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If the situation with the Hawks’ ownership and front office was not already strange enough, things took a significant turn Monday night when WSB TV’s Zach Klein acquired a letter from Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. asking for Danny Ferry’s resignation in June.

The letter fills in a lot of voids that existed in the story up until that point. An excerpt:

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The full letter can be seen here.

This is extremely damning evidence against, not only Ferry, but the entire Hawks organization. As mentioned earlier, every positive step the organization had taken recently has vanished over the last two days. Certainly this story is far from over and more information will be posted on HawksHoop as soon as more becomes known.

In a surprise announcement by the NBA this morning, Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson will sell his share of the Hawks after Levenson self-reported an offensive email from 2012.

Adam Silver’s comments from the NBA’s press release:

“Following Bruce Levenson notifying the league office this July of his August 2012 email, the NBA commenced an independent investigation regarding the circumstances of Mr. Levenson’s comments.

Prior to the completion of the investigation, Mr. Levenson notified me last evening that he had decided to sell his controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks. As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association. He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family – fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners – for having diverted attention away from our game.

I commend Mr. Levenson for self-reporting to the league office, for being fully cooperative with the league and its independent investigator, and for putting the best interests of the Hawks, the Atlanta community, and the NBA first. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 91, Hawks 84

Bo Churney —  January 5, 2014

FINAL

CHI(14-18) 91 – 84 (18-16)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Dunleavy (CHI): 20 pts, 3 reb
P. Millsap (ATL): 16 pts, 12 reb, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

It is really becoming evident just how much the Hawks miss Al Horford. The Hawks had 17 offensive rebounds in this game… and lost because the Bulls had 20 offensive rebounds. Mike Dunleavy had a big night with 20 points, as Chicago continued to run him off of screens late in the game as their primary source of offense. The Hawks offense, however, really did not have a primary option, as the Chicago defense did a great job of keeping the Hawks’ shooters under wraps.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Another bad night from the field from Millsap, as he couldn’t get anything to go around the basket. He did do some nice work on the boards, grabbing six offensive rebounds, but his offense was just… ugh. Sure, there was a lot of contact on some of his plays, but the officiating was like that for both sides. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Like Millsap, Teague couldn’t get anything to go on offense. Jeff committed four turnovers and simply had trouble running the offense with only Millsap as a pick-and-roll option. What was surprising, however, is that Teague did a good job on the Chicago guards on defense. 5/10

Pero Antic:At the end of the game when the Hawks were having trouble getting stops and controlling the boards, I was confused as to why Pero Antic wasn’t on the floor. Pero nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes and the Hawks could have really used his spacing and defense for the stretch in the fourth quarter where the Bulls were doing whatever they wanted. Hard to imagine that “The Hawks needed more Pero Antic to win” would have been a thing before the season started, isn’t it? 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: A solid 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals from DeMarre. That’s exactly the kind of nights the Hawks need from the small forward. Also, as with every game, DeMarre had a dumb play in transition that was very facepalm worthy. Regardless, still a good overall night from the Junkyard Dog. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Horford’s absence is seemingly having a strong effect on Kyle’s offense. Teams have been able to keep him locked down since Al went down, and that doesn’t really come as a surprise. Without Horford, it’s going to be a lot harder for Korver to continue to find ways to get open on a consistent basis. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 93, Hawks 76

Raj Prashad —  February 3, 2013

FINAL

CHI(29-18) 93 – 76 (26-20)ATL

Key Performers:

L. Deng (CHI): 25 pts, 14 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk
J. Smith (ATL): 19 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast, blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

No Joakim Noah, no Carlos Boozer and still without their electric point guard, Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls were able to outlast the Hawks, Saturday night. Chicago used an undersized lineup with 6-9 Taj Gibson playing center and head coach Tom Thibodeau combated Atlanta’s lineups with multi-guard sets. The Hawks led multiple times throughout the evening- clinging to a one-point lead when they did- but Chicago used a 9-0 run to close the third and they walked away with their second blowout win over Atlanta this year.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Two shots. That is how many shots J-Smoove took in the second half. He made one three-ball, missed his other attempt and grabbed seven rebounds as Jeff Teague did his best to stop Chicago’s third-quarter run. Smith was solid, but his disappearing act against an overmatched Chicago team doesn’t bode well for the Hawks moving forward. 7/10

Al Horford: Without Noah and Boozer, the Bulls didn’t have any problems with Atlanta’s interior duo of Horford and Smith. Chicago used speed against Horford on the defensive end and attacked him offensively, as he admittedly couldn’t find his shot throughout the contest Saturday. Horford notched a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, but his inability to battle at the rim made it easy for Gibson to score 19 points and grab 19 rebounds on his career night. 7/10

Kyle Korver: 40 straight games. Korver has hit a trey in 40 straight games now, as his only three makes on the night came from beyond the arc. Korver is good for his 10 points and around five or six rebounds nightly, which was his production Saturday against the Bulls. He left some to be desired on the defensive end, letting Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton waltz up and down the court, though. 6.5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Stevenson put up a dreadful 1-of-6 performance against the Bulls despite being in the starting lineup. The Hawks needed a full-team effort and Stevenson failed to show up when they needed him Saturday. It’s very possible that his knee is still bothering him. 3/10

Jeff Teague: Teague left midway through the first quarter with a right hip contusion, which gave a partial explanation for his struggles on the defensive end. The point guard scored 16 points on the night, including nine in the third quarter, but he had no answer for Nate Robinson. Robinson matched Teague’s nine with 12 of his own in the third and he had 20 points and eight assists for the game. Just imagine what kind of nightmarish matchup this team will be with Derrick Rose back to full strength. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 92, Bulls 75

Bo Churney —  December 22, 2012

FINAL

CHI(15-11) 75 – 92 (16-9) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 20 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast
L. Deng (CHI): 11 pts, 2 reb, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Larry Drew might be on to something with that energy thing. After a more than sluggish first quarter, the Hawks started torching the Bulls, running away with a 36-16 2nd quarter that was sparked with threes and lobs. Lou Williams’ first start since 2010 was a good one, which brings in an interesting question: should Lou stay in the starting lineup?

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh picked up after his less than great three-quarter finish in Philly, finishing with 12-5-4, with those four assists including a sweet pass to Lou Williams in the second quarter in the middle of a 25-6 run. Obviously, it wasn’t one of Josh’s better games, but his energy and defense were much improved. 7/10

Al Horford: Al continues his streak of killing Joakim Noah, putting up a 20-10 against his former teammate. Noah also had six turnovers and only one assist, a lot of which was a function of Al, Josh, Korver, and Zaza. His jumper looked a lot smoother in this one and he wasn’t appearing hesitant to take it. Definitely a great game to emerge from the slump that he had been in. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Korver continues his impressive effort, and he killed his former team in the second quarter, putting up three threes in the middle of that killer stretch. What Kyle lacks in one-on-one defense, he makes up for in team defense, as his activity on double-teams his probably more impressive than anyone else on this team. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Teague’s intensity in the first is what kept the Hawks going for that quarter. (which was really awful, by the way; don’t rewatch it) He finished with eight assists and even got some time playing against his little brother. (which, of course, Jeff won) 7/10 Continue Reading…