The Hawks are#1 Open Thread

The Atlanta Hawks, you know, our pro-basketball team here in Atlanta, currently sit atop the NBA power rankings. This should give Dick Williams plenty to talk about on next Sunday’s Georgia Gang. In fact, Coach Mike Woodson should probably be given a Nobel Peace Prize for this.

In case you missed that, let me repeat it: The Atlanta Hawks are, at least for this week, regarded as the finest basketball team in the best league in the world. The … Atlanta … Hawks.

“That’s pretty nice,” said Woodson, smiling as he spoke. And Woodson, as you know, is frugal with his smiles. But think about where this franchise and this coach have been, and where they are now: From 13-69 in 2004-2005 to No. 1 after Week 3 in November 2009. (And not just according to ESPN. The power ratings by John Schuhmann of likewise have the Hawks at the top. Can the BCS be far behind?)

“I didn’t know that,” said Josh Smith after being informed of his team’s new lofty perch.

“It’s just Week 2, though,” counseled Randolph Morris, who was seated alongside. (Actually, it’s Week 3. But close enough.) “We want to be there at Week 50.”

Which would be shortly after Halloween 2010, which I don’t believe is what Morris meant. Still, you get the drift. It’s a long season, et cetera. But you know what? These Hawks might be No. 1 for a while yet.

Fell free to talk about this, or any other wondrous thing.


  1. Three Jack says:

    the hawks are stacked this season! it’s going to be fun watching them shock the nba world.

    how long before they give woodson the contract extension he deserves?

  2. Andre says:

    So long as the Hawks’ front office don’t make any bone-headed moves like trading Dominique Wilkins for Danny Manning during the midst of a playoff run, the team will be fine.

  3. B Balz says:

    Go see the Hawks practice at Oglethorpe University:

    Friday, January 1
    Friday, January 22
    Friday, February 12
    Saturday, February 20

    6PM – 10PM

  4. benevolus says:

    I think Mike Bibby is the key. There was a lot of chatter to move him out over the summer. For him to recognize that his role should change now shows a commitment to winning that makes the other (younger) guys realize that this is serious. You can have all the talent in the world, but if guys are just in it for the stats/payday, you still aren’t going to win much. Bibby embracing the role of mentor and example changed the demeanor of the team to one of much higher potential.

  5. John Konop says:

    I think a big key is the play of Smith. He has not been putting up threes and is playing great D. Also the pick up of Crawford helps with in the past only depending on Johnson for instant O. Also Harford looks more confident with scoring. Big question marks will Williams living up to his potential. Also if Atlanta can get Teague in the line up producing by the end of the year to speed up the offense and break Bibby they could go far.

    Whatever happens they are fun to watch!

  6. USA1 says:

    I’m going to have to dust off my old 45 rpm of “Nothing Can Stop Us” and crank that jam, because I haven’t been this excited about the Hawks since the 1980s.

  7. David says:

    The Hawks may start out in week two strong, but the new version of the Hawks will be just like the old version come playoff time – losers. This town is snake-bit when it comes to pro sports. We really ought to be grateful for our lone World Series. Our teams simply do not play with or even have a heart or the spirit to be winners.

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