Apr 16, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Kyle Korver (26) reacts to being called for a foul against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks Players Rock Headbands to Show Team Unity


Atlanta Hawks forward Dahntay Jones, center, observes a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

They didn’t last long, but they showed good – and awkward – intentions.

All 11 members of the Atlanta Hawks that took the floor last night against the Toronto Raptors were sporting white headbands as a sign of team unity. I loved the idea, mainly because HEADBAND KORVER, but I didn’t really understand why guys who don’t like wearing headbands would wear one. From my own personal experience, if the headband is tight or at all uncomfortable, it can make you feel uncomfortable out there on the floor. Maybe that’s why John Jenkins shot 0-6 from the fire hydrant across the street (3P).

Going into the second quarter the headbands started dropping like flies. John Jenkins, Johan Petro, Devin Harris, Mike Scott, and Dahntay Jones were among the players who took them off almost immediately after their first rotation of playing time. Luckily for us fans, of the Hawks and of uncomfortable looking athletes alike, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver kept the headbands on all night long. Score! Kyle Korver in a headband is quite the sight and it was great to see him rock the headgear against the Raptors.

In case you forgot what Korver can do when he doesn’t wear a headband, here’s a reminder:

While the outcome of the game last night probably had nothing to do with wearing headbands and more inexcusable effort, it was a fun idea to begin the game looking the same. My colleague Josh Lane suggested that the purpose of this “team unity” display was simply to match with Josh Smith. Last night could be known as  J-Smoove’s final regular season game if he walks in free agency. I wish I thought of that during the game because I would’ve seen it in a different way. It wasn’t about being one unit. It was about letting the “boss” get his way and everyone resembling him one final time.

The Hawks play their final regular season game Wednesday night against the New York Knicks. These teams have made for a couple of great games earlier this season. Could this one be great, as well? Considering its the last game of the season, I’m gonna put my money on “No”.

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