Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Woodson: How One Game Changes Your Perception

May 5th, 2010 by Ryne E. Hancock Leave a reply »
I’m a firm believer in giving people chances.

When Ty Willingham was feeling the heat at Notre Dame, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I felt that once he got players who fit his system maybe the Irish would be back in contention.

Unfortunately, Willingham would be canned after three years in South Bend.

Similarly, I felt that former CBU women’s basketball coach Scott Groniger deserved another year after the Lady Bucs beat No. 7 Arkansas Tech in February.

However, down the stretch, that opinion changed.

The opinion I had about Groniger and Willingham, was the same one I had about Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

Until Tuesday night.

In Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, I saw a Hawks team that looked listless, dead, and any other word that could describe a garbage performance.

The Hawks couldn’t defend Dwight Howard nor make shots and what was once a four-point deficit in the first quarter for the Hawks grew into, at the end a 43-point blowout.

The lasting image from that game, in my opinion, was the look on Mike Woodson’s face; it was ...

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