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News » Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-05-31

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-05-31

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-05-31
--Joe Johnson played more minutes during the regular season than any other player in the NBA other than Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala.

He didn't realize what kind of toll that volume of work can take on the body until the morning after the Hawks' season ended in an Eastern Conference semifinal sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So don't expect him to head back to the gym immediately for offseason workouts, which he did in his first two seasons when the Hawks didn't make the postseason.

"I've got to get off my feet a little bit and let my body heal up," Johnson said. "I'll get back at it here pretty soon. But right now, I know I could use the rest."

In the past, Johnson has been the most vigilant of the Hawks about resuming his offseason activity as soon as possible. But clearly, his battery needs recharging after logging a staggering 3,124 minutes during the regular season.

"I haven't made any plans," said Johnson, who is heading into the final year of his contract. "The season just ended yesterday, and really, I didn't expect for it to end so soon. We had a productive year, making it to the second round. That's just another leap and bound we made from last year."

He didn't even sound interested in watching anymore playoff basketball after being humbled by Cleveland in four games.

"I've had my playoff fun," he said. "We had a great run. I enjoyed it. The first round going seven games and then facing Cleveland in the second round. ... I've had enough playoff basketball. I'll watch it occasionally, if I happen to stumble up on a game. But I won't be looking forward to anything."

--Johnson isn't the only one heading into the final year of his contract. Hawks coach Mike Woodson is too. He said he feels good about his status heading into that final year.

"I'm still the coach of the Hawks," he said. "Only you guys seem to worry about that. Really, I don't. I never worry about my job because I think, just from a coaching standpoint; I try to do the best that I can do. I make mistakes just like all coaches do. But I was paid to come here and do a job and I think our team is headed in the right direction."

--Veteran Hawks point guard Speedy Claxton was a no-show for his exit interview.

By not showing up, he may have cleared up the one lingering question about the roster heading into the summer.

After three injury-ravaged seasons, he'll be in the final year of his contract this summer. Claxton has talked openly about pursuing his opportunity to play the final year of his contract elsewhere.

"I haven't spoken with Speedy," Woodson said, "So I can't tell you anything more about his situation."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've been here four years so I know how long it took us to get to this point. When I first signed here, we were coming off a 13-win season. And look at us now. This is what you work for in the NBA, to be a part of something like this. So yes, I'd love to be back here. But it is a business. And we all have to address that individually." -- Zaza Pachulia, on where the Hawks have been and where they might be going.

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