The Atlanta Hawks had a great year in the lockout-shortened season in 2011-12. The Hawks were able to muster a record of 40-26 for the season and were able to make the playoffs again but they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. However, their season was good enough for GM Rick Sund to exercise head coach Larry Drew’s option for next year.
Drew may have won even more games if it was a full 82-game season. The team finished 44-38 last season so Drew definitely improved the Hawks. His next step is taking the Hawks beyond the second round of the playoffs. The team has not reached the Eastern Conference final since 1970.
Sund released a statement regarding the option to bring back Drew for next season:
“Larry did an outstanding job this season in guiding our team to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, despite a condensed schedule and unfortunate injuries,” said GM Rick Sund. “The Hawks have reached the postseason in each of his years on the bench, and we feel Larry’s experience, expertise and dedication to the game were a key ingredient to our success.”
What Drew has to accomplish in the seasons to come is to make the team a volatile contender in the East to compete with the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. Right now, they are nothing more than a “meh” type team. They are not really feared but can play opponents tough enough to win basketball games.