The story’s the same, be it from Chris Sheridan or Tim Povtak. Yesterday was likely a must-win for Mike Woodson to keep his job.
Yeah, 50 wins, playoffs the last three years, significant progress, down the tubes. Because after yesterday’s embarrassing 30 point loss to the Magic, that’ll pretty much be a wrap on Woodson in Atlanta.
Bear in mind that the Hawks were a laughingstock five years ago, the team that continually drafted athletic wings every season and looked helpless. They were considered going nowhere, and every season, Woodson has led the Hawks to a further progression. At times this season, the Hawks looked very much like the third best team in the East. They simply peaked too early. It may be true that Atlanta quit, it’s very much in their nature. But the sheer dominant status of the Magic needs to be in heavy consideration.
If Woodson’s fired, he’ll likely have other job offers, but the propensity for his players to completely slip into oblivion under his watch will have to be considered. What won’t be mentioned is the completely unstable environment Woodson’s been under with the Hawks’ ownership disputes.
The Hawks really have progressed a long way and have considerable young assets. And yet, this may be the last ride for this formation of the team. Well, less of a ride. More of a tragic stumble into the dirt. But you get the drift.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.