I got to get off the topic from the Hawks to talk about free agency 2010. First of all as a fan of basketball period, I hate the fact that Bron, D-wade and Bosh are on the same team. No this isn't the same as KG, Paul, and Ray. These are three of the best players in the world in their PRIME playing together. The Big 3 of Boston were pass their prime when they decided to join forces. I wanted to see competition as a fan. I wanted to see Joe Johnson vs. Wade, Kobe vs. Lebron, Lebron vs. Wade, not TEAM USA from Miami vs the rest of the NBA. Michael Jordan said it the best when he said he would never called up Bird and Magic and play together he wanted to beat those guys. Obviously you saw from last two years of playoffs that Lebron, when facing with diversity quits. He did it against Orlando and he did it this year against Boston. Jordan wouldn't quit, Kobe wouldn't quit, but James did. He didn't wanted to be the scapegoat, he passed up shots, become less aggressive. Don't blame it on the elbow. Sorry Lebron if you are the best player in the league you get all the credit and all the blame. Kobe and Jordan would go 1 for 30 and still demands the ball for the last shot, they are fearless. Lebron took the easy way out. He is now the SIDEKICK to Wade. Sorry D-wade is better closer than James and he will still take the majority of the last shots this season for the Heat. Yes, James would fit in this team because he can be a point-forward and plays an all around game. He probably will average a triple double this year. But i would not call him the best player in the league because the best player in the league, LEADS his team to championships not SUPPORTS his team to championships. Jordan did it as the man, and Kobe is now close to him. I don't care if LBJ wins ten championships with Miami, I would never label him as THE BEST player in the history of NBA ever because he took the express bus. Please dont tell me that Jordan played with two players as good as Wade and Bosh. Please dont tell me that Kobe won his last TWO championship with two players as good as Wade and Bosh. Lebron would still be an all-time great,but if he stays in Miami with Wade and Bosh he would never be the same level as MJ and Kobe.
Now for the Hawks. When you look at the team this year, whats the biggest hole that we have? At the point and center. Lets take a stroll back to memory lane to the 2005 NBA draft. The Hawks took Marvin Williams with the number 2 draft. When the team clearly needed a point guard and already have Josh Smith and Josh Childress on the team. Yet we drafted another 6-8 player and passed up on Deron Williams who went number 3, Chris Paul who went number 4, and even Ray Felton who went number 5. Marvin Williams is a above average NBA player but is he better than or will he ever be better than Paul or Williams? The answer is hell no. So the following year we took Sheldon Williams with the number 5 pick, do I need to say anymore ?? Brandon Roy went number 6, Rondo went 21. We traded for Bibby which was a good move at that time, but if we had drafted a point gurad in 05 things would be totally different right now. Putting Paul or Williams in the hawks lineup right now makes us a title contender. The Hawks right now is simply predictable. Iso with Joe on top of the key, iso with Jamal on top of the key, pin down for Joe or Josh or Al. I mean I could probably run the hawks offense right now. Is nothing but isolations and hoping Joe and Jamal does something good. We need a point guard that can distribute the ball that can set Joe and Jamal up. Joe and Jamal are scorers sure they can run offenses and make plays but they are nature scorers. I personally dont think Joe Johnson is a max players. He is a very good player kind of remind of me of Allan Houston back in the day but he is not a number 1 guy. He would be a perfect number 2 or a perfect option for a good point guard. But I credit the hawks for getting him back, this shows me that the hawks care about winning. He was the best option outside of Wade and Bron at that position. With that being said the hawks are bringing back virtually the same team. With new coaching and hopefully a new offense thats not iso every play, the hawks should be one of the team top teams in the east again. But i think they have max out their potential as a team even with a new coach. Bibby is on his way out. Jamal and Joe would do the scoring, Josh Smith should improve on his all-around game,and Al Horford are all nice. But personally I think the team has gone as far as they can with this group. i dont see them beating miami, boston,nor orldando. Should they break up the team, no. The hawks are only a couple of pieces away from being really really good. Trading away marvin williams and bibby for a point guard would be a good option. Signing Shaq would help though I doubt he would come to Atlanta. If not then we are looking at another good season with50 plus wins and another second round exit. Its good but I think the Atlanta fans want more.