At­lanta Hawks deny dump­ing Wil­cox

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WASHINGTON: The At­lanta Hawks de­nied a re­port say­ing they had parted ways with gen­eral man­ager Wes Wil­cox on Wed­nes­day but re­vealed a re­view of the or­gan­i­sa­tion was un­der way fol­low­ing their first round play­off exit.

The Hawks were ousted by Washington last week in the open­ing round of the NBA play­offs af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth over­all in the Eastern Con­fer­ence this sea­son at 43-39.

ESPN had re­ported, cit­ing an un­named source, that the team had dumped Wil­cox, who was pro­moted from as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager in June 2015 and guided the Hawks to a 48-34 show­ing in 2015-16 and a sec­ond-round play­off exit.

“Hawks lead­er­ship is un­der­go­ing a pe­riod of eval­u­a­tion and look­ing at how bas­ket­ball oper­a­tions works best,” the team said in a state­ment re­leased on Twit­ter.

“There are no changes to re­port at this time and any re­ports in­di­cat­ing other­wise are in­ac­cu­rate.”

Wil­cox, a for­mer player per­son­nel di­rec­tor for the Cleve­land Cava­liers, had been dis­ci­plined by the Hawks ear­lier this sea­son for a racial re­mark at an event for sea­son-ticket hold­ers. AFP

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