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Larry Drew still head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, for now

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry says that the franchise will take some time to decide on whether to bring back Larry Drew or look for a new coach.


Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry met with the media on Saturday as part of the Hawks' exit process. During his talk, he discussed the status of his head coach Larry Drew and said that he would take some time before deciding whether to bring back Drew or begin a coaching search.

"We're going to take some time, give it some distance, give it some space from the season, from the playoffs, from the emotions of that," Ferry said on the practice court at Philips Arena. "Then we'll make decisions that we feel are best in the short-term and long-term interests of the team."

Ferry is expected to rebuild the Hawks from the ground up with a roster that essentially includes three players who are under contract for next season. That could include Drew with whom he inherited after taking over for Rick Sund last summer.

Drew helped guide the Hawks to a 44-38 mark during the regular season and is 128-102 in three seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks have made the playoffs in all three seasons and upset the Orlando Magic in the first round in 2010. Atlanta has been ousted in the first round the last two seasons by the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers.

"I thought we had a really good season given what our circumstances were. They weren't the best," Drew said. "Whether I'm back here or not, I don't know. The one thing I will say is I've had a great run here."