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December 18, 2014 Updates

The three ball was Atlanta's weapon of choice, hitting 16-of-28, including a franchise-record nine in the second quarter as the Hawks outscored Cleveland, 39-26, to take a halftime lead. "Very damaging," James said of the Hawks' three-point shooting. "A three ball is an equalizer in our game. That's the way they go. They had five or six uncontested threes and we can't accept that. If guys are going to make shots, they have to make shots over us, contested. We can be satisfied with that but we can't be satisfied with the open looks they got." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 17, 2014 Updates

Where the Pistons put themselves in this position was by not trading him. Although Monroe couldn't get a max offer sheet from another team, he did receive substantial interest — and Portland and Atlanta tried to facilitate trades for him. Detroit News

The Pistons wanted point guard Jeff Teague and sharpshooter Kyle Korver in return for Monroe, and the Hawks balked — perhaps with knowing Monroe could walk to them the summer of 2015, right into their cap space without having to part with valuable assets. Detroit News

December 13, 2014 Updates

After a rigorous interview process, the Hawks on Thursday named Shaw their chief diversity and inclusion officer — a new position. Shaw becomes the first person to hold that title for an NBA team. "I see the role as a catalyst to help rebuild and continue to rebuild trust and partnership in the Atlanta community," Shaw told USA TODAY Sports. "I see my role working across a variety of platforms and with multiple constituents in order to make sure we are the premier franchise in the NBA and also serve as model for inclusion across not only the NBA teams but across sports entertainment." USA Today Sports

The incidents temporarily hurt the Hawks, but Shaw is aware of the Hawks' diversity. Atlanta has four African-American vice presidents, including three who are on the eight-person executive committee. Only the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets had more African-Americans in such positions, according to Richard Lapchick's 2014 Racial and Gender Report Card for the NBA. "The Atlanta Hawks are doing what I consider a good job of infusing diversity throughout the organization particularly at those senior ranks, bench-marked against other teams," she said. "We want to continue to educate the public about the good work that has happened here and we'll continue to build. USA Today Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have hired Nzinga Shaw as the team's first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The Hawks announced Thursday Shaw will guide Hawks executives "so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business." She will report directly to Hawks chief executive officer Steve Koonin. USA Today Sports

As part of the Hawks committment to the city of Atlanta and being a positive force for change in the community, the team recently made good on a promise to hire the sports world's first ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Nzinga Shaw. We recently caught up with Shaw, who previously served as SVP of Diversity & Inclusion at Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, to get a sense for what her vision is for the new position. NBA.com

“I couldn’t really pursue the NBA because some of the teams I spoke to wanted to wait and I didn’t want to wait,” Weems said. “I had a couple offers from a few teams in the league. One of the more serious organizations was the Atlanta Hawks, offering a fully-guaranteed deal. CSKA, however, presented me with a great offer that I couldn’t refuse.” Basketball Insiders

December 10, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks and iHeartMedia are collaborating to broadcast eight Hawks games on local Spanish language station El PatrÓn 105.3 FM this season, it was announced today. The ground-breaking news marks the first time Hawks contests will be aired completely in Spanish by an Atlanta radio outlet. “We are thrilled to enter a partnership with iHeartMedia and El PatrÓn 105.3,” said Hawks CEO Steve Koonin. “This collaboration presents exciting new opportunities for us to further engage the diverse, multicultural population of our great city. Broadcasting our games in Spanish is important for our organization as we continue to build bridges through basketball and connect with our community.” NBA.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

When you’re worth around $20 billion you can write a check for $2 billion without flinching. But does that mean the Clippers are worth $2 billion, or that other NBA teams should see their revenue multiples expand to reflect this deal? I doubt it. But we may get a good idea if the Atlanta Hawks are soon sold. Bruce Levenson’s group is selling its controlling interest in the team and some believe the sale price will value the team at over $1 billion, or about eight times revenue. Forbes.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

Celtics guard Evan Turner reached out to Kyle Korver – via an intermediary – after he blasted the Hawks guard defensive ability in a loss last week. Hawks center Elton Brand, who was a teammate of Turner in Philadelphia for several seasons, said he got a text message from Turner the day after he said Korver “couldn’t guard to save his life.” Turner made the comment after the Hawks erased a 23-point deficit in a 109-105 win over the Celtics Tuesday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brand confirmed the text message. He said Turner apologized for the comments and added they were taken out of context as he also praised Korver for making several big shots in the win. Korver finished with a team-high 24 points in the game, including six 3-pointers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 7, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have assigned forward/center Mike Muscala to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Muscala, in his second year with the Hawks, has appeared in five games this season, averaging 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.7 minutes (.474 FG%, .800 FT%). NBA.com

When asked if Teague’s talents have been overlooked, Stevens said: “Not with those of us who watch games all the time. He’s a huge key to what they do. They spread the floor and have a guy who can get into the paint and make plays. And you go back to this. When you go back to this time and time again when you look at some of the hardest covers in the league, there are these guys who can go downhill and a million miles an hour and still finish plays. “I brought up the name of [Kyle] Lowry. I brought up the name of Monta Ellis. Those guys when it’s all on the line are tough to stop from getting to the basket. They become even tougher to stop when Kyle Korver and Mike Scott, Horford, and Millsap are all standing around [available to shoot 3-pointers].” Boston Globe

December 6, 2014 Updates
December 5, 2014 Updates

Schröder is a headstrong type who got to dominate the ball for a mediocre team in Germany before bolting to the NBA, and he had trouble adapting to Budenholzer’s system of constant passing and motion. Just a few weeks ago, he was riding the bench — and pouting about it. “All players tend to pout a bit and get frustrated when they’re not playing,” Budenholzer says. “Young players maybe aren’t as good at hiding it. But this season, if someone told Dennis he was pouting, he was at least more open to hearing it and saying, ‘Hey, maybe I’ve got to change this.’” Grantland

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