In front of a crowd that was gathered for the last home regular season game, Kyle Korver thanked the Hawks fans for their support this season. He added he anticipated continued support throughout the postseason, which starts later this week when the Hawks either open in Brooklyn or in Indiana. It is interesting to note Kyle Korver was nabbed to give this mini-speech to Philips Arena, as opposed to Josh Smith, the longest tenured Hawks and Atlanta native, among others.
Korver is a microcosm of the team. He told those in attendance that nothing is promised. Players like Korver weren’t exact supposed to end up here but here they are. Danny Ferry and the Hawks front office brought in numerous new players in a
rebuilding restructuring effort. Only 5 players on this year’s team played for the Hawks in 2011-12 and 13 others suited up in an Atlanta jersey for the first time at some point this season. Kyle Korver fell into the Hawks’ lap when the Chicago Bulls were cutting cost and recieved Korver essentially for nothing at all. And yet within the span of a few months, he has been integrated into the fabric of the team and the Atlanta community.
Korver has the most years in the league on the team, next to DeShawn Stevenson, and was the oldest player on the opening day roster. He’s played in Philadelphia, Utah and Chicago before spending this season in the heart of the South. For this reason, he’s the right guy to give back to the fans for their support in an uncertain season; a season that has the Hawks in the postseason for the 6th straight year.