Hawks Comin’ For That Number One Spot

Budacris

Our Atlanta Hawks are tearing up the Eastern Conference right now. After blasting the Wizards in Atlanta on Wednesday, they currently sit 8 games atop the East. This wouldn’t be the Dirty South Sports Report if we didn’t celebrate with bad photoshops and an Atlanta rap remix. So, without further delay, presenting Number One Spot by Budacris and the Atlanta Hawks.

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Mike Budenholzer:
Yeah baby yeah

Back again
(That’s right)
Coach Buda
(Feel this)
It gets meaner and meaner each time baby
Feelin’ real good too
(Holla at ‘em man)
What up Larry Drew?

I’m like Pop in this industry man
(Tell ‘em)
Some would rather run down and get one player of the month
I think I’d rather walk down and get all five
You know what I’m talkin ’bout right? Look

Mini Me

Jeff Teague:
I’m never goin’ nowhere so don’t try me
My game sticks in fans veins like Royal Ivey
Flows poison like Ivey oh they grimy
Already offers on my 6th season from franchises tryin’ to sign me

Respected highly, hi Mr. Charles Barkley
Hope all is well, kiss Ernie and the wifey
Drove through the lane our spacing supersized me
Now the Bucks see me and a river’s what they cry me

I’m on the rise so many people despise me
Got party ammunition for those tryin’ to surprise me
(Surprise)
It’s a celebration and everyone should invite Teague
Roll with the crew or meet the bottom of our Nikes

Al Horford:
Explorer like Horford these swipers can’t swipe me
My whole aura’s so mean in my black tee
Nobody light-skinded reppin’ harder since Ice-T
You disagree take the Artest approach and fight me

Woah don’t slip up or get got
(Why not man?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
(Alright)
Raptors swearin’ they on top
But we comin’ for they number one spot
(Alright man)

Scheme, scheme, plot, plot
(Say what?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
Keep it goin’ it won’t stop
(What you doin’ Hawks?)
We comin’ for that number one spot

Paul Millsap:
Yes indeed Trillsap I’m hotter than when I was in Utah
Ready to break the will on yo Marcin Gor-tat
If I get caught bail out dish it back to Shroe-dah
In the headlines I never show up like Derrick Rose’s jum-pah

Jumper, jumper, and hey I love gold
But can buy anything I want from the Joe Johnson that D-Ferry sold
Jacuzzi’s hot, Sefalosha is so cold
New York Knicks catch contacts from the and-ones that I’ve rolled

korver gold

Kyle Korver:
A corner trey, a dime and a pancake
Drop threes non-stop, dunk once a year for my fans sake
I crush rims until my hand breaks
Then shoot now and shoot later till these Wizards can’t stand straight

The Sauz-meister got ‘em feelin so randy
I’m in the 50-50-90 club so I call shots my eye candy
Brush my shoulder and I pop my collar
‘Cause I’m worth six million and two hundred fifty thousand dollars

Woah don’t slip up or get got
(Why not man?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
(Alright)
Raptors swearin’ they on top
But we comin’ for they number one spot
(Alright man)

Scheme, scheme, plot, plot
(Say what?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
Keep it goin’ it won’t stop
(What you doin’ Hawks?)
We comin’ for that number one spot

DeMarre Carroll:
Causin’ turnover disasters it’s the master
Make plays for mini-me’s, Junkyard Dogs and fat bastards
These Hornets tryin’ to get me out my position
I pick off my man and tell them “Get out my kitchen”

Stay on the track hit the ground running like Flo-Jo
Sent back in the starting lineup and I’ve never lost my mojo
Ladies and gentlemen ahh boys and girls
DeMarre Carroll sit down and take over the whole world

Woah don’t slip up or get got
(Why not man?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
(Alright)
Raptors swearin’ they on top
But we comin’ for they number one spot
(Alright man)

Scheme, scheme, plot, plot
(Say what?)
We comin’ for that number one spot
Keep it goin’ it won’t stop
(What you doin’ Hawks?)
We comin’ for that number one spot






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Hawks’ Win Streak: Jeff Teague :(

jeff teague

Well, all good things must come to an end, and so much this win streak for the Atlanta Hawks. I’m sure some will use this loss as evidence that the Hawks aren’t ready for the big time just yet — as if losing your first game in 20 tries could possibly be proof of that — but this will have to be a learning experience for the team.

There really isn’t any shame in losing on the road to a team featuring one of the three best players in the NBA, but it never felt like the Hawks were able to play their game in New Orleans tonight. When Jimmer Fredette can get to the rim like Derrick Rose, it’s just not your night.

This is the way the streak ends

This is the way the streak ends

This is the way the streak ends

Not with a bang but a Jimmer.

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Are you sitting down for this? Good. Falcons name Dan Quinn head coach.

dan quinnThe Falcons finally made it official, announcing the hiring of Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Quinn has led back-to-back No. 1 defenses for Pete Carroll’s team and brings a wealth of defensive experience to Atlanta with him, something the Falcons have badly lacked in recent years.

Let’s cut to the chase, though. Does he know when to use timeouts? Because I trust Matt Ryan and Matt Bryant to win games for us. Just don’t screw us up in the last two minutes and you’ll make the playoffs 50% of the time, Dan. I believe in you.

 

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Hawks’ Win Streak: Pape Sy

pape sy

Sixers made it scary, but on to the next one.

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Hawks’ Win Streak: Dike Eddleman

win streak 18

TEAGUE & BAZEMORE & KORVER & MILLSAP & HORFORD.

18 wins in a row.

This team, man. This team.

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Four people have worn the number 18 in Hawks’ franchise history. None since 1969, none for more than two seasons, and none who show up in Google image search. SO THIS ONE IS A LITTLE UNSATISFACTORY CONSIDERING THAT AMAZING WIN, I’M SORRY.

We’ll go with Dike Eddleman, who played two seasons for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks with the number 18. And… yeah that’s pretty much all I’ve got. Here, watch Jeff Teague cross up some Trail Blazers instead of a history lesson.

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Hawks’ Win Streak: Jon Barry

Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman  /Allsport

Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport

After a brutal start, the Hawks cruised to a 113-102 win over Brooklyn for their 17th win in a row. This win is doubly important in keeping the Nets (and their draft pick — which the Hawks have the rights to) out of the playoffs and in the lottery.

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This was a particularly difficult number to peg down for the win streak counter, because no Hawk has ever worn it for more than three seasons. Jon Barry gets the call for his first stop in Atlanta during the 1996-1997 season — he wore 20 for his 16 games in 2004.

Barry comes from a legendary basketball family. His father Rick — and his underhand free throws — is a hall of famer and two of his three brothers (Drew and Brent) also played in the NBA, with the third, Scooter, winning an NCAA title with Kansas in 1988. He finished his college career at Georgia Tech and was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft– though he refused to sign a contract with the Celtics and sat out his first season.

Other than the draft issue, Barry played a relatively innocuous NBA career. He played for eight different teams — though Atlanta was the only franchise he played for twice — and was a perfectly acceptable backup guard for all 14 years of his career. Barry started just 36 of the 821 games he played in, averaging 5.7 points and 2.2 assists per game.

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Hawks’ Win Streak: Cliff Hagan

Cliff Hagan

16. The Atlanta Hawks have won 16 games in a row. I’m not sure when this will (inevitably) end, but it’s been honestly incredible.

Paul Millsap led the way in the 112-100 victory over the Timberwolves tonight with 20 points in a game that the Hawks controlled from start to finish. Al Horford added 19 on 8/9 shooting in another spectacular effort that saw six Hawks finish with double-digit points.

Next game: vs. Brooklyn Nets. January 28, 8pm. ESPN.

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Anyways, onto today’s number. We’re stretching a little bit here, since Hagan never actually played in Atlanta (he retired in 1966, just two years before the Hawks would leave St. Louis), but he’s a remarkably important player in franchise history.

We’ll gloss over the truly unique college career Hagan enjoyed at Kentucky — unfortunately the best link is from Wikipedia, but check it out anyways — and start with the 1956 NBA Draft. The Hawks held the second pick in that draft — which would become Bill Russell — and famously traded it to the Boston Celtics for Hagan (who was serving in the military at the time) and Ed Macauley.

Losing the rights to Russell — an eventual 11-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players in league history — is hard to defend in retrospect, but Hagan had a Hall of Fame career in his own right for the Hawks. His second season in 1958 produced the only championship in franchise history.

Perhaps most importantly, Hagan is remembered for being one of the only Hawks’ white stars at the time to welcome African-American teammates. Lenny Wilkens in particular remembered Hagan as a teammate who helped him adjust to life in St. Louis.

 

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Hawks’ Win Streak: Al Horford

Al HorfordWith a huge win against the Thunder, the Hawks now have a franchise-best 15 wins in a row. With a mostly soft schedule upcoming, it’s hard to keep from wondering just how much longer this will go on. Ideally, the Hawks will set an NBA record and extend the streak to 37, a number that no player in Atlanta history has ever worn.

 

 

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KORVER SMASH VOLUME 2

Elton Brand is going to have to pay up on this one.

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Hawk’s Win Streak: Charlie Criss

Charlie Criss

Always nice to beat the Pacers. Even better when we can get a Korver dunk out of the deal too. This win — the 14th in a row — matches the franchise record for a win streak

Charlie Criss made three different stops in Atlanta throughout his NBA career. The guard stood 5’8 and, interestingly, was signed from the Washington Generals (Yes, those Washington Generals) onto the Atlanta roster in 1977.

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