39 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season

Saturday, September 21, 2013
By Robby Kalland

Atlanta Hawks v Houston Rockets

We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 39 days left, today’s is…

Drew and Pachulia’s Return

With a number of roster moves this offseason the Hawks will have many homecomings this season, including the return of Larry Drew and Zaza Pachulia to Philips Arena on March 13 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The  Bucks’ one and only visit to Atlanta will be an emotional return for one of the Hawks all-time fan favorites in Pachulia and one of the most successful head coaches in Hawks’ history in Drew.

Pachulia played eight season with the Hawks and endeared himself to the Atlanta fans through his tough play on the court and involvement in the community off the court. Drew is one of the Hawks’ most successful coaches in franchise history compiling a 128-102 (.557) record in his three seasons as head coach, good for 5th all-time among Hawks coaches with 100 or more games coached. We have detailed what to expect from the Bucks’ visit to Atlanta previously in our Hawks Top 10 Schedule Countdown, and the return of Drew and Pachulia figures to be one of the bigger storylines of the season.

The Hawks family will be glad to see some former members return on Mar. 13 as Drew, Pachulia, and assistant coaches Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, who are also on Drew’s staff, return, but will be looking to send them back to Milwaukee with a bitter taste in their mouths. There will be more Hawks’ homecomings to come later in our countdown, as we look forward to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

We also want your input.  What are you most excited about this upcoming season.  Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!

Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta

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