Saturday , Jan , 16 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Jamal Crawford’s miracle three beats Phoenix and continues Atlanta’s hoops renaissance

For years, the Atlanta Hawks were the league’s Siberia. On-court, they lost fifty games each season, which meant an annual appearance at the draft lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey. Off-court, they were dysfunctional, with a rotating cast of owners, executives, and coaches, all of whom lacked a plan or vision …

Jamal Crawford's miracle three beats Phoenix and continues Atlanta's hoops renaissanceLast night, Jamal Crawford’s buzzer-beater again showed that ‘The ATL’ is no longer a failed franchise.

For years, the Atlanta Hawks were the league’s Siberia. On-court, they lost fifty games each season, which meant an annual appearance at the draft lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey. Off-court, they were dysfunctional, with a rotating cast of owners, executives, and coaches, all of whom lacked a plan or vision.

Over the past few years, the Hawks have improved. They are, in fact, a contender. Instead of playing in front of a small smattering of fans at home, they now enjoy great support from the Atlanta masses.

For instance, notice the reaction of Hawk-nation when Crawford attacks left and pulls-up to hit a game-winning three-pointer against the Phoenix Suns. This former league laughingstock has won five-of-six games and, if they re-sign Joe Johnson in July, will stay near the top of the Eastern Conference for years to come.      

Bottom line: no more failed franchise.

Are the Hawks really cured? Watch Crawford’s game-winning dagger and get at us with thoughts on the state of ‘The ATL’.


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