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Smack / Sep 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Report: Danny Ferry Called Bonzi Wells The N-Word In ’02

Bonzi Wells

During a Blazers win over the Spurs in 2002, Bonzi Wells spat on Danny Ferry and was suspended for a game because of the incident. At the time, it was just another in a long line of tempestuous on-court Bonzi moments, but after recent evidence of Ferry’s racially-charged invective directed at Luol Deng during a conference call with minority owners , the event may illuminate even more about Ferry’s record with race. Read More »

NBA / Sep 10, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Report: Hawks Minority Owner Who Reported Ferry Longed For GM’s Ouster

Danny Ferry

The organizational disfunction of the Atlanta Hawks is becoming more widespread by the day. In the wake of controlling owner Bruce Levenson choosing to sell the team due to a bigoted e-mail and Danny Ferry coming under fire for insensitive comments made to describe South Sudan native Luol Deng comes a report that another owner – Michael Gearon, Jr. – took Ferry’s gross misstep as the chance to exercise his long-held plan to get the well-respected general manager fired. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 9, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Luol Deng Says He’s “Saddened” By Danny Ferry’s “African” Comments

Luol Deng, DeMarre Carroll

The Hawks probe that eventually forced Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson to sell the team, also recovered an inflammatory incident involving GM Danny Ferry, who made a racist comment about Luol Deng having “some African in him” during a free agency meeting with owners. Now, Deng has responded to the remarks, saying he’s “saddened” and “disappointed” by the line of thinking behind the remarks, but “proud to say I have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.'” Read More »

Smack / Sep 9, 2014 / 11:30 am

Video: CNN Confuses Steve Smith With Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith, Steve Smith

During the depressing Hawks brouhaha over the weekend, which is continuing as Hawks ownership penalizes GM Danny Ferry even while looking for a new majority owner, CNN had Steve Smith on to talk about the culture of hoops in Atlanta. That’s Steve Smith, the 6-7 sharpshooter who spent 13 seasons in the NBA — including five with the Hawks — and made the all-star team in 1998. Not, Stephen A. Smith, one half of the screaming heads on ESPN’s First Take crew. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News / Sep 8, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Levenson Bio Vanishes From Hawks Website; Mutombo Finger-Wag Takes Its Place

Dikembe Mutombo

We’ve been ready to wash our hands of this Bruce Levenson nonsense since the news broke yesterday morning. The Atlanta Hawks website was just a step behind us. Read More »

NBA / Sep 8, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Report: Hawks Probe Sparked By GM Saying Luol Deng Has “African In Him”

Danny Ferry

The Atlanta Hawks’ problems extend beyond Bruce Levenson. According to a report, the event that sparked an investigation into Levenson’s bigoted e-mail was GM Danny Ferry saying free agent target Loul Deng has “some African in him.” Read More »

Latest News / Sep 8, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: Bruce Levenson’s Email & Sale Of Team Puts NBA Owners On Notice

Hawks fans Philips Arena

In the wake of Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announcing on Sunday he was putting the team’s majority ownership up for sale after racially insensitive remarks in an email to GM Danny Ferry were made public — purportedly by Levenson — other owners must now figure out whether they’ve made similar damaging comments, which could come to light in a post-Donald Sterling NBA. Read More »

NBA / Sep 7, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Hawks Owner Agrees To Sell Team After Self-Reporting Offensive E-Mail

Barry Levenson

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is selling his stake in the franchise after self-reporting an offensive e-mail he scribed in 2012. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement this morning announcing the news. Read More »

NBA / Aug 22, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Danny Ferry And The Transformation Of The Atlanta Hawks

Mike Budenholzer, Danny Ferry

The Atlanta Hawks of the late 2000s and early 2010s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Entrenched in the dark confines of mediocrity, General Manager Rick Sund made one ill-timed move after another to maintain his big-name, slightly-above-average core for the sake of perennial playoff berths, (all of which ended in first- and second-round exits).

It wasn’t matching Memphis’ five-year, $58 million offer sheet to Josh Smith that killed them; that was an understandable move in principle, despite its repercussions: they wanted to keep a 23 year-old hybrid forward oozing potential on both sides of the floor and touting a PER above 19. What killed them in the long run, were the moves which followed, the ones that reeked of desperation in an attempt to keep a middling roster in a small market heading to the playoffs every year. Then came Danny Ferry and everything changed. Read More »

Smack / Aug 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Comedian Creates NBA Team Names By Word Association. Now, There Are Logos.

Drake

Last week, comedian Joe Mande decided to change the name of every NBA team based on the first thing he could think of for each city. He’s posted them all on his website. Here’s a sampling of what he came up with: Atlanta Stripclubs, Brooklyn Bloggers, Cleveland LeBrons, Dallas Grassy Knolls, Memphis Ribs and Utah Mormons. Mande sent out an open invite on Twitter for fans to create logos for these team names, and he’s gotten a lot of great responses. Read More »