The Atlanta Hawks: A Great Team Doing Great Things
It seems the basketball gods are finally showing a little love to the birds of the South.
The Hawks have popped the season off 11-3 and up until Saturday night they were on a seven game winning streak.
One of the proudest moments of my Fan-Dom occurred this week when I did my usual rounds to check out the weekend dime and a couple of my favorite analysts power rankings and what do you know sitting atop all of them were my beloved Hawks.
The same Hawks team that just five short years ago won 16 games.
The same Hawks team that contributed to 95 percent of my July nightmares with their draft night brain farts (see Sheldon Williams)
The same franchise that for the last couple years were in a seemingly never ending court battle over ownership of the team
But it seems like all of that is ours past, hopefully distant past.
This could be the new era of Hawks Basketball the part of our 60 years documentary were the fast and up beat music starts to play.
That's just how we feel as Fans of the newly invigorated franchise that is fifth in the league in scoring 105 ppg , Very Up Beat.
Sure there are some bandwagon jumpers but they are more than welcomed, it makes life fun for the hope shot and often disappointed die hard fans of the ATL.
It's great to see some new faces packing out Phillips arena, and screaming their heads off for a team who do nothing but play hard and play the right way.
For years we have criticized Coach Woodson for what seemed to be his ineffective coaching style now after closer evaluation and a couple more wins we see maybe it not his own deficiencies but the team wasn't not totally buying into his system why he constantly had that confused and dumbfounded look on his face all the time.
The season to date the have won by following two basic principles
Defense, this has been catalyst for this recovery thought it may not be over whelming in the stat book (15th in points given up), the have come through time and time again and leaned on their D when they really needed it.
Unselfishness, with the offseason moves the team made the Hawks are now legitimately six deep with guys who can score at least 10 points on every night.
The biggest proponent to that has to be the play of one Josh Smith.
For years we have known that he posses all the physical tools to be great even the most critical of his detractors say he can be phenomenal if he ever gets his mind right and now it seems he is putting it all together.
There have been a number of players in the league who like Josh were very athletic yet lacked a serious jumper and decision making skills. For these types of players to succeed and reach their full potential one or two things have to happen
They either develop that jump shot or they stop shooting it.
It seem josh has chosen the later group, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Best stat in basketball right now 12 games J-Smoove one three point attempt. Man this cat is really maturing.
This team shows that you don't have to just go out and spend unmissable amounts of money or just pick up Free agents to win, yes I'm talking to you "clear cap room and suck for a year in order to pray for one of the 2010 Elite, Type of owners."
I guess there is something to say for continuity, and dare I say maybe Billy Knight knew what he was doing. Nah, just a great team doing great things.
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