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Atlanta Hawks Exercise Third-Year Option On Larry Drew

Atlanta Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund announced Friday that the Hawks have exercised Head Coach Larry Drew’s contract option for the 2012-13 season.

Mar 14, 2012, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Hawks 96-82. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 14, 2012, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Hawks 96-82. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

After leading the Atlanta Hawks to consecutive playoff appearances in his two seasons as head coach of the team, Larry Drew has been granted the third-year option on his contract, the team announced Friday. Read the press release from the Hawks right here.

"Larry did an outstanding job this season in guiding our team to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, despite a condensed schedule and unfortunate injuries," Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund said. "The Hawks have reached the postseason in each of his years on the bench, and we feel Larry's experience, expertise and dedication to the game were a key ingredient to our success."

The Hawks have an 84-64 record under Drew, but fell to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs this season, much due to an unhealthy roster.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.