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Given a chance to support Ferry this weekend, Horford deferred to the Hawks’ future ownership group. Asked directly by the Miami Herald if he thought Ferry should be forgiven for his racially charged comments and reinstated as general manager, Horford said, “I don’t know.” “Whichever ownership comes in, they’re going to have to figure those things out and see if he’s the best fit,” said Horford, who won back-to-back NCAA championships at the University of Florida. “Obviously, [Ferry] has laid in some really good groundwork with us, and part of the success that we’re having is because of him.” Miami Herald

“I’m sure it’s difficult for him,” Horford said. “He assembled all these pieces together, and this was kind of his vision. Not even being here, but all season not being able to be around has been hard.” Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson, who made racially offensive comments about his fans in an email two years ago, is in the process of selling his controlling interest in the team. Levenson’s email came to light in September. Miami Herald

February 14, 2015 Updates

The question now is, will Ferry ever get to enjoy the benefits of his hard work from a point-blank range, instead of his TV set? Well, all indications say that will be up to the next owners of the Hawks, whenever they’re sold, which might not happen until this summer or fall. If left up to the players, however, there’s a pretty clear consensus. “He brought us all together,” said Teague. “I don’t think anyone would be against it.” NBA.com

Millsap: “I would welcome him back. We still don’t know the truth as far as everything that’s going on or everything that happened. I try to stay out of it. But we had a great relationship before all of this happened. I’m not going to let one day throw that relationship down the drain. People make mistakes.” NBA.com

February 5, 2015 Updates

Ferry read a scouting report about potential free agent targets during a conference call with members of the Hawks’ three ownership groups and flippantly recited some insensitive comments about Deng’s African heritage that eventually forced him to take a leave of absence. “He said, ‘I don’t understand why it’s in the report, but I forgive Danny and I’m ready to move on,’ ” Brand said of Deng. “So that helped me. As a team, we felt like that’s a management issue. That was up there. We still got to play, we still got to get our fans back.” Washington Post

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Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford joined the show to talk about their success this season. Horford said that he isn’t sure who the All-Star on the Hawks is even though they’re playing so well. Horford said that there is a lot of momentum for the Hawks in Atlanta – the fans seems to be getting into it. Horford said he’d welcome back GM Danny Ferry. The Dan Patrick Show

December 29, 2014 Updates

Kent Bazemore: Danny Ferry was doing a good job of cleaning up the organization, getting the right guys in the right spots. The foundation he laid definitely got the Hawks organization going in the right direction. It's tough, with all the other teams, the competition to sign guys, salary cap restrictions, to finally get a team and finally win with it. HoopsHype

How did the locker room deal with the Danny Ferry situation? Kent Bazemore: We handled it well. At the end, everyone knows Mr. Ferry was around a ton. He's a great guy, man. It's a business at the end of the day and everyone makes mistakes, but we are not in any position to judge anyone... They've got transcripts or whatever... We don't really know what was going on there. He's still watching over us from a distance. He stills gets the bulk of the credit for turning around the Hawks organization. We kind of miss him. Coach Budenholzer has done a great job filling in, and also Mr. Steve Koonin. The sun is shining bright even on rainy days in the Hawks organization. HoopsHype

November 24, 2014 Updates

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

November 3, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

There was so much drama here lately, from part-owner Bruce Levenson announcing that he was selling his stake in the team to Danny Ferry‘s highly publicized situation involving his comments about Luol Deng and the firestorm that created. How have you and the other leaders on this team weathered that storm and kept your focus on the tasks ahead? Jeff Teague: We stayed insulated from all of that and just locked in on each other. We’re a good group of guys and we play for one another in that locker room. Coach Bud is a good guy and he’s straight up with us. He keeps everything up front and always treats us like men and tells us what’s going on and all you can do is respect. Me, knowing Danny, he’s a good dude. He’s never said or done anything disrespectful like that to me. So when those things came out I didn’t overreact or think he was a racist or anything like that. It’s a mistake that anybody could make. And he’s dealing with it right now. And hopefully, he can come back from it. NBA.com

October 13, 2014 Updates
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

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