Sunday, February 25, 2007

Anthony Johnson traded back to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2nd round draft pick!

Former College of Charleston stand-out point-guard Anthony Johnson was traded back to Atlanta by the Dallas Mavericks for the Hawks 2nd round-draft pick. This will be A.J.'s 3rd tour of duty for the Hawks as he previously played 112-games (averaging 3.6-points and 2-assists ppg) spanning 1998-2001. If you recall, A.J. was at the game against Furman. (Photo compliments of Getty Images and the NBA)

Hawks president Billy Knight made the deadline decision to add depth to the point-guard position as the $25 million free-agent acquisition of Speedy Claxson has yet to pan out. Claxson played in 36 games for the Hawks this season averaging 5.7-points and 4.6 assists, but was side-lined for a majority (playing only 11-games) of the month of January due to a sore knee. Will Ivey won the starting point-guard spot on the roster, but with a guaranteed $25-million investment on the line and the playoffs around the corner it is easy to see why Billy Knight would like to hedge his bets adding A.J. to the line-up. Anthony Johnson adds talent and experience to the Hawks franchise and he could very well take Speedy under his "wing" to help develop and support the young player.

We are not sure how much longer the 32-year old Johnson will plan on playing in the league, but we do know that he will continue to add talent and the competitive nature of the game wherever he goes. A.J. has speculated that he would like to try his hand at coaching after his NBA career, and after the motivating speech and advice he gave to the Cougs during half-time against the Paladins , the CofC Sports Fan is sure he will excel in that endeavor as well. Coach Cremins said during the "Bobby Cremins Show" on Wednesday night that if he had an open spot on his staff, he would hire A.J.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AJ will make a great coach. He is a technically sound fundamental b-ball player. He has succeeded everywhere he has gone, as a player and as a mentor.