With Villanova and USA Basketball, Jay Wright on double-duty
Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup.
Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are coming together at the end of what's been a challenging season.
Young, a rookie point guard, had 33 points and 12 assists for his 24th...
ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Huerter proved the Atlanta Hawks have more than one rookie capable of taking over a game with his shooting.
Perhaps most encouraging to the rebuilding Hawks' future was...
Young, Collins power Hawks past Timberwolves, 131-123 in OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and John Collins showed a glimpse of the Atlanta Hawks' long-range plan.
In the process, they helped make it more difficult for Minnesota to realize its playoff...
Collins scores 35 as Hawks beat Bulls 121-101
CHICAGO (AP) — John Collins was on the move for the Atlanta Hawks, all night long. He cut along the baseline for layups and dunks. He stepped out for 3-pointers.
The Chicago Bulls just kept losing track of him.
Collins scored a career-high 35 points, Trae Young had 12 assists and the Hawks beat the Bulls 121-101 on Wednesday.
"It's a big part of my game, moving without the basketball," Collins said. "And like I said, I have unselfish guys on my team that are able to find me."
Bazemore scores 23 as Hawks beat Wolves 123-120 in OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Hawks' momentum gone and a noisy sellout crowd cheering the Timberwolves, first-year Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce made a bold prediction.
"I told our guys at the end of the third quarter, 'This is going to be our best win of the season,'" Pierce said.
It certainly wasn't their prettiest with 24 turnovers, but the Hawks made just enough hustle plays to overcome blowing a 22-point lead and beat Minnesota 123-120 in overtime Friday night.
Balanced Hawks rally for 114-107 victory over Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — Kent Bazemore and the Atlanta Hawks erased a tough start with a big finish.
Bazemore scored 22 points, John Collins had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the Hawks rallied to beat the New York Knicks 114-107 on Friday night.
Atlanta trailed 39-28 after one quarter, but held New York to 38 points in the second half of its second straight win.
"For our guys to make a stand defensively was great to see," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said.
East features MVP candidates even with LeBron in the West
With eight shopping days to Christmas, the NBA's decision to have Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid in its holiday lineup is more than just sides in another hoop smorgasbord.
It puts the spotlight on — and raises a question — about the MVP race, as in, who in the Eastern Conference is a legitimate contender. It's a question because the last East MVP, LeBron James going on six years ago, has moved West.
Hawks hold on, top Heat 115-113 to snap 7-game road slide
MIAMI (AP) — Josh Richardson took the last pass from Dwyane Wade, then wound up taking a wide-open 3-pointer that would have been a game-winner.
Like everything else this season for Miami, the last shot didn't go according to plan.
Richardson's shot bounced off the front of the rim with less than 2 seconds remaining, time ran out on the Heat and the Atlanta Hawks — who wasted every bit of a 19-point, second-half lead — escaped from Miami with a 115-113 win on Tuesday night.
Rookie Young scores 35, Hawks rout LeBron-less Cavs 133-111
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trae Young got doused with a bucket of ice water after his third NBA game.
The Cavaliers couldn't do anything to cool off Atlanta's rookie guard.
Young scored 35 points with 11 assists — the best line for a first-year player since Steph Curry in 2010 — and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over Cleveland, which lost its home opener and fell to 0-3 as it re-adjusts to life without LeBron James.
New coach Lloyd Pierce set to begin 1st year with Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Lloyd Pierce is hardly expecting a smooth ride in his first season as a head coach.
His Atlanta Hawks have begun a major rebuilding job. They have no star player, their point guard is a 20-year-old rookie, and their roster depth is suspect.
"Our margin of error to start when you have a new team, a new staff, is very slim," Pierce said. "So we need to try to get on the same page as early and often as we can."
Trae Young shows why rebuilding Hawks could be fun to watch
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young just might make the Atlanta Hawks fun to watch this season.
The rookie point guard flashed some dazzling ball-handling skills in his preseason debut, keeping his teammates and fans involved in the action while he is on the floor.
Atlanta is not expected to win many games this season, but Young will likely win over his teammates and more than a few fans.
Atlanta Hawks dig in for another long slog
ATLANTA (AP) — There is almost certainly pain coming for the Hawks, or at least their fans, yet first-time NBA head coach Lloyd Pierce and second-year general manager Travis Schlenk refuse to notarize that word while in charge of Atlanta's only woebegone pro team.
Training camp begins Tuesday for the team that last season lost more games than any other in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks were 24-58, and their offseason moves are not likely to move them closer to playoff contention.
ATLANTA (AP) — Veteran Vince Carter is the latest addition to the new-look Atlanta Hawks.
The 41-year-old Carter has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Hawks, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Carter was given the veteran's minimum deal to provide veteran leadership on a rebuilding Atlanta squad entering its first season with coach Lloyd Pierce.
Hawks request waivers on reserve guard Isaiah Taylor
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on reserve guard Isaiah Taylor.
Taylor, signed to a two-year contract last October, started nine of his 67 games last season. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in 17.4 minutes.
Taylor appeared to be in the Hawks' rebuilding plans. He sat alongside teammates Kent Bazemore, DeAndre Bembry and Mike Muscala at a news conference last month to announce the hiring of new coach Lloyd Pierce.