Atlanta Hawks Get New Coach, Promote From Within in Larry Drew

June 12th, 2010 by John Boller Leave a reply »

The Atlanta Hawks have their new man and they didn’t have to search too far.

Mike Woodson’s former assistant coach 52-year old Larry Drew will take over and be the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

Drew was able to beat out potential candidates Dwane Casey and Mark Jackson. The Hawks also looked at Avery Johnson, but moved on once it was announced that Johnson and the Nets reached a verbal agreement.

So, then that left us with Casey, Jackson, and Drew.

Drew is no doubt qualified. He has been an assistant head coach for 14 years in the NBA. He worked for the Lakers, Pistons, Wizards, and Nets before coming to Atlanta to work under Woodson in 2004.

Drew also played in 714 games in his ten seasons as a player in the NBA from 1980-91.

The Hawks are confident that Drew will bring a new leadership style to the team and help the Hawks get to the next step, something that Woodson could not do. Atlanta also likes they are promoting within.

Since Drew has been with the team since 2004 he is familiar with the team’s strength and weaknesses.

One of the issues that ...

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