Steve Koonin Rumors
Hawks Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin signed a new three-year contract with the team this summer. Koonin’s original contract was with the previous ownership group after he joined the organization in April of 2014. The new contract is with the present ownership group, with principal owner Tony Ressler who purchased the team in June 2015.
“It’s a really great idea, our organization just thinking and being creative ourselves, coming up with this whole concept,” Hill told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s really about bringing people together in Atlanta, and I think tapping into our creative community. One of our many creative communities.” Joining Hill on the panel of judges: Hawks minority owner Jesse Itzler, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, and vice president of marketing for Aaron’s Inc. Andrea Freeman. “These are all marketing experts, and somehow, some way I kind of weaseled my way into (judging),” Hill joked. “But I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Atlanta Zoo, in conjunction with the Atlanta Hawks, announced on Thursday that they would name its own resident black mamba in honor of Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant, who you probably know by now is retiring at the end of the year. According to press release: “Kobe Bryant’s career accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Hawks and Philips Arena CEO Steve Koonin. “He has set a standard with his incredible work ethic, tremendous will and competitive spirit. We’re happy to be partnering with Zoo Atlanta to recognize the impact Kobe has made on the NBA and its popularity worldwide.”