It has been a tough summer. A summer of transition. A summer of losing a favorite son.
When Hawks lost Josh, they lost more than a basketball player. They lost the most entertaining Hawk since Dominique the Magnifuque.
The lights went out in highlight factory the night Josh left. A huge gap ensued, and for many of us, drifting and disillusionment with the Hawks became the norm.
Love him or hate him, Josh is the embodiment of what Hawks stand for. An entertaining, high flying team that caters to a city that can connect to that.
The fear among many, is that Danny Ferry is bringing a Spurs like boring style of ball to A-town. Solid, hard working, jump shooting, winning, but boring.
And then................ The summer league opens.
Perhaps Danny Ferry has the last laugh. Perhaps he connect more to ATL that I give him credit for.
I watched in amazement that first game with Dennis Schroder. At long last, a pure point guard. A natural. The rightful heir to everything Doc Rivers stood for.
At the ripe age of 19, in the summer league, he was pointing at his teammates, he was directing traffic, he was quite simply A MAN playing with boys. The game is already slow for him.
He probes. He passes underhanded. He breaks ankles and limbs. At long last....... A player those of that love basketball for the entertainment value can connect to.
And then the other kid, seemed to be having a great time dunking and blocking, enjoying the game with his captain.
Seems like Danny Ferry gets it!
Sure I am still down with some of his moves (mostly Milsap), But with Schroder, Hawks have themselves the best point guard of the draft. They have with Schroder, a superstar in making.
Perhaps old Danny Ferry knows a little about entertaining ball after all