Although I love the play of Zaza Pachulia, I wouldn’t describe him as an enforcer in the paint.
According to this morning’s reports on NBA Fanhouse, Shaquille O’Neal is no longer in the Hawks’ plans for next season. That means that the team isn’t looking to pursue any more big talent and the likelihood of Atlanta being a feared city in the NBA is slim. Unless Atlanta Spirit Group green-lights a trade that would send Marvin Williams alone, or in a package, to another team for a significant role player, the Hawks’ offeseason is over. They still have 3 roster spots to fill and they have roughly 4 million dollars to do that, according to their speculated budget.
What can we expect from the Hawks this year? Probably a similar season to what we had in 2006 or 2007. Atlanta might be able to get into the playoffs without home-court advantage. Our team might be able to take the Celtics to 7 games in the playoffs.
With this week’s sign-and-trade of Josh Childress (a fan favorite), the Hawks aren’t likely to contend for any titles against Orlando, Boston, and Miami. Don’t forget, Chicago and Milwaukee are on the up-and-up lately.
With all that being said, I have an announcement for all the bros at Atlanta Spirit Group: Don’t bother calling me about Hawks tickets this season (or the next 6). I can’t pay to watch one money-sucking player hog the salary of an entire roster; much less support watching him repeatedly dribble out 20 seconds of clock and toss-up a brick in the 4th quarter of a close game. I don’t care if it’s Chick-Fil-A family night or some other lame-ass promotional event. I just want to watch the Hawks bitch-slap LeBron James. Is that too much to ask? If that’s not a possibility you are working towards night-in and night-out, then y’all aren’t doing your jobs right! Pay ME.