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April 14, 2014 Updates

After a decade at Coca-Cola, Koonin joined Turner Entertainment Networks, where he has spent 14 years, most recently serving as the division’s president. He’s been overseeing programming, marketing, scheduling, strategy and operations for top-rated networks TNT, TBS, TruTV and Turner Classic Movies. “I love Turner,” Koonin said in a phone interview Sunday night. “It’s been a phenomenal ride with Turner. If this one opportunity had not come up I would still be at Turner as long as they would have me. But to have a third act of my business career with my hometown sports team was too good an opportunity to pass up.” Saporta Report

More than a year ago, Koonin, 56, began talking to the Hawks owners about becoming a minority investor in the team. As time went on, both sides realized that Koonin’s role could be much larger than just being a minority owner of the team. “Over the past couple of weeks, it really accelerated, and it just seemed right,” said Koonin, who expects to join the Hawks later this spring. “This leaked out before we got all the paperwork done.” Saporta Report

April 13, 2014 Updates

Steve Koonin, currently the president of Turner Entertainment Networks, will soon be named Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Hawks, according to several people familiar with the decision. An announcement could come as soon as this week. The Hawks had no comment on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rerport Sunday. Bob Williams, who serves as President of the Hawks and Philips Arena, will remain with the organization operating the arena. Danny Ferry remains President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NBA owners have approved Steve Koonin as a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks and he will become the team's new CEO, sources told ESPN.com. Bruce Levenson, who has presided over a sometimes fractured ownership group since 2004, will remain the Hawks' controlling owner while taking on Koonin as an Atlanta-based partner. Fights over control of the team resulted in a protracted legal battle and the sale of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, which relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. ESPN.com

April 12, 2014 Updates

Woodson, 775 kilometers from home, tried to be as philosophical as he could be, given the dire arithmetic. “We have to hope that Atlanta loses the next three and we win the next three,” he said, shrugging his shoulders, tilting his head. “That’s the only way we have a shot of getting in. It probably will little surprise you to discover the Knicks themselves were a little less obsessive than Woodson about tracking the Hawks. “Didn’t know they lost until you just told me,” J.R. Smith said. “I don’t have time for that,” Carmelo Anthony said. New York Post

April 11, 2014 Updates

Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson has died at 69. The Atlanta Hawks say he died Friday in Atlanta. He was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke. Hudson starred for the franchise in St. Louis and Atlanta. He averaged 20.2 points in 13 NBA seasons, including 11 with the Hawks. He finished his career with the Lakers. USA Today Sports

April 8, 2014 Updates
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The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

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Even though he is frustrated by injuries, Ferry is pleased with the makeup of the roster and the overall direction of the Hawks under first-year coach Mike Budenholzer. "Throughout the year, I felt we've been on a good path," Ferry said. "When healthy, we've been a very good team. I like the way we play. It's system-based. I like our players. There's some substance to them. With the way we're set-up from a salary cap standpoint and a roster standpoint that good things can continue to unfold. "We're not focused on trying to be the eighth seed in the playoffs because that's not our goal. We're trying to build something that's good, sustainable and the components are in place for us to do so." USA Today Sports

March 31, 2014 Updates

“Losing Al Horford early was obviously tough and then on top of that, with four or five players at a time missing big blocks of games during the second half of the season, our group certainly is frustrated,” Ferry said Saturday. “We are on a good path right now. We are very well-coached; when healthy we were a very good team that played with a substance and a clear system-based identity that I really like. “Being the eighth seed in a playoffs is not ever going to be our goal. We want more than that as a team. Our group will keep focusing on finding ways to get better every day. Again, (coach Mike Budenholzer), our players, (co-owner) Bruce (Levenson), we are all going to do good things going forward.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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