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December 29, 2014 Updates

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

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

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

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