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April 23, 2014 Updates

According Jason Collins, Johnson's former teammate with the Hawks and now his teammate with the Nets, that change has been the product of Johnson's surroundings more than anything else. "A lot of it is that Joe has trust in our teammates to make the right play," Collins said Tuesday, before the Nets tipped off against the Toronto Raptors for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. "I'm sure that trust existed in Atlanta, but he doesn't have to do it by himself. Sometimes, when we were in Atlanta, we definitely gave him the ball at the end of the shot clock and said, 'Go make a play.' But the offense here in Brooklyn, we move the ball, we make the extra pass." Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2014 Updates

The Pacers have spent the hours after losing Game 1 sending mixed messages. On the one hand, they don’t believe there’s anything wrong with them. On the other, they might need to try something different. Such cognitive dissonance is, we can assume, preferable to admitting what has become increasingly apparent: That the East’s No. 1 seed has a real problem guarding the 38-44 Hawks. “We feel really good about this matchup,” Hawks guard Kyle Korver said Monday, speaking after practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But he also cautioned that matchups can cut both ways. So long as the sleeker Hawks are allowed to run free, Indiana is in trouble. But if the bigger Pacers can slow the pace and render subsequent games a halfcourt grind, the Hawks won’t seem so sleek. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 21, 2014 Updates

One of those small changes will likely be assigning the team's best wing defender, Paul George, on Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. On Saturday, Teague exploited the one-on-one matchup with George Hill and the other Pacers did little to stop him as Teague scored a game-high 28 points. "Yeah, that's an option," Vogel said about George moving to Teague. "I'm sure we'll see some of that this series — at some point." Indianapolis Star

April 20, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers are on the verge of a complete meltdown. The team survived a disastrous end to the regular season and still managed to claim the East’s No. 1 seed, but the Pacers gave away home court advantage with a shocking Game 1 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks Saturday. Atlanta cruised to a 14-0 lead to open the game and kept the lead in double-digits until the final minute of play. Kyle Korver blocked Roy Hibbert twice. On TNT Sunday, analyst Charles Barkley unloaded on the Pacers, calling them “flat wussies” for their performance. For The Win

Pero Antic, at his first game in the NBA playoffs, did not step back when David West of the Pacers had something to tell him. The two players got nose-to-nose during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between Hawks and Pacers. Sportando

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
THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
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While arguably the most popular, Dominique Wilkins is not the best player in franchise history.

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