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October 1, 2014 Updates

Olajuwon said Ferry reached out to NBA Vice President for Development in Africa Amadou Gallo Fall and asked to speak with Olajuwon, but Olajuwon said Ferry need not apologize to him because he does not believe the comments reflected Ferry’s way of thinking. “He’s been calling all the players to apologize,” Olajuwon said. “As you know, it was a surprise that kind of comment is still in mind. Those were not his words. He did not mean it. He was repeating something. I did not know what he meant. I don’t know what someone was thinking to say that. But those are not his words. He called Amadou to get my number. I told him, ‘There’s no need.’ I thought about it. He’s trying to rebound, to recover.” Houston Chronicle

September 30, 2014 Updates
September 29, 2014 Updates

Hawks' forward Elton Brand, a good friend of Deng, said he was prepared to do whatever was necessary. "I was prepared to take a stand, Brand said. "I didn't know if I should be an activist or an advocate or what to do." Brand said Deng expressed his desire to move on, so Brand did the same. Now the Hawks will try and move forward and put a tumultuous offseason behind them. "I feel like we've moved forward already" center Al Horford said. "The situation came about, we met as a team, all our guys came together and we understood that whatever happened, happened." 11Alive.com WXIA TV

The likes of Horford and Brand did show support for Ferry. "When I met with Danny he was very remorseful," Horford said. "He had understood what he had done." "I think he deserves a second chance," Brand said. 11Alive.com WXIA TV

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins has been named as special advisor to CEO Steve Koonin, the team announced Monday. He was signed to a long-term contract and will continue in his role as Vice President of Basketball. The Hawks also officially announced that a statue of Wilkins will be erected at Philips Arena. The news was previously revealed during a Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed press conference earlier this month. “There is no player more deserving of such an honor than Dominique for his continued commitment to the Hawks and the City of Atlanta,” Koonin said in a statement. “Beyond his amazing play on the court during his Hall-of-Fame career, he has been an ambassador for this franchise and the city for three decades. For all he has accomplished and continues to do for the Hawks franchise and the City of Atlanta, we are proud to bestow this permanent recognition of his legacy.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena today announced plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Philips Arena and will construct a larger-than-life-size statue of Hawks' legend Dominique Wilkins. The statue, which is to be unveiled at a special ceremony at Philips Arena on March 5, 2015, will be a symbol of the Hawks' legend's success as a player both on and off the court. Details of the statue and the ceremony will be released at a later date. Additionally, the Hawks have named Wilkins as Special Advisor to CEO Steve Koonin and signed the legend to a new long-term partnership. He will also continue in his role as Vice President of Basketball. CBSSports.com

September 27, 2014 Updates

Miami Heat forward Luol Deng just wants to move on. He found himself at the center of an unfortunate situation when Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry made some racially insensitive remarks about Deng earlier this month. After expressing anger, Deng has since forgiven Ferry. The two recently talked about the remarks. "I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said Friday during Heat media day at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or for the rest of my life." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 26, 2014 Updates
September 25, 2014 Updates

Ferry resigned as Cavaliers general manager after ownership fired head coach Mike Brown in 2010. Four years later, Brown is coming to his defense. “I cannot say enough about Danny Ferry and the opportunity he gave me as a first time head coach,” Mike Brown said. “The relationship we had at work and away from work, will be hard for me to duplicate going forward. The roller coaster ride of emotions we experienced together were easily navigated because of the blind trust we had for one another personally and professionally. We might not always agree with one another, but we could always count on having each other’s back by being on the same page when it was time to make a decision. And, toward the end of my first tenure with the Cavaliers, Danny never wavered in his belief in me.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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