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Wages Of Wins Calls The Atlanta Hawks One Of The NBA's Most Reckless

The Wages of Wins blog calls the Atlanta Hawks one of the NBA's ten most reckless teams for you guessed it, signing Joe Johnson to a contract not once but twice. Peachtree Hoops responds.

Whats up Hawks fans? I'm a writer/illustrator over at Bright Side of the Sun and am currently doing...

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Whats up Hawks fans? I'm a writer/illustrator over at Bright Side of the Sun and am currently doing a project where I am doing 30 illustrations (1 player from each of the 30 NBA teams) over 30 days. Day 6 features your own (formerly our own) Joe Johnson and I thought I'd share it with you. Feel free to visit and check out this and more as well as follow the project. Comments are welcome and appreciated. -Dustin

Rick Sund Talks Trade Scenario's 01-31-11

Atlanta Hawks GM Rick Rund talks about what he is looking for in possible trade scenarios, why the Hawks are a better team this year, and even compares them to the San Antonio Spurs.

Joe Johnson does not need agent, heads to craigslist

Pretty sure this illegal, but I did get a great coffee table on that site so I can vouch for its effectiveness. (HT Sekou Smith's Twitter)

"OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (brief pause)....YES! My goodness. Hoo hooo." - Dominique Wilkins, color...

"OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (brief pause)....YES! My goodness. Hoo hooo." - Dominique Wilkins, color commentator

AJC: The Blueprint–Remixed With Joe Johnson (sore Achilles’) out

The terrific Michael Cunningham reports Joe Johnson's pending absence from Tuesday's game against the Nets and about the Hawks defensive rebirth against Detroit.

"4. Josh Smith, Atlanta. Speaking of putting it altogether, a la Bosh. Smith abandoned the three...

"4. Josh Smith, Atlanta. Speaking of putting it altogether, a la Bosh. Smith abandoned the three (for the most part) and took over the paint. His field goal percentage is outrageous (56 percent, compared with 45 percent career), his rebounding has been stellar and he has regained the indefatigable blocking spirit missing from the soulless but successful '08-09 campaign. It's like the exclamatory Smith from Atlanta's lean years has found a way to exist within the framework of team success. And it is GLORIOUS." and "12. Joe Johnson, Atlanta. That Johnson's best pro season has coincided with Atlanta's leap up the leaderboard is not coincidence. J.J. has basically been a more gunner-y, less stopper-ish Roy. One could argue he belongs way up this list (like, say, alongside Roy), but Atlanta's backcourt is giving up as many open looks as the frontcourt (anchored by Smith and stout Al Horford), and while Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford are leading suspects J.J. is not immune from rotating late."

If you needed any more evidence Tom Ziller knows what he is talking about, here is his early MVP list. I could not agree more with his assessment of both Hawks' on this list.

"People had us winning the championship last year when we got off to that 6-0 start," Hawks captain...

"People had us winning the championship last year when we got off to that 6-0 start," Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson said and then laughed. "Everybody needs to calm down and just keep working. It’s a long season, man. Every coach I’ve ever had tells you that [the season] is a marathon and not a sprint. And that’s true. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to play with urgency. But you also have to keep the season in perspective."

Joe Johnson returns to Dr. Jekyll. Mr. Hyde waiting patiently in the wings.

The first play of every game, the Hawks run a pin-down for Joe. Like clockwork. At the end of every...

The first play of every game, the Hawks run a pin-down for Joe. Like clockwork. At the end of every game, the ball is always in Joe’s hands. He’s rarely flashy, just steady. He’ll cross you over, pull up and drain the J. Whenever the ball leaves his hands to go to a teammate, it’s a little unsettling. Is Joe Johnson the 20th best player in the NBA? At least. He’s the best player on one of the 8 best teams in the NBA. Without Joe Johnson, the Hawks aren’t what they are right now. For better and for worse. It is what it is. Some of you may disagree. But I’ll disagree with you. And I’m right.

As unintentional Joe Johnson week continues, JJ checks in at number 20 on SLAM's top 50 players in the NBA. A strong counter point to the Joe Johnson is not worth 60 million over four years argument. And 20 seems about right to me. But here is a question for you, did Joe Johnson create the Hawks or did the Hawks create Joe Johnson?

Joe Johnson will not sign an extension.

Which means he will become an unrestricted free agent. Seems odd that Joe would expect to get more than the four years 60 million the Hawks offered. The pessimist in me feels Joe might want to move on. The optimist in me thinks the Hawks might be better if he did. The hopeful in me is that market dictates the Hawks re-offering four years low fifty million next summer.

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