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Monday, June 1, 2020

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Atlanta Hawks’ Twitter keeps it funny during blowout

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The Atlanta Hawks were absolutely obliterated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series on Wednesday, leaving their social media team very little to work with. That said, the Hawks’ Twitter account sure made lemonade out of some rotten lemons.

Early on in the game, they kept it light and friendly with this tweet:

Then as the game went on and the score grew more out of hand with the Cavs up 74-38 at the half, the Hawks’ Twitter cracked a joke:

And then they even clowned themselves with a meme, which included the Crying Jordan face in place of their score:

There really wasn’t much for the Hawks to do in this one. The Cavs were just absurdly hot in the game, setting a playoff record for made threes in the contest — and that was just through two and a half quarters.

What else can you do except sit back, joke about it, and try to get even in the next game? The Blazers’ Twitter sure could learn from the Hawks about how to be funny without being mean.

Report: Hawks could entertain trading core players at deadline

Mike Budenholzer

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly discussing breaking up their core before the February 18 trade deadline.

That core, including Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver, could reportedly be moved, according to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst.

Team management reportedly believe that this year’s team is little more than a fringe contender after winning 60 games last season, and with Horford in the final year of his contract and likely to get a max contract that the Hawks are reluctant to offer, he would be an attractive trade chip for the team to get younger.

Teague may also be considered expendable, as Dennis Schroder has emerged as a starter-caliber player for Atlanta and Teague’s affordable contract would interest many teams.

While it makes sense for a team that may not be going anywhere to look for younger, more long-term talent, the decision is not that easy. Coach and team president Mike Budenholzer is reportedly disinclined to tear up a team less than nine months removed from appearing in the conference finals, and trading away the key players could have a negative impact on the fanbase, season ticket sales, sponsorships, and television ratings.

We had already heard that the Hawks were gauging interest in Teague, and if they don’t think they’re going anywhere, moving Horford – who sounds bound for free agency – does make sense. However, the fans would undoubtedly not be pleased, especially since this is a relatively new ownership group in charge of affairs who will want to keep the fanbase onside.

Charles Barkley: Hawks are a bunch of chihuahuas (Video)

The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 59-42 lead into halftime of their blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, and Charles Barkley was not impressed with Mike Budenholzer’s squad. We know that because he compared the Hawks to a certain breed of dog that isn’t exactly known for it’s ferocity.

During the TNT halftime show, Barkley urged the Cavs to not let up on the “chihuahuas” they were facing.

“These some chihuahuas out here from Atlanta,” Barkley said. “There’s a pit bull out there in Golden State, so you can’t take no chances.”

Charles-Barkley

The Cavs took no chances, and they kept their foot on the gas en route to a 118-88 victory and an Eastern Conference Finals sweep. Between Barkley’s commentary at halftime and what J.R. Smith’s mom said after the game, we were treated to some fantastic quotes on Tuesday evening.

H/T GIFD Sports

Ex-mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young backs Danny Ferry return

Danny Ferry Hawks

The last thing the Atlanta Hawks need right now is their general manager getting in the way.

Off to their best record since the days of Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 43-11 record. And they’ve done it with GM Danny Ferry on a leave of absence and a big ‘For Sale’ sign outside of team headquarters.

Ferry found himself in hot water when his off-color remarks about then-free agent Luol Deng surfaced last September. The insensitive comments came just days after owner Bruce Levenson decided he would sell his stake in the team after he self-reported a racist email of his own. The remaining shareholders later decided to give up their stake in the team as well, leaving 100 percent of the team for sale.

While Ferry has not been able to enjoy his team’s success in person, count former Atlanta mayor and civil rights activist Andrew Young as one of Ferry’s supporters. Young has been a mainstay in Atlanta for over 50 years going back to his time as a close confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. When asked by WSB-TV’s Zach Klein if Ferry should lose his job, his response was unequivocal.

“Hell no. He put the guys together and they are winning. They are winning better than the Hawks have won back in the days of Lenny Wilkens and Bob Pettit.”

Ferry may have helped put the team together, but he hasn’t been around the team since taking his indefinite leave of absence in September. If it was up to Young, however, Ferry would have never left in the first place.

“Danny Ferry is too talented a guy and his life is basketball,” Young said. “He’s going to be general manager somewhere. I hope it’s Atlanta.”

While commissioner Adam Silver noted that the sale of the franchise is “moving along on course” during NBA All-Star Weekend, the timing couldn’t be worse for a Ferry return.

The Hawks, who in January became the first team ever to go 17-0 in a calendar month, need to be the center of attention. Any outside distractions could mess up their mojo and have them playing like the Hawks we’ve been used to for all these years.

Atlanta Hawks Twitter account hilariously mocks offense during first half

atlana hawks logoComing into Monday, the Atlanta Hawks were ninth in the NBA in scoring (103.6 ppg), 10th in field goal percentage (.455), and second in three-point percentage (.410). During the first half of the team’s game against the New York Knicks, shots weren’t falling with the same regularity. And that would be an understatement.

The Hawks led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter with Atlanta shooting 35% and the Knicks an even lower 32%. That prompted the Hawks’ Twitter account to post the following tweet.

When the two teams went to the locker room at halftime, the score was tied at 38-38. At that point, the Hawks were 12-37 (32%) from the floor and 4-14 (29%) three-point range. Perhaps not surprisingly, came this tweet.

The Atlanta Hawks hawkshave one of the more entertaining Twitter accounts in the NBA, if not all of sports. That was confirmed yet again on Monday.

Danny Ferry on Luol Deng: He has African in him, would sell you counterfeit stuff

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Danny Ferry looked like he was going to escape the Atlanta Hawks scandal without losing his job, but now that might not be the case.

On Sunday, word came through that Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson would be selling his stake in the team after a 2012 internal email he sent was shared with the league. In the email, Levenson talked in open terms about the demographics of the Hawks’ fan base and how to make the product appeal to more white fans.

We learned early on Monday that the investigation into the team came as a result of some comments Ferry made about Luol Deng while discussing free agents with some of the team’s owners. It was originally reported that Ferry said Deng had “some African in him.”

Now WSBTV in Atlanta provides more details about Ferry’s analysis of Deng. This comes via an email Hawks minority owner J. Michael Gearon, Jr. sent in a June 12 email to Levenson.

With respect to one potential free agent, a highly-regarded African-American player and humanitarian, Ferry talked about the player’s good points, and then on to describe his negatives, stating that “he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out the back.” Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly, all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat.

You can read the full text of the email at this PDF link.

In the email, Gearon called for Ferry to lose his job. Ferry was only subjected to an undisclosed punishment by the team and nothing from the league. The team defended him by saying he was only repeating what was written about Deng in a scouting report and not sharing a personal, racist opinion.

If there is enough backlash in response to this letter getting released, Ferry might be pushed out.

It sure seems to me that a minority owner or two really wants control of the team and has decided to go about it in this way. I don’t think their motivations were innocent.

Luol Deng scouting report sparked Hawks investigation

Luol DengA racist remark about then-free agent Luol Deng led to an investigation of the Atlanta Hawks which resulted in the determination that owner Bruce Levenson would be selling his stake in the team, a report says.

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hawks GM Danny Ferry made a comment about Deng’s cultural background during a conference call with the team’s owners to discuss potential free agent signings.

“He’s still a young guy overall,” Ferry said on the call, according to Woj. “He’s a good guy overall. But he’s not perfect. He’s got some African in him. And I don’t say that in a bad way.”

Apparently that comment from Ferry was said on a call with seven of the team’s owners. One of the owners was concerned enough by that comment that he hired a firm to conduct an independent investigation into the organization. That’s how the now-infamous email from Levenson was discovered.

Ferry reached out to Deng and the player’s agent on Monday to apologize for the comments.

Deng had interest from the Hawks but signed with the Miami Heat.

The NBA and other Hawks owners decided it would be best for Levenson to sell his share in the team. That announcement was made on Sunday.

My initial suspicion when I heard the story on Sunday was that one of the other owners leaked the email because he wanted to push out Levenson. Whether that was motivated by concerns about Levenson’s character or other reasons, that owner got his way.