Lang Greene is a NBA Writer for HOOPSWORLD covering the Atlanta Hawks and Eastern Conference. Lang’s chat gets started at 8pm EST every Wednesday.
Lang, sky hook, can’t D it can you? I would think Spencer Hawes and others should focus on it?
There is no way that KAJ is the only guy that can do it effectively? The Sky Hook extended Lew Alcinder’s career by many years.
What’s up Hoop Freaks? Back after a one week hiatus. Miss me? Rocking to the old school sounds of my man @DaHybrid33 tonight. Hope the summer has been good to you, let’s get after it.
Jim … the sky hook was virtually unstoppable. You need the right combination of height and wingspan to pull it off. I remember watching a special on it about 8 years ago discussing why younger guys don’t use it more … a lot of the guests on the panel said it was due to vanity since the shot itself isn’t flashy to the eyes. I remember pulling one off back in ’94 at Montgomery Park back in New Jersey and the old heads called me “old man” and teased me all night.
Lang my brother’! Nice new picture. Lookin’ sharp ! Haha.
Been busy so haven’t been askin many Qs good to back though! Hope youve been well man!
Now down to it!!
Ok so, why did the Hawks pick up Milsap? I like the guy, great hustler, come into his own as a player. But man! Al Horf wants out of the C spot! Why did they get Milsap when he is basically the same type of player?
Also where do you see John Jenkins ending up in his career, solid roll player, etc? i see abit of Kevin Martin in him BUT I loveee his stroke hahahaa!
My man! Lol, thanks. It was time for a change and Kyler made it happen. Good to have you back and hope all is well w/ you too.
As much as Al Horford wants to play power forward, the fact remains the guy is a two-time All-Star at center. How many guys in the league today can say this? So until Danny Ferry finds a true center to make it happen then I believe Al will have to suck it up.
I actually like the Paul Millsap signing. Very productive player who plays within himself. I liken his signing to what the Indiana Pacers were thinking a couple years ago by signing David West to a similar deal. West has proved to be abig piece of the Pacers’ recent rise. While Millsap won’t have the same impact, the Hawks get a guy who will make opponents work night in and night out.
John works so damn hard … I see him carving out a long career mostly as a reserve. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started a couple seasons down the line. I’m thinking a similar career trajectory of a JJ Redick
Big Hawks Fan – Vegas provided glimpses of hope from our young draft picks. Can Mike Scott make the transition to SF or does he only have the skill set to be an under sized PF? Can Jenkins be an effective starting SG? Does Bebe stay or play over seas next year?
Mike Scott is a power forward. DOesn’t have the quickness to play small forward full-time. If Josh Smith couldn’t do it, I don’t see Mike making the transition. I think John is best suited as a reserve right now … but in time he could potentially blossom into a starting quality SG.
My opinion is Lucas is headed back overseas for a bit more seasoning.
if the cavs get all injured this year, do u think theyll tank for wiggins?
If all of the Cavs get injured, it wouldn’t be tanking. They’ll make a playoff push, but they’re not strong enough to withstand multiple injuries to their key guys yet.
Hey Lang. First off, any relation to Donte, the 6’11″ SF who never panned out on the Kings? Jokes but still serious lol. Second question is will Javale McGee show us spectacular AND solid play under Brian Shaw? The Nuggets, on paper, always look like a decent playoff team and with Gallo healthy with the additions of Foye, Arthur, and Hickson..they are inevitably doomed for a season a bit worse than last.
No relation to Donte, but he did play ball with some folks from my hometown out there in Syracuse.
I think JaVale will provide plenty of highlight reel plays and a gang of foolish ones. That’s just him as a player until he gains a bit more maturity.
The Nuggets won’t win 57 games this season, but will still make the playoffs. They have talent out there but all of the transition this summer tells me the club will take a couple of steps back next season.
Cousins, Hibbert, Monroe, Drummond, Davis, Noel, etc, etc. Are the days of team USA facing a lack of bigs over for now?
Team USA bigs are looking a bit stronger, but Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Nerlens Noel and even Greg Monroe aren’t ready for Olympic action … but good thing for Team USA it is another three years to the big event.
We’ve all noticed that you got a new photo. Where can the rest of us score some Hoopsworld swag like that shirt there?
Good stuff. Lol. Steve Kyler, the man in charge, is the guy to hit for HOOPSWORLD gear.
I’m loving everything ATL is doing. Schroeder looks great for his age and I like the FA pickups. I just see us needing another big…. why not give oden a chance?
From what my sources tell me the Hawks aren’t pursuing Greg Oden. Assuming the big fella is healthy, he would be a good two year signing while the team waits for Lucas to get NBA ready.
What’s good bruh! I’m a C’s fan, and they are over the cap. Would it smart to trade Green and Melo for Granger? Green could play third fiddle to George and Hibbert while Granger is coming off an injury and plus he is on his last year contract. I just honestly cannot see Green as the go-to guy. Seems like a win-win to me.
The Indiana Pacers maintain they’re not in the market of trading Danny Granger right now. Even if they were, this wouldn’t be a good deal for them. With Paul George on the roster (and needing a contract extension) bringing in Jeff Green who is owed another $26 million just wouldn’t be smart business. JG and PG play the same position, basically. Can’t see the Pacers investing this type of money to the small forward position.
who is Jordan Henriquez and why is he on the rockets salary page? is this a new player they have signed?
The Rockets signed Jordan last week. He is a 6’11 center out of Kansas State and spent time on the team’s summer league squad.
How’s it going Lang? 2 questions:
My serious question:
Are the clippers real contenders now?
And a fun question:
You are GM, put a realistic starting 5 and a 6th man together to win a championship (you still have to obey CBA and cap space). everyone on the market is available. choose a team.
1. On paper the Clippers must be respected and taken seriously. They have locked in Chris Paul, signed a Hall of Fame caliber coach, Blake Griffin should improve, JJ Redick and Jared Dudley add even more depth … I have high expectations for the Clippers this season.
2. Being realistic (i.e. not going after the BEST at every position) … C Greg Monroe, PF LeBron, SF Paul George, SG Tony Allen and PG Stephen Curry … sixth man give me Kahwhi Leonard. I think I’ll still have pretty good money left over to fill out spots 7-12. I feel pretty confident w/ that lineup.
I am so tired of hearing ESPN bash the new Pelican name…being from the gulf coast I understand the relevance to the region.
IYO does a team name have to intimidate?
I get birds aren’t intimidating if its not a hawk or eagle but either is a Net, Pacer car, Sun, Spur, Piston on a car, Magic, the date of 1976, or a WIZARD a freakin’ wizard still baffles me and makes no sense except alliteration…Back to my point, these team names have relevance to their region (except a net and wizard) yet are not intimidating so why hate on the bird?
….sorry for the rant
No. A team name doesn’t have to intimidate. The “Lakers” isn’t intimidating. The players who have donned those unis are though. It all comes down to players.
I think most people are just used to the commonly used team names bulldogs, hawks, cougars, tigers, wildcats, etc … so the Pelicans is just a little harder out of the mouth. People will get used to it.
Hey Greene I find it interesting how certain NBA teams like Dallas, Houston and both of the Florida squads had trouble drawing big name free agents because I they seem like nice cities, have decent weather (I know Texas can get really hot but otherwise it’s good) and no income tax. Of course now that Miami has Lebron everyone wants to play there and I doubt Howard goes to Houston without Harden. So I guess my question is even though your Hawks aren’t an income tax free state, do you believe if they ever get a solid squad with a premier talent (I love Horford but he’s not a franchise player) that they’d be suddenly be considered attractive?
Good points. Very good points. I actually think Atlanta wouldn’t have had trouble luring guys in … but you must remember for so long the team wasn’t in a flexible enough position to the salary cap to attract big names. I think the Hawks will have to strike it big in the draft. Look at the Clippers. No big name wanted to play there … but they lucked up and got Blake Griffin … then all of a sudden a guy like Chris Paul is cool w/ spending his prime years there. With me?
2 more questions Greene:
1) Does HW have like a HQ where yall can meet at?
2) Hypothetical: Allegedly LA could have traded Bynum for Melo a few years ago but held onto him in hopes they could turn Bynum into D12.
Let’s pretend Howard didn’t leave LA: Would you have rather had Melo or would you have traded Bynum for D12, knowing he may never recover from his injuries and might not return to his 2009 form?
1. A lot of the team spends time with each other on the road at events like the draft, summer league, playoffs, the Finals, pre-draft camps, HS All-American games, etc.
2. Probably would have held onto Bynum assuming he could have maintained his health. I don’t think there is too much of a drop-off between Bynum and D12 when both are 100 percent. But once again, hard to play Tuesday morning point guard
If your Portland and want fair value for Aldridge since he wants to join a legit contender do you consider offering him and newly acquired Lopez to OKC for Ibaka and Perkins?
Aldridge becomes that low post back to the basket threat OKC badly needs forming a new big 3 that’s possibly even better then Miami. Lopez is solid starting center who is cheaper then Perkins which would let them afford to pay Aldridge that difference in salary between him and Ibaka.
Ibaka can grow with the young core of Lillard and Batum in Portland. Also Perkins is a stable veteran that can mentor the young bigs in Leonard and Robinson.
Win/Win for both teams right?
Interesting scenario. But I don’t think OKC would let go of Ibaka because of his defensive presence he brings. LaMarcus brings the offensive component OKC needs though.
Hey hope its going well, but i was curious do you see cleveland making any trades with varajoe if not in the offseason closer to the deadline, because it seems as if they a logjam of bigs with thompson bynum bennett and zeller, could you see them trying to get servicable wing or future picks to not jepordize the cap space??
Cleveland flirted with trading Varejao last season before he got hurt. I have no doubt the team will flirt with offers once again this season … especially if Bynum is ready to contribute and/or Tyler Zeller makes a significant jump.
What up Lang. Since the Hawks signed Pero Antic (sounds like something in my medicine cabinet), does that mean Nogueira or Muscala won’t make the team (or get stashed overseas)?
Strong possibility from what I’m hearing both rookie big men could be headed overseas for a bit more seasoning. Nothing imminent but it has been discussed.
What do you know about, and think of my countryman, and the new HAWK, Pero Antic ? : ] Do you like what he brings to the table ? I know a lot about his game, and although he is more talented and a better overall basketball player than half the big man in the NBA, I think his coming into the league is couple of years late. I hope I’m wrong and I hope he can show the NBA public why Macedonia is 4th basketball force in Europe : ]
Thanks for the question. I need to do a little more research on Pero. From what I’ve seen thus far he likes to loiter on the perimeter and bang on the inside. But I’m still looking into him and trying to find out exactly what role the team is bringing him in to play.
How do you feel about the media already asking Carmelo, George and Lebron about joining the Lakers next year? Whether or not they want to, I think they gave negative responses because if they showed any inkling, it’d be a distraction for their teams next season.
I honestly don’t like it, but it is the nature of the business. Media folks are searching for the next story and are jockeying for position. Careers are made by getting the jump on stuff like this. So, yeah I don’t really like it … but you have to expect it in this day and age.
Why are websites like bleacherreport so eager for the Celtics to get rid of Rondo. I have seen at least 20 different articles on bleacherreport, and about 50 in total from all of these sports websites about how Boston needs to trade Rondo. Why don’t people understand that Rondo is Boston’s only marketable player (an argument can be made for Jeff Green), and that Rondo’s stock is at an all time low due to his injury? He is also Boston’s best player, so Boston needs to try to build around him.
Don’t want to comment on Bleacher Report directly. I’m sure their writers are well researched and clearly illustrate their reasons why they believe Rajon Rondo should be traded.
Now, my opinion is the Celtics should hold on to Rajon until he proves he’s 100 percent. Got to build his market value back up. Also, from a business standpoint if you trade Rondo right now for skittles and and iced tea … the team will lose some money at the box office from their fan base.
The Dallas Mavericks had a meeting with Deron Williams to try and recruit him during free agency in 2012. During that meeting, Mark Cuban was not there as he was competing on the show “Dancing with the Stars.” After that meeting, Deron was told Brooklyn just traded for Joe Johnson and the rest is history. One may wonder if Cuban’s absence during this meeting contributed to Deron’s decision (it would for me). He had the choice to play with Dirk Nowitzki – 1 year from winning the chip. Or Joe Johnson’s terrible contract and Brook Lopez (who missed the previous season with a foot injury). Are you buying the theory Cuban’s absence contributed to Deron’s decision. And if you were the owner of the Mavericks, would you have taken the time to meet with your primary free agent option instead of Dancing with the Stars?
Well, Brooklyn had the advantage because they could offer Deron the most money. At the end of the day, money talks. I don’t know how much Cuban’s absence played into it … I believe Deron mentioned it once before too. But bottom line is IF Deron really wanted to be a Maverick he would have set up follow up meetings with team officials and requested Cuban’s presence, right?
I believe the Philadephia 76ers GM is an absolute genius. His team would have been mediocre this year (in the 6-10 range) in the East and a likely 1rst round exit. So he trades his best player for 2 lottery picks (Noel + 2014 lottery pick), gives the teams reigns to a rookie PG in Carter-Williams, which ensures his team will be a bottom dweller for the stacked 2014 draft. So he can start 2015 with a nucleus of Noel, Carter-Williams, + 2 lottery picks in 2014 with Evan Turner + Thad Young as either great role players or trade chips. Philly will soon have one of the best young teams in the league in 2-3 years and will forget all about the Bynum debacle. Do you agree? And how would you grade the job he is doing so far?
Not feeling one thing though … the team not hiring a head coach yet … that is mind boggling. No head coach means no sturcture. I went to summer league and most coaches were out there with their teams .. talking with their new guys. Talking about new roles for the upcoming season. Building relationships. Gaining trust.
So while Philadelphia is in good shape from a draft standpoint, the lack of leadership from the bench could be putting the team in a hole.
If you were starting a team from scratch, rank your preference from these frontcourts: Team #1 Amir Johnson + Jonas Valanacious, Team #2 Enes Kanter + Derrick Favors, Team #3 Larry Sanders + Eryan Ilyasova, or Team #4 Tristan Thompson + Zeller
Going with team No. 3. Sanders is a great player, if focused, defensively. Ilyasova provides 15-18 points per night.
Lang, it looks like the Hawks will start: Teague, Jenkins, Korver, Millsap and Horford. I’m not sold on Jenkins as the starter and Lou comes off the bench. You think there may be another wing addition?
I see the Atlanta Hawks lineup like this … Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford … Lou Williams and John Jenkins off the bench.
Do you see atlanta giving a shot to greg oden???
No. I don’t see the Hawks jumping into the race.
What chances do small market teams have of being good for long periods of time? I mean Indiana, Memphis, OKC are good right now, but is San Antonio the exception rather than the rule?
Well, Indiana has been pretty good for a while now. They’ve been in the mix for the past 13 years, give or take a couple of seasons. Memphis is still on an upswing … and they’re about 3-4 seasons in on their rise. Denver isn’t the biggest market and the team has made 10 straight playoff appearances. Atlanta has also fared pretty well. Teams just have to be more conservative in smaller markets … but success is possible over the long term.
Whats good Lang! hope everything is going well.
1. The Hawks don’t have any athletic wing players, where will the excitement come from (Maybe Teague Wow)
2. Are any trade talks going on behind the scene’s for these Hawks
3. Mike Scott scored very well this summer even though he didn’t share the ball much, whats his outlook
What’s good 3Q! Hope the summer is treating you well.
1. The Hawks will play a more disciplined style, think San Antonio. Not much flash but winning … well management is hoping the wins are coming.
2. No trade whispers as of right now. The biggest chirping is whether the team will keep the two rookie big men on the active roster this season
3. Best case projection is a Brandan Wright type.
Hoopsworld didn’t have any purple or gold shirts?
With their off season moves, where do you see the Pistons? Would you trade Monroe for Rondo or Gay? Just seems to be the wrong thing to do, trading a big for a small (non big).
RQQ team. No purple and gold shirts so I’m in that RED. Trust me, I’ve gotten a lot of flack from the bruhz about it. Especially with my smile in it too … haha
I wouldn’t trade Monroe for either of those guys. I think the Pistons can win 32-37 games this season. Ownership wants the playoffs this season, but I don’t think they have ewough firepower yet. I also think the team should have made a more aggressive charge in re-signing Jose Calderon. He’s a PG who could get those young big men easy buckets.
Now that Miller chose the Grizzlies, how do you think this affects them, and their suitors? Do you think Miller made the right decision by returning home to Memphis?
Great fit for Mike and a great addition for Memphis. Assuming he’s healthy, the team sorely needed a guy who could hit the three-point shot with consistency.
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