Surprise! Mike Woodson wants you to attend Hawks games and actually cheer for the home team. You know what? He is right. Atlanta fans should embrace this team during the regular season and not just in the playoffs.
“It shouldn’t be that way,” “There [are] enough people in this city to support the Hawks. I think we are a fun team to watch. We’ve grown definitely over the years, from the time we started to where we are today. – Hawks Coach Mike Woodson
Tonight’s game is a perfect example as the Lakers come to town to take on the Hawks. If history holds there will be a lot of Lakers fans at the game. That is fine but they should not under no circumstance out number the home fans. Which has commonly been the case when teams like Cleveland and even the Celtics in the past. Granted I don’t hear a lot of cheers for the Celtics since the playoff match up two seasons ago in much the same way that Dwayne Wade is now booed at Phillips. There was however a time when the opposing team got a lot more cheers than the home team and it still happens on occasion.
So to answer MC’s question as to what the Hawks blog people think of Woody’s statement. I agree with him completely. This has become to common place in Atlanta sports. It is not uncommon at Turner Field or the Georgia Dome but those cheers have never been as loud there as they have at Phillips Arena. This Hawks team deserves more support from its home fans. Showing up tonight to cheer on Kobe and Lakers is not the answer. You would think that a team that was on the verge of winning 50 games for the first time since the 97-98 season wouldn’t have to campaign for the fans in their own building.
So to coach Woodson I say good job for going public and sticking up for his team because the certainly deserve it but will offer my advice to him and the team. If you want these guys to stop cheering the other team then the best way to fix that is to win. It worked in the series against Boston. True the Hawks didn’t win the series but by the end of it a lot of the people that went to Phillips to catch a glimpse of the Celtics came away full blown Hawks fans once again. If you want them to stop cheering for LeBron and Kobe, then give them a reason and how about starting tonight?