Game: NBA 2K12
Roster: Ultimate Base Roster [Hawk credit for UBR]
Season Length: 29 Games (but in story I'm multiplying them up to 82)
Playoff Format: Best of 7
Sliders: Updated variation I've been making over the years
Goal: Finish the career of Mike Budenholzer
OOC: Hey guys! So my name is William, and I've followed a few Dynasties on here, not too many- but I've always found them very interesting! So, when I originally made my account on the site for NBA 2K11, I was trying to make a mod that allowed me to play the careers of individuals I liked through the Association Mode. Basically play as those players with realistic drafts and document them here. Well, as you can see I'm now finally able to do that! So this is my first story, and I hope everyone can sit back and enjoy this career as well as me being able to finish my goal. I started with the only coach on my list (10 players 1 coach). Also, I don't know how to do those cool looking tables a lot of guys make that has links through the season. So, forgive me if it's a little inconveniencing to navigate through at the moment! Enjoy!
"First I want to thank my family... Without their support I wouldn't be here. I want to thank... the Ownership group... for putting me in the position to coach the Atlanta Hawks. I'm very appreciative for that. Obviously, I have some big thank you's to go back home - or back to San Antonio I should say. Coach Pop has had a huge influence on me, 19 years with him, I could never put into words how appreciative I am."
- Mike Budenholzer being introduced as the new Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks
- On May 28, 2013, the Hawks hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer as the new head coach.
The Hawks entered the 2013 NBA draft with four draft picks. They drafted point guards Dennis Schröder (17th pick) and Shane Larkin (18th pick). They also chose point guard Raulzinho Neto with the 47th pick and small forward James Ennis with the 50th pick. However, the Hawks traded Larkin to the Dallas Mavericks for the draft rights of Mike Muscala and Lucas Nogueira (originally drafted by the Boston Celtics), as well as guard Jared Cunningham. They also traded Ennis's draft rights to the Miami Heat and Neto's to the Utah Jazz for a future second-round pick.
The 2013 free agency period marked the end of the Josh Smith era for Atlanta, with the Hawks signing power forward Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million deal and Smith choosing to sign a contract with the Detroit Pistons. Longtime Hawk Zaza Pachulia also moved on and signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks brought back Kyle Korver with a four-year, $24 million deal. On December 26, 2013, Horford tore his right pectoral muscle, and on December 30, the Hawks announced that he would undergo surgery the next day and would miss the rest of the season. The Hawks finished 38-44, their first losing season since 2008. However, due to the weakness of the Eastern Conference, they finished as the 8th seed in the playoffs, and just like 2008, the Hawks would not go down easy, as they took the top-seeded Pacers to 7 games in before a 92-80 loss in Game 7.
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"I think it goes without saying, it was a tough loss. But, I think the way our group competed and the way they carry themselves in this series is something that all the coaches and the players can be very proud of... When you don't get to play basketball anymore it's very hard... Just proud of our competitiveness."
- Mike Budenholzer
- On May 1, 2014, the Hawks unveiled a new secondary logo, which is a modernized version of the 1972–95 "Pac-Man" logo. In June 2014, GM Danny Ferry "read aloud verbatim an 'offensive' comment written in a scouting report" during a conference call about Miami Heat player Luol Deng. Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. called for him to resign or be dismissed. On September 9, Hawks' CEO, Steve Koonin, announced that they had decided not to dismiss Ferry and that they were instead going to discipline him. A few days later, Ferry asked to take—and was approved for—an immediate, indefinite leave of absence from his duties. An independent investigation resulted in Ferry being absolved of any racial or ethnic wrongdoings. "The investigation, which included 19 witness interviews and reviewed the contents of more than 24,000 emails, made clear that the offensive language was not Ferry's and none of Ferry's remarks or behavior during the call were motivated by racial or ethnic animus, or by a person's country of origin. To the contrary, the investigation found Ferry shared his own opinion of Deng, recommended him both personally and professionally and ultimately tried to sign him to the team." On June 18, 2015, Ferry reached a buyout agreement with the Atlanta Hawks. On June 30, 2015, Budenholzer was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in addition to his duties as head coach. While Wes Wilcox was promoted to general manager, Budenholzer has the final say in all basketball matters.
On July 15, 2014, they acquired defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha from the Oklahoma City Thunder. On September 7, 2014, Bruce Levenson announced he would sell his share of the team, after self-reporting an inappropriate email he sent in 2012. Some in the African American sports community have defended Levenson, namely Jason Whitlock and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, commenting that Levenson's email had no racist intent, but was motivated by valid business concerns.
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