Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hawks Links for the Day (November 15th)

One thing I left out of the game recap: Mike Woodson did a good job of getting SAlim Stoudamire minutes when matched up against someone (Jeff McInnis) who can't exploit Stoudamire's defensive limitations. Gotta give Woodson credit when it's due.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer broke out his hoary Hawks jokes for last spin this morning:
"For once, having about 12 small forwards did right by the Atlanta Hawks. In the first half, it was Josh Smith. In the second half, it was Josh Childress. And Marvin Williams sprinkled his 19 points from start to finish. The Charlotte Bobcats never did figure out the variations on the theme that beat them, 117-109 Wednesday. The Hawks' roster is unconventional, to say the least. They keep drafting the same 6-foot-7 runner-jumper. The names change, but the skill set varies little."
Hey, back-to-backs are tough on the beat writers, too. Assuming that the fine readers of The Charlotte Observer don’t know or care to differentiate between the skill sets of Joe Johnson, Josh Childress, and Marvin Williams is likely a percentage play by Bonnell.

Compliments are far less back-handed in the realm of new media. John Hollinger praises Josh Childress in's Daily Dime:
"Josh Childress won't win the Sixth Man award this year -- not with Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa all lighting it up for contending teams out west. But in Wednesday's 117-109 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, he again showed why he's one of the league's most underrated players -- and perhaps one of its most coveted ones when he becomes a restricted free agent next summer."'s Ian Thomsen does the same for Marvin Williams:
"There are plenty of explosive athletes who can occasionally outleap the defense, but few of Williams' age grasp how to score within their team's offense."
You regular Hoopinion readers have heard similar things about Childress and Marvin Williams before. For more things you've heard from me before plus valuable insight from other Hawks watchers, the latest bloggers roundtable is up on the Hawks' official site.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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