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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Hawks Talon GC are going to be a problem

Today was supposed to be the first day of the Hawks Talon GC new season. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the start of their campaign has been postponed. The silver lining is the league is finding ways to play special exhibitions remotely.  The first bit of action we are going to see will be

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Hawks: Watching Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird’s 1988 Duel

Like most people, I’ve been eaten up by anxiety over the past week. Constantly refreshing Twitter and checking CNN left me in a serious funk only a few days into the social distancing experiment. It’s trivial, but usually, sports serve as a wholesome escape from stress and worry. Luckily, NBATV has been reairing Hardwood Classics

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Hawks: Trae “Allen Iverson” Young

Trae Young has already surpassed a few statistical milestones set by Michael Jordan. Most games with at least 35 points and 10 assists before turning 22 years old, as well as logging the fourth-most 30-point games within a player’s first two seasons. Plus, Young was featured every night of All-Star weekend in Chicago. After rubbing

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What do you want the new Hawks uniforms to look like?

Death, taxes, and Trae Young looking fly. We can always count on those three things. But Trae might be looking fly in a new uniform next season. Calm down; I don’t mean for another team. Just last week in an interview with Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin teased new uniforms for

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5 Potential future Hawks from NBA All-Star Weekend

The Atlanta Hawks are going to be a force in free agency this summer. They have an All-Star point guard on a rookie contract, plus plenty of cap space and flexibility. And I couldn’t help but notice how many talented players in the NBA All-Star festivities would make a good fit in Atlanta next season.

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Keep That Same Energy On Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague is not the point guard of the future for the Hawks. He may not even be the backup point guard of the future, given his mileage. The 31-year-old has played 11 seasons and logged nearly 21,000 minutes. Only eight other active point guards have been on the court that long. A lot of

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The worst year in league history. And the silver linings.

We are in the middle of what will go down as the worst year in league history. Not from a style perspective, or lack of competition. Rather in a more unlucky or snake-bit sort of way. Over the past eight months, the following events have taken place: – Kevin Durant tore his Achilles in the NBA

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Trae Young honored Kobe and Gigi the best way he knew how

No. Not like this. Dear God, please not like this. Like the rest of the basketball world, I haven’t stopped crying since the news broke yesterday afternoon. Somehow, the show went on, and the NBA didn’t cancel any games. Trae Young was so close to Kobe and his daughter Gigi. Twice this season, the Bryant’s

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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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