Hawks lose altitude
After a year away from the game, Mike Woodson might
have seen his coaching stock rise with the tumble of the Hawks, who
slipped by six wins and appeared less formidable. Woodson’s contract was
not renewed last season by Atlanta general manager Rick Sund, who believed Larry Drew was
capable of leading the team to the next level.
But according to league
sources, unless the Hawks turn in a positive performance against the
Magic in their first-round series, Drew’s job may be in jeopardy. Drew
is one of the league’s lowest-paid coaches, and the plethora of hot
assistants, as well as college coaches interesting in making the jump to
the NBA, may entice Sund to shake up the franchise.