It might not — yet — have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NBA and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NBA team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they're out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at email@example.com. Today: The Atlanta Hawks.
It was an odd twist of fate, but the Atlanta Hawks could have ended up being the Boston Celtics. Sort of. The franchise started as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (the cities being Moline, Ill., Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa), in the NBA's inaugural season, 1946. Red Auerbach was their coach. Among their first draft picks were Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. But they traded Cousy to The Chicago Stags (who later folded, with the Celtics then snapping him up), also traded Russell, moved to Milwaukee, then to St. Louis, and finally, in 1968, to Atlanta. Got all that?
The Hawks are also known for: one NBA Championship (1958), coach Lenny Wilkens (he won his 1,000th game there), Dominique "The Human Highlight Reel" Wilkins, and of course, Zelmo Beaty. Want to learn more? Check out these nifty blogs:
3. Hawks Blog. For a team that's not doing so well, they sure seem to have quite a few solid blogs. Hey, we admire that.
2. Impending Firestorm. Great spot for Hawks commentary, is very consistent, plus, what's this? A juicy plagarism controversy?
1. Atlanta Hawks Blog. The best Hawks analysis around.