Pat Benson

Pat Benson

Pat Benson is a graduate of UTC. He works in sports radio and writing in the Chattanooga area. He periodically makes the trip to Atlanta to cover the Hawks and Braves in person, especially when the Lakers and Dodgers are in town.
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Prioritizing the Hawks’ goals for this season

My hate for tanking is well documented. Chasing the ping-pong ball dragon is a dangerous way to run a franchise. Habitual losing breads bad habits for players and kills coaching careers. Now, after 44 games, the Hawks are tied with the Warriors for the best odds in the NBA Draft Lottery. For most of the

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Hawks hustle is lacking

“It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” said DJay and Skinny in the cinematic masterpiece Hustle and Flow. That same analogy can be applied to the NBA. The Hawks have adequate size but seemingly lack the fight. We are all aware of the

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Trae Young’s defense is improving. Haters.

NBA fans have a nasty habit of tearing down players rather than celebrating their greatness. Kobe? Inefficient. Lebron? Only three rings. Jordan? Played against garbagemen. L-O-L. The same goes for the current generation of players, and few receive more undeserved scrutiny than Trae Young. His journey is well-documented: out of this world hype at Oklahoma,

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Atlanta Hawks New Year’s Resolutions

Whew, what a year it has been for the Hawks. Injuries, a major suspension, and roster reconstruction were cause for a lot of losing. However, there have also been plenty of bright spots. Trae Young emerged as an All-Star, the front office has ultimate cap flexibility, and there are waves of rookies and draft picks

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Hawks: Trust in Coach Lloyd Pierce

Trust isn’t one of my best qualities. I trust most people the way Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes trusted Andre Rison. I say that to emphasize the faith I have in Coach Pierce. Starting 6-25 is usually enough to put a coach on the hot seat, but that shouldn’t be the case in this situation. The

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Hawks: Time to free DeAndre’ Bembry (again)

I always make a conscious effort not to second-guess coaches on their rotations and schemes. Lloyd Pierce knows infinitely more about basketball than I do. Also, I’m not at practice or in the film room with the team every single day. But with that being said, it’s time for the Hawks to free DeAndre’ Bembry

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Hawks: Too early to talk tanking

The Hawks are a little past the quarter mark of the season, and there are already defeatists bringing up the need to tank. However, last night’s convincing win over the division-foe Charlotte Hornets highlighted many of the reasons why it’s too early to consider racing to the bottom of the league. Injuries and a slow

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Hawks holiday wish list

The holiday season is officially here. The Hawks have plenty to be thankful for, yet they still have a lot of work to do to get this season back on track. Now that the 10-game losing streak has been snapped, let’s look at five reasonable expectations we can wish for in December. Good Health Whether

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A compliment sandwich for the Hawks

I’ve been in the workforce for a handful of years now, and I’ve already found myself on the receiving end of a few performance improvement plans. When my boss is telling me I need to do better, I prefer the compliment sandwich technique. A critique sandwiched between two compliments. Now that the Hawks have dropped

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Hawks: The Kids Are Alright

The Hawks just finished one heck of a west coast swing in their schedule. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that bad of a California road trip, which didn’t include a pit stop at Spahn Ranch. A 49-point loss to the Clippers, 21-point loss to the Lakers, and a few box

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