what a surprise.

  • http://slamonline.com Flint tha Hustla

    The Hawks are my fav team, man. I hope this guy does something.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    JTaylor that is not me, I am not that petty. I just believe in Kobe as top 5 all time, not using other peoples log in. That is not me. Believe That!!!

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    The first comment made me laugh. I want a sugar cookie from Queens.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And y’all better walk to Brooklyn and back and give me a damn cheesecake!

  • @mmj122

    good luck wit dat

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

    Standard owner talk. Can’t wait for the lockout to end so we can see if his actions match up to his words.

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

    @kj: the Hawks already have a superstar point guard, they just choose not to play him.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The world would be a better place if Agent Starling ran Sterling’s team.

  • Clipperfan

    Blake Griffin will lead the Clippers to a Championship!! Eff Sterling!

  • Towelie

    Dude you don’t need a superstar PG. If you watched Hawks in the playoffs then Jeff Teague….

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    This guy bought a team during the lockout, which may not end for a year or more, and bought the team with a maxed-out, downside player who, if the owners get the cap they want, he won’t even be able to pay if the league ever does come back.
    This guy is one of the owners who’ll be complaining the players are robbing him blind and he can’t make a profit by the next CBA. What an idiot.

  • mad max

    get a center.

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  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Enigmatic getting his Diddy on.

  • shomilocdee

    lanq whitaker should coach the team…