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"A lot of their players are already claiming they are already going to make the second round, so...

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"A lot of their players are already claiming they are already going to make the second round, so that gives us a little added motivation, too," Smith said. "If that doesn’t get you geared up, I don’t know what does."

Josh Smith via AJC.com

13. Atlanta Hawks Six reasons we need a lockout...

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13. Atlanta Hawks Six reasons we need a lockout ... $16,324,500 $18,038,573 $19,752,645 $21,466,718 $23,180,790 $24,894,863 That's what Atlanta owes Joe Johnson, by year, through 2016. You know, because any time you can totally overpay someone hitting his 30s who isn't one of the best 15 players in the league, you have to do it. To be fair, at least Johnson played the best basketball of his career once he locked that money do- ... oh, wait, that's not what happened at all. He had his worst season in six years. These things can't happen anymore. Once the owners blow up the system and pass the "no contracts can last longer than four years" rule, we will never see another contract like that one. Joe Johnson, you made history. Anyway, here's how the next three months will play out for Hawks fans ... APRIL: The Hawks get crushed by Orlando in Round 1, a sweep highlighted by Zaza Pachulia starting three "someone hold me back, could someone hold me back so I look tough, HOLD ME BACK!" altercations with Dwight Howard, as well as 7,300 Hawks fans showing up for Game 4 and Charles Barkley saying, "The Hawks were turrrrrr-able ... . They were turr-able. Number one, Joe Johnson, if you wanna be paid like a franchise player, you gotta play like one. Second of all, Atlanta needs to blow things up, Ernie. And number three, that's why we havin' a lockout, because Atlanta had to overpay their best player to keep him, and Ernie, he ain't that great." MAY: With Atlanta desperately needing to cut payroll ($65.7 million guaranteed to eight players next year), the Josh Smith trade rumors kick into 19th gear. NBA reporters are faced with a dilemma: should they tweet every single rumor they hear, or should they just pass along stuff that they know is true? Naturally, they choose to tweet every single rumor they hear. Josh Smith trends for the next six weeks straight, to the point that non-NBA fans wonder, "Who is Josh Smith? Is he trapped in a well or something?" EARLY-JUNE: Fresh off the success of "The Heat Index," ESPN.com launches "Just Joshing," an entire site devoted to totally unsubstantiated Josh Smith trade rumors that will never happen. Yahoo responds by announcing that, every day until Smith gets traded, Adrian Wojnarowski will write a scathing column blaming Atlanta's increasingly dire situation on Worldwide Wes and LeBron James. LATE-JUNE: The Hawks finally make their move: a three-teamer that sends Smith and Pachulia to the Clippers, Chris Kaman to Cleveland (absorbed by their trade exception for LeBron James), and Al-Farouq Aminu to Atlanta. The deal saves the Hawks a whopping $30 million over the next two seasons but locks them into 42-45 wins for the rest of eternity. And you wonder why we need a lockout.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/110408&sportCat=nba

13. Atlanta Hawks Six reasons we need a lockout...

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13. Atlanta Hawks Six reasons we need a lockout ... $16,324,500 $18,038,573 $19,752,645 $21,466,718 $23,180,790 $24,894,863 That's what Atlanta owes Joe Johnson, by year, through 2016. You know, because any time you can totally overpay someone hitting his 30s who isn't one of the best 15 players in the league, you have to do it. To be fair, at least Johnson played the best basketball of his career once he locked that money do- ... oh, wait, that's not what happened at all. He had his worst season in six years. These things can't happen anymore. Once the owners blow up the system and pass the "no contracts can last longer than four years" rule, we will never see another contract like that one. Joe Johnson, you made history. Anyway, here's how the next three months will play out for Hawks fans ... APRIL: The Hawks get crushed by Orlando in Round 1, a sweep highlighted by Zaza Pachulia starting three "someone hold me back, could someone hold me back so I look tough, HOLD ME BACK!" altercations with Dwight Howard, as well as 7,300 Hawks fans showing up for Game 4 and Charles Barkley saying, "The Hawks were turrrrrr-able ... . They were turr-able. Number one, Joe Johnson, if you wanna be paid like a franchise player, you gotta play like one. Second of all, Atlanta needs to blow things up, Ernie. And number three, that's why we havin' a lockout, because Atlanta had to overpay their best player to keep him, and Ernie, he ain't that great." MAY: With Atlanta desperately needing to cut payroll ($65.7 million guaranteed to eight players next year), the Josh Smith trade rumors kick into 19th gear. NBA reporters are faced with a dilemma: should they tweet every single rumor they hear, or should they just pass along stuff that they know is true? Naturally, they choose to tweet every single rumor they hear. Josh Smith trends for the next six weeks straight, to the point that non-NBA fans wonder, "Who is Josh Smith? Is he trapped in a well or something?" EARLY-JUNE: Fresh off the success of "The Heat Index," ESPN.com launches "Just Joshing," an entire site devoted to totally unsubstantiated Josh Smith trade rumors that will never happen. Yahoo responds by announcing that, every day until Smith gets traded, Adrian Wojnarowski will write a scathing column blaming Atlanta's increasingly dire situation on Worldwide Wes and LeBron James. LATE-JUNE: The Hawks finally make their move: a three-teamer that sends Smith and Pachulia to the Clippers, Chris Kaman to Cleveland (absorbed by their trade exception for LeBron James), and Al-Farouq Aminu to Atlanta. The deal saves the Hawks a whopping $30 million over the next two seasons but locks them into 42-45 wins for the rest of eternity. And you wonder why we need a lockout.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/110408&sportCat=nba

"He has just been woeful on the pick and rolls. And Joe has never been outstanding on the...

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"He has just been woeful on the pick and rolls. And Joe has never been outstanding on the defensive end. Solid offensively, but..."

The Color Commentator for the Magic (I live in Jacksonville) I almost screamed at the TV

9. Joe Johnson. The Hawks are expected to offer him the max, but Johnson could yet earn a six-year,...

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9. Joe Johnson. The Hawks are expected to offer him the max, but Johnson could yet earn a six-year, $125 million elsewhere in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks or another team, which could send a second-round pick to Atlanta and leave the Hawks with a highly-valuable $16 million trade exception to be used over the next year. Every team with cap space covets Johnson in addition to teams like the Mavericks, who hope to acquire him in a more traditional sign-and-trade using the expiring contract of Erick Dampier.

Avery Johnson will interview for the Atlanta Hawks’ coaching job on Monday night, a league source t...

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Avery Johnson will interview for the Atlanta Hawks’ coaching job on Monday night, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

From Mark Spears at Yahoo!

Sund said the Hawks would extend a qualifying offer to Josh Childress, a restricted free agent who...

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Sund said the Hawks would extend a qualifying offer to Josh Childress, a restricted free agent who has played in Greece the past two seasons. If Childress wants to return to the NBA, he must opt out of his contract with Olympiakos by July 15 (he reportedly hasn't made up his mind). Extending the one-year, $4.8 million qualifying offer would allow the Hawks to maintain Childress' NBA rights. If Childress doesn't accept the offer but wants to return to the NBA, the Hawks could use him in a sign-and-trade transaction. Sund said he told players during exit interviews that he would consider trades that improve the team. "I'm not a believer in addition by subtraction," he said. "But we need to figure out how we can compete with the teams who are better than us."

Michael Cunningham reports the good news that Sund made a wise decision and has right perspective. All we can ask for at this point. (HT: Hoopinion)

"I felt like they were a little bit cocky," Jennings said Sunday. "They came in like, ‘OK, it’s Mil...

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"I felt like they were a little bit cocky," Jennings said Sunday. "They came in like, ‘OK, it’s Milwaukee, we’re up 2-0.’ I mean, that’s just how I felt. I felt like they thought they were just going to come in and just blow us out. I think with the crowd, and the way we came out, it just changed everything."

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-hawks-bucks

Things got a bit interesting after shootaround...a car slammed into team bus on way back 2 hotel......

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Things got a bit interesting after shootaround...a car slammed into team bus on way back 2 hotel... every1's OK

From Hawks PR Man twitter. Wow, we need perspective when it comes to wins and losses, but not that intense of a perspective. Thankfully everyone is ok.
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