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04-02-2003, 01:49 PM
Babcock dismissed after 13-year run with Hawks
ESPN.com news services

ATLANTA -- Pete Babcock was fired as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, with eight games left in the team's fourth straight losing season.

The Hawks never advanced past the second of the playoffs and won just one Central Division title during Babcock's 13 years at the helm.

Before this season, coach Lon Kruger guaranteed the Hawks would return to the playoffs. Instead, Atlanta is 29-45, and Kruger was fired in December.

Babcock decided to remake the roster after being swept by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1999 playoffs. Babcock hoped to make the team younger and faster by trading Steve Smith and Ed Gray for Isaiah Rider and Jim Jackson. He later traded away center Dikembe Mutombo.

The Hawks have not won more than 33 games in a season since 1998-99.

By not making the playoffs, the Hawks -- who pledged a postseason guarantee at the beginning of the season -- will be rebating each season ticket holder $125 per seat. The team, part of AOL Time Warner's sports properties that are currently on the market, reportedly will give back about $500,000 to 4,000 season ticket holders.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

04-02-2003, 01:52 PM
Long expected....

04-02-2003, 02:20 PM
I really thought they had a legit chance of making the playoffs judging with the talents they have and how weak the east is. Well... all I can say now is "OUCH" when it's time to refund those $$$$.

04-03-2003, 03:58 PM
Where was the direction of this team. More proof that Big Dawg Glen Robinson is the biggest bust in NBA history besides Joe Smith.