Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 3:45 pm  |  4 responses

Larry Drew to Return as Hawks Head Coach

Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew will return for his third season with the team, Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund announced today. Atlanta is 84-64 with Drew at the helm, and is coming off a loss to Boston in the first round of the playoffs last week, ending a streak of three consecutive years in the second round. The AP has the details: “‘Larry did an outstanding job this season in guiding our team to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, despite a condensed schedule and unfortunate injuries,’ said General Manager Rick Sund. ‘The Hawks have reached the postseason in each of his years on the bench, and we feel Larry’s experience, expertise and dedication to the game were a key ingredient to our success.’ Atlanta had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference despite losing All-Star center Al Horford for all but 11 games of the regular season. Horford returned in Game 4 of the Celtics series. The Hawks also lost Joe Johnson, Zaza Pachulia, Kirk Hinrich and other players for stretches of six or more games. ‘This group, we never really got to show what we’re capable of,’ Horford said last week. Drew is 84-64 in two regular seasons and 8-10 in the playoffs. The Hawks were 17-16 on the road this season, the team’s first winning record away from Atlanta in 13 years. The team’s five starters and Pachulia are under contract for next season. Nine players are free agents, and Sund’s contract expires on June 30.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    their offense is still looking the same as when woodson coached, waaaay to much one on one isolations with four dudes just standing around

  • thor

    They have become a better team and I think it showed despite losing in the first round. Game six was really up for gabs. With Al and Zaza back again the Hawks can make a push next season in my opinion. They do still have a bit to much standing around going on, but I see improvements, slow but steady.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    If nothing else the Hawks have become consistent 2nd round exiters and they won’t get any further in the foreseeable future. They fire Woodson only to hire his assistant, they over pay for Joe Johnson, they have no trade bait (maybe Horford). It gets real hard to root for these guys sometimes.

  • http://none kbdumas

    they don’t get a reliable big still no good for them. they still stink, larry drew and mike woodson battlin’ who survives