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Hawks finally get honest, Ferry takes leave

  • 4:41 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave from the Hawks. (AP)

The Hawks finally got honest about something Friday: It wasn’t going to work.

It doesn’t matter what side of the debate you were on about Danny Ferry’s remarks or the (latest) continental divide in team ownership. Ferry couldn’t function as a general manager. His image had been tarnished. He had become toxic. He couldn’t operate in an organization where the managing owner who had his back (Bruce Levenson) was exiting in shame and the next most powerful partner (Michael Gearon Jr.) wanted him out.

The Hawks didn’t fire Ferry, nor did he resign. For now, the team’s general manager is in relative [More]

Hawks’ Ferry wants to stay but can’t survive this (updated)

  • 7:29 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Danny Ferry is under fire for derogatory comments about former free agent Luol Deng. (Curtis Compton, AJC)


Danny Ferry has done an admirable job in his two seasons as Hawks general manager. He implemented a plan, cleaned out the wreckage and made some smart personnel acquisitions that sent the team in the right direction.

But it will be stunning if Ferry’s days with the Hawks continue much longer.

In the latest of a dizzying series of events that began Sunday with owner Bruce Levenson’s disclosure of a racially charged email now comes news that co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has been demanding Ferry’s exit since June. The reason, [More]

Levenson, Kareem miss point about Atlanta

  • 12:02 pm Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Bruce Levenson is a businessman, not a racist. (AP photo)

There were more than 70,000 fans in the Georgia Dome for Sunday’s game between the Falcons and New Orleans Saints. I didn’t stop to do an actual breakdown by race but I can verify that there were a high percentage of blacks in attendance, and, shockingly, that didn’t seem to stop panicked suburban whites from venturing inside the Perimeter to go to the game.

What a relief. For a moment there, I thought maybe Bruce Levenson was right about why white fans weren’t attending Atlanta Hawks games.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Atlanta sports market — and most [More]

Hawks’ Levenson has ugly exit because of email (UPDATED)

  • 12:23 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hawks majority Bruce Levenson announced he will sell controlling interest in team. (AJC photo)


Below is the original blog on the most unexpected story in Atlanta sports in some time.

Somehow it figured that when the ownership tenure of the Atlanta Spirit in general and Bruce Levenson in particular ended, it would not end well. None of the partners have ever seemed destined for a victory parade on the way out the door.

But this is an uglier exit than anybody could have expected.

Levenson, the majority partner who orchestrated the Thrashers’ sell and move to Winnipeg and has been the Hawks’ governor in recent years, [More]

Hawks’ Levenson would support Sterling’s exit

  • 12:48 pm Monday, April 28th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

It has been two days and we’re still waiting for a flat-out denial from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling that it was his voice on a secretly recorded conversation in which he revealed himself (again) as a racist. There has been only a non-denial/denial from team president Andy Roeser, whose statement read, in part: “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings.”

Nowhere in the 176-word statement were the words, “He didn’t say it.”

Given Sterling has been accused of racial and gender [More]