Atlanta Hawks Rumors
ESPN: Why did you decide to sign with the Hawks? What was your process like in free agency? Jack: There were a few teams interested. Considering that I live in Atlanta, I played college ball down there [at Georgia Tech] and the people of Georgia are familiar with me, I thought it just made sense on a lot of fronts. I was flattered that they called and wanted to take a chance on me, knowing that I’m coming off knee surgery, but I’m willing to prove to everybody that I’m more than capable of withstanding the physical challenges of the season and just contributing to the team.
Alex Kennedy: Being claimed off of waivers is a strange thing. Most people can’t relate to that process at all. There aren’t many other jobs where you’re let go and then a day or two later, an organization on the other side of the country can claim your contract and you have to relocate there immediately. What was it like going through that process and how did you ultimately land in Phoenix? John Jenkins: “It was tough. It was my first time being in a situation like that and I loved Dallas. Being with them was great, but I was in a logjam playing behind two great players in Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews along with other veterans like J.J. Barea and Devin Harris. It was kind of like in Atlanta, where I was behind a veteran group of guys.
Jarrett Jack says he was not throwing any shade on Jeremy Lin on July 1 when he tweeted in laughter about 20 minutes after Lin tweeted he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Some wondered whether Jack might have been bitter considering the Nets waived him and then gave Lin a three-year, $36 million contract. But Jack, who inked a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks, says his tweet had nothing to do with Lin.
“I haven’t reached out to J-Lin, but hopefully he doesn’t think it was (any bitterness on my part),” Jack said at his NYC summer basketball camp Friday. “What would even be funny about that? I think J-Lin is damn good. I thought he was tremendous in Houston when they were hitting all those 3-pointers, and then in Charlotte, he played his ass off during the playoffs. “I’ll talk to him when I see him, but I don’t think it’s important to be calling and saying, ‘You know, I didn’t mean anything by it.’ We kind of know each other so to speak, and hopefully he knows me to the degree where I’m not sitting around and tweeting ‘hahaha’s’ at someone else’s expense.”