It was announced yesterday that Rick Sund has been hired as general manager for the Atlanta Hawks. I don't think this was the right choice for the Hawks, considering that Rick Sund helped lead the Supersonic train wreck and now the franchise he used to work for is on its way out of its original city. [CBC].
Here is a list of the genius moves he has made to lead the Sonics on top! (Now don't get me wrong, Rick Sund is a great general manager and did indeed help build a playoff team, however I think there are a lot of other sound general managers out there).
- August 3, 2001 signs Calvin Booth
- July 14th, 2004 selected and Drafted Robert Swift
- July 26th, 2004 traded Calvin Booth for Danny Fortson
- July 18th, 2005 fails to retain Nate McMillan, and names Bob Weiss the head coach
- August 23rd, 2005 re-Signed Vitaly Potapenko
- Janurary 3rd, 2006 rires Bob Weiss and hires Bob Hill
- October 3rd, 2007 signs Luke Ridnour to a contract-extension
My favorite Rick Sund quotes:
“In his three years with the Sonics, Vitaly has given us a tough, physical presence in the middle along with the ability to score.”
“One of our concerns has been, and probably always will be - unless you have a (Tim) Duncan or a Shaq (O'Neal) - having enough depth at the center position with enough flexibility so you can match up with all the different teams, because teams give you different looks, ... That was a strength last year, and it will be another strength for us this year. We have the strength with Vitaly, versatility and talent with a guy like Nick Collison, a low-post game. You have some length now and running ability in Mikki and some youth in Petro and Robert and some toughness and bulk in Danny.”
TRANSLATION: Vitaly Potapenko + Nick Collision + Miki Moore + Johan Petro + Robert Swift + Danny Fortson = Tim Duncan....too bad it's impossible to have six players matching up against one person.
“With Bob Hill's experience and success as a coach in the NBA, we believe he will help us toward our goal of making the playoffs this season.”