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Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  7 responses

Atlanta Hawks Signed Erick Dampier to 10-Day Contract


The Atlanta Hawks are hoping that the signing of Erick Dampier will provide them with some much-needed support in the paint. From the AJC: “The Hawks no longer will have to make do using forwards at center. The team signed veteran free agent Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract Thursday. He joins Zaza Pachulia as the only healthy centers on the roster after injuries sidelined Al Horford and Jason Collins. Dampier, who is 6-foot-11, has played in 972 regular-season NBA games. He finished last season with the Heat. ‘He’s a legitimate center,’ Hawks coach Larry Drew said. ‘He’s been in the league a long time. He’s a guy who knows how to play the position, particularly defensively. You can look at our team and see we need a big body. I’ve said it all along. Hopefully he can come in and help out.’ Horford is out until at least mid-April after suffering a pectoral injury Jan. 11, and Collins will miss at least another week with an elbow injury. The Hawks have been at a size disadvantage while using forwards Ivan Johnson and Josh Smith to back up Pachulia.”

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

    CHAMPIONSHIP!

  • Jetfuel

    Hahaha, nice one!

  • RunNGun

    Dude is still ballin’?

  • DerekG

    This is 10 days they can’t get back!

  • Myung

    Sarcastic fist pump.

  • Myung

    Do you know why he’s getting a 10 day contract? Because during that 10 day stretch, the Hawks face Orlando. The reason Jason Collins had a job in the NBA was to play Dwight Howard. He was a savant, in that regard. So now that our savant center who only plays meaningful minutes 4 to 6 times a year is injured, we needed to sign another guy who will play vs. Orlando and Dwight Howard. Seriously, if you’re a really tall and relatively strong guy, you can get a high paying job playing basketball in the city of Atlanta, even if you have no other skills whatsoever.

  • AdamD

    ^It’s all true, on the upside, at least we got to the second round with our defensive dream team last year…

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