Hope you had a good holiday, blog people. The Hawks were back in action today after a break and that means I was, too . . .
Today was the first time I got to ask Larry Drew about the decision to waive Keith Benson, the team’s only draft pick in June.
“It really came down to the progress of Ivan Johnson,” Drew said. “To be perfectly honest, we didn’t know he would come on the way he did. He’s had, not a good training camp, he’s had a phenomenal training camp. His motor is something you can’t teach and he brings that motor every practice. You guys see the way he plays in games. He just plays hard and there’s not enough guys like that.”
Johnson, 27, said he wasn’t sure he’d ever make the league but, before his mother died in 2007, he promised her he would keep trying.
“As you get older your dream starts to fade after a while,” he said. “You have just got to keep pushing, man. That’s what I kept doing.”
Fans at Atlanta’s exhibition game against Charlotte Thursday seemed to tak