Larry Drew's Job in Doubt for Atlanta Hawks

By Andy Schmidt
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There are going to be questions swirling about the Atlanta Hawks through this NBA offseason.

Atlanta lost in the first round of the playoffs after going 44-38 in the regular season. Is there a way that coach Larry Drew doesn’t return next season? I would think that is a definite possibility with the way the team lost in the postseason.

Atlanta seemed lifeless in Game 6 of their series and you can blame a lot of things for that. The Hawks did shoot just 33 percent from the field and had just 29 points by halftime. That is completely inexcusable in a do-or-die game. I understand that the score was just 37-29 so neither team was doing anything, but you have to play better than that when everything is on the line.

Is it Drew’s fault for who was on the court? Of course it is, but he isn’t out there attempting the shots or trying to get rebounds.

The chance is there that Drew will be shown the door because of this ending, but I really don’t believe that would be the best idea. He doesn’t have a contract for next season and Atlanta has only three players overall who will definitely be back next year.

I like what Drew has done in Atlanta in getting the Hawks to the playoffs the last three seasons. It is going to be up to GM Danny Ferry on this one, but I would hope that Drew gets to keep his job.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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