Atlanta Hawks Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Atlanta Hawks season opener is against the Toronto Raptors. Game one of a new season helps to set the tone for the year and the Hawks have drawn an easy opening team. However, they won't be able to take it easy for long because they face the notoriously talented Spurs for their third season game. Home games are advantageous and Atlanta has a balanced mixture of home and away gams throughout the season. A noteworthy game will be in November when they face the Cavaliers with their newly returned King James. It should prove exciting since it's one of the earlier games in the season and people will be intrigued to see how well Lebron performs. One rough patch is going to occur in mid-January when they face four road games in five days. This will challenge them and help identify if they have a strong bench. Season ending matches against some quality teams will culminate with an away game versus the Chicago Bulls.
Atlanta Hawks Roster
The Atlanta Hawks do not have any spotlight stealing athletes, but there roster is solid with Al Horford and Paul Millsap. These two have provide consistency and leadership to newer members of the league; Pero Antic, Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala, and Walter Tavares. Adreian Payne is starting his rookie year with the Hawks and promises to bring some energy to the paint. Payne, from Michigan, was selected during the draft 15th overall. Adreian has caught attention during the NBA summer league play with his work ethic and blocking ability. There have also been several changes off the court with Bruce Levenson announcing in September he would sell his share of the team after an inappropriate email scandal. Overall the changes seem positive for the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta Hawks Fan Experience
Phillips Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks and sandwiched between the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park. If you are going to catch a Hawks game you can relax with a nice picnic lunch in the heart of Atlanta. Phillips Arena hosts both the Hawks and the WNBA's Dream. A recent poll ranked this stadium as third in the top 100 venues in the United States. This arena has only been opened since 1999, but has played host to many talented artists; Aerosmith, Elton John, Madonna, and Paul McCartney, to name a few.
Atlanta Hawks Trivia
The Atlanta Hawks were not always a staple of this southern city. St. Louis once called the Hawks their home team. It wasn't until 1968 that the Hawks settled in the great city of Atlanta. Before St. Louis, the Hawks also called Milwaukee and Buffalo home for several years.
Atlanta Hawks History
The Atlanta Hawks had just settled into their new home in Atlanta when Ted Turner snatched up the opportunity to own the only NBA franchise in the Southeastern United States. He hired Hubie Brown, who was voted Coach of the year. A great coach was quickly followed by a great talent in Dominique Wilkins. While the Hawks were elite, they could never move past the semifinals of the Easter Conference playoffs. A Wilkins injury began the decade of mediocrity. In 2005 the Hawks saw an uptick after acquiring Joe Johnson. The team began to make it farther in the playoffs and had key victories in the following years, though not enough to secure the championship. Their only championship season was in 1958 when they were still located in St. Louis. Several stars have donned the red uniform over the years; Dikembe Mutumbo, Pete Maravich, Moses Malone, and Bob Pettit, to name a few.
Atlanta Hawks Fan Info
Atlanta Hawks fans are loyal. In a city where they can only boast of one championship ring, Phillips Arena is still filling the seats. Hawks fans refuse to let average seasons deter them from attendance and they have encouraged their team through seven playoff berths. Fans will be cheering "YEAH" along with celebrity fan, Lil' Jon, all season long and patiently waiting for their Hawks to win another championship.