Posts Tagged ‘Arthur Triche’

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 67)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — When we makes promises around here we do our very best to keep them, no matter how crazy they might be.

So when a lifelong Hawks fans asked that we spend a little time talking about one of the NBA’s more surprising teams this season, they are 9-2 since All-Star center Al Horford went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, we spoke up and said we would. And that’s indeed what we’ve done with Episode 67 of the Hang Time Podcast.

We went straight to the source, snagging a rare, in-studio sit-down with elusive Hawks Vice President of Public Relations Arthur Triche, who has spent 23 years working for the organization. A friend of the program since its inception, Triche dishes on this season’s team while also sharing some of his best memories of past teams, and highlighting some of his favorite former players — Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Grant LongMookie Blaylock, Steve Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Ken NormanJR Rider, Rasheed Wallace, Obinna Ekezie, Peja Drobnjak, Christian Laettner and Boris Diaw all made his short list.

He is also the No. 1 ranked PR Tweeter in all of basketball (how many Twitter accounts does one man need?), has AAA insurance and is frightened of Hawks rookie big man Ivan “The Terrible” Johnson.

Triche also objected to this idea that best dunk of all time belongs to either Blake Griffin or LeBron James … you’ll have to forgive the “old man” on that one. Having lived through some of the best in-game and dunk contest slams Wilkins performed over the years, it’s hard to argue with him about this and so many other things.

For all that and so much more, check out Episode 67 of the Hang Time Podcast


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Horford Has Surgery, Done For Season?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Hawks center Al Horford had successful surgery on his torn left pectoral muscle Tuesday afternoon, per Hawks VP or public relations Arthur Triche.

Horford is likely done for the remainder of the regular season, leaving the Hawks with a huge hole to fill in the middle with their All-Star center finished for the year.

The Hawks have won three straight games without Horford, their last a 93-84 in their Martin Luther King Jr. Day game. Horford suffered the injury in the first quarter at Indiana Jan. 11.

Horford hasn’t officially been ruled out for the entire season (playoffs included). But expected to miss the next three to four months, which would take him to the middle of April and the end of the regular season if he came back in three months.

Hall Of Famer Wilkins Attacked

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The action at Philips Arena Wednesday night didn’t end with the Hawks’ 85-82 win over the Orlando Magic.

In a bizarre postgame twist, Hall of Famer, Hawks vice president and TV analyst Dominique Wilkins was allegedly attacked by a former NBA referee, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC.

Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, Jones said. Michel, of Atlanta, has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee and previously owned his own clothing store.

“The fan was promptly arrested and was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department,” Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said in a statement to the AJC. “At this time the Hawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation.”

Wilkins, 51, was reportedly not seriously injured in the incident.

Hawks Get Morning Jolt

Posted by Sekou Smith

MILWAUKEE — Talk about a wake up call.

The Hawks got theirs on the team bus leaving shoot-around this morning.

A car smashed into the team bus while it was stopped at a light near the Bradley Center. Hawks VP of Public Relations Arthur Triche said that no one in the team’s traveling party was hurt. But they did have to exit the bus and either walk back or cab it back to the team hotel.

“We all got a jolt this morning and we didn’t need any coffee or anything else to get it,” Triche said by phone later. “But everyone is fine and we hope that the driver and whoever else was in the car are fine as well.”

Triche also relayed this message via Twitter: “And before anyone starts popping off, the car was not looking to take out JSmoove…nor was he driving the bus. LOL

The Hawks face the Bucks tonight in a critical Game 4 for both teams (8:30 ET NBA TV) .