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April 25, 2015 Updates

Besides, Carroll knows a thing or two about adversity beyond the court. His brother died young. He’s been shot. He has a rare liver disease. Not to mention, all those doubts about his future in the NBA as he bounced from one team to another. “It made me stronger, man,” Carroll said of the winding journey that brought him to where he is now. “I’ve been through so much, but I look at it as a positive. I look at me being a testimony for all the other individuals or kids or whoever in the world is going through something. You can go through obstacles but still succeed in life.” Online Athens

He was just 5 when his older brother DeLonte died of a brain tumor. During the summer of 2007, while attending Missouri, Carroll was randomly shot in the ankle during a disturbance outside a nightclub, another reminder of the frailty of life. If that wasn’t enough, he also learned in college of his liver disease, which could eventually require a transplant but likely long after he’s finished his basketball career. “My whole motto, my whole mindset throughout my life is someone can have it worse than you,” said Carroll, who has a tattoo of his brother’s face on his left arm. Online Athens

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

Williams stepped in after a rapidly closing Kent Bazemore flew past him, fired off a clean 16-foot pull-up jumper. It couldn’t have been written any better: this was Williams’s open shot at redemption after a rough shooting night, a well-created look Williams has hit thousands of times before. “We wanted to get him off the three-point line, and he had a good look, a good open look,” Hawks coach and NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer said at the podium. “I’m obviously hoping it doesn’t go in.” “It felt really good,” Williams sighed. “I thought it was in when I let it go.” The Brooklyn Game

Chris Mannix: Another assistant who will get some attention: Atlanta's Kenny Atkinson. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

April 22, 2015 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks today announced that a definitive agreement has been signed for the purchase of the NBA franchise by an ownership group led by Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management. The group also includes seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, Clayton Dubilier & Rice partner Rick Schnall, and Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Marquis Jet co-founder Jesse Itzler, who are married. NBA.com

The transaction, which includes operation of Philips Arena, requires the approval of the NBA Board of Governors. Terms of the sale were not released. The sellers were advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Inner Circle Sports, and the buyer by Moelis & Co. NBA.com

“We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen to become the new stewards of the Hawks,” said Ressler. “We respect the NBA’s approval process and, accordingly, can say no more other than we are incredibly excited by the Hawks’ success and wish them luck in the playoffs." NBA.com

The next week, Korver agreed to re-sign with the Hawks despite overtures from teams with far greater track records of success and lineage than Atlanta. Korver might not have been blown away by Budenholzer's Intro to Philosophy, but he got a sense that Budenholzer, who was named NBA Coach of the Year after leading Atlanta to first place in the Eastern Conference, and Ferry were creating something meaningful. "There's this really fine line that some coaches don't try to walk," Korver says. "I feel like every coach is either really good at X's and O's or a really good personality manager, and there aren't many coaches who know how to walk the middle. Bud? I've never seen a coach at any level who does it better than him." ESPN.com

Billionaire philanthropist Antony Ressler leads a group that has reached an agreement to purchase the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena for an amount believed to be less than $1 billion, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed. Ressler, 55, is a co-founder of two private equity firms, Apollo Global Management and Ares Management. He is also a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. According to Forbes, he is worth approximately $1.43 billion dollars. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Steve Kyler: Hawks said to be sold for $730 million --- far cry from the $1.2 billion figure some tossed around. Hawks $730 million price illustrates how much Steve Ballmer overpaid for the Clippers not the new bench mark many hoped teams would command. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

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