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News » Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-06-03

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-06-03

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-06-03
--Hawks coach Mike Woodson can wear that title into June.

Anything beyond that, however, has yet to be determined.

That's why he's taking a proactive approach in dealing with his new boss, Rick Sund.

They had dinner in Orlando at the predraft camp and will sit down in Atlanta for more intensive discussions about the futures of not only Woodson and his staff but also the players who helped the Hawks turn around a season, and perhaps a franchise, with their late season playoff surge.

"He's going to have to take a moment to sit back and talk with individuals and get a feel for who is who and start making some decisions," Woodson said. "That's how it works, man. It's the first time I've been in a position like this as a head coach. But I'll sit down with him again next week. And we'll just start building a relationship. Because at the end of the day, he and I have to be on the same page, along with ownership, so we can continue what we started."

There is still some question as to whether or not Woodson will be around to continue in his job. Neither Sund nor Hawks ownership has stated definitively that Woodson will receive a new contract.

But Woodson said he believes that he and his staff accomplished the goals set in place when they arrived four years ago and deserve an opportunity to move forward in the same positions.

"My attitude has always been that if our team got better and our players respected what me and my staff have done that we deserved to be back," Woodson said. "Our team has gotten better. I think our players do respect how we work and prepare. I take pride in that. And there are a lot of coaches in this league that work their tails off, and we're no different. We work at our craft. And I'm proud to say that.

"We'll take it a day at a time and see what happens. But there is no doubt that I want to come back here and coach this team."

--Sund went on the offensive as well in Orlando, reaching out to his staff and conducting an impromptu staff meeting just to put names to faces with all the men whose futures he'll have to decide in the coming days and weeks.

The tone, according to at least one of the staffers in attendance, was "straightforward and honest," and Sund made sure they understood that nothing had been decided.

In fact, most of the Hawks' basketball operations crew believe there is a chance things could be kept relatively intact with Sund coming aboard.

But that's rarely the case in the NBA, where a new general manager usually means a dramatic personnel shift across the board.

"When a new sheriff shows up he usually likes to have his own deputies around him," the staffer said. "So there are a lot of nervous people around here right now because we just don't know what might happen."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was there working for Alvin (Gentry), and he was the general manager and I enjoyed working for him. He's one of those guys that like to include his staff on a lot of things that take place. He always informs you and wants your opinion about different things. I had a great working experience the year I was there in Detroit. And he's a great guy. Very professional. And in all honesty, he's just a guy that is well respected around the league. And that speaks volumes. He's been in the league for 30-plus years and comes in with an impressive resume. And he's going to do a great job for the Hawks." -- Hawks top assistant Larry Drew on the year he spent working under Sund, his new boss, in Detroit years ago.

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