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If they keep with the current tradition in the NBA, then Stotts will be on his way out, and they will hire a new coach. Even though the most of the team and the city of Atlanta seem to like Stotts, 2 of the stars with the Hawks don't care for him all that much. Stotts did not start Ratliff or Terry against the Warriors because they were late for 2 practices. Terry expressed some of his frustration. Here are a few articles about it.
The Oregonian: Atlanta Hawks coach Terry Stotts finds himself firmly planted on the hot seat after benching guard Jason Terry and center Theo Ratliff for a portion of the first quarter against Golden State on Wednesday. Stotts punished the players after they were late for two pregame meetings.
Ratliff responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Warriors. Terry went scoreless, drawing Stotts' ire.
"I was disappointed in the way Jason approached it," Stotts told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I thought he could have played harder and approached it the same way Theo did."
The fifth-year point guard, who usually has an upbeat personality, quickly fired back.
"I wasn't impressed with his coaching, either," he said.
The Terry-Ratliff incident illuminates the problems for the Hawks. The team is playing listless and not meeting even the low expectations associated with this group. That's not a good sign for Stotts, a first-year coach.
Terry, who signed a free agent deal with Utah before the Hawks retained him by matching the offer, and Ratliff are expected to be traded.
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Hawks coach Terry Stotts pulled Jason Terry after he committed two errors in the third quarter. As Terry headed to the bench, he lowered his head and tossed his white wristband in the air. Given the way the Hawks played Wednesday night, the wristband could've been substituted for a white towel.
Before the game, Stotts sat starters Ratliff and Terry for being late for two team walk-throughs. Stotts put both players in with 6:46 left in the first quarter, but he got totally different results from Ratliff and Terry.
Ratliff responded to his benching with his first double-double of the season, notching 15 points with 11 rebounds. Terry went scoreless for the first time this season, taking only one shot and committing two turnovers in just 16 minutes.
"I was happy with the way Theo responded and I thought he came out and gave all he had off the bench," Stotts said. "I was disappointed in the way Jason approached it."
Terry said, "I wasn't impressed with his coaching tonight, either."
Terry played just two minutes in the second half and was asked if he felt like one of the centerpieces of the team. Terry replied, "Am I? It don't seem like that to me."
"As a player you know when your coach isn't too happy with you," Terry said. "At the same time, I thought he was searching a little bit. What he was searching for? I don't know. I wasn't the answer. I'm not going to be the problem, either. Pointing fingers -- that's not how were going to get it done."
The season isn't over after 27 games. But the rest of it doesn't look promising for the Hawks (7-20), who have lost 11 of their past 13 games. The Sacramento Kings come to town Friday.
"We've got to make some changes," Terry said. "That's obvious. What it is, I don't know. I'm not management. Something's got to change."
Atlanta Journal Constitution: In a season that continues to go awry, Hawks coach Terry Stotts benched starters Theo Ratliff and Jason Terry before Wednesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Stotts said he punished Ratliff and Terry because the players were late for pregame walk-throughs the past two games.
"I think they're all good people," Stotts said. "It's just a question of being on time. It was the second time for both of them."
Upon hearing this, Terry rolled his eyes and said, "I was late once, to correct the record, and that was today."
The move came a day after Ratliff blasted the Hawks for their "terrible" defensive effort in a loss against the Miami Heat. He said that the Hawks "lose the exact same way, every time on the floor" and suggested that Stotts should "change the starting five," among other gripes.
Stotts met with Ratliff -- one of the Hawks' three team captains -- for about five minutes before the game to air their differences. The meeting concluded with Stotts and Ratliff shaking hands before Ratliff left his office.
"It was pretty amicable," Ratliff said. "He expressed what he felt. I expressed what I felt."
"The team isn't playing well and it's a frustrating situation," he said. "It's OK to put [a loss] aside and get ready for the next game but we can't make those same mistakes. That was my whole point. If I didn't think I was right, I wouldn't have said it."