TAG: Danny Ferry

Smack, Twitter / Sep 25, 2014 / 10:30 am

Tim Duncan Defends Hawks GM, Danny Ferry, Saying “He’s Not A Racist”

Tim Duncan, Kids Draven & Sydney

When current embattled Hawks GM Danny Ferry — who is facing a lot of calls to end his tenure with Atlanta after his comments about Luol Deng joined the Spurs as the VP of basketball operations in 2010. Ferry had played the last three seasons of his career San Antonio and it was his interim home before he took over his current Hawks role in 2012. Consequently, former teammate Tim Duncan defended Ferry in a radio interview with The Hardline 1250 am on Wednesday, telling listeners, “he’s not a racist.” Read More »

Smack / Sep 13, 2014 / 3:03 pm

‘Melo Says No One Will Want To Play For Hawks After Ferry’s Deng Comments

Carmelo Anthony

We’ve alluded to this problem before even as the Hawks continue to keep GM Danny Ferry in his leadership position after his inappropriate comments about Luol Deng came to light. Now Carmelo Anthony tells ESPN New York’s Ian Begley the controversy means there aren’t likely to be many free agents who want to sign with Atlanta, yet another sign Ferry should make his indefinite leave of absence permanent. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 12, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Report: Ferry’s “African” Deng Comment Came From Cavs Front Office Report

Luol Deng, Kyle Korver

Embattled Hawks GM Danny Ferry has maintained all along that he was merely a conduit when he read aloud a racist scouting report about Luol Deng for Hawks minority owners, including one, Michael Gearon Jr., who wanted him gone. The line, “he’s got a little African in him,” was purportedly found in a report from the Cavaliers’ front office, but Ferry still ad-libbed a lot of his bigoted polemic. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 12, 2014 / 11:45 am

Billy King and David Aldridge Defend Danny Ferry; Say He’s No Racist

Billy King

As the situation with Danny Ferry continues to play out, other people in basketball circles have begun expressing their views on Ferry’s character based on their personal interactions with him. This week, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King and NBA columnist David Aldridge shared their opinions. Read More »

NBA / Sep 11, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Listen To Audio Of Danny Ferry’s Offensive Comments About Luol Deng

Danny Ferry

Audio of the teleconference in which Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry referred to free agent target and eventual Miami Heat signee Luol Deng as having “some African in him” has surfaced. Read More »

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 »

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 »