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 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.