ATLANTA With their depth at center whittled down to almost nothing, the Atlanta Hawks ran smack into a three-game losing streak recently.
They dug their way out of that with a 97-87 win over Indiana on Wednesday, but entering Friday's key Southeast Division game on Friday at Orlando and one of the game's best big men in Dwight Howard, the Hawks knew they could not continue to try and mask that deficiency.
"I think you can look at our team and you definitely can see we need a new body," Hawks coach Larry Drew said on Thursday. "I've been saying it all along."
On Thursday, they did something about it and signed 15-year veteran Erick Dampier, who has yet to play this season, to a 10-day contract. Dampier played 51 games last season for Miami, as they went to the NBA finals, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. He did not play at all in the postseason. His best season was in 2003-04 when he averaged 12.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for Go...