After 27 Years…

Sunday, June 13, 2010
By Jon Newberry

27 years. That is how long Larry Drew has been living the NBA life.

Before many of the Hawks players were born (Smoove, Marvin, Al, Teague, etc) Drew was drafted 17th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft. He enjoyed an 11-year NBA career with his best season coming in 1982-83 when he averaged 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 1.7 steals for the Kansas City Kings.

After playing his last two seasons for the L.A. Lakers, Drew took a year off before returning to the team as an assistant coach to start the 1992-93 season. His seven years with the Lakers included the 1994-95 season in which head coach Del Harris was named NBA Coach of the Year. After stints as an assistant with Detroit, Washington and New Jersey, Drew joined the Hawks coaching staff under Mike Woodson in the summer of 2004. It didn’t take long for those around Coach Drew to realize that he was destined to become a head coach at some point in his career. In fact, Jon Cooper wrote a feature story for Hawks.com midway through Drew’s first season in Atlanta detailing this exact sentiment.

This brings us to today. With 26 years of NBA experience under his belt, Larry Drew has been named the Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

The last six years he has seen this team in Atlanta grow. He knows the personalities of the players in the locker room. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of the players on the court. Plus, if he faces a challenge with the 2010-11 Hawks he has 27 years of NBA challenges to use as reference.

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16 Responses to “After 27 Years…”

  1. atownhawk23

    Congrats to Larry Drew. Even though I found out yesterday.

    GO LAKERS!!! 2-2

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  2. classicone

    Man, A Bad Move By The ASG. I’m Sad Right Now:( The Hawks Will Never Play In A Finals In My Lifetime… Well Maybe When Im able to Buy The Team. That WIll Be in 20 years ppl! So hold on HAwks Fans! I’m tired of the cheap, no plan having Hawks. They say they are dedicated to winning championship’s, then go out and hire Rick Sund, who has sucked his whole Gm Career, then pass on coaches like, Avery Johnson, Byron Scott, and Even Mark Jackson, for Coach Woodsons Backup, who never placed an offense into our system, or have never shined as an assistant. Forget if the players like him, if he can’t shine and think properly, then that means no adjustments no, no great offensive set, no prepared ball club, and LIKE THE WHOLE HAWKS ORGANIZATION, NO GAMEPLAN!!!! I AM BITTER AT THE HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE OF MY MONEY!!

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  3. classicone

    Badabing thats why the Hawks WILL NEVER Win A Championship…Guys like u! I dont want to wait and see, I want championship caliber ppl in this organization!! Period, Bottom Line. Avery Johnson Has Won and Coached in the Finals. Mark Jackson Has Played In A Couple. Byron Scott has won and coached. Rick Sund, Larry Drew have never probably attended a finals game. Get out here with the weak analysis of wait and see. Wait and see Joe leave and the Hawks Barely Win 40 Games. Please WAKE UP HAWKS FANS. No Season Tickets This Year For Me. I’m Straight Unless a Miracle Happens In the Draft and Free Agency!!

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  4. classicone

    First Off Bruh, Im a Die Hard Hawks, Falcons, and Braves Fan! I Have Seen WHen The Falcons Were Run Just Like These Hawks! The Smith’s Were Horrible Owners and so are the ASG. ASG Say’s all the right things, but the bottom line to them is making money! Mr. Blank with the Falcon’s Organization, Back’s Up What He Says!! Thats Why They Are Gonna Be sucessful at the gate and on the field. When It comes to world class organization, that are commited to winning championships, it’s not about the money, it is about the RING. Bottom Line! You are a sucker if you believe for one moment the ASG Is committed to getting us to the Finals.

    On th coaching front: The Only Reason Avery Johnson Is Just Now Being Hired(New Jersey Nets) Is Because He wanted say in personel, you dimb wit!! No one would give him that oppurtunity!! What Has Dallas Done Since He Left? Another Sorry Atlanta Fan! Uninformed. I Hate You Guys Because You Think the Glass Is always HAlf Full, and WIth the Hawks It is always empty!!

    Mark Jackson Is the Most Informed and Bright Commentators In the NBA! WHat the hell are u listening to? U just make yourself look like…. well a Sorry Atlanta Fan. I believe you are a Hawks fan, but thats it. Your Not A Die Hard! I have The Hawks, Braves, and Falcons Logo Tatted On My Back Brah! I’ve been dealing with disappointment from the Hawks and The Falcons For Over 25 years! Please, dont ever in yo life put me in the same breath with your kind. You are why, where we are at. Typical ATlanta Fan, Settle for less. Not enough complaining!

    SECRET: ATLANTA FANS WANT CHAMPIONS AND SUPERSTARS! WE RIDE WITH WINNERS IN THE A! WE DON’T DEAL WITH LOSERS BRAH! THATS WHY WE GET A BAD REP IN THE NATION. WE HAVE NOT HAD BUT ONE CHAMPION, THE ATLANTA BRAVES. BASEBALL. THIS IS A BLACK CITY, WE CARE LESS ABOUT BASEBALL. FOOTBALL & BASKETBALL WE BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED FOR IT!! THE FALCONS ARE GOING TO BE FINE NOW, THE HAWKS HAVE JUST TAKEN 12 STEPS BACK!! THANKS U BILLY KNIGHT AND MIKE WOODSON AT LEAST YOU GUYS HAD A PLAN!! LOSERS WILL SETTLE FOR ANYTHING, CHAMPIONS ONLY SETTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS!! U A PEE-ON BADABING!!

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  5. classicone

    WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP HAWKS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SECRET: ATLANTA FANS WANT CHAMPIONS AND SUPERSTARS! WE RIDE WITH WINNERS IN THE A! WE DON’T DEAL WITH LOSERS BRAH! THATS WHY WE GET A BAD REP IN THE NATION. WE HAVE NOT HAD BUT ONE CHAMPION, THE ATLANTA BRAVES. BASEBALL. THIS IS A BLACK CITY, WE CARE LESS ABOUT BASEBALL. FOOTBALL & BASKETBALL WE BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED FOR IT!! THE FALCONS ARE GOING TO BE FINE NOW, THE HAWKS HAVE JUST TAKEN 12 STEPS BACK!! THANKS U BILLY KNIGHT AND MIKE WOODSON AT LEAST YOU GUYS HAD A PLAN!! LOSERS WILL SETTLE FOR ANYTHING, CHAMPIONS ONLY SETTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS!! U A PEE-ON BADABING!!

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  6. classicone

    Good Points, But Still A Lot Of Flaws. I Wouldnt Mind Van Gundy, the Commentator over Jackson. But I think a new perspective for the Hawks Is A Must. Players Do Win Championships, But Not WIthout a Great Coach! Look at all the Finals Winner’s from the past and they probably had a Hall Of Fame Coach for a reason. Remember This Was Avery Johnson’s first job with Dallas and did a wonderful job. They Lost To Golden State Because Don Nelson was there last coach and had the perfect gameplan to beat them. They haven’t done much since he left and will never get back to championship level ever again. Miami Heat were a far better team than them with a Hall of Fame Coach. Avery is going to be an excellent coach given the chance. Players Win Championships With Great Coaches. Larry Drew May Become a Great Coach, But the chances of that happening are slim to none. I don’t see the fire in his belly. He says things like, “I thought I never be given an opportunity, and I was content on being an assistant.” It’s a reason this guy has not been given a head coaching job. The only person I’m Happy for in this situation is Him. He is the only one that wins in this situation. They said they needed a change from Woody, a different voice, and they bring in a voice thats been here for 6 years already! Please! We needed a new philosophy, someone the players knew has been to the mountain top. Not some retread coach who never has been interviewed for a head coaching position in the NBA let alone hired as one. U have to see the BIG picture my man. Championship Organizations, make Championship moves. They Don’t Rebuild for 6 years to end tearing it back down to rebuild. They Get Superstar talent, Get Great Coaching, and They Believe That They Are going to win a ring. Just Because I refuse To spend my money on a product that is not Committed to excellence, does not mean I don’t support them, It means I am not STUPID to waste my dollars, on an organization that cares less about what really matters!! CHAMPIONSHIPS!! Until U understand my thinking we really don’t have anythinge else to talk about. I wish u could understand how u sound. Boston fans cry, they get garnett, and ray, laker fans cry, they get gasol, artest, orlando is 20 mill over the luxury tax, the pistons traded until they got them 1. Championship Organizations Do what they gotta do to hoist the trophy! The Atlanta Hawks Have Never, and WILL Never Be In that Position Until I’m The Owner Of This Team. Have a Blessed Evening.

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  7. tony

    Hey classicone, I feel you young man. BadaBing is just set in his ways. The ASG are more concern about buying fancy cars and luxury homes than winning championships. In order for them to maintain their prosperity status they have to spend cheap. The heck with the fans. You know that old saying……you get what you pay for. I truely believe these owners are not committed to winning championships.

    I like the fact that Larry Drew is a detail type coach. If he practice what he preach he might do well. I was hoping we would hire a proving coach(Avery Johnson, Byron Scott or Bill Laimbeer). Anyone of those guys would have been a good fit for our young men. I just hope Mr.Sund surround Drew with high IQ basketball players.

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  8. classicone

    GOOOOOOOO CELTICS!! I ONLY ROOT FOR CHAMPIONS!! SEE YALL IN 20 YEARS WHEN I’M THE OWNER OF MY BELOVED HAWKS!! I HAVE NO CONTROL, SO I WILL JUST WATCH AND ROOT FROM A FAR. I PROMISE I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO GET US A TITLE BEFORE MY EYES SHUT!! BECAUSE WITH THE PACE THESE GUYS ARE GOING WE WILL NEVER SEE THAT BEFORE I AM THE NEW OWNER. I LOVE U ATLANTA!!

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  9. classicone

    YEAH TONY, NOW U SOUND SANE. LARRY DREW MAY BE A GOOD COACH, BUT IT’S JUST THE HAWKS ORGANIZATION PHILOSOPHY. DON’T MAKE MUCH SENSE TO ME. THEY WANT A NEW VOICE. THEY SHOULD JUST SAID THEY WANT A CHEAP COACH. BECAUSE THATS WHAT THEY HIRED. HE WAS NOT THE BEST CANIDATE FOR THIS POSITION. JOE JOHNSON IS GONE, AND WE ARE PRETTY MUCH BACK TO SQUARE ONE. THE SILVER LINING IN ALL OF THIS I THINK JEFF TEAGUE IS GOING TO BE A BALLER, AND DOC RIVERS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS AND HE LOVES THE HAWKS! THOSE ARE MY ONLY TWO HOPES. WE ARE A EIGHTH SEED AT BEST WITH THE ROSTER WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. WOW!

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  10. classicone

    BOY I HOPE SO…

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  11. classicone

    BOY I HOPE SO…

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  12. Anonymous

    hawks need to sell the team they need just one owner! we need a center and bibby need to come off the bench time to let teague shine! hawks need to stop running same iso plays with joe.the hawks probally aint gone get no major player in the free agent pool.hawks just cheap! scared money dont make money so hawks aint gone make none!!how do you trade pau gasol! pass up on chris paul in draft! draft sheldon willams and marvin williams!

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  13. Anonymous

    bad move on coaching decision!! hawks drop the ball again!how you gone attract free agents with drew?

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  14. ryay87

    Hey guys I understand being a little upset about the hiring of LD as I was a little shocked too. I thought a high profile guy like Avery Johnson or Byron Scott would be great too. Let’s think a minute about the Falcons though. Mike Smith is is not a high profile guy he is a blue collar type guy who preaches accountability, hard work and look at the direction they are going after the awful Vick, Petrino, and, and Mora debacle. Let’s give the guy a chance he may just be what the Dr. ordered.

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  15. Dstlady1

    I believe that he is doing a great job considering the badgering that was done when he was hired. The Hawks are playing a solid game and even winning…well more than some ppl thought. You give it to them LD, it is the old sport in you that I knew you had..you are doing a fantastic job Donnell!

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