According to Peachtree Hoops, the Atlanta Hawks have exercised the one-year option on Head Coach Larry Drew’s contract, meaning he’ll be back on the sidelines for next season.
It’s safe to say that most Hawks fans were hoping for a new man at the helm, but Drew has shown that he isn’t the worst coach out there– whatever that means.
While his handling of the Hawks player rotation was at times both perplexing and a calamity, he continued winning through an injury-ridden season. He is to be commended for righting the ship after Horford’s regular-season-ending-injury, but from an X’s and O’s standpoint, he was overmatched in nearly every game. Or maybe it’s just a personnel issue, and said personnel not being able to execute LD’s orders. I don’t know, I’m not in the huddle and I’m never exactly sure what playing is being run unless it’s blatantly obvious. What people need to understand is that the Hawks are full of jump-shooters and space eaters. Jeff Teague is the only player on the roster who can attack the paint with reckless abandon, while everyone else prefers to mosey their way into the lane for a contested 15-foot fadeaway. Alright, maybe not everyone, but definitely you, T-Mac and Joe Johnson.
Regardless, Drew wasn’t able to free the shooters on this team for open jumpers as much as he was able to free Josh Smith up for them. It’s kind of a mystery how much respect he demands or holds within the team, but I sense he doesn’t get much from Smoove.
Enough of my blabbering. The bottom line is that he’s back, for better or for worse. Look on the bright side though, we could still be stuck with Mike Woodson. Sorry, New York.