There is always a lot of talk about the numerous 2013 free agents on the Hawks 2012-13 team but possibly the most important of these has received very little attention.
Larry Drew, by all measures, has done a fine job in his three seasons as coach of the Hawks. He has guided the team to a quiet 126-100 record over the past three seasons, or a 56% winning percentage. Even his postseason record of 8-10 is a marked improvement over his predecessor, the current head coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson.
However, despite his recent additions to his resume, the Hawks may look in a different directions. Rumors have surfaced about the possibility of pairing a familiar face with current Atlanta Hawk general manager Danny Ferry. Ferry had the same job title in Cleveland when Mike Brown was the coach in the same time period, 2005-2010. Brown lead the Cavaliers to an NBA Finals appearance and twice captured the league’s best record. He had a winning percentage of 66% in the 5 seasons in a suit and tie for the Cavaliers but departed in the same offseason as LeBron James did from the state of Ohio.
Since being released by the Cavaliers, Mike Brown was tapped to be the successor to Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 offseason. In his first season with the Lakers, they finished 41-25, and managed to grab the 3 seed in the Western Conference. They squeaked by the 6th seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round then fell to the eventual Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games.
Mike Brown’s next Laker season would be even shorter than the lockout-shortened season. Just 5 games into the 2012-13 campaign, Brown was fired with the Lakers sporting a 1-4 record. This came on the heels of bringing in both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason and expectations were set extremely high.
It is unclear what the intentions are for next year’s coaching position or if the finish to the season has any effect going forward. Still, like the many options the Hawks possess forming the roster in the offseason, the head coaching position is a fluid situation.