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November 27, 2014 Updates

The Hawks intend to send John Jenkins and Adreian Payne on an NBA Development League assignment Friday. The move will give the little-used players needed game action. Jenkins and Payne will be assigned to Fort Wayne, the Hawks’ D-League affiliate. The Mad Ants play six games in 10 days beginning Friday. Both are expected to travel Thursday evening. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 26, 2014 Updates
November 24, 2014 Updates

Q: How is your relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer? Al Horford: "I'm very happy with the coach, with Mike. His system is similar to the method used by San Antonio. I feel comfortable. I respect Mike and I know that we have to follow his method to improve. We will do special things sooner rather than later." Q: Do you try to play like San Antonio? Al Horford: "At the end of the day it's the old system. We have different players, but the system is similar. Sure, we want to create our own identity. We don't want to be the 'Spurs East'. There are other teams with the same offensive system. We want our own identity, but I recognize that it is the Spurs' system." HoopsHype

As for Ferry, the likelihood that he'd return to his old role for a new owner is something even he doesn't believe is possible, according to league sources. He has met with numerous individuals and groups to try and make amends for his words and seems, by all accounts, to be genuinely remorseful. NBA.com

"So, those things happened. And I don't believe Danny's a racist. I think he messed up. And like anyone else, when you mess up, you should get punished. What's that punishment? That's not for me to decide and I'm not even going to share my thoughts on that. But I was hopeful that the vision and the culture that he began to set was going to keep on going. That's why I'm here, you know?" NBA.com

Training camp was tough -- "It was at the front of everyone's minds," Korver said. "But then life keeps coming, and the games start coming. We've got plenty of other things to put our attention on. Bud's done a great job of really locking us into the games and what we're trying to accomplish as a team, and we'll talk about it if we need to, if something comes up." NBA.com

November 23, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have recalled rookie forward/center Adreian Payne from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Payne appeared in two games with the Mad Ants (at Erie on 11/21 and 11/22), averaging 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 31.1 minutes. In last night’s contest, he totaled 17 points, 13 rebounds (five on the offensive glass), two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes (4-9 FGs, 9-11 FTs). NBA.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

Brand re-upped for another year with the Hawks this season. He again has been used sparingly to start the season. Through Thursday, he had appeared in two games — the season opener and in late duty while in a blowout loss to the Cavaliers. Brand said he does not regret his decision stay with the Hawks. “It’s kind of what I expected coming here,” Brand said this week. “I look at the teams that I could have been with. Some are doing well. Dallas said ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to come back?’ Some other teams I could have played a lot of minutes with are doing really bad. So, would I want to be there? Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 21, 2014 Updates
November 20, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have assigned rookie forward/center Adreian Payne to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. He was Atlanta’s first-round pick (15th overall) in 2014. The Mad Ants’ next two games are Friday and Saturday night at Erie. NBA.com

Adreian Payne will get a chance to play. The Hawks will send the first-round draft pick to the NBA Development League this weekend for pair of games with Fort Wayne. Payne has not played this season. He has been inactive in nine of the Hawks’ 10 games. He missed the first five games with plantar fasciitis in this left foot. “I’m looking forward to it,” Payne told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following practice Thursday. “It’s a great opportunity for me to go out and get some game reps and get ready to get back with my team. We’ve got a lot of players. We are deep. It’s just a process that you’ve got to go through. I’m willing to do it because I want to get better. I don’t see anything bad coming out of it.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 19, 2014 Updates

Chris Vivlamore: Saw DeMarre Carroll. Told me he was playing Friday. As we know, final word rests with CMB. #ATLHawks Twitter @CVivlamoreAJC

Am I in Los Angeles? I believe I drove to Philips Arena tonight but it felt a lot like the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant usually draws a crowd on the road but this one was chanting ‘M-V-P, M-V-P” every time he stepped to the free-throw line. When Bryant hit the opening basket of the game, Philips Arena erupted. As he, and his teammates, made big shots down the stretch, there was a considerable amount of cheering for the visitors. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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