You Can't Teach Size… or Banging

Friday, September 10, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Larry Drew recently told FoxSportsSouth.com “When I got the job, one of the first things that I spoke to Rick Sund about was bringing in a big guy — a guy that would be a kind of a natural banger.”

“Natural Banger” might be the most accurate way to describe Etan Thomas. Coach Drew saw that first hand when he was an assistant with the Washington Wizards during Thomas’ rookie season. He is hoping the physical style of play will be contagious through the Hawks frontcourt.

Let’s face it, Al Horford hasn’t had to go against a body like Thomas’ in practice since he was drafted. Solomon Jones, Joe Smith and Randolph Morris are all recent teammates that are over 6’10″, but all of them would rather avoid contact than initiate it. Then there is Zaza. Big Z has perfected the art of running into people, but stand him up next to Etan Thomas and tell me which one you would take in an arm wrestling contest. Zaza’s physicality will get under Dwight Howard’s skin, but Thomas’ could wear him down.

This is the latest tweak in the Larry Drew approach to taking the Hawks to the next level. So far we have 1) more movement on offense, 2) more ball pressure on defense, and 3) more “banging” inside. Something tells me that if Drew has his way Hawks opponents will be sore the next morning.

This style also requires a deep bench and great conditioning. I see Chattin Hill, the Hawks Strenght & Conditioning Coordinator, getting plenty of face time with the players during training camp. Word is that the players have been put on notice that they are expected to enter camp ready to hit the ground running.

26 Responses to “You Can't Teach Size… or Banging”

  1. J-SmOOvE

    lol i kno right just got rid of some dead weight

    #1660
  2. Janjan

    Thomas is a better sign than powell! nice

    #1662
  3. Anonymous

    boy we got sum bangers now

    #1663
  4. Hawksfanman

    Fresenko from the jazz what do you think?

    #1664
  5. J-SmOOvE

    yo chill out zach its just a blog. training camp in 17 days wonder who we’re going to aqqiure

    #1666
  6. J-SmOOvE

    ey lets look into trading for dampier could solve our bigman problem

    #1667
  7. J-SmOOvE

    I want new jerseys. who agrees with me?

    #1668
  8. Janjan

    Nah… dampier is old.. try to look for photos of Etan,, he can actually bang dwigth! ahahaha so he can bang anybody. KG, AB, Shaq, ahahaha hope he can block shots like Smoove. . ? ?

    #1670
  9. J-SmOOvE

    yea yea yea but where did you meet jason. at mcdonalds, krispy kreme? goldan corrall, red lobester?

    #1673
  10. Andy Raymond

    This is by far the most embarrassing comment board I’ve ever come across. As a dedicated Hawks fan, I’m ashamed that we only have two imbiciles like this commenting on an article.

    #1675
  11. Hawksfanman

    bottom line is we still arent going to win in the east so be happy about thomas if you want to he gets us nowhaere

    #1677
  12. Janjan

    atleast they have someone to gaurd dwigth! ahaha

    #1678
  13. Hawksfanman

    How about Al for AL Jefferson and Ronnie Price?

    #1679
  14. Hawksfanman

    1:Price/Teauge/Bibby
    2:Crawford/Crawford
    3:Johnson/Williams
    4:SMith/Powell
    5:Jefferson/Paculia/Thomas

    #1680
  15. Hawksfanman

    or after signing al trade him for felton and turiaf thatd be a steal

    #1681
  16. Oldhawk

    Lets face it Thomas isnt the answer but joe smith and collins didnt see much play time anyway, i’m pretty sure thomas will see plenty

    #1686
  17. Hawksfanman

    IM thinkin Paul and okafor for Bibby Horford (after extension) and evans, we have to good a team to waste because both joe and jamal are getting old,
    Paul/Teauge
    Crawford/Crawford
    Johnson/WIlliams
    Smith/Powell
    OKafor/Pachulia/Thomas/Collins
    What?? best team in the leauge no Question we have everything not to mention depth.

    #1688
  18. J-SmOOvE

    Bobcats have just waived Damper cmon rick sund sign him!!!!

    #1692
  19. J-SmOOvE

    Bobcats have just waived Damiper cmon rick sund sign him!!!!

    #1693
  20. Hawksfanman

    Frisenko is still better and younger than thomas

    #1676
  21. J-SmOOvE

    knew it was at a fast food resteraunt

    #1683
  22. J-SmOOvE

    its something where if a free agent signed with a team u cant trade for them

    #1690
  23. J-SmOOvE

    that is zach is hawksinsider he said he will change his name to that.

    #1695