It seems lights year ago when the Atlanta Hawks were truly relevant in the NBA.
In the mid-1980s, the Hawks, led by coach Mike Fratello and superstar Dominique Wilkens, had Atlanta excited about professional basketball. And while the team has shown flashes of greatness since that time, nothing has really come close to rivaling those seasons in the 1980s.
The Hawks have had different players and different coaches. Some have had a strong pedigree, but Atlanta’s NBA franchise still has yet to reach an Eastern Conference final. It’s baffling really. One year under Lenny Wilkens, the team had the best record in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.Alas, the Hawks were still sent packing from the postseason before the conference finals, let alone the NBA finals.
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