The Atlanta Hawks continue to get no respect from the NBA. Despite having one of the best starting units in the NBA thanks to the addition of Dejounte Murray, the NBA didn’t give the Hawks a Christmas Day matchup. They also did not give them a nationally televised game during rivalry week.
The NBA also released its schedule for the first week of nationally televised games and guess what, the NBA isn’t televising any Hawks games. This is just another example of where the Hawks seem to be on the receiving end of the NBA without showing them any respect.
The problem is without the national coverage, the national media voting on the various awards, including the All-Star teams, then the team and the players miss so much. The Hawks had better national coverage last season and Trae Young was named to the All-NBA Third Team. Is it a coincidence? I do not think so.
The Atlanta Hawks need the NBA to start looking after them.
For a team to win in the NBA, it needs star power. In order to get that star power, they have to be supported. You see, without star power, NBA umpires call players differently. There are rescue calls, rookies don’t get the same respect as superstars. Everything makes a difference in the season.
Defensively, if a player has a reputation for being a good defender, he can get away with more than a player without the same reputation. Without national media attention, players cannot achieve these reputations. So when it comes to playoff basketball, they don’t get the calls, and that can be the difference between a championship or a bust.
Looking at national television coverage for the first week, the Hawks have no games. That’s typical of how the Hawks have been treated so far this season. The Philadelphia 76ers are featured three times and multiple teams with two games, including the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
The Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Clipper and Memphis Grizzlies all have two games. As the Atlanta Hawks take on the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets, they are worth watching. The Magic rivalry could spark interest on its own thanks to the since-crushed beef between Murray and No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero.