Larry Drew, the Right Coach for the Atlanta Hawks

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When I first learned about the Atlanta Hawks considering assistant coach Larry Drew for a head coaching position with the Atlanta Hawks, I was a bit disappointed in the idea of a consideration. Looking back at Larry Drew's career, there was nothing that would spark my interest. However, something big happened. Larry Drew was appointed to become the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. I was surprised.

Larry Drew has been loyal to the Atlanta Hawks and has remained loyal to the teams that he was an assistant as. But it was not his job as an assistant that appealed to me. It was his kindness and character throughout the process. Here is an internal candidate seeking a position for advancement vs some outsider who would supposedly bring a fresh blend of ideas.

When you ask middle management of corporations who should be their CEO, those aspiring CEO prospects would tell you to recruit internally rather than bring someone with CEO experience from a rival company.

Only on rare occasions will a CEO of a rival company, be considered as a potential prospect for the company, especially when your company is making key gains in the market and has improved in the past four years of improvement. Once your CEO's contract has expired, some type of logic would tell you to keep going on the current trend and promote someone who understand the company and helps it continue to grow.

This is why I have learned to not only accept, but also commend the Atlanta Hawks for hiring Larry Drew as their Head Coach. Larry Drew may have not been in the popular crowd, but he surely has developed enough respect to be even appointed the head coach.

The Administration of the Atlanta Hawks new something special about this person they have known for a long time that made him stand out above the rest. Atlanta Hawks is a team that needed new coaching leadership without completely replacing the coaches. Atlanta Hawks needed a guy who could motivate and inspire and yet understand this team's strengths and weaknesses. He was the insider in the Atlanta Hawks locker room that knew what was on players mind.

Certainly and expectingly, the Atlanta Hawks fans have been critical of the appointment. But it is a bit of self-opportunism to go for the popular guy and not rally behind the under dog. Larry Drew was the under dog in terms of candidacy for the Atlanta Hawks head coaching job. But I do believe he understands the team best to take it to the next level and he knows the booing of the fans when the team does not preform.

Larry Drew knows something special about this team. He has been there at times when there were only several thousand fans showing up. In many people's world view, nice guys finish last, in my world view, nice guys finish first. Why? Because the nice men have survived the bitterness of the world and still have maintained their cool niceness with their wisdom.

Learning more about Larry Drew in the interview process, I was impressed with his character, charm and his ability to be himself and ignore the negative comments regarding the Atlanta Hawks selecting him. It was time to promote this man and give this man a chance. A chance at a head coaching job in one of the hottest cities in America is a blessing. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers may have won the NBA title,

Lebron James may get the VIP treatment in Cleveland or live a great comfortable life of constant media attention and fame in New York City or Chicago. But it is nothing like being in the city known as the ATL, with it's great night life, Chick-fil-A, Coca Cola, and all the things that make Atlanta what it is. Atlanta is the underdog and Larry Drew is too. Maybe that is why I admire the Atlanta Hawks for hiring an underdog for an underdog city. Go Atlanta Hawks!

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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