Antony Ressler Rumors
Chris Kirschner: From Tony Ressler: “I emphatically believe that you are either part of the solution or you are the problem. Black lives matter. There is no in-between. We, as an organization and part of the Atlanta community, are determined to be a part of the solution.”
Rebuilding a team and trying to create a contender takes time. But being patient through that process isn’t Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler’s forte, he said before the Hawks’ home opener vs. the Magic on Saturday night. “I haven’t met a fan that is less patient than me,” Ressler said.
“We want progress, we expect progress, we demand progress,” Ressler said. “And (second-year coach Lloyd Pierce) feels it, (general manager Travis Schlenk) feels it and I feel it. And by the way, if that means all of us feel pressure, that’s what we signed up for.”
“We’ve got to win more games,” Ressler said. “We’ve got to win more games and the young guys have got to be better. We want the young guys to get better. … One thing I’ve learned in the NBA, too, is you don’t go to young players and are like, ‘Do you want to get better?’ These guys all want to be so much better, they’re all working so hard. Got to show it on the court. Generally it shows up on the court when they’re working off the court. It’s not like people aren’t putting in the work, we love what we see. But let’s face it, if we don’t win more games this year than we did last year, if people don’t appreciate that we have more talent than they thought we had, if we don’t see progress in some of our younger players, I think we’d all be disappointed, (Pierce) top of the list.”
There were numerous conversations prior to last year’s draft and whether they should go ahead with such a decision, and Ressler was admittedly nervous. “I have to be honest, but I didn’t think Luka would be this good,” Ressler said prior to Saturday’s game. “I didn’t think Trae was going to be this good. They are both better than I expected. I think they’re both really special players and have a shot to be for a really long time if they stay focused. I think this trade is going to have a nice, long history of discussion. I wouldn’t completely, again, declare success or whether we won it or lost it today because I do think both teams have someone they can really help build around for years and years to come.”