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Ellis just missed a driving layup with Harris draped on him at the buzzer and the Hawks could celebrate the start of a six-game road trip. Following the game, Sanders grabbed Zaza Pachulia from behind as the team’s came together at midcourt. The Bucks were upset after Pachulia was called for a Flagrant Foul I earlier in the fourth quarter on John Henson. Pachulia would not discuss the post-game issue other than to say, “They are mad because they lost.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 19, 2013 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Strangest rumor I've heard: Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert for Josh Smith and a filler such as Zaza Pachulia. As I wrote in the deadline diary, it seems extremely unlikely and out of left field. But it has been floating around so I passed it along. tinyurl.com/bxro94g Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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“Obviously we are going to miss him but we are just going to move on,” said Zaza Pachulia, who will start against the Nets. “There have been situations where we played two games without Josh. … Everybody is frustrated, coaches, players. I don’t see any happy guy in the locker room right now. Everybody is really trying to play good and win basketball games and get back on track. Yesterday, maybe it just went too much. It was what it was. We let it go. Everybody learned from it and we moved on.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 6, 2013 Updates

“Honestly it’s too early to start thinking about if I want to leave Atlanta,” Pachulia said. “Of course I am happy here. This is my eighth year in Atlanta. I’ve been enjoying living here. I call Atlanta my home. But like for everybody else, this is a business.” “I’m all about the team right now,” Pachulia added. “So we’ll see summertime. I’ve been there before and I’ve been in the league long enough that teams know me, what I can do and what I bring to the table. That’s for the future, when I’ll be worrying about that.” HoopsWorld

December 13, 2012 Updates

Pachulia on flop warning: “It’s a rule so you have to respect the game, respect the rules. Honestly, my first reaction because I saw the elbow coming was just to try to get out of the way because I was so close. I wasn’t trying to flop there but if you look at the film it’s obvious it looks like I was flopping. I was just trying to get out of the way. If the elbow came, I would rather take the $5,000 fine than a broken jaw. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 11, 2012 Updates

The NBA officially warned Hawks center Zaza Pachulia for violating its anti-flopping policy on Tuesday. Pachulia’s flop occurred during the fourth quarter of a 104-95 win over the Wizards at Philips Arena on Friday. Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin swung his elbows after corralling a defensive rebound. Although Pachulia was standing near Seraphin, the elbows connected with nothing but air. That didn’t stop Pachulia from flopping backwards as if he had been struck in the head. An official was standing nearby and did not bite on Pachulia’s gamesmanship. Video of the flop can be viewed on NBA.com. SI.com

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Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Jeff Teague are the only four Hawks remaining on the roster from last season. Without some of the leadership returning from years past, Ferry is banking on Teague stepping into a larger leadership role for the team and believes the more the young guard gets to play, the better he’ll ultimately become as a professional. “He’s still a young player,” Ferry said of Teague. “Last year was the first time where he just played. He got to play, totally green lighted. It will be interesting to see how he matures this year and continues to develop with things. It will be more his team. We don’t have Joe. We don’t have Marvin. It will be more of Jeff’s team than it has ever been. I think he’s capable of stepping in and doing a good job with that.” HoopsWorld

July 12, 2012 Updates

In June, business owners from around the world came together at Harvard Business School to take part in a three-day seminar titled “Leading Your Small Business Through Its Lifecycle,” where students learned best practices for managing their small businesses. Joining them at Harvard was Atlanta Hawks center and Buckhead Bottle Bar owner, Zaza Pachulia. Over the course of the three-day seminar at Harvard, Zaza worked through “real life” case studies related to small business ownership alongside the other 60 students in the class. The class required each student to dissect three case studies per day, finding creative solutions to everyday situations in a variety of business platforms. Leading the class was Professor Richard S. Ruback who stated that Zaza “actively contributed to class discussions, showed a real passion for learning and gained a lot from his time at Harvard.” NBA.com

July 9, 2012 Updates

The other factor is Smith had a solid relationship with Johnson, who was Smith’s longest-tenured teammate along with Zaza Pachulia and Marvin Williams. Smith was in his second season when Johnson arrived in Atlanta with the expectation of being the team’s star. Smith and Johnson’s strong chemistry on the court was obvious, too, with Smith often looking to pass to Johnson in transition or spotting up in the half court. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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However if things went as initially planned last year, head coach Larry Drew wouldn’t have had the luxury of calling Pachulia’s number off the bench in Horford’s absence. “Last year I was very close to being traded,” Pachulia told HOOPSWORLD reflecting on the drama of last year’s trade deadline. “It was tough. It wasn’t easy. I won’t lie. I didn’t have experience with the trade deadline and after getting used to this city, the fans and the arena – this is my home. The [trade] talks lasted a tough couple of days. During my career I haven’t been traded often, only after my first year when Charlotte came into the league with the expansion draft. They picked me and traded me right away to Milwaukee and that was the only time. My last six or seven years I’ve been here with the Hawks.” HoopsWorld

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