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Hawks Name Ferry GM; Team Owners Lauded For Hiring "Perfect Man For The Job"
Published June 26, 2012
THAT'S THE SPIRIT! Ferry yesterday said the Hawks’ ownership “had its challenges to deal with: the lawsuit, the sale.” Ferry: “That’s a tough thing for a team to deal with. They’ve done a good job, they really have. From the outside looking in, they’ve been a successful team. I don’t think they are satisfied, and they shouldn’t be. I’m here to build on that success but I knew I need the tools and the ability to be able to build on that.” When asked if selling the team is now off the table, Ferry said, “Bruce has made me comfortable that he’s in this for the long haul and he hopes I’m standing next to him 12 years from now” (AJC.com, 6/25). In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz wrote the Hawks organization “seems to have the right guy in charge.” Ferry “appeared to be ticketed for Philadelphia but the Hawks obviously put enough on the table in terms of autonomy and compensation to lure him to Atlanta” (AJC.com, 6/24). Also in Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote the issue “won’t be whether Danny Ferry knows his business -- obviously he does -- but whether his new bosses will allow him to conduct that business as he sees fit” (AJC.com, 6/25). Bradley wrote for a franchise that “has chosen wrong so often has finally done it right.” It has hired a “basketball man of impeccable pedigree and plans to get out of his way” (AJC.com, 6/25). NBA.com’s Sekou Smith wrote Ferry is “the perfect man for the job,” and he has “proved capable of mastering the mini-makeover” (NBA.com, 6/25). Levenson estimated that he had “dozens of talks with Ferry as the two discussed what it would take to pry him loose” from the Spurs. Levenson said that Ferry was “the only candidate interviewed to replace"Sund. In San Antonio, Jeff McDonald noted Ferry's six-year contract signals “a bit of stability for a franchise that as recently as a year ago was on the market” (MYSANANTONIO.com, 6/25).
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM: In Philadelphia, John Mitchell notes the hiring of Ferry, "believed to be the 76ers' top choice" to replace President & GM Rod Thorn, could be "paving the way for Thorn to remain in his position not only through Thursday's draft but also for the foreseeable future" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/26).