I admit it: I had no idea the Hawks’ Paul Millsap was this good

Here’s Paul Millsap, going to the hoop. (John Amis/AP photo) I begin with a confession: I had no idea Paul Millsap was this good. If you’d told me two summers ago that the Atlanta Hawks would be 38-8 and that Millsap would be their MVP — we can argue, but he’s my choice — I […]

How the Hawks have changed: Three All-Star berths seem too few

Not quite an All-Star, he’s still the best at what he does. (John Amis/AP photo) Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said on MLK Day that the Atlanta Hawks deserved four All-Star berths — that’s four on an Eastern Conference roster of 12 — and he wasn’t alone in that sentiment. Turns out the local NBA […]

And it’s 18 in a row for the Hawks, who passed a major test

Dennis Schroder changed the game, then exulted in its outcome. (John Bazemore/AP photo) For much of the great streak, the Atlanta Hawks had made it look easy. (It hadn’t been, but that’s how they’d made it appear.) Friday night was hard. Portland was in town, and the Trail Blazers are, to use Mike Krzyzewski’s boilerplate […]

Show me the (sources of the) money

David Koch The reaction from the left to news the political network backed by — bogeyman alert! — the Koch brothers will spend almost $900 million on the 2016 elections has been as predictable as it is furious — and futile. Speech is, in many ways, something our left-wing friends prefer limiting rather than hearing. […]

At first glance, House transportation plan looks good

House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Oscilla, makes a point during a press conference Wednesday. (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) The big transportation-plan reveal came Wednesday, and on first glance it appears to be a clear step in the right direction. We still haven’t seen a bill — that will come later Thursday — so I’ll […]

Some good bills that are flying under the radar

    The headlines for this legislative session will be dominated by a handful of big issues. Here are a few good bills that deserve more attention than they’ll get. Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act: This is a holdover from 2014, when Rep. Mike Dudgeon, R-Johns Creek, couldn’t assuage the concerns of the power companies […]

Georgia’s Lockette playing for third straight Super Bowl team

Fort Valley State’s Ricardo Lockette is playing for his third straight Super Bowl team. PHOENIX — The young man is a walking lottery ticket. That’s not to take anything away from Richard Lockette’s athletic ability, drive or passion. But there’s something to be said about good fortune. He a No. 4 receiver and a special […]

It’s Tiger time … or is Tiger Woods’ time over?

Tiger Woods walks with caddie Joe LaCava to a green during Wednesday’s pro-am prior to the Phoenix Open. (Getty Images) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — I’ve looked all over the TPC Scottsdale and can’t find Bill Belichick anywhere. Oh well, might as well stay here. I’m taking a day off from mid-week, Super Bowl minutiae to cover […]

Blank vague but Quinn could have final say in Falcons’ roster

Arthur Blank denied to the AJC that general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been stripped of any power. (Curtis Compton, AJC) PHOENIX — In the last three-plus weeks, the Falcons have been unavailable to clarify who will make final personnel decisions in the draft and free agency, or who will have final say over the 53-man […]

Jeb Bush and Terri Schiavo: Shame upon shame

With former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looking more and more like a presidential candidate, Politico goes back to review the central role played by Bush in what remains the most bizarre act of political malfeasance in my adult lifetime, the Terri Schiavo affair. Looking back on that mess a decade later doesn’t make it any […]