ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Hawks' new draft picks answered
questions today at their first Atlanta appearance today since last
week's N-B-A draft.
Forward-center Al Horford and point guard Acie Law also posed
with their new jerseys -- numbers 15 and 4, respectively.
After the formal news conference, Hawks general manager Billy
Knight and Michael Gearon Junior, the most visible member of the
ownership group, remained enthusiastic about two rookies they
believe can help end the team's eight-year playoff drought.
Gearon strongly denied draft-day rumors and Internet reports
that disagreements among the owners interfered with a possible
trade for Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire. Gearon said those
reports were ``nonsense.''
Gearon acknowledged the owners had ``some debate'' about trading
at least one pick for a veteran -- possibly a point guard.
Knight said today that Horford and Law will be major components
of the franchise for a lot of years forward.''
The 6-foot-10 Horford was listed as a power forward on draft
lists but said he is ready to play center for Atlanta if needed.
Law was seen by some as more of a shooting guard than point
guard. He said he just wants to do whatever it takes to win.
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